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    Question o2 GPRS Pay as you Go (UK) might be free

    Just fitted GPRS to my CarPC and the only spare SIM I had was an O2 Pay as You Go; while working out how to get connected it seems that the GPRS net access is free;

    This is the link detailing the settings to use:

    http://www.esato.com/archive/t.php/t-55252

    I've got connected vin the Car PC and so far the phone credit hasn't went down; however it seems too good to be true.

    On the o2 website, it says GPRS is free:

    http://www.o2.co.uk/productsservices...0,,112,00.html

    But it also says 'After the 1st April 2004. After this date it will be charged as you use at approximately 2p for 10 kilobytes, this is the size of a typical page. The cost of downloading a page will be rounded up to the nearest penny. For information this equates to £2.35 per megabyte.'

    Even so £2.35 is cheaper than Oranges PAYG £4 a meg.

    The confusing thing is even though I thought it wasn't free anymore I'm not getting charged, yet.

    Anyone know any more on this?
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    im gonna have a go at this then... just gotta find an O2 sim

    nice

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    Oh my god...its free?

    This remind me of the good old chipped philips savvy.

    I need to find a GPRS card first...recommend any good one?

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    Don't know how long it's free for and don't plan to abuse it too much to make sure they don't catch on and block me.

    So far haven't been charged for any usage (about 100K this morning on the way to work to test my traffic application) but it does say on their website that they discontinued free GPRS on PAYG in April

    I'm using my old Motorola T720 with a data cable into my Car PC
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    right i have a PAYG o2 simcard,and i got on o2.co.uk and they sent a text to my fone which supposedly automatically sets up GPRS.. but it still doesent work.
    what awm are u using? payandgo.o2.co.uk?

    this is on my sony erricson T610 using bluetoothlink,altho it dosent work straight on the fone either..

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    Hmmmm, £10 to get a card, 30 days before GPRS is activated, and a minimum £10 top up every month.

    And free GPRS not guaranteed.

    I'm tempted but seeing as it's not guaranteed and I don't have a GPRS phone

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    Quote Originally Posted by mutilator
    right i have a PAYG o2 simcard,and i got on o2.co.uk and they sent a text to my fone which supposedly automatically sets up GPRS.. but it still doesent work.
    what awm are u using? payandgo.o2.co.uk?

    this is on my sony erricson T610 using bluetoothlink,altho it dosent work straight on the fone either..

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    You need to get it working on the phone first I reckon.

    I have the following settings:

    Homepage: http://wap.o2.co.uk
    Session Mode: Permanent
    Connection Security: Off
    Data Bearer: GPRS
    GPRS Connection: When Needed
    GPRS Access Point: payandgo.o2.co.uk
    Ip Address: 193.113.200.195
    Authentication Type: Normal
    Login Type: Automatic
    User name: payandgo
    Password: password

    On the modem device I used the instructions here:
    http://www.o2.co.uk/productsservices...structions.pdf

    Substituting the mobile.o2.co.uk settings for the payandgo settings

    Then I set the Proxy server to 193.113.200.195 on port 80
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer
    Hmmmm, £10 to get a card, 30 days before GPRS is activated, and a minimum £10 top up every month.

    And free GPRS not guaranteed.

    I'm tempted but seeing as it's not guaranteed and I don't have a GPRS phone
    I wouldn't have got it just on the information alone, but I was given the SIM card and was already going to use Orange GPRS anyway; I'll enjoy it while it lasts
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    wel thanks stevie g, ill test that tonight.
    tom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevieg
    I wouldn't have got it just on the information alone, but I was given the SIM card and was already going to use Orange GPRS anyway; I'll enjoy it while it lasts
    I haven“t completely dismissed the idea, I ju“st need to acquire a GPRS compatible phone first, and then I might be prepared to “waste“a tenner on the sim, and give it a try.


    £2.35 per MB otherwise. Ok for uploading GPS data. Not sure about suffing though.

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