December 6, 2008 at 11:44 am #159851
My girlfriend’s dad is looking for a netbook that he can use in Spain. He wants basic internet access on it. So here’s where I’m at:
1) Get an NC10
2) Get a pay-as-you-go SIM card in Spain.
3) Put the SIM card in the NC10’s internal slot
4) Find a spanish dial-up internet provider.
Apparently, 3G isn’t available over there, plus he doesn’t want something that he has to pay monthly for anyway, since he’s only over there about 1/3 of the year. So does this sound like a good solution? Can I use a regular GSM SIM in the NC10’s SIM slot? Does it just behave like a regular internal modem that I can put dial-up ISP details into?December 6, 2008 at 11:50 am #174022
I stand to be corrected bit I do not think there is an internal sim card slot on the NC10 nor a dial up modemDecember 6, 2008 at 12:01 pm #174030
Aha, well spotted. It looks like they’re thinking of releasing a version with one in, though. I know some other netbooks have these, do you know if they work with regular SIM cards as regular modems?December 6, 2008 at 12:11 pm #174026BritmanMember
afaik none of the current crop netbooks have a dial up modem. the advent 4213 has a built in 3G modem.December 6, 2008 at 12:42 pm #174027Richard TMember
The Lg netbook has one built in too,can’t think of the model number though..December 6, 2008 at 2:06 pm #174028box-EMember
They sell a USB dial up modem for the US market that is a USB dongle, don’t know if it would work in Spain. If not check for the same thing in the Spanish market.December 6, 2008 at 2:53 pm #174031
Yeah, I’m trying to find something like that over here (UK), but they all seem to be locked to networks. So then I’m thinking “hmm, would a Vodafone UK one work with Vodafone ES”? This is all a horrible minefield. Oh well, thanks for the help, guys.December 6, 2008 at 3:59 pm #174023
Whilst I hate it with a vengence cos of their crappy software AOL (spit) used to be very good for cross border use, I used it a lot in the dial up days when I travelled the world, I used to have the cheapest account they did which was a fiver or so a month in addition to my account with Demon at the time. There was always a local dial up number to use, not sure how their set up works these daysDecember 6, 2008 at 9:17 pm #174029UggyMember
If your phone supports following, pair the phone & nc10 via bluetooth, turn on phones ‘internet sharing’ and setup internet access via bluetooth on the nc10.
works for me 🙂December 6, 2008 at 10:16 pm #174032
I’m trying to avoid Bluetooth, it’s a bit of a pain in the bum for newbies. I’d rather use a phone in the way you describe over a USB connection, but it’s a bit difficult to figure out what (cheap) phones will function like that. For example, I have an old N-gage sitting aorund here that will connect over USB, but only for disk storage, it won’t work as a modem. Although it will over bluetooth. Grrr.December 7, 2008 at 1:19 am #174025hefMember
uhh, just because there aint no 3g network doesn’t mean you wont get web access.
if you’re netbook has a simslot and you have a simcard you will get gprs, which is basically dialup speed and over gsm network. most if not all providers should offer it in spain. you pay per megabyte for the data though and it’s ultra fucking expensive.December 7, 2008 at 11:12 am #174024
find a local wifi hot spot might be your best bet, go an have a drink in one of the hotel bars and use the long life of the nc10 to do your surfing on their network. Cheap as chips lolDecember 7, 2008 at 12:22 pm #174021jezMember
I had a go with free wifi recently – very easy to use. You do have to purchase a beverage I guess and it’s not really internet on the move but it’s a useful option to have up your sleeve.December 8, 2008 at 9:41 pm #174033cjirukMember
i have been using my netbook in Spain recently (last week), i bought a PAYG 3 Dongle and got it unlocked and i bought a bog standard Movistar Sim card which you can get anywhere, i put it in Dongle and for 3.50 Euro a day you can surf the net and send numerous amounts of emails. It only charges you for a 24 hour period when you connect so there are no ongoing charges apart from regular topups which can be done online or at lots of shops etc in Spain.
Vodaphone also do a similar card where you buy Bonos but there is no 3g connectivity where i am in Spain, but i definately get 3G with movistar.
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