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  1. declanh

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    Currently on Vodafone in uk and thinking of upgrading to the desire...

    However concerned that the Vodafone limit of 500Mb/month may not be enough ?

    anyone think this is this a real issue or is 500mb plenty ?

    I know the t-mobile tariff is much better at 3Gb but coverage in Belfast is supposedly poor.

    The other network with decent coverage (Orange) also has 500Mb limit :)
     

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    It depends entirely on how you use the internet.

    If you browse a few pages once in a while, download some apps and send some emails, you will be fine.

    However, if you browse the internet on a daily basis on your cell, download music files and watch youtube - particularly when not using a wifi network often - you may want to consider the higher limit!

    Vodafone allows expansion to 3gb it seems:
    Mobile Broadband via your mobile phone - Vodafone Mobile Internet
    But it looks a bit expensive.
     
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    Thanks for that - but thats for tethering, which is for using your broadband from your mobile on other devices.
     
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    As mentioned, it depends on how much browsing etc you do whilst not on wifi.

    I have got a 3Gb fair use policy on my T-Mobile contract.
     
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    I heard that Orange are going to offer a better unlimited package with the Desire.

    Anyway, I'm with Orange and I have a truly unlimited plan for
     
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    But read Vodafone Web packs and mobile internet costs

    If you click the "things you should know." link you get this:

    "You can use up to 500MB each month when you go online with your phone. That's a lot of browsing. But don't worry - we'll keep an eye on things and let you know your options before you go over your limit.

    If you think you'll regularly use more than 500MB a month, you may find tethering is a better option for you. It's especially useful if you often do things like making calls over the internet."

    It seems to me like they are also offering the tethering as a possible way to expand your limit without having to use it for tethering.

    Try calling them and hearing your options - getting a carrier that has bad coverage in your region is a bad idea, both for the coverage itself, but it puts an additional drain on the battery.
     
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    I'd say 500 is too little, but you can get away with it. As long as you don't stream music and video, 500 should be enough for mail, browsing, maps, etc.
     
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    Bingo, 500mb is plenty for browsing, mail, RSS, Twitter, weather, Facebook but steaming music, video and downloading large files is out.

    I'm a heavy user and without streaming I rarely top 300mb in a month.

    Spotify will wade through about 60-70mb per hour.
     
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    For safety, use an app from market called "3g watchdog" which helps you keep tabs on data use, warns when nearing your plan's limit, and disables data when you exceed your limit or are roaming.
     
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    Indeed, that sounds like a good tip when in contract and trying to keep within the limits of the contract.

    At the moment I'm struggling with the issue of whether 500Mb will be enough for my needs... I'm confident that the 3Gb on t-mobile is more than enough for me however I've not heard any good reports on t-mobile coverage in northern ireland which is the issue for me....

    That leaves Voda or Orange which are both "OK" coverage wise but limited to 500Mb....
     
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    I think as long as your not using it for tethering then 500 megs should be enough.
     
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    Having double checked its actually 3Gb FUP on T-Mobile

    Pay monthly plans which include internet on your phone on an Android phone You'll need internet coverage, check it at t-mobile.co.uk/streetcheck. Remember that you can only use your internet on your phone Booster in the UK and you can't use your phone as a modem or use web'n'walk Plus for peer to peer file sharing, or making internet phone calls. *Internet on your phone comes with a fair use policy of 3GB a month. We'll monitor how much you send and receive each calendar month so that we can protect our network for all our internet on your customers. If you use more than your fair use policy amount, we won't charge you any more, but we may restrict how you can use your plan, depending on how often you go over your amount and by how much. As your phone is always connected to the internet, if you remove your internet on your phone Plus Booster from your account you'll automatically be charged up to
     
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    Yeah, unquestionably t-mobile is the best value for money with respect to internet usage. However most of the reports ive read suggest coverage (3g esp) is poorish for t-mobile in northern ireland. However if anyone disagrees i would be keen to know. Any tmobile punters out there in belfast who reckon the coverage is great please let us know...
     
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    Try their coverage checker https://www.t-mobile.co.uk/services/coverage/street-check/
     
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