My WIFI Blues

I am traveling internationally this week. For the most part the trip has been great except for some difficulty in connecting to the internet.  For some, that is not a big deal, but I have a serious 'connection' dependency. I feel this need to be connected most of the time. I wish it was easier to connect when traveling internationally. In the U.S., it is so easy to connect. If I cannot find a WIFI hotspot, or when hotel cost are excessive, I connect using a Verizon USB modem. Unfortunately, that device only works in the U.S.

Last month, while on a similar trip, I purchased a subscription to Boingo Mobile WIFI.  I figured that at least I would be able to connect with my iPhone. I like the service, but was surprised to learn that the mobile service does not work at that location. When I called, I was told that the full 'Global' service works at that location, but the mobile service is not supported.  Of course, there is a big price difference - $59 / month vs $7.95.

Given the limited options, I decided to try the Global service. The results: It was spotty. I could not login for hours at a time. Very frustrating. I don't think the service is that bad everywhere, but I really don't know. I am not sure I will ever know asi I will likely close my account. I will be looking at other options before my next trip - which is very soon!

I still get my connection fix -- I connect at the office and at restaurants and other businesses.