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PDA Wifi Access in Europe?

I would like to be able to get online, Skype, etc. while traveling in Europe. Rather than lug my laptop (which definitely would go against the idea of traveling light!) I'm wondering if a PDA would work. I'm a neophyte to PDA's, but the idea sounds good to me. Has anyone tried this? Is there one you'd recommend? Is there a specific feature I need to look for to make sure it will work outside of the US? I would also prefer not to have to sign up for a plan, but just look for Wifi hotspots wherever I am. Thanks!

Liz

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Hi, I've never taken a PDA, but my husband lugs our laptop in a backpak every year. 3 out of 5 days, we find wireless somewhere... I would assume the same connections work for a pda. The laptop is our homelink... everyone contacts us online. I'd like to know how the PDA works when u get back... it would be ultimately lighter than our old laptop!!!

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I've taken my Dell Axim PDA (which or no longer for sold)to Europe for several years now, and it works great. It can do almost anything a laptop can do but at only a fraction of the size. I've used to play music, watch videos, make calls using skype, check email, web surfing and use it store documents. Unless you are staying at hotels that provides free WiFi, you will usually wind up paying for hotspot access.

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One thing I forgot to mention my post above, PDA's are turning into dinosaurs :( A lot of companies have stopped manufacturing them, as most of the features can now be fond on devices like smarphones. If you are interested in getting one, now is the time.

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Thanks for the replies! Michael, do you know if there is anything that would make a PDA work or not work in Europe? As far as a Blackberry or other "smart phone" I guess I could do that, but prefer not to pay for a plan with a wireless provider, and it seems like it would be easier to go that route with a PDA rather than a phone. Really what I want is what you described: the functionality of a laptop in terms of internet and email, without the size of a laptop.

Thanks again,

Liz

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The only downside to PDAs is when you try to use it's web browser to access travel (like expedia), banking, and some Ecommerce sites. Most of them will not allow you to use their site with a PDA because the encryption of the browser isn't strong enough. But 99% of all other web sites are okay. Other than that, you will have no problems getting online in Europe.