02-03-2019 02:05 AM
I use a T Mobile mobile broadband dongle which I top up monthly with an E TOP-up Card at a shop. When I tried to top up on 1st March it wouldn't work so they sold me a Top-up voucher instead which I have to text through to get the top up but I don't have a T-mobile mobile phone (I've got Tesco mobile on my phone) so I presume I can't use this voucher to top up my T mobile dongle from my Tesco mobile phone.
Help, what can I do? I've never been able to top up online, when I try to do it, it won't open the webpage as it says the security certificate is dodgy or something and it's not wise to continue, so obviously I don't. I don't have any other broadband and my current allowance runs out in a few days and I can't manage without it. Can anyone help as I am desperate and don't know what else to do.
02-03-2019 02:34 AM
What model MBB dongle do you have? Is it really a dongle that USB-plugs into a PC or is it a free-standing MBB router that provides local WiFi in the home?
Most MBB routers are able to send SMS but I'm not sure about dongles.
Is the E-voucher from EE or T-M? The E-voucher's 16-digit no. needs to be sent as an SMS from the no. being topped-up. If you do have a router you should be able to do that.
I'm surprised that the E-Top-up card no longer works. Is that from EE or T-M?
02-03-2019 07:24 AM
Hi thank you for your reply.
It's a dongle which I push into my laptop. The Top-up voucher says T-Mobile at the top.
You say the voucher's 16 digit no. needs to be sent as an SMS from the no. being topped up but I'm not topping up a phone, I'm topping up the dongle, for the internet, on my laptop. I don't have a T-Mobile (or EE) phone. (I've got Tesco mobile on my phone which I think is o2).
The E-Top-up card is from T-Mobile and it's the first time it hasn't worked. The person in the shop said it might be a glitch, so I tried again a bit later but it still wasn't working. I wondered if it had something to do with the T-Mobile account portal closing on 28th Feb. If it is I don't know what to do as I don't seem able to use the voucher without a T-M (or EE) phone and even then I don't know if the voucher is just to top up a phone or whether it would top up just my dongle.
I haven't got a clue what to do apart from going back and trying again to buy a top up like I usually do with my T-Mobile E Top-up card and hope they will also credit me for the voucher I bought, if I can't use it.
If it still doesn't work, what next? Any help and advice will be gratefully received.
02-03-2019 08:16 AM
What model is the dongle? So we can see if it does SMS like an MBB router does.
Can you login to it at http://192.168.1.1 as "admin"/"admin"?
You could always top-up at an ATM.
02-03-2019 09:55 AM
02-03-2019 11:47 AM
Hi julie, I too use a t-mobile dongle and topped up last week. It stopped working on the first and like you, I think it to do with the network.
I went along to my EE shop. I was advised that an EE card won't work as the device will be locked to t-mobile and I will have to buy a new device and forfeit any credit I have on the old one.
I have been using this device for years. Apparently, as I have been informed, EE are moving away from these types of devices and I was shown many of the other devices I could purchase and top up,, even though I have existing credit.
I was offered home broadband, I know, great on the go.
I'm left with the option of now spending more money with ee or just getting a dongle with another provider, either way, it looks like I have lost my existing credit.
Sorry this isn't much help but trying to speak to anyone has almost been impossible
02-03-2019 03:34 PM - edited 02-03-2019 03:47 PM
Ah, the ZTE MF626 does do SMS. You should be in business.
Did you try sending the text VO followed by the E-voucher's 16-digit no to 150, but it failed to send?
Check in the dongle's Telecom Connection Manager Message Settings that the Message Center no. is +447958879879. Make a note of what it was before as I'm not certain whether that no. is also for T-Mobile.
04-03-2019 03:13 PM
I've checked with the staff here & found out:
Has texting VO voucher-no to EE worked from the MBB device?
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