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Ooops, missed this post. Sorry John, how ya doing mate?

Any more useful info for this luddite.


Hi Kev, no problem, I'm OK thank you, still busy with house.

MIFI's are brilliant, basically a small unit that has a battery charged via normal USB 5 volt supply.
There are various levels of sophistication.
They accept a normal SIM card that is data only, this then sends out a wifi signal that allows connection to any compatible device, thereby giving internet access.

Especially good for me using our French SIM as it allows full access over all of the EU, which for the time being includes the UK with no restriction whatsoever, so I get the same service wherever I am.

The 4G coverage in France is excellent, I've found it reasonable in Spain and Portugal as well although not out in the wilderness although will usually get some sort of connection.

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I too was unable to find a 4g signal when I was wandering around the north of France last week.
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Still not come across the elusive 4G signal yet even when near large built up areas but have noticed H+ occasionaly what ever that is? mifi runs warm when in use and battery life is 6 hrs


What SIM are you using? Is it French if not that is most likely to be the reason you are not seeing a 4G signal.

Mine is Orange France and is specifically sold as a 4G account, whereas my wife's account is a budget SFR (via e Leclerc)one and will never show 4G.

Best check with the supplier of your SIM  to see if any restrictions are in place when roaming.

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H+ is basically a better 3G but not as good as 4G, the various symbols you are likely to see are:

E (EDGE)

E stands for Edge, Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution. It is pre 3G technology and again, more likely to occur when you are in a weak signal area. You may not be able to effectively browse the internet on your device, when getting this signal. 

3G (Third Generation)

3G is the third generation of the mobile network and provides adequate signal strength for browsing the internet. Most smartphone devices have the option of 3G fallback (if 4G is unavailable in your area) and 3G network towers are available in nearly every city nationwide.

 H (High Speed Packet Access)

H stands for HSPA, High Speed Packet Access. HSPA (or H) is considered an advancement of the 3G networks or "version 3.5". It offers a faster network connection than the 3G network. 

H+ (Evolved HSPA)

H+ stands for Evolved High Speed Packet Access. The network created before the emergence of 4G. It offers the fastest maximum speeds of all 3G networks (including 3G and H or HSPA). 

LTE/4G (Fourth Generation)  

Stands for fourth generation of the mobile network, and is also called LTE or Long Term Evolution. It offers the fastest maximum upload and download speeds of any network. For a network to consider itself 4G, it must meet the standards of the ITU or International Telecommunications Union.Keep in mind, many H+ (HSPA+) networks mimic the speeds of 4G (or LTE), but because they do not meet the ITU requirements, they do not get the title of “LTE”.

You are also likely to see DC when in Europe which stands for Dual Carrier, as I understand it is when your preferred carrier is weak and going in and out of reception, the carriers have an agreement to allow a partner supplier to boost your signal.




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Bloody hell why cant all this be plain haven't got a clue me. only g I know about had string after it.[confused][confused][confused][confused][confused]

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