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Tethering abroad instead of buying R218

2: Seeker


We are travelling to Spain soon and rather than buying the R218 Wi-fi router could we use an old iPhone and tether to it?  Looking at buying a 1mth contract withstand high (ish) data limit.  We will be tethering Wi-fi only iPads and iPhones no laptops.

Looks like Vodafone allow tethering abroad - any drawbacks or benefits to the R218 I am missing?




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17: Community Champion

You can check the roaming info and charges in Vodafone > costs/travelling-abroad.


Be aware if you use your phone to tether a tablet that can access richer content internet pages then data can be used faster and the battery of your iPhone will diminish faster from turning on the hotspot.


Roaming would need to be allowed on the account via your myvodafone and ensure the sim is activated before leaving the Uk 


A person could use sim only , a full contract as long as a person can pass a credit check to open the contract up or Payg which requires no credit check and can be used for roaming. 


Roaming is only meant for relatively short periods of time.


Further information is available in the T&C's.


The dongle you mention is a dedicated device to connect several devices for internet use for data but it's a personal choice really to use one of those or a phone. 


If your iPhone is unlocked to all network's an alternative would be to find a local mobile network to use.

Current Phone > Samsung Note 10+ 5G _256Gb > Model: SM-N976B.

Samsung One Ui  / Pie.


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