Connecting to the Internet

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Connecting to the Internet

In the last couple of years an Internet connection through a land line has become very reasonable in cost. We now use Neuf Telecom for our phone and Internet connection. For 29.90 euros a month (2008), we have a ADLS line, 70 TV channels, and free phone calls to French fixed lines and to many other countries including the US. We call to the US, to both fixed and cell phones, for free. They do charge for calls to US 800 numbers. Several other companies offer the same type of service.

During the cruising season we access the Internet with our cell phone using the GPRS (General Packet Radio System) system. GPRS is now rather old fashioned, but since we only cruise two to three months a year now, it still works well for us. Other boaters have moved on to mobile PC card 3G+ or similar systems. The technology improves all of the time and it is now easy to access the Internet while cruising.