You’d think London would be bristling with wifi options. There was good service in marinas from Falmouth to Southampton. But we’ve been bandwidth challenged in St. Katherine’s Docks.
We see two pay to play wifi options with our high gain antenna and access point. Both – BT Open Zone and Something Wireless – are slow and of intermittent availability. We subscribed to both – roughly US$22. per month for each – so we had a choice.
But wait. It gets better.
Then we learned about the O3 system. This is a 3G (phone) network with a stable connection and reasonable download speeds. You are required to purchase a USB dongle and SIM card for US$30. You then buy data capacity. 3 gigs of data for a month is US$22. This set up is significantly less than we were paying Verizon in the US and we are told there is good coverage throughout the UK. So far, with a week of Skype calls, web surfing, sending photos to magazines, and lots of e-mails we have used about 700Mb of data.
Now that we have the USB dongle we can purchase SIM cards for it wherever we are cruising with the 3G system (most of Europe and Scandinavia).