[maemo-users] OT - availability of WiFi in England

From: Spencer.GOH at rbs.com Spencer.GOH at rbs.com
Date: Tue Apr 28 11:11:37 EEST 2009
I would agree with the info below.

Mostly I find it frustrating that with current WiFi you have to keep reconnecting and switching to other networks if on the move (walking/car). Given limited free WiFi availability and costs of hotspots & fragmentation of providers, you could either get Boingo which I think covers The Cloud / BT OpenZone & others... But...

My recommendation would be to buy a Three (3 - www.three.co.uk) Pay as you go Sim (£10 - which includes £10 credit), and using £5 of that for 2Gb of free 3G data (make sure you get the correct add on as there is a more expensive data add-on). Then tether your mobile to your N800 over bluetooth (make sure you have a phone which supports this).

There are other networks available, but costs vary. Three are the best value IMO, and I've always found reception great (also discovered in holiday that on Norfolk coast it's actually the best of all UK networks there!)


-----Original Message-----
From: maemo-users-bounces at maemo.org [mailto:maemo-users-bounces at maemo.org] On Behalf Of Graham Cobb
Sent: 27 April 2009 22:17
To: maemo-users at maemo.org
Subject: Re: OT - availability of WiFi in England

On Monday 27 April 2009 18:43:32 Julius Szelagiewicz wrote:
> My girlfriend is going from USA to England for two weeks. I want to 
> give her an N810 tablet, but I don't have the faintest idea if / how 
> is WiFi available there.

Variable, but expensive compared to USA.  In London it is much like any other big city -- a mixture of places (hotels, coffee shops, pubs and dedicated internet cafes) -- a few free, most not free (you will often pay about the same in the UK for an hour as you would in the US for a day).  Outside London it is much more limited (think of a small US city in a rural area) -- in my local town I can only think of one location with WiFi (there are probably another one or two I don't know) and even in a regional centre (like, say, Gloucester or Coventry or Durham) you may only find it in major hotels and a couple of coffee shops and pubs.  I spent a few days in Worcester last year and only found two places in the town with WiFi (neither of which was my hotel, unfortunately).  Major coffee shop chains are a good place to go looking!

> Any hints (is there such a thing as inexpensive 3G
> connection?) will be very much appreciated.

3 have a reasonably priced 3G prepaid data service with a dongle (for a
laptop) -- but I am sure it wouldn't be worth it for two weeks as you have to buy the dongle (and it wouldn't work with the N810).  If you already have an unlocked 3G phone you could buy a local 3G prepaid SIM with data service on most of the networks for not too much.

Bottom line: If she is going to be in London and other major tourist areas, she will find WiFi connectivity fairly easily but it may be expensive.

Now we will see if the other Brits on the list have a different experience!


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