PrePaidGSM.net Forum
Telestial
PrePaidGSM Home National Operators International Cards Contacts Links


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old
  (#1)
caliston (Offline)
Junior Member
Amateur Member
 
Posts: 22
Join Date: 11 Jun 2007

Country:
Default Greece GPRS? - 11-06-2007, 13:07

I'm going to Greece for 3 weeks, and am going to need some kind of data access. I suspect there won't be much wifi where I'm going, so that leaves GPRS. Any suggestions for GPRS data providers for large amounts of traffic (few MB per day)? I've got a UK Virgin SIM at 5/MB, and a Greek TIM (now WIND) SIM which I think does GPRS but can't find the prices.

I notice both Vodafone and WIND are doing unlimited GPRS contracts. I'm guessing it won't work, but what's the minimum term on a contract?

Otherwise Vodafone are doing 4.3EUR/MB if you buy a 10MB card, which is better. Is there any other networks worth considering? Particularly any that work by roaming. I've heard of WIND Italia but it seems they're not cheap any more - any others?
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#2)
gmmour (Offline)
Member
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 92
Join Date: 03 Oct 2006

Country:
Default 12-06-2007, 01:56

The best offer currently available is what I, and thousands of other techno-freaks in Greece, currently use and there is no other service like that offered by any other provider.
It's called WIND Plus non-stop. It is a service that gives you unlimited WAP access with 3,49 Euro per month. It is marketed as a service that offers you unlimited access to the WIND Plus portal but it actually allows you to surf the whole internet unlimited. This can be done using your phone's browser, Opera mini or even by tethering your phone to a computer and using the settings that I'm copying below.

Moreover, WIND also allows you to access the internet with the same settings even without the Plus non-stop option. In that case they will charge you a WAP access ticket of 42 cents, every time you initiate a GPRS session (maximum session time 24 hours, i.e. you can keep the session open for an entire day and be charged one "access ticket", after the first 24 hours, the session won't be interrupted but a second ticket will be charged and so on).

The WIND plus non-stop option with 3,49 Euro per month is the best choice and the WIND plus pay-per-access scheme is also good if you're planning to stay for less than 9 days and willing to keep your WAP session up and uninterrupted whole day long!

In order to activate WIND plus non-stop on a WIND prepaid you have to SMS the word "PLUS" to 349 and the service will be activated for the next 30 days, after which you have to send this SMS again. In order to activate the service 3,49 Euro will be deducted from the prepaid balance of the account. For contract (postpaid) subscribers the WIND plus non-stop option is activated at WIND stores.
Nothing more whatsoever is charged for data usage on your account after that, provided that you're always using the WIND Plus access point (gwap.b-online.gr)!

The WIND plus settings can be automatically downloaded from www.wind.com.gr to your phone (make sure you're always using the WIND plus profile and NOT the WIND Internet one which charges by kb, many users actually delete the WIND Internet profile from their phones to avoid accidental charges).

In order to use the WIND plus service with a computer tethered to your mobile phone, you have to enter the following settings to your computer:
access point "gwap.b-online.gr", username "wap", password "wap" for your cellphone's PC suite and you also have to set the following proxy server on your web browser IP: 192.168.200.10 port: 9401 as well as on the windows connections panel (for IE and MSN Messenger).

I have used that with a Nokia N70 tethered to my PC through Bluetooth and USB and the Nokia PC Suite and it worked perfectly. Under 3G coverage it had speeds up to 200-250 kbps! It worked excellent for browsing, emails and MSN Messenger for me!

If you pay your account (for prepaid subscribers) with a WIND Bonus American Express card the WIND Plus non-stop service is offered free of charge, also the service is offered free of charge on the WIND MAX postpaid plan (for all users regardless of account payment method).

There is also the WIND 1 postpaid plan which has no monthly fee and no commitments. It has the same charges as prepaid but it is postpaid. I don't think it would interest you, it's just an interesting option for people staying longer in Greece but not long enough in order to sign-up for a "real" postpaid plan but are also too lazy to buy prepaid vouchers. On WIND 1 (unless you're paying using WIND Bonus AM.EX.) you have to pay 3,49Euro per month for WIND Plus non-stop.

There is one drawback to the service though, which is not such a big problem for everyday internet usage:
No single entity above 1MB in size is allowed for download. This means that you can surf the web, check your emails (but not download attachments larger than 1MB in size) and chat on MSN Messenger through WIND plus but you cannot download files that are larger than 1MB as these will be blocked by the above mentioned proxy server. Using WIND Plus on my laptop for almost a month when I was away from a fixed ADSL connection I have to admit that the 1MB file size limitation has never been a problem!

