Accessing the Internet While Travelling
By Terry Stockdale for TerrysComputerTips.com
Several years ago, I wrote an article about how to access the Internet while travelling. It focused on using a notebook computer with dialup access, using a hotel business center’s computer (or a friend’s whom you were visiting) to access your emails. Little more than that
So much has changed…
Now, we have tablets and smart phones, whether iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackberry, that we can use to check emails and can use to surf the web. The small screen isn’t great on a phone, but it works! It’s even better on a 7-inch or 10-inch tablet.
We’ve also got the ability to use 3G wireless network adapters for laptop computers (assuming we have a laptop computer), Apple iPad’s and with our choice of wireless service provider.
Finally, the best (in my current opinion) approach — tethering our smart mobile phone that has 3G or 4G access to our laptop computer.
I used to do that long, long ago with a laptop and a Motorola flip-phone. But, then AT&T got wise and changed their terms of service to prohibit tethering.
Enforcement was kind of rough, too, as some folks found out. If they caught you, you paid regular data rates. Those “regular data rates” were $0.01 per KB. No, that’s not a typo — it was a penny per kilobyte, which is $10 per megabyte. A 150KB image (large back then, but small today), would be $1.50 to download. Ouch! I didn’t want to go there…
This post is excerpted with the permission of Terry’s Computer Tips.
About Terry Stockdale
Terry’s Computer Tips is a free, weekly, email, computer tips newsletter and a computer tips web site, too. Terry’s Computer Tips began with handouts that Terry Stockdale prepared for teaching workshops and classes at a local computer users group. These grew to a hobbyist web site on which he posted PC training articles and tips during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. In 2005, the Terry’s Computer Tips web site and weekly newsletter were born. Now in its eighth year, Terry continues publishing his free email computer tips newsletter each week.