Getting Connected to the Net Overseas

Admittedly, I am writing this from the seat of my pants, since I have limited experience in dealing with global IPs. Yes, I can get myself connected in most any Wi-Fi hotspot in the world and can plug into or go wireless in any hotel. But the notion of global wireless is a new, untested concept. In short, I’ll be updating this post frequently.

Foreign Dialup Services

Many of the younger visitors to this Web site probably have never experienced pre “solid-state” television. Back in the days when TV sets were black and white and they housed a forest of vacuum tubes, they took forever to “warm up” and produce a picture. When “solid state" electronics came along and vacuum tubes went the way of the crystal set, TVs became an “instant on” phenomena.

I mention this only because being forced to wait several minutes for a TV set to warm up is the equivalent of screwing around with dialup Internet service. Once you’ve experienced the “instant on” speed of cable or TI broadband services, it’s impossible to go back to dialup.

And yet, much of what is available on the global Internet market is dialup.

For example, MyTravelAccess is a dial-up Internet service that you can use just about anywhere in the world without a new monthly bill. You simply pay as you go, and are charged only for the connection time you use.

You will receive unfiltered, unrestricted access to the Internet so you can access your online broker and trade to your heart’s content. Slowly. Ooooh so slowly.

MyTravelAccess.com also offers a free web accelerator that they say compresses the text and graphics before they're sent to you over your dialup connection using a unique technology.

This reduces the amount of data sent, and provides a "much faster" surfing experience. But still, it’s no broadband.

And there’s a fly in the ointment. Not only will I be trading online, but also I’ll be uploading those huge video files for my blog and that would take forever and a day to upload on a dialup line. 

"Pardon me, can I use you telephone for a few hours?"

Moreover, I’ve got a question for all you providers of overseas dialup services: While I'm traipsing around the world, where the hell am I going to get a phone line to connect to your dialup? I've asked that very same question to these providers and have never gotten a return email.

I mean, it’s not like I can knock on just any old door along the Rue De Castiglione in Paris and say, "Hey, I need to get on the Internet. Do you mind if I borrow your phone line for a while? And incidentally, while I’m plugged in your phone won’t work so you might miss a few calls. I'm sure you'd get a response akin to "Va te faire foutre!"(politely, that means, "Kiss my ass.")

Need Greater Variety?

Well, there are other ways to "get connected," but they're pretty pricey. Global Dialer, for example, wants you to cough up 24-cents a minute if you want to connect along their expansive route, which includes 150 countries with dialup, tollfree, Wi-Fi.  Hotel, Airport, and other coverage.

I’ll do the math for you. That’s $14.40 a hour. So if you spend, say, 3 hours on the net scoping out a nice buy you’ll pay more than 40 bucks. And if you can’t get a local dialup number, they’ll gladly share their toll-free number except it ain’t toll-free, it cost another 20-cents a minute.

As you can see, you CAN get connected to the Internet most anywhere, but it will cost you. So being a thinking person, you ask, if Verizon and other U.S. carriers can make wireless broadband happen most anywhere stateside for $80 a month or less., why can't that be done most anywhere in the world?

Well, as I see, it can be done. It just hasn't happened competitively yet---so far as I can determine. But, hope springs eternal, and when a wireless provider alerts me that they're now providing such a service, I'll be sure and pass that info along.

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