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How to cope with too slow Wi-Fi at hotel?

So many hotels I stayed at (3~4 stars ratings) provided too slow Wi-Fi. The speed is somewhere around 2~3Mbps, and it frequently falls down to <200Kbps. However, once you find that your hotel ...
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Is there any way of evaluating the quality of a hotel's internet connection in advance?

I'm on the road a lot for work. I tend to end up staying at a lot of budget chain hotels that offer free wi-fi. So far so good. But sadly, not all wi-fi is created equal. The past few weeks I've been ...
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Can I read my GMail while traveling in China?

I read in some places that Gmail.com is sometimes blocked. Is there a workaround so that I can access my email while I am in China?
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How to safely use password-protected websites on internet cafe computers

How can I, if possible, safely use password-protected websites (eg GMail) on internet cafe computers? I've heard people say that it's not really safe to use password-protected websites on internet ...
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How to access the internet during a road trip in the USA?

I'm traveling from Europe (Belgium) to USA soon. While on a road trip from New Orleans to Miami, I'd like to access the internet without paying exorbitant amounts of money on roaming fees. I was ...
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How is it possible for a hotel to have Wifi but no internet access?

I have been looking at a few hotel aggregators (hotels.com, trivago.com & hostelworld.com) & have noticed that many of them have separate options for "Free Wifi" & "Free internet access". ...
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Can tourists or other travellers in China get in trouble for using a VPN or other method to get around the “Great Firewall”?

The People's Republic of China blocks some very popular websites used throughout the rest of the world including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. This is known colloquially as the "Great Firewall of ...
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What equipment should I travel with to increase the odds of good internet and phone connectivity?

Getting decent internet and telephone coverage while traveling is not a given. I find that outside of urban areas many places I stay when traveling have unreliable internet connectivity, if any. ...
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Going to China - The Great Firewall

A friend of mine is going to China for almost a month until mid August. He want to know what kind of outside communication he will be able to use to communicate with his family/friends. We already ...
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Is there somewhere in Addis Ababa a visitor can get online during an internet shutdown?

I'm considering a long business trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. One risk is that Ethiopia is one of those countries where the government periodically shuts down internet access, which could cause me ...
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Are there companies that offer worldwide wifi roaming for a fixed fee?

I am aware of the following related question: Overview of wireless in airports. If it is free it would be nice, but I am willing to pay for my Internet access at airports/hotels. The only problem is ...
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Internet in Japan

During travel in Japan I would like to have internet in my laptop and Ipad. What is not very expensive solution to do that? Is there any prepaid internet in Japan? I Think I will need 1GB
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Cellular Internet in Iceland? [duplicate]

Is it possible to purchase a pre-paid SIM card that with cellular Internet access in Iceland ? If so, in what parts of Iceland can I expect coverage ?
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What are prepaid SIM card options for data in the UK? [duplicate]

I need to buy a prepaid SIM card with internet connection in London just for 6 days. Any suggestion and prices?
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How to do a web search in English in China without a VPN

I've just got a humble smartphone with no fancy apps on a hotel wifi network in Canton, China. My search engine of choice seems to be unavailable for some reason. How can I search the web in English ...
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Where in Istanbul airport can I rent a portable 3G/LTE Wifi hotspot?

Since Turkey's mobile phone legislation is a pain in the ass, I'm considering renting a 3G/LTE Wifi hotspot on the two stopovers I will have there in February. Is there a company which could rent me ...
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Any fast internet (good wifi) in Ubud (Bali)?

I am looking for a good wifi connection in Ubud (Bali, Indonesia). I need to upload a fair amount of videos and pictures (6+ GB), and give a couple of Skype/Hangout phone calls. I used Wifi.id (in ...
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Valencia: Places to work temporarily [closed]

I'm looking for places like cafés/hacker spaces/co working offices etc in Valencia where you can sit and work with your computer. Wi-Fi and power outlets are a not a requirement but a big plus. I'm ...
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Do any Mexican bus lines provide Internet access?

Mexico has quite a variety of inter-city bus lines, ranging from cheap, to "luxury." I've only ever ridden one, for about a 1-hour trip, and I slept most of the way, so I can't say my experience is ...
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What mobile network in Vietnam has the best 3G coverage?

I will be traveling all over Vietnam and I would like to be as often connected as possible. So having a sim card with the mobile network having the best 3G coverage is key to this aim.
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What popular western web services don't work in mainland China?

I'm traveling to china for a couple of weeks for work. I don't do anything where information security or intellectual property is a huge concern, but I do want to be in touch with the home office so ...
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The using of VPN on iPhone in China [duplicate]

I will be travelling to China this April (more specifically, I will be going to Chengdu). As I would need to keep myself updated all the time, and I would need to access facebook and other websites ...
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Quality of WiFi and 3G reception in Amed (Bali)?

I am considering going for at least one month to Amed (to get more into free-diving). I need to be able to make Skype calls and other work-related tasks. I need a speed equivalent to one allowing me ...
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Can you do a phone call or telconf through Skype or Google Plus when traveling on the ICE in Germany?

I will be traveling on the ICE in Germany. There is Internet available and even if there is none, I can use my 4g dongle to connect to the Internet. I do need to participate in a telconf while I am ...
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How available is Internet in Sierra Leone?

