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Is it possible to purchase a mobile broadband USB with no data limits in Poland?


Lodz Tygrys 1 | 4
12 Jul 2013 #1
Does anyone know whether it is possible to purchase a mobile broadband USB with no data limits(or a high data limit) without being on contract? Will be in Poland for 3 weeks and will be using the internet regularly so if anyone can tell me the options I have I would very much appreciate it!

Dzięki!
Harry
12 Jul 2013 #2
There is one which advertises itself as 'unlimited mobile broadband' but the reality is that when you hit a certain amount of data in a certain time period, you get dropped down to dial-up speed. So, the basic answer to your question is 'no'.

The cheapest network is Play, but they also have the worst network coverage (for example, Play phones won't work in my office, which is Warsaw CDB). The best thing to do is to buy a Play pre-pay card when you get here and see what the signal is like where you will be. Then go to a Play shop and buy a prepay card.

Frankly, you might find it cheaper to just go to Starbucks and use their free wifi (coffee starts at 6zl). I know people who run their businesses from Starbucks.
OP Lodz Tygrys 1 | 4
12 Jul 2013 #3
Thanks for the reply

I would go to Starbucks but being based in a village in the PL countryside such options are not available to me :(

Everywhere I look online I see that I need to have an umowa/contract. Is there no way I can have purchase data without a contract?
Harry
12 Jul 2013 #4
I would go to Starbucks but being based in a village in the PL countryside such options are not available to me :(

If you're based in a country village, Play is unlikely to be available to you either.

Everywhere I look online I see that I need to have an umowa/contract. Is there no way I can have purchase data without a contract?

Plus, T-mobile and Orange all offer internet on 'pay as you go' cards: the problem is that they are all pretty expensive and charge by the kb.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,177
12 Jul 2013 #5
It's not *that* bad on Plus - 13zl for 1GB.

In this case, I'd be looking at doing a deal with a neighbour that has an internet connection.
OP Lodz Tygrys 1 | 4
12 Jul 2013 #6
Plus - 13zl for 1GB.

Is that with a karta or z USB?
Harry
12 Jul 2013 #7
Er, aren't those the same thing? My USB modem certainly takes a SIM card (a prepaid SIM card).
OP Lodz Tygrys 1 | 4
12 Jul 2013 #8
mój błąd lol....

Would this be suitable for me?

orange.pl
Wroclaw 44 | 5,379
12 Jul 2013 #9
Would this be suitable for me?

scroll to the bottom of the page and click: Orange for visitors

Play have their visitors link at the bottom of their page too
Harry
12 Jul 2013 #10
Play have their visitors link at the bottom of their page too

Yes, but he's in a village in the countryside; do you really think he'll have a signal for Play?
jon357 74 | 21,815
12 Jul 2013 #11
Play has reasonable coverage but the speeds for the USB internet are painfully slow.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,379
12 Jul 2013 #12
do you really think he'll have a signal for Play?

point taken.

It might be wise to chat to a few of the local youth, they'll know.
Harry
12 Jul 2013 #13
His best bet is going to be buying 'starter' SIM cards from all of the four operators (Play, Plus, Orange and T-Mobile) and trying the signal on each. SIM cards can be picked up for as little as 3zl (complete with 3zl of credit on them).
sobieski 106 | 2,118
12 Jul 2013 #14
That actually is a good idea. I myself have Play on a USB for in case my Neostrada goes on strike, and for when I am on the move, and I cannot complain. But I only use for gmail and regular surfing For that kind of use it is fast enough.
Lodz Tygrs
23 Jul 2013 #15
Hi all again,

A relative was kind enough to lend me his tablet, which has 3G built in. It's with T-Mobile, is their reputation any good?

Oh and what does H+ mean? Is it like a worse type of 3G?
Monitor 14 | 1,818
23 Jul 2013 #16
I think that it's HSPA+

HSPA+, or Evolved High-Speed Packet Access, is a technical standard for wireless, broadband telecommunication. HSPA+ enhances the widely used WCDMA (UMTS) based 3G networks with higher speeds for the end user that are comparable to the newer LTE networks. HSPA+ was first defined in the technical standard 3GPP release 7 and expanded further in later releases. ... can provide theoretical peak data rates up to 168 Mbit/s in the downlink and 22 Mbit/s in the uplink,

/wiki/HSPA%2B

HSPA " offers speeds of 14.4 Mbit/s down and 5.76 MBit/s up.", so no contrary - it's better type of 3G
Harry
23 Jul 2013 #17
It's with T-Mobile, is their reputation any good?

They're no better or worse than the other big two (i.e. Plus and Orange). Unfortunately all of them are pretty bad. The better one is Play, but you're unlikely to get a Play signal in the countryside.
Lodz Tygrs
23 Jul 2013 #18
Wow! So i guess it's better than 3g but not quite 4g.. cool.

Thanks. So i take it the speeds of all the networks are pretty much the same?


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