09-03-2018 11:02 PM
I am an existing EE customer (for so long, i started with Orange in 2000. Babies born then can now buy a pint!) and have moved house to an area with no Fibre but decent 4G.
I would like to take out a 50GB ot 100GB package but SIM only so i can use a Netgear LB2120 modem which sits before one of the WAN ports on my router. My router will be directing most web traffic over the 4G connection, but streaming services over the 3Mbps ADSL connection i have. This keeps data hungry things on low cost ADSL but speed sensitive browsing on the faster 4G connection.
So, 3 questions to ask of the EE Genie:
1. Is it possible to get a data only sim from EE offering 50GB or 100GB?
2. If "no" to 1, and i took out a 4GEE home router package, do i need to buy your 4G router?
3. If "yes" to 2, would the SIM work in an unlocked 3rd party modem?
I see for £30 a month (1 month contract) O2 offer 40Gb but not on such a fast network. EE offering 30GB for £30 (12 month contract) isnt so good but its probably 2+ times faster.
What would i pay? Offer me 100GB for £45pm SIM only (so drop the £99.99 charge for the router) on a 30-day contact and ill sign up... 🙂
09-03-2018 11:47 PM - edited 09-03-2018 11:58 PM
13-03-2018 11:45 PM
Thanks for the infomation. Ill call customer services and see what they can offer. If i end up with a 4GEE home router, no doubt somebody would buy it from me via eBay!
I obtained "free" (need to pay a few £ to load data on to them) O2 and Three SIM cards with 4G enabled.
O2 was at best 15Mb down / 7Mb up
Three was about 10Mb down / 5Mb up
EE (my contract phone) 40-70Mb down / 20-40Mb up
What i am unsure of is if i need an external antenna.
From my house, i can see a set of masts at 56.979497 / -2.2184601 (NO868876) and the app "OpenSignal" suggests when on EE this is where i am connected.
Another app "Network cell info lite" suggests i am served by the same TAC 11501 but it locates it 1.5kM in another direction at 56.966810 / -2.2312436 (NO860862).
If this is 1.5kM away, then i can possibly benefit from an antenna to help on the upload speed which tends to be on the low side.
Part of me thinks the OpenSignal app is correct, standing at that side of the house closest to the mast i get -90 to -95dBm, but this drops to -100 to -106dBm on the other side, which is the side closest to where the Network cell info app says i get signal from.
It then makes me think, if i am 300m away and seeing 40-70Mb down / 20-40Mb up then its likley just due to traffic on the mast as to the range. Although, i have worked with RF systems in the past, and it could be as we are 50m below the mast, we are on a fringe area of the mast antennae, which is aimed further out so i live in a vertical weak lobe?
I found an interesting offcom document which suggested EIRP was typically 33-64dBm and assumed there was 0 gain at the phone, so calculating 1.8GHz over 300m, my freespace losses result in -23dBm -54dBm to at the handset. Going for 1500m i am -37 to -68dBm. More than i am seeing on the handset, but i am inside and walls are recorded as being -20 to -30dB loss so i am now back into the territory of being on the site 1.5km away.
Perhaps i need to just walk up the hill towards the mast close by and see what happens to my signal!
Anyway, all my late nite written musings aside, can EE check this on their systems at all to save me some mucking about doing signal and speec tests?
14-03-2018 12:03 AM
Thanks! You're welcome :)! Glad I could be of assistance.
Just 1 comment: Networks' PAYG speeds could well be less than their contract speeds.