Hi mumbear, their are loads of free wi-fi spots all over Europe, Mcdonalds for a start, I felt obliged to buy a cuppa, but you don't have to. Many libraries also have them or join "Fon" via BT, see here: https://www.beta.bt.com/apps/openwifi/
I use a mixture of datacard (about £5 per meg download) and freespots.
Hi do you mean outside or inside? I found that you have to move around sometimes inside to get a good signal, it depends where they have put the access point, if there's a solid brick wall between you and it then you may have trouble, but I just moved to another seat and tried again.We tried McD once last year (in Portugal) but couldn't get a strong enough signal to be useful.
Hopefully the companies reception van will be near enough to main reception for me to use their wifi connection, if it's on password we'll try and do a deal with the owners. If too far I will have to sit under a tree!!!!
Hi do you mean outside or inside? I found that you have to move around sometimes inside to get a good signal, it depends where they have put the access point, if there's a solid brick wall between you and it then you may have trouble, but I just moved to another seat and tried again.
Once I had connected it was a good solid connection, at broadband speeds, only possible reason in my mind to go to Mcdonalds, as I think there "food" is crap.
Hi RitaKeep a look out at tourist offices. Sometimes internet is FREE or a small fee. Some places let you use your own laptop either FREE or small fee either WiFi or can use their cable in your laptop. some internet cafes have WiFi but you have to pay unless it is a place selling drink and then you can have free WiFi.
It is usefull to buy a WiFi/Hotspot finder. I bought one from Maplin but you can get them on E-bay as well.
At Casteil in France the tourist office advertised WiFi but it turned out you had to pay 10€ which gave 3 hours of internet useage, (if you have an Orange contract you might not have to pay again). Still I did get quite a bit of useage from this.
I have bought a 3 USB modem which gives me 3Gb for £15 a month and I haven't used my full allowance each month so far. Unfortunately can't use it in France for that price, have to pay extra. HOWEVER you can use it in Italy and Austria for that price and some other countries but forget which. Hopefully "Three (3)" will cover France oneday!! Vodafone is a bit pricey for the same sort of thing but of course better coverage.