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Internet/Cyber Cafe's??

Since I will not be traveling with my laptop, & AT&T's rate through my iphone can get outrageous I figure i'll be going to an internet cafe a good bit while I'm backpacking. I'm assuming they're readily available and prices vary. My question is this...do most of these places have computers that will allow me to hook up my camera and upload pictures to a webpage?

Posted by
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The computers I saw specifically prohibited you from doing that

Posted by
4555 posts

JB...it's really hit or miss. I've been in some that allow you to plug in a camera or a storage card to upload, because they've set up their virus software to scan anything that's plugged into the computers. Others don't have that setup, so won't allow you to upload anything. You roll the dice....

Posted by
174 posts

i'll make sure to bring plenty of memory cards!

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98 posts

JB - i'm assuming your iphone doesn't have wifi? i just looked online and it doesn't appear so. i find this hard to believe - with all the hoopla and celebration surrounding this phone, how can it not have wifi?

i just recently got a treo 800w that does have wifi. i'm planning on bringing this with me to europe in october. even though i won't be able to call out on it (because i have sprint) i will be able to send email and blog using wifi.

Posted by
3313 posts

For just these reasons, there are numerous places that offer to download your pictures onto disks.

Posted by
174 posts

Yes I do have WiFi on my iphone & I will take full advantage of that. I can go into an internet cafe and hook up to their wifi, no problem at all. I can also connect via AT&T's 'service' without needing WiFi, however it's pretty expensive overseas.

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711 posts

Met a lady last Sept in Italy who had the early iphone on a trip to Europe during the summer and said she got a bill for using her I-phone for over a $1000 dollars. On this trip she said she was just using it for emergency calling and taking some pictures. I would recommend getting a lot of memory cards for your digital camera. I'd get either 1 or 2 GB cards. Label then as you use and them.

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Marie - There is a way to avoid that. You must turn the WiFi OFF - this way the phone won't continue to search for a connection. Every second it's searching, you're being billed. Then once the iphone finds connection, it cost you like .30cents per 2kb, which is not a lot of space AT ALL. I am going to turn the phone off of 'automatic' search, and turn it on when I enter a cafe or a wifispot @ have the server information.

That problem is easily avoidable, however you must know how to avoid the situation which of course AT&T does not tell you about unless you ask!!

I hope I don't have a $1,000 bill - that would not be good at all.

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are you sure that wifi uses up data? that is not the way my plan on sprint works. on my plan i do have unlimited data on the sprint network, but when i am using wifi, it doesn't count towards any of that data.

its like the difference between using your cable modem at home to get online and wifi at a coffee shop.

i would call AT&T and ask about the wifi. if the rep doesn't sound like they really know what they are talking about, call back and get another one.

i have heard of outrageous bills for using data if you don't have a plan for it. and probably for using AT&Ts data network overseas.

hopefully the wifi is free for you.

Posted by
9088 posts

Lisa is right, there is no reason for AT&T charge you for using and especially searching for a WiFi connection. They would only bill you if you were using AT&Ts data network, which is completely separate from WiFi.

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JB,

I don't know if you are correct on wifi thing, unless it's the AT&T policy to charge people just for searching for data, which sounds odd to me. Searching for data is not the same as USING the data, when actually you should be charged.
If you get charged $.30 per KB this would be for using the internet. When your phone searches for www spots, it doesn't actually use any data.

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1358 posts

When you take a ?Monitor in the cafe be sure to ask for a keyboard with English letters.

I agree with other responders who say that you will find a variation in the services and amenities offered in each cafe. You wont know until you get there.