laptops for e-mailing from Italy

Old Jan 7th, 2003, 07:46 AM
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Naomi Arami
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laptops for e-mailing from Italy

Does anyone know if I can take my laptop to e-mail from Italy to my family as well as down loading my digital camera? If it is possible, how do I find a server to link up with? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Naomi
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 08:07 AM
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I'm looking for this info also. In the past most have said not to bother, but we'll be in a flat for two weeks in London, one in Paris for a week (that has high speed access) and an apartment in Garmisch for a week, so now think I'd like to.
I have earthlink, which I assume will never fly there, but also have free AOL, so if I join up there, can I dial up and access free while in Europe?
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 08:19 AM
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Thanks Patrick, I hope you enjoy your trip. Let me know if you hear any more, and I'll do the same.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 08:23 AM
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I just answered part of this question for Naomi on her other thread. There are internet cafes in virtually all cities in Europe. (Run a search using "cybercafes.com", which shows 102 just for Rome.)

If you bring your PC (assuming it is compatible with 220 volts, 50 Hz) you will need a local access number. Ask Earthlink if they have a list of local access numbers for internet connection in Europe. If they don't not, ask AOL.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 08:28 AM
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Patrick, we found Earthlink to have the most access numbers in Europe. There was much more availability than with AOL.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 09:14 AM
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I've never had a problem with AOl access in Europe, BUT it is expensive! In France (and maybe England) you pay for local calls, and when you add the AOL surcharges to that, and figure the slowness of the dial-up connection, you can rack up some very hefty bills. Connecting through hotels adds further to the costs. By contrast, I've found the fees at internet cafés to be very reasonable. I haven't lugged my laptop around Europe for the past 4 years.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 09:42 AM
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I have done both at different times.
I got a list of local access numbers from Earthlink for the city I was in and brought my laptop on a 2 week trip to Southern Italy last spring, but used internet cafes in Rome over Christmas, linking to the folllowing website www.mail2web.com
which enables you to link to your email from anywhere. It was MUCH easier and cheaper doing this at the cybercafes!!
Good luck
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 09:50 AM
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Can't the laptop run on batteries? I was thinking of buying one because of that. I am new at this.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 10:08 AM
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Go to http://selfcare.tiscali.it:8585/servlet/SelfProvisioningServlet
register for a free internet access and e-mail. Then you only have to connect your computer to Tiscali (once you're in Italy) through the phone number 7023456789. This number works all over Italy and gives you access to the internet for the cost of a normal Italian urban phone call.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 10:11 AM
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In my experience, laptop batteries do not last more than 3-4 hours. They then have to be recharged, and you are back to your voltage/converter issue.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 10:12 AM
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Yes, but they have to be recharged. Mine is a dual voltage and has a dual voltage recharging unit. I've always used cyber cafes before, but like the idea of sitting up at night doing my journal and also doing my emails. Since this time I'll have access for three of the weeks from two apartments (not sure about the apt. in Garmisch) I just think I might go for it.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 03:00 PM
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see your other, nearly identical question as well.
 
Old Jan 7th, 2003, 08:42 PM
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http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessages.jsp?fid=2&tid=34390830
 
Old Jan 9th, 2003, 09:27 AM
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In case you aren't aware, and many aren't, in Italy, as in much of Europe, you pay for ALL phone time. Even local calls are billed by the minute. And, as one posted noted, the bills can pile up quickly. This is not necessarily a problem, as long as you are aware of it before you go.
 
Old Jan 9th, 2003, 11:26 AM
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There are free internet services in Italy...though you still pay by the minute for the local phone call. One is libero.
 
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