Best way to access internet overseas?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Ajohn, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. Ajohn macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2003
    Heya, everyone, I'm off to Uganda for 10 months starting August 11th, and though I'm not beholden to the idea, I was thinking it would be nice to have internet access while I'm over there. I'll be renting a house which (presumably) have a telephone line.

    Anyway, I was debating if there was any cost efficient way to do this. Local ISPs seem outrageous (I e-mailed one and got a quote for $200/month.) I just found this site, though,, which may be a bit better. Does anyone know if this kind of setup is legit, and if it is, is it the best way to go? Thanks in advance.

  2. CalfCanuck macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    Internet cafes??

    You might plan on a strategy of using internet cafes when you first arrive, until you figure out the local ISP's better. It really varies from country to country, and not all local phone lines might be up to snuff.

    When staying in Ukraine a few years back, I left my laptop in my apartment and merely took a floppy disk with completed emails to quickly upload in a "cafe" (run by the local telecom). I'd download new emails directly to the floppy, then read and answer at my leisure back at the apartment.

    You might check out AOL - they have limited sevice in quite a few places, for an additional charge of $6 / hr.
  3. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    I used to have an AOL account just to be able to connect when overseas but yes, you do have to pay extra and it depends on them having a local access number in that country for you.

    I cancelled it last year when I got my PB since in many places it's as easy to find a wireless connection. You might want to investiagate whether there's any local hotspots? Then again, I guess since you're going to be there for nearly a year, getting a home line set up is a little easier than when you're just somewhere for a few weeks!
  4. Ajohn thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2003

    Hey thanks, guys. Internet cafes are definitely a possibility, but I was wondering if there was a cheap and realistic way to have the convenience of POP mail at home. That AOL thing sounds a bit more expensive than this Netaway thing I found (as you'd have to pay usual AOL fees + the $6/hour). I've never heard of it before, though, which gives me pause. Has anyone dealt with these people? Thanks again.


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