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Using the internet abroad?

Travel Forums General Talk Using the internet abroad?

1. Posted by Lewis86 (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Im looking to backpack through europe. I was thinking it would be a lot easier to find places, find train times, hostels etc if i was to have internet access with me. Does anyone know if its possible to have a mobile phone that can be used abroad that has internet access?

(sorry for poor spelling etc i am dyslexic :P)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 8y

The iphone, if it's already available in your country, should be exactly this. (Uses wifi if available, and otherwise a regular phone connection.) Note that its charges for access while abroad are very hefty indeed, so make certain to not configure it to check for email automatically.
Various other devices like the Nokia N810 (not a phone, though it comes with voip; but it relies on available wifi) are also heading in this direction; none are quite perfect yet, imo. (The iphone definitely isn't either, being all locked down and proprietary, but it's definitely the effort which comes closest.)

On the other hand, a device like this is a pretty expensive alternative to just preparing ahead of time, or asking locals. Not certain if I'd consider it worth it...

3. Posted by Lewis86 (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Thankyou for reply. The only reason i was thinking of this was just to help with my confidence knowing that if i need help i can just look it up.

Maybe i should just go down the route of planning exactly where im going for my first trip so i can prepare with maps etc.

Surely it cant be that hard to navigate european train stations and find places to stay :S

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

It's very expensive! I rememebr the phone bill when a friend and I spent about 10 minutes searching online for an address when we were away. Far better to stop at an internet café.

And your spelling is wonderful, by the way!

5. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

As has been said, a device like this (while certainly handy), can work out to be pretty expensive. I'd stick to just using the internet access at hostels and internet cafes/lounges. If you know ahead of time what you'd like to look up/find out, you can use your time quite efficiently here. Also use information stands, tourist desks, and of course ask the locals for help :) Then that money you'd be using on having personal internet access you can be using on local attractions....or a beer ;)

6. Posted by desmondus (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Yup, flashing hi tech gadgets around when traveling is a sure way to arrive home without them.
As stated in previous replies use internet cafes and local info.
Planning in advance helps but you can do a lot on the road too.