In this case and if a file download is absolutely necessary, you can still use the WIND-Internet profile "gint.b-online.gr" which charges per kilobyte (the charge is about 0,0014 Euro per kilobyte). I used that to download the online upgrade for my phone's software which was 2MB in size, it cost me about 3 Euro...

Visit www.wind.com.gr (where you can also request for automatic settings to be SMSed to your mobile) and www.windplus.gr where more information is available regarding mainly the WIND Plus portal but also the WIND plus non-stop option for unlimited WAP access. You can also check whether 3G coverage is available in the area you're visiting (some islands are covered too!)

If you're looking for a WIND prepaid SIM (in case you don't have one already) these are widely available with 5 Euros at virtually any kiosk around Greece and at WIND stores. The prepaid card gives you 1 Euro credit on activation plus 1 Euro credit per month for the next 4 months provided that you recharge your account balance at least once during the month. This means that if you recharge your account at least once a month (cheapest WIND recharge voucher available is 3 Euro) you will get 5 Euro of credit back in five months (matching the initial cost of the prepaid package)!

Last edited by gmmour; 12-06-2007 at 02:23..
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#3)
caliston (Offline)
Junior Member
Amateur Member
 
Posts: 22
Join Date: 11 Jun 2007

Country:
Default 12-06-2007, 13:16

Thanks, that's excellent! Just the sort of thing I wanted!

A few questions:
I've already got a TIM Free2Go SIM. Assuming it still works (last used in Greece in Oct but I sent a text from the UK in Feb to try to keep it alive), that should now be a WIND SIM?

Is it possible to find out where the 3G sites are (Kifissia and Kefalonia is mostly where I'm interested)?

I'm in Greece once or twice a year. If I use the WIND postpaid plan will that stop my number expiring? How does the postpay work - can I do it on the internet by credit card, for example, or do I need a bank account?

When using the WAP option, what network access do you get? HTTP, HTTPS? Are any other ports accessible? Does it use SOCKS or per-port proxying? I use SSH quite a bit, and have an SSH server on the HTTPS port (port 443). Is the proxy likely to let me through? What's the latency like?

Last edited by caliston; 12-06-2007 at 13:26..
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#4)
gmmour (Offline)
Member
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 92
Join Date: 03 Oct 2006

Country:
Default 13-06-2007, 00:13

Quote:
Originally Posted by caliston View Post
Thanks, that's excellent! Just the sort of thing I wanted!

A few questions:
I've already got a TIM Free2Go SIM. Assuming it still works (last used in Greece in Oct but I sent a text from the UK in Feb to try to keep it alive), that should now be a WIND SIM?

Is it possible to find out where the 3G sites are (Kifissia and Kefalonia is mostly where I'm interested)?

I'm in Greece once or twice a year. If I use the WIND postpaid plan will that stop my number expiring? How does the postpay work - can I do it on the internet by credit card, for example, or do I need a bank account?

When using the WAP option, what network access do you get? HTTP, HTTPS? Are any other ports accessible? Does it use SOCKS or per-port proxying? I use SSH quite a bit, and have an SSH server on the HTTPS port (port 443). Is the proxy likely to let me through? What's the latency like?
In order to keep your SIM alive, you have to recharge at least once a year, sending an SMS won't help. I think it should still be alive, a year hasn't passed since October.

On the wind.com.gr website you can check the coverage in the places you visit. Kifissia is definitely covered by WIND 3G (together with the whole of the Athens Metropolitan Area), Kefalonia seems to be 2G only on the official map although these things change.

For a postpaid plan you have to visit a WIND store. If you pay by credit card it would be very easy to get a contract, although I don't know if a greek tax-number (AFM) is a prerequisite for a postpaid account... If it is, you can get one with a simple application at a local IRS office (Eforia in greek). You don't need a bank account, and since you are an EU citizen, the only thing they'll ask for is your credit card! Don't let them sign you up for WIND Flexy zero, that's the no-monthly-fee program they're promoting but it has some downsides. If you do decide to go postpaid, ask for WIND 1, this is the program that will keep your number alive forever without any payments whatsoever, if you don't use it!

