Unlike McDonalds in the USA, McDonalds in France offers FREE WiFi.
They also offer better food. Fresher tasting, more garlicky fries and people who even speak English. Yes, the young person behind the counter spoke English as well as any American. That's saying something. At the McDonalds in the USA they have a hard time understanding Philadelphian or even San Diegan.
But back to the WiFi. Easy log on. Dual language navigation, offered in both French and English and a very quick and snappy logon process. Just agree to the terms and conditions and your on.
Then again, the French parking payment machines make the Sacramento Amytrak Station Parking Payment system look like something draconian. Get your ticket on the way in. Insert on the way out. Put in your credit card. Leave. And, you don't even have to read French to follow the instructions.
Bottom line, I'm still finding that while Europe tends to lag behind in when a technology is deployed, they catch up fast and quickly surpass the USA in deployment, ease of use and making something affordable.
P.S. Orange's Internet Everywhere rocks. Rapid connection. Pay as you go. Now if I can only find something like it in Spain where I'll be for the next five days, at Mobile 2.0 and then celebrating what will be the third birthday of the week with a dear friend in Madrid.