I’m sat in a café on Upper Street in Islington trying to blog. I’m ‘connected’ to the internet with a newly purchased Option Icon 225 USB dongle, connecting with Orange 3G. Only the pace here is slooooow, despite a signal strength of 3 out of 6 bars. I can just about load a single webpage at a time, but not much more than that. Earlier today close to Victoria station things were very different – 5 out of 6 bars of signal, and download speeds of 150Kb / sec. I even managed to blog a bit from the upper deck of a London bus on my way to Islington. So essentially my experience so far is mixed – previously I had to hunt out wireless hotspots in London; now I might be hunting for a good 3G signal.
Plus all of this comes after a dire experience trying to sign up for a 3G data package in the first place. I tried T-Mobile first of all, but their credit check system first crashed and then completely blocked my application. Orange allowed me to setup the account, but it took 24 hours for them to get around to activating the dongle and allowing me to connect for no reason other than being inefficient.
I seem to be a glutton for punishment when it comes to telecommunications firms.