My last trip to Europe was in 2011. The searches on the forum turned up some older threads and since this stuff changes so fast I thought I'd start a thread for some specific questions.
While I read about the availability of WiFi everywhere, based on my last trip it wasn't perfect. I found WiFi connections to be very slow and aside from retrieving email it wasn't very useful. I also found having to log in was always problematic and since I have to do it for my wife and myself it get's to be a PITA. Getting on WiFi while sitting in a Train Station for example was not easy or productive on my last trip. Having the ability to get online quickly is also a luxury I wish to have. Since I do all my trip planning online I found that being able to change plans on the fly requires me to have Internet access as well.
I think I would prefer to have a prepaid European Sim for for my next trip this spring. I have a fully unlocked and rooted Android phone that I can also use as a WiFi hotspot so my wife can use her Ipad seamlessly. The ability to make local calls will be nice but calls home will all be Skype.
So my questions are....
Has WiFi generally improved or is my impression still valid?
Any suggestions of companies to purchase a Data sim card?
Should I get one ahead of time or will I have substantial saving buying one in Europe?
I am traveling to Amsterdam, France and Italy so is there one card or do I need a different card in every country?
Any other thoughts?