Laptop or not - in France??

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  1. Teasy2007

    Teasy2007 Funster

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    Ciould anyone advise me if we should take laptop on tour of France. What is the Wifi situation like? Are there any Internet cafe type of thing?

    We just want it for email and keeping track on the Forum and wondered if it was worth taking it compared to the hassle of chasing Wifi and worry of leaving it in the motorhome when we are exploring.

    Anyone any experiences?

    Ginny and Mike
     
  2. Jim

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    Hi guys,

    It really does depend on how much you need the internet when you are away. WiFi is becoming more and more popular (and cheaper) on many sites, so browsing websites and email from the comfort of your motorhome is easy and far better than many internet cafe's that abound to the sound of kids games and microsoft messengers bleeps.

    If its just emails you want then you could look at a new smart phone, or you could buy a cheap second hand laptop, thesesare often cheaper than a smart phone, you only need a very basic laptop for email, browsing and keeping a diary.

    Meanwhile, have you thought of fitting a >laptop safe< in the motorhome.
     
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    Have been in France for a couple of years now. We have no problems with wi-fi as more and more people are offering this service. Also internet cafes are quite good here.
     
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    I always take mine. WiFi is available on most good sites , the deal I have with vodaphone while abroad on their data card is a bit costly at ten quid a day but it works. The WiFi I had in Italy last summer was great it was free and this summer the site we are booked at near venice says it is free as well , happy days.


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    We take our laptop when ever we go abroad. Mcdonalds have wifi access in most. All you need is a cup of coffee and your away.
     
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    You can buy a cheap laptop with a licenced copy of Windows XP for £70 - if you'd like some pointers on this, drop me a PM. You can get a nice spec Wifi enabled laptop which is fully internet / email capable provided you don't want to download massive videos or play intensive online games. For £190 you can get a laptop which cost over £1000 only 12-18 months ago and is still pretty much near the cutting edge - no need to buy expensive new equipment, prices of older laptops are silly money now, much cheaper than smartphones and can even be left in your M/H as part of its "equipment" at a cost of £70 or so.


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    Laptop in France

    Lots of wifi in France. As for a laptop, Ive just bought an ASUS EEE.
    Tiny machine with everything you want or need on board, including a webcam.
    You can buy them new for about 220 pounds (!) including all the software, wordprocessor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, Skype, video player, radio etc.
    And they fit easily in any glove pocket.:BigGrin:
     
  8. Teasy2007

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    Thanks for all the advice, I think we will take it and just see how it goes.

    Ginny and Mike
     
  9. vansmudge

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    Laptop or not in France

    We are told that most of France Post Offices + MacDonalds have free WiFi
    You might check out the following site:
    Wi-Fi Hotspot Directory | WLAN Hotspots - WiFi Hot Spots - Free Locations - Public Wireless Lan Internet Access
     
  10. vanessa

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    ... and they don't seem to mind folk spending AGES over one drink, either:Wink:

    However, they do get VERY busy at lunch times.
     
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