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Getting internet in Europe See our rates and packages below

If you are traveling to Europe and need access to the internet, there are several solutions depending on your destination, budget and data requirements. If you are traveling for work, chances are you will need to bring a lap top and have reliable service at all times. If you are staying at a hotel in a large city, most offer internet service to buy during your stay. Many major cities in Europe also have an abundance of cafés where WiFi is available. Typically most networks are secured and you must patronize the café or restaurant in order to get access to the password. Some cities also have free internet at libraries and even in parks or piazzas, however many require registration with personal documents as a security protection effort, primarily against terrorism. Another solution (especially if you are going to smaller towns or need 24/7 WiFi access outside your hotel room) is to rent or purchase an international MiFi for Europe. The MiFi is a wireless broadband hotspot that creates your own personal WiFi hotspot that you can use with any WiFi enabled device, including your PC or Mac. In addition, the MiFi for Europe can accommodate up to 5 devices at the same time.

If you are traveling to Europe and won't need much internet access, perhaps just to check emails on your iPhone once every couple of days, you have several options. The first is to purchase a data bundle from your provider prior to your departure. These bundles are fairly affordable as long as you do not go over the allotted usage. Another solution is to turn off cellular data and rely on the availability of WiFi, however this is only advisable for those traveling to major cities where there will likely be WiFi in hotels and public places. Yet another way to get access to the internet in Europe is to go to an internet café. Most large cities have internet cafés, though as more and more people have their own personal devices to access internet on the go, internet cafés have declined in popularity. In Europe, you can expect to pay approximately $10-$20 per. hour for internet café usage. Bear in mind you will need to have your passport on-hand, as most countries in Europe require the internet café to make a copy as a safety policy.

Prior to your departure it is advisable to look into the availability of WiFi in your destination; WiFi is often not as widely available in Europe as it is in most of the US. If you do not need to have access to WiFi on a daily basis this can be an acceptable option, however if you intend to use your iPhone, Blackberry or smart phone to send images, use Facebook, access maps etc., it is a good idea to invest in an international data SIM card. A data SIM is also useful if you plan on using a 3G iPad. Though rates vary from country to country, you can expect to pay a small fraction of what you would pay roaming with AT&T, Verizon or any other US carrier.

International data SIM cards are available in most countries; you do not need to sign up for an extended contract as pay-as-you-go SIM cards are often available. You can pick one up in-country when you arrive or you can purchase one prior to your departure from Cellular Abroad. There are many advantages to purchasing a European data SIM card from Cellular Abroad prior to your trip; some advantages include having data capabilities as soon as you land, and having access to US-based customer support. This is extremely useful as trying to purchase and configure a SIM card when you arrive (especially if you do not speak the language) can be tricky.

Rate Guide

Per-minute rates for the most popular Study Abroad travel destinations

Country

Calls to
US or Canada

In-country calling

Receiving calls

UK

UNLIMITED

UNLIMITED

FREE!

Italy

$0.44

$0.22

FREE!

Spain

$0.07

$0.12

FREE!

Mexico $0.25 $0.25 $0.25

Germany

$0.12

$0.13

FREE!

France

$0.25

$0.26

FREE!

China

$0.05

$0.05

$0.05

Australia $0.05 $0.15 FREE!

Israel

$0.26

$0.26

FREE!

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Israel


Italy


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Spain


United Kingdom

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