I would like to be able to get connected to the internet while on
holiday in Europe using my own equipment. My initial thoughts are a
notebook + a mobile phone, what should I look out for? At the moment I
do not have a mobile phone so was wondering how one would connect, I
wanted to have a good idea before asking in the mobile phone shops as I
don't beleive I would get good advice. Also what is the connection
I have used a nokia 6230, and a 5yr old Advent laptop, just to prove it can
be done, I used the IR port because it was there and I wasn't going to spend
any money on a bluetooth adapter!!
It worked quite well on GPRS about the same speed as dial up. I am on
contract with orange and pay a £5 a month for 4MB (IIRC)
I think the problem would come with roaming abroad the costs may be
prohibitive for casual use.
I bought a 54g pcmia wireless adapter off Ebay and If you have a PAYG with
someone like BT and roam to hotspots cafe's hotels etc it may be cheaper,
but having seen what it costs per hour I am not so sure about that!!
Or leave the laptop at home and live with the withdrawal symptoms and 1000+
emails when you get home, on second thoughts!!!
I've used my Tecra and Sony-Ericsson IR connection at home and once in
South Africa where the landline connection was terrible. For Europe I
have PAYG accounts in a number of countries - Google 'free ISP' -
which give dial up accces at local call rates. Where are you going on
I'm a little confused, what service is the 'mobile' usage one? RTB ?
you need a Notebook with an infrared port, how does that link to the
I'm not a complete novice with computers, just sorted a Wireless Access
Point for my daughter, but I'm trying to get my head around this one.
A lot of mobile phones can be connected via cable, IR or bluetooth to
laptops or PCs', my old nokia 6310 for example I could use with my laptop,
using either cable or IR, When I got the 6230 it had IR , so it was easy* to
set up using the modem software downloaded from Nokia.
It just made it easy for me using IR because I could do it without buying
bluetooth adapters or cables. the disadvantage with IR is you have to have
the phone close and pointed at the IR port where as Bluetooth is wireless
and as long
.* once I had slowed down the IR speed to something te Nokia could live
So if you want to use a mobile with a laptop, first of all make sure the
mobile can be used as a modem, also make sure you intended service provider
can support gprs or wap when roaming.
If your notebook has IR then make sure the mobile you get has IR , you can
get a data cable usb or serial. or a lot of mobile have bluetooth but then
you have to get a usb bluetooth adapter. I have used nokias for years and
find they are relatively simple to set up for data.
The other place to ask this question is on uk.telecom.mobile there are
people on there who do this allready