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grannybuttons3
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Phone with FM radio and wireless hotspot feature

I'm looking for a new cheap phone that has both FM radio  *and*  wireless hotspot built in. Would be grateful for any suggestions. 

 

I bought a Nokia Lumia 520 cash purchase from Three - my mistake. I thought that as I wasn't getting it on contract it would be sim-free, but no such luck!  Not only is it tied to 3 (gah!) but 

 

1:  It doesn't have FM built in (if I'd bought it from Nokia, I was told by the Nokia helpline it would have) 

2:  the wireless hotspot feature works, but switches itself off after 5 mins if it's not being used. This is a pain in the backside. I want the hotspot to stay on so I don't have to keep switching it back on. 

 

Do any of the cheap Giffgaff phones ( >£150) have these two features (I'm now turned off by Lumia, I think) 

If not, can anyone suggest another phone? 

 

Also, I realised that standard giffgaff doesn't allow tethering - I was hoping to swap sims regularly, as I also have a sim-only Three One Plan which does allow tethering. 

 

Supplementary question:  I have a Gigabag sim in my mifi. Would it work as 'hotspot-only' in a phone? 

 

Thanks 

Andrew 

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ukadi17
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Re: Phone with FM radio and wireless hotspot feature

Have you considered the Huawei Y300? I use it to tether on three as well, and it also has an FM radio which I don't use as I access radio stations using the Tune-In App.
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Re: Phone with FM radio and wireless hotspot feature

Sadly the only bit of this I can answer is the Suplementary one... You could use a SIM with a gigabag as a hotspot in a phone and use it to tether. You could also do this with a £10 goodybag which has a limit on the internet usage. You would also still be able to make calls and texts using credit on the SIM with a gigabag 

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grannybuttons3
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Re: Phone with FM radio and wireless hotspot feature

Thanks, that's an idea. I hardly make any calls, perhaps 60mins/month, most people ring me. I'd mainly use it instead of my mifi.
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grannybuttons3
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Re: Phone with FM radio and wireless hotspot feature

Does this mean a Gigabag can be added to a normal phone to add tethering? I got the impression a Gigabag was just for tablets/mifis etc
thewww
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Re: Phone with FM radio and wireless hotspot feature


grannybuttons3 wrote:
Does this mean a Gigabag can be added to a normal phone to add tethering? I got the impression a Gigabag was just for tablets/mifis etc

yes if you have no goodybag running you can have a gigabag on a phone

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grannybuttons3
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Re: Phone with FM radio and wireless hotspot feature

Also, thanks for the bit about radio. The problem with internet radio is the data. I listen to a lot of FM radio, and the attraction is twofold - it doesn't use up data allowance, and you can use it even when you can't pick up a data signal. It's a nuisance to have to carry a separate pocket radio.