The last two weeks has taken me to Portugal and Spain on business, and now for a few days to France before more business back in Spain starting next week. While I'm up in the Languedoc-Roussillion I wanted to get all connected in advance of a week's vacation with my wife as we tour the Rhone Valley on a wine oriented work week as we once again will attend .
That meant duplicating the feat of Spain and Portugal, to get all my devices, "connected." Now back in December I was successful in enabling my iPad, but was only half as successful with the iPhone, getting voice to work, but no data. Well, that my friends was solved today, at the Perpignan SFR shop where the manager showed me the proper package to be buying to get data working. And it's so simple. No messing around with APN settings or anything. You just purchase the iPhone data package in chunks of hours, days, weeks or a full month. But, be careful, make sure you're getting the data unlimited, not only the voice plan.
Now all this may actually be going away, as Telekom Austria has decided to roll out a global broadband package that's less money than anything going natively in most countries. It's called ABroadband and at .59 Euros per Meg the pricing seems to be about the lowest I've seen for International Data Roaming. (thanks to pal Kerry Ritz for pointing this out). With deals like that out there, and you know this means more will be coming from others, data becomes the next telecom service to have the pricing dropping to zero.