Internet connection in Greece
Thread poster: Béatrice Leclercq

Béatrice Leclercq  Identity Verified
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Jul 10, 2006

Hello dear colleagues from Greece!
I’m planning to go to Greece and I will stay at a friends' house. They have a normal landline (no DSL or ISDN). I will take my laptop with me and want to connect to Internet via modem.

Now I wonder: Is there a good and reliable Internet service provider for Greece you can recommend me? I will not be there for a long time, only a few days, and all I need is a "call by call" connection, so that I have to pay only for the time I actually have been connected to Internet.

Maybe you also know what it costs approximately?

When I was in Bulgaria some months ago, there was even a service provider who offered a free connection via modem (just the usual telephone fees). Is there anything like this in Greece, too?

Thanks in advance for your recommendations (it would be great to get some links, so that I can prepare this before going abroad). Since I don’t speak Greek, sites in English would be welcome, but also Greek is o.k., my friends will then translate it for me.


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Dimitrios Papantoniou  Identity Verified
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you don't need to set up anything in advance Jul 10, 2006

internet connectivity is below medium in greece. there are some services popping up over the last year with free dial up access, meaning no monthly fee, but prices are that of a conventional phone call, approxinaltely 3-4 cents per minute and they are charged to the owner of the phone line (don't know if you would want that)
The link to the biggest provider of this sort of service is
http://anytime.hol.gr/online/anytime/index.aspx
and i think you don't need to have anything set up in advance.
You can also buy internet connection cards with prepaid internet time. They are sold nearly everywhere, as long as you don't mind the slow internet speeds


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Béatrice Leclercq  Identity Verified
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Thank you Jul 10, 2006

Hello Dimitrios,

thank you for your information and for the link. This looks like the thing I was looking for. I will try the HOL connection when I'm there.

Best greetings to Greece

Béatrice


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Angeliki Lyviaki  Identity Verified
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Don't expect fast speeds Jul 12, 2006

Yes, that's the best way to have Internet access for a short period of time and it works fine compared to other free dial-up providers. However, it's still a dial-up, so don't expect it to be fast while you surf. Only broadband connections are fast, cheap and very popular in Greece (especially among translators).

Free HOL account is very easy to set-up also. Just create a new connection dialing the number 801 2000 200. User name: any, Password: time. Usually, no further set-up is necessary. Plug and go!

Hope you have a nice stay in Greece


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Daphne b  Identity Verified
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some more links Jul 12, 2006

Béatrice Leclercq wrote:
Now I wonder: Is there a good and reliable Internet service provider for Greece you can recommend me? I will not be there for a long time, only a few days, and all I need is a "call by call" connection, so that I have to pay only for the time I actually have been connected to Internet.


Apart from HOL, you could also check out some of the other major ISPs in Greece:

www.forthnet.gr
www.otenet.gr
www.tellas.gr
www.vivodi.gr

When I was in Bulgaria some months ago, there was even a service provider who offered a free connection via modem (just the usual telephone fees). Is there anything like this in Greece, too?


Yes, there are two I know of:
vivodi telecom: http://www.vivodi.gr/site/content.php?artid=45
tellas: www.free-internet.gr (free internet website only in Greek, but you can see the username & password required to connect)

Otherwise, most of them have a variety of Internet cards you can buy.


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Béatrice Leclercq  Identity Verified
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Thanks to all of you Jul 12, 2006

Thank you for the information you gave me. It doesn't matter if it's not that fast. It's more about checking my e-mails than surfing.

Thanks again and enjoy the summer!


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