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Posted: 12.01.2021  ·  #1
Last week I got a call from a friendly Vodafone agent who told me of great things for me if I renewed my contract for another 12 months.
Central to his offering for my €30 per month subscription was unlimited texts and calls to all networks Europe wide and 100 minutes and texts to the rest of the world.
But the bit which drew my attention was unlimited data Europe wide. Wondering about the infamous data caps, as you do, I asked is the amount of data limited when roaming out of my home country. The answer was an unequivocal NO, the nice chap even went on to describe how I could hot-spot from my phone to my smart tv (which I don't have in the mh) to watch streamed content like Netflix and TV player content as much as I wished at no extra cost (data charge) and at 5G speeds if available.

So, with the advent of unlimited highspeed data becoming available while I roam around Europe do I really need a satellite dish anymore.


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The trend is very strongly moving towards on demand content rather than scheduled broadcasting so in that sense satellite tv will diminish in scale and maybe even disappear in time. The satelites will probably start to carry data instead, the 5G spectrum was freed up by shutting down the old analogue TV transmission network, so in a sense, that's already happened with terrestrial TV.

Charges for calls and texts are also becoming a thing of the past. Vodafones USP is really for roaming where you carry your full data allocation across Europe, all other networks cap roaming data even on unlimited data plans, but €30 per month for SIM only is more than 3x the price of some other offers so you'd really need to value the roaming and international calls.


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I've the basic Sky package simply for Irish TV while away. Now with unlimited data I can dump the Sky package and view the Irish TV I want via mobile data connection. While at home I've Saorview to watch any Irish TV I want.
The savings from the dumped Sky will more than cover my Vodafone subscription.


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Think your right Colin, the trend is towards the streaming format and I don’t think we shall see as much development or investment in the satellite platform in the future, at least not in the European context.

That’s a good deal Vodafone is offering if you are using the international roaming and the overseas calls, does it entitle you to a discounted handset or is it a sim only deal? I’ve just moved over to 48.ie and get 100gb a month, (10gb roaming) unlimited calls and unlimited texts for €7.99 per month on a 30 day rolling contract but no international mins/texts.... it’s OK but data is light on the European front.

Seems there is more and more deals coming from the various providers which is good to see and offers the punters a good selection.


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Think your right Colin, the trend is towards the streaming format and I don’t think we shall see as much development or investment in the satellite platform in the future, at least not in the European context.

That’s a good deal Vodafone is offering if you are using the international roaming and the overseas calls, does it entitle you to a discounted handset or is it a sim only deal? I’ve just moved over to 48.ie and get 100gb a month, (10gb roaming) unlimited calls and unlimited texts for €7.99 per month on a 30 day rolling contract but no international mins/texts.... it’s OK but data is light on the European front.

Seems there is more and more deals coming from the various providers which is good to see and offers the punters a good selection.


It's SIM only. I'd never go for a deal with a handset, you generally end up paying a lot more than buying your own outright.

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I had a problem with the dish on the van a while ago and the thought did cross my mind, why have I got that big yoke on the roof when I could have a small Internet aerial


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Well I certainly wouldn’t remove it, when it’s there. There are still plenty of places where Internet signal is poor. Especially if you like wild Parking in the boonies. Nothing as bad as a show/ match freezing, or buffering constantly. Drives me mad. I’ll be sticking with my dish for the foreseeable future

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whats the boonies


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whats the boonies


Out in the sticks. Middle of nowhere 😁


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Well I certainly wouldn’t remove it, when it’s there. . I’ll be sticking with my dish for the foreseeable future


Have no intention of removing it, but maybe next van will need a rethink, Sat signal not available everywhere either, try the Scottish mountains or Southern France etc

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If you are on top of the mountain, you would be fine 😂.
Absolutely, nothing is 100% guaranteed.
However there is quite a few places we go to, in Ireland, and the phone/ internet is shite, but we can get satellite perfectly. The more options the better

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While the future is OTT, Satellite and terrestrial reception is worth holding on to if you have it. Streaming still means VOD for the most part. There are times you can’t connect and times when you just want random live TV such as news channels on in the background.


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You’re right Jason.
I won’t be getting rid of the dish in a hurry...... just yet !


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Don't be spending money on smart tvs, buy an unexpansive chrome cast or roku stick and that'll be the best solution.

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When we changed the van we thought about putting another sat system on and when we really thought about it we rarely used tv so just went with an aerial

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