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1. Posted by Marta_Marq (Budding Member 29 posts) 5y

Hi you all!

I'm planning some trips for the end of the summer and I was wondering which is the best way to have access to the internet while travelling around the world, through many different countries.

Can you tell me about your personal experience? Is it better to get a phone with wi-fi (like an iphone, blackberry or similar) or, on the other hand, is it better to try to find cyber spots in the countries you're in? I think a mobile phone would be a better option, I'm just not sure whether it will be easy to find places with free wi-fi connection!

Thanks in advance, I hope I can get some answers from you!

Marta

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

It depends a little on where you are going, but my preference by far is to have a phone (or the ipod touch for example) with you that will let you connect to the internet at hotspots. They are becoming more and more common, and when you find one, it's nice to be able to use it straightaway, even if you don't spend time at the place to actually reply to the emails you download.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 5y

A word of warning tough, if you do go on an open wifi connection, be aware that anything you do can be tracked fairly easily by anyone else who logs on to that connection. In fact, some scammers set up open wifi hotspots in order to spy on people! If you are accessing secure sites (with https:), then it should be fine, but for any other ones you need to be very careful, particularly if you're the kind of person who uses the same password across a lot of different sites.

That said, I think having an internet-capable phone is very handy these days. I'd prefer that over an internet café where there's really no guarantee of security at all. Don't be doing your banking in one of those.

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5. Posted by Marta_Marq (Budding Member 29 posts) 5y

Quoting Sam I Am

It depends a little on where you are going, but my preference by far is to have a phone (or the ipod touch for example) with you that will let you connect to the internet at hotspots. They are becoming more and more common, and when you find one, it's nice to be able to use it straightaway, even if you don't spend time at the place to actually reply to the emails you download.

Well... I'll do an interrail so I'll be visiting lots of different countries, specially in eastern europe (Poland, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic,...). I think hotspots are quite useful but I'd rather not have to depend on them..With a mobile phone is it possible to access wireless internet without passwords and stuff?

6. Posted by Marta_Marq (Budding Member 29 posts) 5y

Quoting Peter

A word of warning tough, if you do go on an open wifi connection, be aware that anything you do can be tracked fairly easily by anyone else who logs on to that connection. In fact, some scammers set up open wifi hotspots in order to spy on people! If you are accessing secure sites (with https:), then it should be fine, but for any other ones you need to be very careful, particularly if you're the kind of person who uses the same password across a lot of different sites.

That said, I think having an internet-capable phone is very handy these days. I'd prefer that over an internet café where there's really no guarantee of security at all. Don't be doing your banking in one of those.

Okay! Thanks for the warning! I'll keep that in mind!

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

Quoting Marta_Marq

Quoting Sam I Am

It depends a little on where you are going, but my preference by far is to have a phone (or the ipod touch for example) with you that will let you connect to the internet at hotspots. They are becoming more and more common, and when you find one, it's nice to be able to use it straightaway, even if you don't spend time at the place to actually reply to the emails you download.

Well... I'll do an interrail so I'll be visiting lots of different countries, specially in eastern europe (Poland, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic,...). I think hotspots are quite useful but I'd rather not have to depend on them..With a mobile phone is it possible to access wireless internet without passwords and stuff?

If you get an unlocked GSM phone (pretty much standard in the world, except for the US), yes, you could access the internet without anything else. But your billl is going to be GIGANTIC! My wife accidently switched on roaming (as it's called) to bring in an MMS in Hong Kong. We're not sure if that triggered emails coming in or not, but either way, the bill for just that one move and very little data amounted to 20USD. One option might be one of the new kindles that come with unlimited internet access abroad. I'm REALLY not sure how Amazon are managing that though!

8. Posted by Marta_Marq (Budding Member 29 posts) 5y

Wow. 20USD for an MMS is just unbelievable!

I don't know if I explained myself well but what I meant was to access internet from other computers that don't have passwords (like stealing internet from them! lol) or use free wireless places. If I do that I can't be charged for it, right?

Anyway...I think I'll have to get informed about this is a mobile's store or something.

Thanks!!

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

Yep... I thought you meant using open wifi networks as well, but to access those you don't need a mobile phone. An ipod touch would do the trick (hence my adding it as a suggestion :)).