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    Smile Interweb on board update France.

    Just to advise that the cle 3G I had from Orange was driving me a bit daft, 10 for 1 hour daytime and 1 hour after 8PM.
    It was the time element involved that drove me to an SFR outlet.
    Now having bought their dongle I have 1GB to be used up in a month, as a limit.
    The next 1GB will cost 35. and the outlay to begin using the dongle, SIM and 1GB was 69.
    This dongle is connected to a netbook using XP.
    Would also work on a Mac according to the box.My mac-mini is at home presently so I can't test this, but Mac's are super normally for networking.

    So the little netbook broadcasts an ad-hoc WI-FI signal,whilst connected to the SFR 3G system.
    The Iphone picks this up and logs on, so its apps will work, particularly the meteo.fr app which gives their version of the weather at sea!
    It is a pity that Vodafone.ie are charging iPhone customers 2.99 for 50MB as, if you run over this the penalty is dire!
    Kind of takes the good out of iPhone in Europe.
    On the bright side, Navionics on the iPhone is good in that the charts are up to date and needs no data connection to work.I have been able to go inside islands that I did not have enough info on other charts, to be able to do so.
    iNavX is great also and has the advantage of getting GRIBS with wind arrows for various times and days.
    So whilst not as strong as real internet, it is getting things done as we cruise S of France.
    Good boating and sailing to all!
    "C'est Formidable"


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    Nasty expensive - I'm paying €30/month for 5Gb in Greece and was getting (in 2008) 200Mb/month for €5 on a PAYG Bouygues SIM in France.
    But I was using a Nokia 5200 as the cellular modem attached to a laptop.
    During 2010 I had totally free (up to 3Gb/month) PAYG mobile connection from WIND Greece. An offer, I'm afraid, never again repeated.
    Both the 2 above gifts were one-off offers, not known about in their offices but available by enquiry at their call centres.

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    Thanks Charles,
    Have had better experiences too,but in Italy.
    France seems to have monopolists which makes value harder to find.
    At any rate, if I have to reef sails, fold the bimini for squalls, or whatever, its better to be on a 1GB basis rather than timed connection!
    "C'est Formidable"


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    Smile SFR dongle update

    Whilst it works well, I have now gobbled up the 1GB.So when I went online to renew, it said I had to go to an SFR shop to top up.
    It's a good job buses from Villefranche to Nice are 1.each way.
    That's where the nearest SFR agent is to be found!
    Some nonsense about being a new customer of less that 72 hours standing was spouted to me on the SFR client website, despite tha fact I was using the service for weeks!
    Anyway it seems recharged again, and the staff in the shop were excellent.
    Good sailing and boating to all.
    "C'est Formidable"


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    Were you trying to top up with a credit card? It seems they will not accept UK cards !
    When the love of power becomes the power of love then there will be peace in the world.

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    Hi Zigmundo,
    Yes/No (political type answer)
    All the cards I tried were non-national to France!
    So I guess I'll have to pedal or bus next time too!
    Thanks for the advice of what is probably the cause!
    Blowing old boots 2nd day here Villefranche,so need a diversion!
    Good boating and sailing to all.
    "C'est Formidable"


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    Gwylan, a settee with a sail

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    This looks ok, no contract and 3Gb of data, free calls to uk landlines too

    www.bandyou.fr
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwylan View Post
    I am still 'in dispute' with these guys. Great service, great idea but it just doesn't work. The service is Bytel and the coverage map shows perfect service, however the sim card works in a mobile phone but not in my MiFi unit. Both SFR & Orange work fine. So it sits with them taking 1.40 a month just for the privilege.
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    Thanks John d.

    seems the service speed is reduced to 64kBits per second?
    Found it in the legal mentions France Metropolitan panel that pops up.
    Maybe that speed is ok though for most apps?
    "C'est Formidable"


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