I love to stay connected on social media. Before I had a smartphone that allowed tethering, I used to camp inside McDonald’s or pubs that have free Wi-Fi. I wouldn’t ever want to go without any network for too long.
Having an ultra-low cost mobile broadband service is the perfect Christmas gift for myself or other internet addicts, families, travellers and teenagers!
MobiData the SIM-only mobile broadband service has offered me to test their three month trial with 100MB for free. The SIM card pack, can be supplied as a nano/mini/micro SIM so you should be able to select that suits your device.
The MobiData free SIM has no long term contracts or complicated pricing plans. This mobile broadband service offers secure access to a 3G+ network within the UK and across 39 other countries. Available with 1GB, 5GB or 10GB mobile broadband packages on 1 or 3 month rolling contracts (starting from 99p/GB) – and all packages can be cancelled at any time. Customers taking out a 3 month contract before 31st December will also have their broadband package doubled at no extra cost, while all new customers will receive 100MB of international roaming data/month absolutely free (worth £15 per month) on activation.
MobiData provides alerts at 50%, 85% and 100% of your monthly plan to keep you on track. And, rather than cut you off, if you do go over your allowance you will only be charged 15p for each MB of additional data used, which is 3x less than the nearest competitor. MobiData also lets you know every time you spend an extra £10 over your plan.
The MobiData SIM also makes 3G enabled tablets an affordable option for the first time ever as users can stay connected wherever they are, on a low cost data plan, with no 24 month sign up commitment. With MobiData you simply pay one low cost fee on a month by month basis.
Firstly, after I popped the SIM into my phone, I activated the service by using my laptop to sign up. I had to provide my debit card (or credit card) details to take a £1 authorisation (not payment) to verify me as a customer against the information I provide. Once done, I waited until the next day for activation. The activation can take up to 24 hours to complete. I did experience a problem right at the end of my online activation where I received a message “There has been a technical problem in confirming your activation”. I phoned the number provided (which was routed to a friendly customer service person in Sydney because I phoned late at night) but nothing could be done. The next day, the customer service phoned me again to check if I was able to get connected. It was very good customer service of them to follow up with a call to check!
Next I had to set up an Access Point Name (APN) on my phone to connect to the internet. It is quite simple to do.
Since being connected, I have used it in restaurants, the park and while waiting at the school during a school run. So far I am happy with the service. The only time that I don’t have good connectivity is when I’m in an enclosed building, including in our home. I have to stand close to the window to get connected. They piggyback on the Three network which has a 97% coverage in the UK for 3G and 80% coverage for 3G+.
This Christmas, if you run out of ideas what to buy for fussy relatives or family members, maybe get them a MobiData SIM. They are also an excellent addition for anyone who is gifting a mobile network enabled tablet this Christmas!
All MobiData users will receive a free and automatic 4G upgrade on launch of the service in early 2014. To find out more and get your FREE MobiData SIM visit: www.mobi-data.co.uk
Disclosure: We have received the SIM to enable to do an honest review.