Wireless Internet whil travelling

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by Pounce, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. Pounce

    Pounce Ol'Timer

    When we come over, one of the guys is bringing a small notebook computer.
    What is available in Thailand for connecting to the web while out in the sticks if the hotels/guesthouses/farmers sheds don't have any?
    We have mobile broadband here, so is there a similar thing & how much?
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  3. monsterman

    monsterman Ol'Timer

    Data dongles work in some areas usually .
  4. Tubber

    Tubber Ol'Timer

    I just use a mobile phone as a modem with an AIS SIM card. Dial *138 ad pick a package. 50 hours costs 200B +VAT. No 3G here only EDGE so don't expect to be down loading movies, 60MB takes about an hour.
  5. nikster

    nikster Ol'Timer

    I have a CAT CDMA MiFi - a mobile 3G hotspot, it connects to CATs EV-DO service and creates a local WiFi network. Brilliant if you need more than 1 device connected, it can do up to 5. And it's about the same size as a USB stick

    CAT offers USB modems as well - this is the only 3G data service that works in most of Thailand - everywhere except Bangkok and vicinity due to a contract issue with Hutch and the general retardedness of the state-owned CAT. CAT works in the north, the east, the south, phuket, samui, etc - but doesn't work in BKK, Hua Hin, Ko Chang/Trat in the east.

    It's about 10x as fast as EDGE, depending on the area. EDGE is available nearly everywhere, and cheap to buy, and there are cheap USB sticks and cheap prepaid data plans. With CAT you have to sign up 800 baht / month unlimited - however, there is no penalty for canceling so you can cancel any time too.

    If you only need to check email, EDGE is OK. If you want to work or use Skype or any other internet service that's a little more data intensive, CAT is way better.

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