Internet "Abroad"..???

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  1. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    What is the best value Dongle to buy for using computer abroad.?

    And is the Coverage and speed good and what would you expect to pay for 3 - 4 months usage. ?

    A lot of sites we normally stay at has "Free" WiFi conection but a lot dont...

    And there are only so many McDonalds meals my belly will take.. :RollEyes:

    I might sound as if I know what I`m talking about, but believe me I dont.. so in laymans terms please..:Doh:

    Any pointers gratefully received.. :thumb:
     
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    Hmmm

    How much money do you have?! Any dongle that works across multiple countries costs a huge amount to run.

    We get wifi/internet easily every day done by:-

    1 - long range wifi aerial
    2 - walking about with iPod touch or Android phone as needed
    3 - McDonalds (even via drive-past with aerial!). You can easily sit outside in car park with the aerials - we never go in
    4 - Kindle 3G (£116 for recon) - free to use and good enough for BASIC and EMERGENCY internet - and good enough for email reading.


    Mainly covered here: http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/2010/08/tip-our-guide-for-easy-free-internet-access-abroad/

    All free ongoing costs. Clearly, if you need more than basic email and internet the above doesn't help.... But, using my methods, I have been able to "obtain" all the missed ESSENTIAL programs when we've been away as well as Skype when needed, so it can be done without Dongle...
     
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  3. tonka

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    Yep,, Long range aerial for me as well.
    Park away from a McDonalds, get wife to put kettle on and surf away :BigGrin:
     
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    Quoting a very experienced traveller who has emailded me from all over the Continent in the last three or four years and you can very often read his travel stories in the ARVE Magazine -

    The only problem, and that is not insurmountable, is ensuring you have internet connection where you are. The general answer is to have a “Dongle”, unlocked, and purchase a local sim card I have used this all over Europe. If more information is needed on this solution I will be glad to help.
    Best regards,
    Bob (via Dongle)


    He recently 'dongled' me from Hungary with some site photographs - so he really does know what he is talking about.

    Dick from the Big Pitch Guide
     
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    Hi Mo,

    If you are in Spain for any length of time and the site does not have wifi, the cheapest way I have found is a dongle from Carrefour. I used one last year 19 euros to buy then 1 euro a day gives you 100mb per day. Just top it up like a prepaid mobile phone.

    http://www.carrefour.es/telecom/internet-movil-prepago/tarifa-diaria/
    click on Google translate.
     
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    Any specific countries in mind Mo, as each had different "best" options...?
    Callum
     
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    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    Hi Callum.... Mostly Spain & Portugal..
     
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    In Potrugal many towns & villages have WiFi free in the local squares.

    In Altura they have even erected a large sun shade over the picnic tables so you can see the screen. :thumb:
     
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    I have not been down to Spain and Portugal for a while.:Sad:

    I have cheap sims for data for most of NW Europe.

    A friend of mine suggested this for Spain.

    http://www.yoigo.com/internet/index.php

    He did say it is on the slow side but ok for e-mails and surfing. For 8€ per month, it has 500 MB high-speed HSDPA , after that speed is reduced up to 64 Kbps but no charge for the additional consumption at the slow speed.

    I think Vodafone Spain do PAYG 1GB for 30 days for about €22 or €4 per day unlimited and Vodafone Portugal do € 10 for 720MB, valid for 24 days.

    Cheeers Callum
     
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    mobile broadband

    For the past few years in spain I've used a pay as you go dongle from vodafone, not the cheapest 49 euros a month for 3 gig but fast and reliable every where we've been,I,ve used the same dongle but had to buy a new sim 5 euros each year and if you need to buy a dongle or phone in Spain you usually have to produce your passport. There is a gadget thats being sold down there at the moment that scans locked wifi and gives you the codes but I hav'nt tried one personally
    Alan
     
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