The WIND 1 postpaid program actually will never expire and since it has no monthly fees you can keep your number for ever with 0 Euro!
But anyway a prepaid recharged at least once a year will do the job! Unfortunately WIND doesn't offer online recharge for their accounts, you can always buy a couple of vouchers when you leave Greece and use these to recharge when abroad in order to keep your number alive! If you're visiting Greece twice a year, I don't think you even have to bother recharging from the UK!

Latency is very low when surfing with your phone tethered to your computer! To me (having used it for web browsing, checking email with Outlook and chatting on MSN Messenger) it worked (under 3G coverage) almost as good as with a fixed DSL line! The whole experience works quite fine. HTTP and HTTPS do work (from personal experience), MSN Messenger works too! I don't know if they're forwarding per port or using SOCKS but I do think that the proxy will let your SSH connection through since it is on the HTTPS port which goes through! I suspect it is per-port forwarding though... I really don't remember if it worked for Google Earth, but anywayz I have no clue on the ports that Google Earth works on!

That's all... Just bring your Free2Go SIM with you, download the settings on your phone (from www.wind.com.gr) and the settings on your computer (the ones I gave you above), text "PLUS" to 349 (having at least 3,49 Euro in your account for the fee) and you're ready to go with unlimited surfing for the next 30 days! Oh, and by the way, download Opera Mini on your mobile, if you can't do without internet access at any given time!

Just to give you a clue about the other companies, they only offer either per kilobyte charge for prepaid and postpaid or monthly data plans with some MB included but these are expensive and only available on postpaid.

I do think Vodafone offers a prepaid plan for their Vodafone Mobile Connect Card, but you have to buy the card and their charges are high and per kb...
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#5)
gmmour (Offline)
Member
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 92
Join Date: 03 Oct 2006

Country:
Default 13-06-2007, 01:56

Let me add that WIND Mobile TV links are available on the internet so you can watch mobile TV free of charge with TIM!

Recorded programs (like shows, weather etc.) are available on 3G only.
Live TV programs (including all majore Greek channels, MAD music chanel, CNN, ERT Sat and Fashion TV) are also available on 2G.

This is free of charge if you have the appropriate links to be found here:
http://www.myphone.gr/forum/showthre...16#post1119216

In order to use this service you have to download the WIND-Streaming profile (available on www.wind.com.gr).

Forgot to mention that I am not sure if WIND offers 3G access on its prepaid SIM cards... That could be a small problem and may lead you to go to the Greek IRS, get a greek tax-number and sign up for the above mentioned postpaid program (WIND 1 with no monthly fees)...
Kefalonia doesn't seem to have 3G coverage anyway (if you trust the official maps on their site)...
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#6)
gmmour (Offline)
Member
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 92
Join Date: 03 Oct 2006

Country:
Default 13-06-2007, 13:16

Did a little research about 3G on Wind prepaids.
It seems that WIND after being the first operator to offer 3G services back in 2003 (it was Telestet back then, then became TIM and now WIND), hasn't still offered 3G access to its prepaid subscribers.

Rumours on greek fora say though that users have started seing 3G access on their mobiles and started to be able to make video calls which means that Wind is expected to launch 3G services to its prepaids in the coming days (probably since they want to link the launch of the service with their new name)...
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#7)
caliston (Offline)
Junior Member
Amateur Member
 
Posts: 22
Join Date: 11 Jun 2007

Country:
Default 13-06-2007, 23:38

Thanks, that's really helpful! I'll print all this out and take it with me. I need an ΑΦΜ tax number anyway so I might as well go for the postpaid option. This really saves me quite a lot of money
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#8)
gmmour (Offline)
Member
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 92
Join Date: 03 Oct 2006

Country:
Default 20-06-2007, 12:54

You're welcome!

Fresh news:
3G is available as of today to all Wind prepaid subscribers!
Users in greek fora expect some kind of an offer for videocalls to be announced later today. The Wind plus non-stop offer is always available to all Wind subscribers (prepaid and postpaid).
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#9)
Christo Kid (Offline)
Junior Member
Newbie
 
