When it’s Summer in the northern hemisphere, it’s time for travel. Whether you travel for on vacation or holidays, you’ll be in a different place, a different house or hotel or motel…and without your usual Internet connection.
When we travel, some of us miss our Internet connection, especially if we have a high-speed cable or DSL connection.
If you use a notebook computer in your business, you may be able to take it along. However, depending on your employer’s Internet access policy, you may or may not be able to use it for personal web surfing and email. Some employers are liberal on the issue while others are reactionary and obstinate.
If you’re lucky and traveling with your notebook computer, maybe your hotel, motel, friend’s house, relative’s home, campground or RV park will have a wireless connection available. Most hotels don’t bother with wired connections, although a few do. If you don’t have wired or wireless available, or if the wireless connection doesn’t work for some reason, you’ll need dialup.
I have two sources for dialup time, since I may need dialup as a backup for my cable modem some times.
My first choice for dialup is a paid service at BudgetDialup.com. For $9.95, I purchased 20 hours that are good for any time within 365 days of purchase.
BudgetDialup has several packages. Their number 1 claim to fame is that all their Rollover plans feature worldwide access. That’s right. I can use them in Baton Rouge. I can use them in Houston or New York, or I can use them via local numbers in London, Hawaii, Asia, or South America.
The way they do this is by having 4 calling zones and counting by equivalent minutes — for example, the basic $5.95 package includes 10 hours that are good within 365 days (that’s $5.95, not $5.95 per month). In other calling zones (that is, when calling from other countries), that same 600 minute package may only be usable for 300 minutes, 100 minutes or 50 minutes.
My second dialup option is my free 10 hours per month from NetZero. They offer this free package, obviously, in hopes that I’ll upgrade to one of their paid service packages.
If you have a cable modem, a DSL modem or a notebook computer, I recommend that you get a backup dialup connection.