We maintain a blog, we use twitter every day to give our position - We need the internet a little bit all the time, for a budget of 10 to 15 € per month.
“But how did you manage not to put half of the travel budget on the telephone?”. Here, country by country, the different ways we used to have Internet everywhere, via our telephone.
BUY COUNTRY SIM CARDS! This is the first option to pay much less for your nomadic Internet access (be sure to unlock your phone Before leaving).
The second option was for us to use the "Pass destination”From Free. Unlimited phone calls, SMS and data (1) in many countries for… 0 €! (Valid mainly in Europe).
The third is to squat in all the free Wi-Fi (McDonald’s, hostels, guesthouses, city wifi), but I'm not telling you anything.
November 2014: Use of “Pass destination”Of our Free package!
We no longer remember whether we bought a SIM card or not ...
But we won't leave you with nothing: for some info, go see there ! (looks pretty up to date in general)
Some other info ...
And there CAUTION: the recharges must be activated, otherwise it goes faster than your shadow! You can try to go to the phone shops in the big cities, sometimes they speak a little English… But if, in the depths of Cambodia, you ever need to recharge, you will be happy to have more information , because it is not always the salesman who will explain it to you (in the small stalls along the road, sometimes he himself does not know how to do ... So between that and the language barrier ...).
→ So : you buy the refill, a piece of paper with a long number on it; you activate this credit. This is where we shouldn't stop! You still have to send a code by SMS (“MI3” for example, for $ 3) so that the Data recharge is validated.
This network has the best network coverage in the country because it was originally developed for the military.
Note : impossible to know your remaining plan when you buy only data: that requires the cost of an SMS, which you don't have, since you only bought Data ... No comment.
March 2015: In China, don't be surprised if salespeople don't even know their offers: it's normal (regardless of the operator), don't expect to speak English either ... galleys in prospect.
Come on, we'll help you!
China Unicom / 100 yuan (15 €) for the SIM card + 1GB of data - until the end of the month!
We had a bad experience with this company, the seller did not let us know that he had chosen a package for us that resets at the end of the month (you must return to the branch to pay for your month). When you limit yourself to 6 to 8 weeks with 1 GB and you realize after 15 days that the account has been siphoned off, it's not very pleasant. Take another operator you will say. Impossible ! It's the only compatible with non-Chinese phones (voir ce wiki très bien fait à ce sujet). Génial.
Utiliser Facebook, Twitter et youtube en Chine :
J’ai galéré pendant une semaine pour arriver à trouver une solution qui marche pour mon PC et pour le téléphone. Sans plus attendre :
If you don't have any friends, you can either try a free VPN or get a paid VPN.
For more info on constraints in China, go to our page “11 things to know before coming to China”
Network quality: going by bike through the Mongolian steppes, we had no idea if we could regularly tweet. We have been surprised ! We found EDGE in the villages and 3G in the cities (Karkhorin, Tsetserleg…). To get an idea of the network coverage at Mobicom: Coverage.
Network quality: not bad ! On the Trans-Siberian we did not have continuous internet, but quite oftenEdge in the countryside and H+ in the towns. Good network also around Lake Baikal. Small map of the operator's network: Coverage.
Network quality: the country is at the forefront of new technologies, it is the birthplace of Skype. Besides, it's all flat! So network of quite exceptional quality, H + everywhere, right down to the countryside.
Network quality : Like Estonia, Latvia is a very flat country. You can find H + everywhere.
The most expensive country for travel on the Internet! And on the open wifi side, it's not better! The system Hadopi German being very strict, bars no longer dare to open their Wi-Fi to their customers ... At McDonald's, rest assured, it remains open!
(1) Data: for those who do not know the term: it is synonymous with a data volume on the Internet. Ok that's a nice anglicism but it's still much shorter and that's the term you will hear in general.