I am preparing for a Pan-Am trip and was wondering what the options are for having the internet at our disposal.
the only truly global solution I'm aware of is BGAN which uses the Inmarsat network iirc. But it aint gonna be cheap. In addition to equipment costs/rental, it looks like the cheapest plan is $150/month for a minimum 3 month term, which includes 20mb usage/month. So checking/sending email (no pics) once a day, basically. I use my cell phone to tether to a laptop, so maybe if you got an unlocked gsm cell phone that you could tether easily with (most are very easy to tether via bluetooth/usb. Motorolla, RIM (Blackberry), and anything with Windows Mobile are very easy to use as a modem) and get local prepaid SIM cards and data service in each country. But I think the best bet/most cost effient is to use wifi whenever you are in a area with it avalible. I would think most medium sized cities would have some type of internet access avalible. If everything else fails, look for a internet cafe and rent a computer for a hour or two.I am preparing for a Pan-Am trip and was wondering what the options are for having the internet at our disposal.
You are stopping in Prescott on your way south - right?So far, and this is just through Canada that I have to report. That I have been fine just using the WiFi spots wear I can get it. It's just like pirate camping, but pirate WiFi. A lot of Starbucks visits so far. I am sure it will be a little different farther south. Its working now though.