in town 28-30 nov - emergency meetup?

the hatter at
Fri Nov 21 16:02:12 GMT 2014

On Fri, 21 Nov 2014, Randal L. Schwartz wrote:

>>>>>> "David" == David Cantrell <david at> writes:
> David> Because people don't go to pubs to mess about on laptops, and in any
> David> case 3G and 4G are ubiquitous and cheap.
> Not for us furriners.

For anyone who's here for more than a day or two, it's invariably worth 
picking up a free PAYG sim, either for their main unlocked mobile (if you 
don't mind missing your main number while using it), or for their unlocked 
mifi-type gadget, or for a spare cheapie gsm mobile.  Many small outlets 
can also be found to network-unlock phones for £5-1, it's legal and 
common over here.

After that, there's no need to rely on either hotel or public wifi, just 
tether or connect over wifi to your phone/mifi, and stick a tenner or so 
on each visit.  There's no residency, contract or proof of ID requirements 
to buy a contractless SIM or phone in the UK.  SIMs can be bought from 
from shiny telco shops, news agents, ebay, supermarkets, etc.  Credit will 
expire after a short while (1-3 months generally) but they don't tend to 
disable the SIM even if it's not used for a couple of years.

Or you may even find a friendly local who can lend you a sim or mifi for 
the duration.

the hatter

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