If the person using Mindings doesn’t have an internet connection there are several options open to you:
Broadband Internet with WiFi
This is our strongly preferred solution, Mindings works best with a broadband connection and a WiFi router.
Broadband connections nowadays are cost-effective, available without long contracts, and have the advantage that you can use the internet yourself when visiting!
As an example, check out PlusNet. Starting at £18.99/month for a 12-month contract with no activation fee, they’re good value, and are known for their personal customer service.
A MiFi device and PAYG SIM card
We recommend these only if you can’t get a broadband connection, as they are trickier to setup and support. A MiFi device looks like a buttonless mobile phone and when used with an appropriate SIM card becomes a WiFi ‘hotspot’.
You can buy a MiFi device from companies such as TP-Link for under £50, and get a Giff Gaff 1GB data SIM for £7.50/month (NB GiffGaff uses the O2 network). That’s typically more than enough data to use Mindings.
Click on the banner below to order one (once you’ve activated it, add a £12.50 “Giga Bag” – you need to spend more than £10 to activate a new account). For convenience you can then add Auto-Top-Up and Auto-Recur (making sure to Auto-Recur a £7.50/month 1GB GigaBag) so you never need to manually top up the account with money or data, and you won’t have to switch the device off-and-on to activate PAYG credit.
Sharing a Neighbour’s WiFi
According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2016, 89% of households in Great Britain (23.7 million) had internet access, an increase from 86% in 2015 and 57% in 2006. So, there’s a good chance that the Mindings user has neighbours with home WiFi networks. Perhaps they’d be willing to let you use it…?