Wireless Internet Reviews

Traveling Overseas With Wireless Internet

Let’s face it. It’s too much to ask that we stay away from our computers for more than a couple of days. The very thought of taking a long-deserved vacation brings a chill down our spine. If we are unable to find out the latest gossip on Britney or check to see if that kid we never spoke to at high school has added us as a Facebook friend, then surely the world will come to a most violent conclusion.

Not to fear, though. Most countries in the world have heard of the Internet, and some of these countries even share the same meaningless obsession we have for vapid celebrities.

Accessing Broadband on Holiday

Short of having a shallow, empty holiday romance just so you can go over to one of the locals’ homes to read the latest Perez Hilton gossip, we are basically faced with two options for wireless broadband access:

Wi-Fi Hotspots

Even in the furthest flung backwaters of the world like Canada they have Wi-Fi. Many coffee shops, hotels and airports have Wi-Fi access. Although it is possible to find many places that will offer free Wi-Fi access in exchange for your patronage, most for the time there will be a cost associated with connecting to a Wi-Fi network.

These costs can add up quickly if you need to access the web a lot. One of the best ways to reduce the cost is to subscribe to a hotspot package through a Wi-Fi Hotspot provider. With this package you will be granted access to a whole network of hotspots. Many of these providers extended their networks by partnering with other networks globally so make sure the company you choose covers your intended destination.

Mobile Broadband

Your mobile broadband should theoretically be available anywhere your cellular operator has phone coverage. However, the picture is not always that rosy. Although most providers can offer you some kind of international roaming service for cell phones through partners in other countries, the same cannot be said for mobile broadband yet.

One of the few American companies that offers international data roaming with their wireless internet package is AT&T . Along with Canada and Mexico, they also offer access in over 60 other countries with discounted data roaming rates through their partners. As more 3G technology networks roll out, more companies will be able to offer international mobile broadband accounts in more countries.

An alternative to paying for an international account would be to obtain a pay-as-you-go account in the destination of your choice. Many U.K. mobile broadband providers offer a service that you can activate for just one month.

One downside to this is the initial layout for the hardware required to connect to the service although mobile broadband modems are dropping in price all the time. The other downside is the service runs for a month so you might be paying for something you won’t get the full use out of. Personally the last time I had four weeks of work, I was unemployed.

Tips for Accessing Broadband Abroad

So now we know that you can safely go on holiday without missing a single episode ofItalian Spiderman. Here are some quick tips to help you on your way:

  1. Make sure your mobile wireless internet provider can provide broadband coverage in the country you are visiting.
  2. If mobile broadband is available it may be more cost-effective and efficient, as you will not have to hunt out Wi-Fi hotspots.
  3. Read the fine print. Make sure you know how much accessing the Internet is going to cost you. You don’t want a nasty shock when you see the bill.