I live in the Mijas Costa area (as I’m sure you guessed from the username)
I recently started using a WiFi service (won’t mention who)
To be honest it was very bad. Connection issues, slow speed, terrible range etc.
All for 35 euros a month!
So… Being a bit of a tech head I shopped around for the best service I could from
Surprisingly I found it to be the best move I ever made.
I took out a contract (the only downside) with Orange (formerly Amena)
I got a the hardware for free
I now pay 6 euros a month for the first 2
then 35 thereafter
The connection is fantastic, whereby I can connect wherever there is mobile signal.
Luckily for me this is normally at least 3G.
However the hardware supports the new 3G+ and generally I get this signal giving me a 1.8mb connection.
Admittedly not everyone/everywhere will get this but I have to say I’ve had zero problems with connecting.
The only problem I had was that my laptop runs on Windows Vista which is not compatible with the hardware and there are no known dates for a software (driver) upgrade for this.
However, after a couple of hours digging, I found a fix that works perfectly. Now, no problems at all.
I’m not saying there aren’t some great WiFi / WiMax services out there, just that there weren’t any for me!
Now I take my laptop anywhere I want and if i find a really good WiFi service (unsecured for free access, ssshh!)
Then I don’t bother using the card, but I know that generally wherever I go, I can surf the net.
Vodafone are also offering a really good package which includes the same as above with a free mobile and free national calls (in Spain) for (dont quote me!) 49 euros. Again one downside would be the contract.
Hope this helps!