Posts: 1
Join Date: 20 Jun 2007

Country:
Default 20-06-2007, 23:00

Hi there,
Reading your post you sound very knowledgeable, whereas I on the other hand am not and know next to nothing on this topic. I'm coming to Greece June 30 for a month and want to bring my laptop to stay connected with work.
I feel totally lost as what I have to do to get the internet going. I know you explained it in detail above but I was hoping you could answer a few questions and provide any other helpful info.
Do I have to buy a cell phone to connect and if yes what kind do I have to buy? I only plan to go to Greece every 2 years so I don't need a cell with all the bells and whistles but something that will work well. Can I use a house line to connect? I will be in Markopoulo, Porto Rafti and Crete, Hania. Do you know if they have coverage there.
What is Opera mini? I'm not sure if I need it. You mention the cost is 3,49 Euro per month. If I'm using a cell phone line is there air time charge as well. Once again not sure how that works. Do I need to download anything on my computer before I come?
Sorry if these questions sound dumb but I'm just trying to learn as much as I can so I don't bring my laptop all that way for nothing.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#10)
gmmour (Offline)
Member
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 92
Join Date: 03 Oct 2006

Country:
Default 22-06-2007, 01:29

Hi there!
Basically you do need a cellphone that can be connected to your computer and function as a modem. So try to find the cheapest phone that does that, probably all phones will do that.
If you want 3G speeds (300K) you have to buy a 3G phone. Cheapest one will cost you some 120 Euro (Samsung Z150 is a very good deal for a 3G phone). http://www.e-cosmote.gr/cosmote/esho...ategoryId=null

Markopoulo and Porto Rafti (and whole of the Athens Metropolitan Area) is covered with 3G by WIND which offers the above mentioned service. The same for the city of Chania in Crete. You can find their 3G coverage on their site www.wind.com.gr under "Coverage".

3,49 is a flat rate for data and you won't pay anything more provided that you always use the gwap.b-online.gr access point and proxy servers on your laptop's WAP settings. You'll pay for any minutes you talk on your phone, but if you use the above mentioned (Wind plus non-stop) offer, you will only be charged 3,49 Euro per month for any data usage...

Now if you buy a mobile phone you will probably also get a connection cable and a CD-ROM with the appropriate programs to connect your phone to your laptop and go online.

As far as fixed lines are concerned now, you can always use these either with ADSL (if the houses where you go do have ADSL which is a long-term service so you can't activate it just for yourself if the owners of the house don't want it because it requires a one year contract, although it actually costs a mere 10 Euro per month for 24 Mbps and takes about a month to activate so you have to see into that before you come to Greece) or you can use them for dialup connections with speeds up to 56K (that's ooooold and slooooow but always works fine for email and a little occasional browsing) paying something like 2 eurocents per minute using any of the "Free" dialup services. For example you can use "Tellas Free internet", using 8015005000 as your dialup number, and the word "tellas" as the username and the password. www.free-internet.gr

Now if you use a mobile phone with a WIND SIM card (prepaid or postpaid) and the WIND PLUS NON-STOP option, you will get unlimited surfing for one month with 3,49 flat rate. The speeds will be about 64K on 2G network (nationwide) or up to 300K on the 3G network (your places of interest are covered) or even up to 3,6 Mbps if you have an HSDPA-enabled 3G mobile phone (which are quite expensive)... Note though, that the WIND PLUS non-stop servers actually pose a 1MB size limit per file you download while surfing on the flat-rate tariff! So this tariff is best suited for email, chat and web browsing but not for downloading large files and large attachments (larger than 1MB)...

Opera Mini is a java web browser that can be installed on any mobile phone that supports java applications and with that you can surf the internet on your mobile. It's quite useful when you're out and about without any access to a computer and want to surf the web or check some web-based email on the go.

Besides that, if you live close to someone who is stupid enough to have their home Wifi connection unlocked (quite usual nowadays) you can always "steal" some of their high-speed bandwidth and you can always surf on public WiFi hotspots at sea-ports, airports, hotels and cafes (like Starbucks). And in emergencies, you can use any fixed line for dialup!

So bring your laptop with you. Buy an inexpensive phone that can connect to your laptop and function as a GPRS (or even better as a 3G) modem. Get a WIND prepaid SIM from any tobacco kiosk in Greece, pop it in to your new mobile, connect the mobile to your laptop through the provided cable and software, do the appropriate settings for WIND PLUS (APN access point and proxy servers as mentioned above), activate the WIND PLUS NON-STOP offer by sending the sms to the number I mentioned above, and you're ready to go!
And if for any reason this doesn't work you can always use the fixed line at the house you're staying to go online with dialup (2 eurocenta per minute and the outdated speed of 56Kbps) or go to a place where a public WiFi hotspot is available -provided that your laptop has a wifi card- and go online from there!
   
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Skin developed by: vBStyles.com
2002- ad libitum PrePaidGSM.net