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I need a good internet solution while abroad
Thread poster: Sonja Allen

Sonja Allen  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:00
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Nov 29, 2006

My husband will soon be sent to Germany on business for some months and I do not want to stay behind in the UK during that time, so I thought about going with him and trying to work from there on my laptop. The problem I see is just how to be able to be online most of the time (for enquiries that come in by email, research, online dictionaries etc.) without having to pay a fortune. The hotel my husband will be in, is very expensive with regards to internet use and there does not seem to be any decent internet cafe around there either. So I was wondering if anyone of you knows a good internet solution that doesn't break the bank and doesn't require me to enter into any long-term contract.

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Sonja Tomaskovic  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 23:00
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Fon.com Nov 29, 2006

See http://de.fon.com/

Of course, everything will depend on whether there is someone with a WLAN located in the area you are planning to stay.

You can browse a map with Fon locations at http://maps.fon.com/

HTH.

Sonja


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Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 23:00
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UMTS card Nov 29, 2006

Dear Sonja,

I am in this very situation myself. I got a broadband UMTS card from Vodafone, which allows quite a fast internet connection, though not really everywhere. But in any bigger town you'll probably get a good connection. If not, the card connects via GPRS, which is signifcantly slower, but you have connection virtually everywhere.
I have a flat rate (kind of) for approx. 50€/month, and I'm really happy with it.

Regards,
Erik


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chinesetrans
Netherlands
Local time: 23:00
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GPRs Nov 30, 2006

In China, I subscribed the GPRs attached to my mobile. The connection is OK, approx 5Mbps. Really bravo.

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LegalTrans D  Identity Verified
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UMTS card maybe not such a good idea Dec 4, 2006

efreitag wrote:


I have a flat rate (kind of) for approx. 50€/month, and I'm really happy with it.




At first glance, UMTS card flat rates may look like an attractive proposition. To take advantage of it, though, you have to sign a 24 month contract. At least that's what it says on the Vodafone site. I doubt that Deutsche Telekom would give you a better deal.

I've been through this problem a number of times in different countries and have never really been able to come up with a good solution in a hotel. That is why I now prefer to rent a holiday flat rather than go to a hotel. It usually means I have to work with a dial-up connection, but at least it won't cost me an arm and a leg.

A kingdom for a good solution!

Volkmar


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