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NetZero stages a comeback with its new 4G Mobile Broadband Hotspot device

October 15, 2012 • By

One of the most frustrating things about traveling is the inevitable search for wi-fi hotspots.  Of course, if you are lucky enough to be staying in accommodations where wi-fi is available you are lucky indeed.  Unless…… you have to pay a tidy per diem for the pleasure.  Think about it.  Between paying to logon at the airport, hotel or wherever you have to access the internet, you can end up paying a pretty penny at the end of the day.

Oftentimes, to avoid the highway robbery of hotels that still charge for this service, I will leave the comfort of my room to hunt down a cafe to secure free wi-fi service.  As a travel blogger, it would be nice to set up shop in your hotel to post articles and interact on social media without being bothered to track down service.

In this day of multiple electronics that require wi-fi, such as laptops, kindles, cellphones, tablets and ipads, it just makes sense to have one device to service them all.  Enter the age of mobile broadband!  I was asked to test drive a new mi-fi unit being offered by NetZero.  After I rubbed my eyes thinking that I was being punked, I was quite surprised because I wasn’t aware that they were still in business.  In the early days of public utilized internet, NetZero offered dial up service alongside such companies as AOL, Compuserve, Juno and Earthlink.  As it turns out, they still offer dial up along with DSL service.  But, I won’t judge.  Obviously some people still use dial up, otherwise, it wouldn’t exist.READ MORE

Reviews, Travel Advice

The Netbook, the Traveler’s Best Companion

August 13, 2009 • By

The Netbook

This is the first in a series of infrequent articles that feature technology reviews for the budget traveler

Most people, whether they are traveling for business or pleasure, want easy access to the internet.It’s a rare soul who wants to escape totally from the modern world.Whether you want to send pics home to family or friends, catch up on what’s happening in the world or review reports, we are inextricably tied to our electronic paraphernalia.

Technology has in large part satisfied that requirement with the advent of iPhones and Blackberries. While that may address surfing the web, it leaves a lot to be desired if you need access to spreadsheets and documents. The typical notebook is between 15-17 inches, bulky, inconvenient and costly. Sure, prices are falling as a general rule, but imagine having all of the functionality of such notebooks in the form of a 7-10 inch sleek chassis?

  • As a writer, I’ve found that a netbook is the logical answer for me during my travels. It fits easily in my large purse, isn’t cumbersome and has all of the programs that I require for live blogging or simply taking notes for articles. After doing a bit of research, I found that the 10.2” Samsung NC-10 would suit me just fine. It has glowing reviews and the following specs:netbook4