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Burrell  Identity Verified
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Mar 27, 2009

Dear Portuguese colleagues,

I am going to Portugal where I have some family for 3-4 weeks this summer and I am taking my laptop with me as I do not intend to loose any jobs during this time even though it will be my holidays. I would like to figure out a way to get Internet connection during this time.

The house I will be staying in will not have an active phone line as my stepdaughter who lived there until now is moving and taking her phone with her. When I lived in Portugal some 5 years ago there were not many Internet connection options but a lot has changed since then, of course. My stepdaughter has kindly offered me the use of her Internet connection but that is some 20 minutes travel by car and I can hardly travel there three times a day. Actually, I have a hunch she probably thinks I only need to check my e-mail once in a while and if I start camping there she will not be happy especially since she just got married and probably wants to spend some private time with her husband. Internet cafes are also out of question since I will be deep in countryside and again am not willing to travel several times a day.

I have a mobile broadband dongle from UK Vodafone and they charge a flat fee of 10 pounds a day for something like 50mb of roaming data. So I am looking for an option that would cost me less than 300 pounds.

As I will probably be going to Portugal again the next year it can be a bit more permanent option. I can take a 12 months mobile Internet contract, or rather I can get my stepdaughter to do that for me.

Could anybody advise me about the possible options.

Thanks in advance,
Ines


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MLeiria  Identity Verified
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Re: Internet access when visiting Portugal Mar 27, 2009

Hi Ines,

Two possible options (the second one from Vodafone):

http://www.kanguru.pt/de%20o%20salto/Produtos/Tarifario/prepago.htm
http://www.vodafone.pt/main/Particulares/BandaLargaMovel/blm_recarregavel/blm_recarregavel_tarifario.htm

Let me know if you need help translating the pages.
In any case, better check the coverage of the area before purchase:

http://www.kanguru.pt/de%20o%20salto/Produtos/Cobertura/
http://www.vodafone.pt/main/Ajuda/Cobertura/3GBandaLarga.htm?NRMODE=Unpublished&wbc_purpose=Basic&WBCMODE=PresentationUnpublished

Hope this helps,

Manuel

[Edited at 2009-03-27 12:40 GMT]


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Burrell  Identity Verified
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Thanks Manuel! Mar 27, 2009

This is just what I need. Here in the UK it costs a lot more and you have to sign a 12 months contract. As far as I understand (my Portuguese is passable although when I speak to Portuguese people I usually speak English and they speak Portuguese and we understand each other), I do not have to sign a contract, just buy the 3G pen and then charge it up whenever I need after the initial 12 or more days are over. In my area (Caldas da Rainha) it is rather slow but at least it is available. I can alway use somebody's else Internet to download large files.

This is brilliant, thanks a lot! Just what I needed.

Ines


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MLeiria  Identity Verified
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You understood right Mar 27, 2009

Also, since you already have a Vodafone pen, it might be worth asking the company if you even need a new pen or just a SIM card to go with the one you have.

Best

Manuel


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Ana Rita Santos  Identity Verified
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Hi all.

Vodafone has the same service: http://www.vodafone.pt/main/Particulares/BandaLargaMovel/blm_recarregavel/blm_recarregavel_tarifario.htm

In fact, I think all major operators (Vodafone, TMN and Optimus) have that service, and they are all the same (diferences are minor). Maybe the only difference is the coverage of the area.


Best of luck!
Ana Rita


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Burrell  Identity Verified
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That's a good idea Mar 27, 2009

Although Vodafone is rather strange when it comes to different countries. I used my phone as a modem last year in Portugal and made sure I used Vodafone network there as the deal was 5 pounds/15 mb (or something similar) a day on preferred network. However when I got back I was charged for each MB of roaming data because believe it or not - Vodafone PT is not a preferred network for Vodafone UK!!

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María Leonor Acevedo-Miranda  Identity Verified
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Carriers... Mar 28, 2009

You meant "carriers"

Ana Rita Santos wrote:

Hi all.

Vodafone has the same service: http://www.vodafone.pt/main/Particulares/BandaLargaMovel/blm_recarregavel/blm_recarregavel_tarifario.htm

In fact, I think all major operators (Vodafone, TMN and Optimus) have that service, and they are all the same (diferences are minor). Maybe the only difference is the coverage of the area.


Best of luck!
Ana Rita


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Ana Rita Santos  Identity Verified
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Another idea Mar 28, 2009

Actually, the word I was looking for at the time was "provider", but my brain froze. Good thing I don't translate PT to EN!

But I thought of another solution. My ISP, for example, has a free mobile net, linked to my ADSL account. The only thing I had to buy was the pen. The limit is ridiculous, 100 MB a month, but maybe it's enough to check your e-mails. There's also a 200MB for 3€/day. You could check with your stepdaughter, to see if her ISP has such a service. The downside is that these options usually come with an additional 12 month contract...

You can check, for example:
http://acesso.clix.pt/internetmovel/tarifarios.html
http://adsl.sapo.pt/prodtarif_movel.html
http://www.vodafone.pt/main/Particulares/vodafonecasa/DuplexAdsl/tarifarios/AdslVozListaTarif.htm


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Burrell  Identity Verified
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Thanks Ana! Mar 28, 2009

I will check this out. It is amazing how things have changed. Five years ago when I lived in Portugal I had a dial-up connection there whereas now I could have almost anything.

Ines


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