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I always spend the entire month of July traveling in the south pacific and August in France. I always bring my Dell Inspiron 6000 with me specifically to download my pics. When I can find a wifi site I try to read my messages and possibly send mail and surf the net. This tends to be a pain. Other times I buy a phone card and manually go onto the net. I was told there is another way. I can purchase some sort of card that goes into the PC card slot on the side of my laptop. I was told by Frisson, my cell phone company that they have this unit but I have to purchase a two year contract as well as the cost of the unit.
Is there anyway or anything that I can get/use so that I can get onto the internet for a specific amount of time(monthly is no problem)?
My e-mail address is [email protected] which is the best way to contact me.
 
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Firstly, please quickly remove your email address from your post. People will not usually respond off-forum, but spammers delight in harvesting such publically available addresses.

I suspect you are referring to a cellular (GSM/GPRS) card which acceses the cellphone network for data, it can be VERY expensive when travelling unless you have a reciprocal charging setup with your provider at home.

My costs can be 30 cents per kb in some countries ($300 per megabyte!). Image files would be very costly.
 
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kiwiguy said:
My costs can be 30 cents per kb in some countries ($300 per megabyte!). Image files would be very costly.
When I did that on my phones browser, lets just say I ran out of money, and I am still glad it is on a prepaid system. They can be surprisingly expensive.

If you lived in New Zealand, I would recommend Vodem. Other than that you should be able to get something like a wireless card and ask about global roaming. The cost could be more expensive because of it though, but you sound like you would have enough time to also use a local ISP as well. See what those countries provide in terms of wireless broadband. It isn't really any cheaper than using other methods. But if you keep paying one off costs to do those things in those countries yourself, it might end up building up to cost more, so it would make a more logical choice to go wireless.
 
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Well, In this regards the cellular provider is the best option for you. You can ask the cellular provider for their GPRS services and also if they can provide it overseas with the help of other cellular provider.
 
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