I am interested in travelling to Sierra Leone to visit family, but from talking to them they do not have steady access to Internet. As someone visiting from the US, will I be able to pay for ...
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Mobile networks in Poland

I am preparing my trip to Poland and would like to know in advance which mobile operator should I buy. Could you please give me links to mobile operators sites, so I could compare prices? Is there ...
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Are there restaurants or cafes with Wi-Fi in Shkodër, Albania?

Here in Shkodër Albania my hotel doesn't have Wi-Fi and there aren't many tourists to ask. I can find lots of bar/cafes and lots of internet places with no coffee or food offered. But what I can't ...
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Mobile phone connectivity in Leh (Kashmir)

I'll be travelling to Leh, Ladakh, India this August. Concerned about the mobile connectivity there. Is there mobile networks coverage in Leh and Pangong Lake area? If yes, is it good enough to use ...
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How reliable are portable WiFi hotspots in Japan?

Instead of getting a prepaid SIM chip, I'm thinking of renting a mobile wifi hotspot. I've found these two so far. Two questions: Are these reliable? I will be mostly in the big cities. If I'm not ...
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How to find coworker space in Berlin as a tourist?

I will be traveling to Berlin, where I will meet with some friends. We would like to have a hackathon which means doing computer work for which we would need an Internet connection, a whiteboard and ...
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Internet access in Japan [closed]

What options are there in terms of prepaid Internet services? Are the charges reasonable? I will be there for no more than two weeks so prepaid seems to be the sensible option.
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Is there such a thing as an international mobile wireless provider?

After searching for a short time, the only promising lead I've found is global gig, which claims to stay connected in the USA, UK, Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark. Which doesn't ...
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How fast is the Internet on board Iceland Air flights?

Iceland Air offers wireless internet connectivity on all flights. How fast is it in practice?
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Any free WiFi facility in Germany (Munich and Frankfurt Central Stations) or any closed place nearby?

A friend of mine is travelling to Germany next week and looking for internet facility there. Is there any free WiFi access in Germany mainly in Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof and Munich (München Hauptbahnhof)?...
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Recommended VPN in China [duplicate]

I was directed here from lifehacks SE. Basically I am a student who would need access to gmail, Google in China (mainland). From my past experience, Gmail is not blocked sometimes, blocked sometimes, ...
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Internet access at Dubai airport?

I'll soon be transiting twice through Dubai Airport Terminal 3 and would like to make a quick Skype video call back home while there. What are my options, free or paid? I'm open to wifi, Internet ...
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How to find places with Wi-Fi and electricity in China?

I don't travel with a smart phone and I don't want to. My netbook battery died during my trip and I tried and failed to get a new or reconditioned one in China. Because I'm hitchhiking I sometimes ...
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Wi-fi at airports in Japan and South Korea

I want to know whether there is free Wi-Fi available at the major airports in Japan and Korea. If not then what's the best way to get access to the Internet while waiting for flights to kill some time?...
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How fast is the mobile network (3G) in Myanmar (in February 2016)?

I found out on OpenSignal.com that the 3G coverage is very good coverage in the cities Yangon, Naypyitaw & Mandalay. Outside of these cities, things seem to be rather "different". What I wonder ...
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Is there any service to make budget bookings on Internet?

Some people ask me to help booking their trips. They ask me because usually I found cheaper flights and hotels. So the question is not if exists any flight or hotel booking site as Kayak, Trivago or ...
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Best way for a tourist to access the Internet in the UK?

I'll be travelling next weekend to England for two weeks. What would be the best way to have access to the internet during the trip? Do phone companies offer WiFi dongles for tourists?
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Will travellers be able to get full internet access in Turkey during the current (July 2013) protests/riots?

With the current widespread riots in Turkey, the police reaction, the government's intervention and the worldwide observation, there've been reports of threats to have the internet restricted, as has ...
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Recommendation for mobile prepaid SIM card for smartphone + home calls in Germany

What SIM card would you recommend for a smartphone user for travel in Germany? It would be probably the only or the most important connection to the Internet, so large amounts of data and relatively ...
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Online resource for finding cafes/wifi hotspots for working while traveling

Similar to my question asking about coworking spaces, are there any online resources for finding more temporary work spaces? Specifically, cafés, restaurants, wifi hotspots, etc? Internet ...
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Which trains in the Netherlands have Wifi?

I am writing this question in the train from Roosendaal to Leiden. The train provides a decent wireless internet connection. I have seen it before, but then it was an experiment on trains between ...
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Mobile and mobile internet provider Turkey

I am going to Turkey for a 10 day trip. Is it possible to buy a 3G chip to have internet access in all Turkey for this period? What are my options and average price?
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Where can I find a decent place to do remote work in Addis Ababa?

I will be living in Addis Ababa from the end of February until the end of August. I normally work as a software developer in Sweden and I hope to continue doing that in Ethiopia (albeit remotely). ...
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Traveling developer in South/Central America

I am a developer from Amsterdam and I have employers who pay me while I am developing from abroad. The experience is great, I get to see many many things without the need to touch my saving, but in ...
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What is the daily fee for using a local SIM card in Cuba?

I've reading about SIM card in Cuba. In some websites talk about a tax of 3 CUC per day to have a Cuban SIM card. In other websites don't. What's the current situation? If I want to make local calls (...
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How can I rent a mobile WiFi hotspot during my five-week trip to the UK?

I will be visiting the UK for a five week period in the near future, travelling to several different cities, and I wish to ensure I have internet access at all times. Here in Japan, at the airport you ...