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Short-term internet solutions

I searched and found a few threads on this already...but since things move so fast with the internet I decided I would be better off making a new one

I'm moving to Lausanne next month for a 6-month internship. I've finally found an apartment to sublet, but it doesn't currently have any internet installed. I'm wondering what short term solutions might be available for internet without having to pay an arm and a leg? I only need it for my laptop for email, facebook, and to (hopefully) use Skype. Most contracts for wireless installation are 12 months, so I was wondering about the possibility of using a mobile (3G/4G?) network, either through a USB dongle or tethering to my phone. Has anyone done a similar thing? Is this a viable solution, or am I kidding myself that I'll be able to Skype over a 3G or 4G connection? Or is there another way?

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Re: Short-term internet solutions

Phone tethering, with a cheapish PAYG data plan is probably your best bet - but I can't comment on how well Skype will perform ..... it can also be temperamental on wifi, on the odd occasion when I use it.
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Migros offers an internet connection without a long contracts:
http://shop.m-budget.migros.ch/de/internet/details

You have to pay a bit more upfront but you can calculate if the total cost for 6 months will be less than paying for 3G/4G. Mobile internet is also not very cheep and usually has data limits that are easy to break if that is your only source of internet.

not to forget this:
http://www.upc-cablecom.ch/en/tools/...-basisangebot/

if you have a cable connection you have a right to a free internet. Speed is quite slow (2Mbit down/?? up) but it might be enough for skype; maybe just audio, not video.

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Re: Short-term internet solutions

Try Orange Surf. They have a month to month contract. 35chf per month. Speed is ok for skype and streaming.
They are having a 40chf off right now (SIM fee)
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Try Orange Surf. They have a month to month contract. 35chf per month. Speed is ok for skype and streaming.
They are having a 40chf off right now (SIM fee)
Can I put the SIM into a USB-dongle thing to stick in my laptop? Or just into a phone? My phone only supports 3G whilst the Orange Surf package has 4G capability, so I would get faster speeds on my laptop with a 4G-enabled USB stick, right? Sorry if that sounds silly....I'm not the most techno-savvy person.

The Migros option suggested above also sounds interesting....will talk to my landlord and try to get some more information.
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Re: Short-term internet solutions

Rather than purchasing a USB dongle stick I'd go for a mobile hotspot. You insert the SIM card and create your own personal Wifi network, which you and any visitors could use for tablets or smartphones as well.
Some of these support 4G.
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I just bought a Huawei E5372 mobile hotspot for use when I'm abroad (just buy a cheap payg data sim).

Works fine, good speed (4G).
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Re: Short-term internet solutions

Thanks, it seems like the solution I'll go for then is:

- Buy a mobile hotspot (approx 100 CHF)

- Purchase a sim + data plan. The Orange Unlimited Surf (with 4G) package can be done on rolling 1-month contracts, and is only 35 CHF/month. 4G coverage for Lausanne seems to be pretty decent.

Averaged over the 6 months this would come in at approx 50 CHF/month, comparable to the costs of installing WiFi but with less faffing about and contractual issues. Plus I'll still have a mobile hotspot at the end.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
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I just bought a Huawei E5372 mobile hotspot for use when I'm abroad (just buy a cheap payg data sim).

Works fine, good speed (4G).
What's the latency like? Any good for VoIP? I have been wondering about ditching our landline - it seems to have a strong dislike for SIP traffic.
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I've not used it extensively - just run some tests on bandwidth and stability.
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- Buy a mobile hotspot (approx 100 CHF)
Check Amazon.de, should be around 50 EUR max. Since you are still based in Germany this should be no issue for you.
Just to be on the safe side: Check that they are not SIM- or Net(work)-locked.
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Re: Short-term internet solutions

If you just want internet for your laptop, then a 4G USB dongle is cheaper (maybe about 30-40eur in Germany)
Only if you want internet for your laptop + phone + tablet etc, then you need the 4G Mobile hotspot which creates a wifi network for multiple devices.
Of course, there is a cheaper but more complicated way for multiple devices, which is using your computer to create an ad hoc wifi network to share the internet from the USB dongle (provided you are "geeky" to do it; on a mac, really simple but on PC i'm not sure)
If you want to save even more money, then use your phone as a hotspot. Personally I think 3G is ok for your need, but divided by 6 months, you would save just 5chf per month maybe.
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Re: Short-term internet solutions

You can actually connect 3g/4g modem into most routers that have usb... That might be cheaper and better as gives more flexibility.
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I've not used it extensively - just run some tests on bandwidth and stability.
Can it be used 24h per day or does it get too hot?
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Re: Short-term internet solutions

Can anyone share the latest experience in 2015 for a really short term (5 weeks) solution? The Migros one is more than 120 CHF if we include set up cost...
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Can anyone share the latest experience in 2015 for a really short term (5 weeks) solution? The Migros one is more than 120 CHF if we include set up cost...
I'd buy a "prepaid" SIM card from a mobile phone company and use a smartphone as a modem (tethering). If you don't have a (spare) smartphone, you could buy any cheap package (SIM + android phone capable of tethering) or a new SIM plus some used android phone.

A Coop Mobile Prepaid SIM costs CHF 15.- with 15.- credit, and in the first 30 days after activation, you have 500 MB data for free.
After that, you can buy monthly data packages: 500 MB at CHF 9.90, 1.5 GB Internet at CHF 24.90
http://www.coopmobile.ch/en/prepaid/...bile-sim-card/

As someone has said before, if you use Skype (or other VoIP) a lot, this may use up your data.
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I'd buy a "prepaid" SIM card from a mobile phone company and use a smartphone as a modem (tethering). If you don't have a (spare) smartphone, you could buy any cheap package (SIM + android phone capable of tethering) or a new SIM plus some used android phone.

A Coop Mobile Prepaid SIM costs CHF 15.- with 15.- credit, and in the first 30 days after activation, you have 500 MB data for free.
After that, you can buy monthly data packages: 500 MB at CHF 9.90, 1.5 GB Internet at CHF 24.90
http://www.coopmobile.ch/en/prepaid/...bile-sim-card/

As someone has said before, if you use Skype (or other VoIP) a lot, this may use up your data.
Hi there, I have a mobile phone with lycamobile prepaid. Is tethering the same as personal hotspot setting? Could I just buy the lycamobile bundle surf and then my laptop could use the personal hotspot by my mobile phone?

Thanks for your kind help.
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Lycamobile doesnt allow tethering.
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Lycamobile doesnt allow tethering.
This, as I'm finding out, may be the case for many (all?) PAYG SIMs.
I've tried tethering my iPad to my Aldi Mobile PAYG SIM, without success, and looking at a disposable UK SIM for an upcoming visit, it seems that tethering is only available with termed contracts.
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Re: Short-term internet solutions

If the apartment has internet from Cablecom, then you can get 2/0.2 MBit internet for free*. I don't know the contract length but it doesn't really matter if it is free...



* The connection fee, which is usually paid by "Nebenkosten", is not counted here.
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