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Telephone bills

Post Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 8:49 am

HI Ladies and Gents

I am just wondering who the best company is to go for rather than telefonica. I am going to go skype ultimately I think but I will still need cheap calls to UK and good rates on my broadband

What are people in the know using?

 

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:17 pm

I use Telefonica. I know not exactly cheap but i buy a phone card for 6 Euros and get over 200minutes when ringing the Uk. Also use them for my ADSL. Happy with the service so far but do know of people who have had problems with them.

 

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 2:04 pm

Well I fear we will have a bit of a problem obtaining internet service as we will not have phone service at the house. Some have told me we can get wifi set and be able to get on the internet with it. Any suggestions on providers would be welcome.


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Post Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 2:47 pm

Depends where you live and if there is a WIFI service in the area or you can (unoficially!!) piggy back onto someone else's WIFI signal. I am currently using a 3G Vodaphone card which is not bad, it's a 356K connection which is ok for most applications, however Skype is not really workable as the delay is over a second. But if you can put up with that then it does work, the card is on Pay as You Go and cost 139euros with 25mb of down load included. I am a heavy user as I work from home, so I purchase credits in blocks of 1GB, it costs 60euros and lasts for up to 3 months. I have been told 3G is good along the coast but still poor inland, GPRS is the other option.

I live on a hillside near Manilva and sat on the terrace can pickup week WIFI signals, which when I have the laptop in the exact direction I can log onto. So I have ordered whats called a 'Wardriving Kit' this is a WIFI card that goes into your laptop and has a socket for an external ariel, you can then get different size ariels, with the right ariel you can boost your reception by 10X's, this will give me multipul unsecured WIFI signals to lock onto.

Still once Telephonica get their arse into gear I will still order an ADSL line, but that could be sometime yet!!

The other option is satellite broadband, there are two types download only and two way for the first you still need a telephone line as you send the signal via normal ADSL to the satellite operator to tell them what you want to download, they then send it via the sat link, I have been told this cab work by using a 3G card to send the data but that is TBC. For this option it can work out very cost effective and there are many companies doing it. The two way sat link is much more expensive (although prices are falling fast) you have to purchase quite specialist euqipment and have it properly installed, the costs are upwards of 100euros per month but again it depends on your needs, if you need fast on demand data it may be a price worth paying.

There are a couple of companies offering WIFI on the Costa Del Sol usually broadcast from the mountain tops, this is resonably cost effective startign at around 55euros per month and for that you get a 0.5mb connection and a propper telephone with free calls in Spain.

If you need anymore info on the above let me know, but again it all depends on where you live!!

 

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:48 pm

I have recently seen in the Sur mag www.direct-telecom.es they offer a package for adsl free national calls and international at 1.48 euros a min for 29.50 euros a month. Is this the cheapest deal arround?
Our tel costs are very high so we would appreciate any input

 

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:31 am

Yes Barnneylite I would love to have any information you may have for the Costa del Sol, preferrably Nerja area on how I can obtain internet service if I am unable to have telephone. Someone told me wifi would work if I had it set. Send me any information you may have as I am really green to all of this. In orther words keep it simple for my simple mind. LOL


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 10:32 pm

iam with europa my last bill was 39.18 july & 26.23 for june

 

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