• Using Broadband Internet on your holidays in Europe – your options

    Date: 2010.09.15 | Category: Features | Tags: ,,

    If you are travelling abroad for your holidays then I am sure that you have heard all the horror stories about using UK internet devices in Europe. If you haven’t then beware of turning on your iphone or mobile device without researching exactly what your charges are… even downloading your e-mails could leave you with a big bill.  This year the EU forced operators to be more open and honest to prevent you returning to big bills but it still pays to be cautious.

    If you are planning to stay at a holiday park in Europe, here are some WiFi options other than using your current mobile device:

    • Many parks now have free Internet access on site.  However, our experience has been that these free services tend to be little domestic services made available to all via a public bar… often the quality of the service leaves a lot to be desired and is not greatly secure for your private data.
    • In the last year or so there is an increasing number of holiday parks offering paid for Internet services via a third party supplier.  We used such a service at Bonne Anse Plage and found the service – once connected very good.  On the system we used we were presented with various payment options from 1 hour, 3 hours, 3 days, 7 days etc… it wasn’t cheap but at least you had the choice completely up front.
    • T-Mobile have recently announced that the use of their Broadband phone and laptop broadband ‘dongle’ can be used in Europe via a Euro Internet Booster that you purchase when you log on in Europe (you don’t go live until you buy so no rip off up front costs). The costs stack up ok with the Euro parks typical costs at £1 for15 mins, £5 for 2 hours, £10 a day, £40 a month.  Find out more>

    So far we have tried out the first 2 options with varying success.  More reliable was the paid for service but it is limited to the park you are staying at – if you want to use the Internet away from the park or are staying at different parks – then the T-Mobile service sounds well worth a go, if you do not trust your current network.

    If you do use this service or others, then let us know how you got on.

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