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Wireless Internet connection in Poland

Garcia 2 | 2  
1 Jul 2007 /  #1
I will be going to Poland with a laptop for 3 weeks. Now I am wondering if there are either a lot of places in the cities where I can pick up a wireless connection or any type of wireless service I can order for only a month.

Also since its gonna be a 9 1/2 hour flight I was wondering what about Internet on airplane?

The main reason is to keep in contact with good friends, post some pictures, and email family.

Ranj 21 | 948  
1 Jul 2007 /  #2
As in America, there are places to pick up wireless connections.....many hotels offer free wireless, as do many coffee shops and other businesses.....I'm not sure about the plane? I know you can get wireless service through cell phone companies, that allow you to connect to the internet from anywhere, but you would probably have to sign a longterm contract.....also, I don't know how good of a connection you will get flying over the Atlantic (it may be very good....I honestly don't know.) I will be taking my laptop to Poland, but my plans for the flights is to bring a few good dvds to watch to pass the time.
Eastender - | 45  
2 Jul 2007 /  #3
To add to the above, remember to update your antivirus/firewall protection before you use any public hotspot there.
OP Garcia 2 | 2  
2 Jul 2007 /  #4
Hmm Thanks. I may have to check with family in Poland and see what the suggest also.
2 Jul 2007 /  #5
Depends where you going, if you are going to a big cty - you might be able to use wireless, but that's not teh case in small towns.

Most people in Poland have internet connectin and internet cafes are everywhere.
OP Garcia 2 | 2  
2 Jul 2007 /  #6
Yes I am going to be all over the country. I believe the first city I will be at is Krakow.
18 Jul 2007 /  #7

I was reading the needs of Garcia and was surprised to see he has exactly the same necessity as him. I am going to Poland in August and I would like to be able to connect to the internet there with my laptop.

I am going to a place called Bedzin, which is situated near Katowice and Sosnowiec. Does anybody know any shop in this area where one can bring his own PC and connect to a wireless network ? I am going to live with my family 3 weeks and they have not internet, but they have a telephonic line.

Is there any way one can buy a prepaid card and call any ISP with the modem ?

Thanks to everybody in advance!!

Krzysztof 2 | 973  
27 Jul 2007 /  #8
I am going to a place called Bedzin, which is situated near Katowice and Sosnowiec. Does anybody know any shop in this area where one can bring his own PC and connect to a wireless network ?

hot spots (I guess you need Wi-Fi in your notebook/laptop):
Hotspot's name: ZamekNet-J1 Będzin
Będzin | ul. Grunwaldzka 7 | Hotel | e-mail:biuro(at)zamek(dot)net(dot)pl
paid net access
standard: WLAN (802.11b/g)

you can check other hot spots in the Katowice area (or any place in Poland) at:

when you search for one, "County" refers to "Województwo" (and Bedzin is in "slaskie" County from the pop-up list)

other possbilities:
- net cafes (cyber cafes) usually called in Polish "kawiarenka internetowa" - they normally allow you to bring anything on a CD, usually also to install your own applications on their comps (in case you need a specific programs, but don't forget to uninstall them when finished), burn your CDs, I don't know about other portable drive types as I'm using only CDs/DVDs (CD-RWs are rather cheap). I once wanted to connect my notebook instead of using their PC, but the older lady didn't know how exactly we could do it, so I gave up, but if there are guys with an actual knowledge of the network systems, you may always try and ask if it's possible to use your own notebook. Prices vary, may charge 1$ to 3$/hour;

they have not internet, but they have a telephonic line. Is there any way one can buy a prepaid card and call any ISP with the modem ?

- "antiquated" phone modems are the last resort, as they charge way too much for a minute of a dial-up connection, their only advantage is that you most likely won't have to sing anything, just plug in, connect, disconnect, wait for the bill next month :)

- the pre-paid version is possible, but I'm not sure it's a good idea if you come there only for a month - it depends on the ISP (if it's Telekomunikacja Polska S.A. then your family would still have to sign a contract with them, and they have these nasty contracts where it says it becomes automatically prolongated, unless you state 30 days before you want to terminate it - just immagine: 4 years ago when I changed from pre-paid dial-up to broadband - all within the same Internet service provider - they still charged me for the next month of pre-paid though I didn't need it anymore. The Company is changing, but slowly, so they may still have these stupid regulations)
rickywolves 5 | 3  
4 Nov 2007 /  #9
Thread attached on merging:
wireless connection

Hi there im off to sroda wielkolpolska real soon it's just south of poznan.
Was just thinking is it really worth me taking my laptop with me as i will be living there for six months or so.Any help regarding what the isp's broadband wireless etc are like over there would be great
Tom J - | 1  
9 Nov 2008 /  #10
Hey all,

I'm travelling to Poland in January for a 5-6 month stay. I'm staying with a local family in Warsaw, I don't know who yet so I can't really ask them anything at this stage. I was wondering if I could get some help regarding wireless internet in Poland. I'm travelling over there with a laptop of some sort, but I don't really want to have to go to an internet cafe or Wi-Fi hotspot to access the net as most of my internet usage takes place in the evenings or late at night. So, I was wondering, is it possible to get some kind of wireless card in Poland that gives coverage all over the country, or at least the big cities? It needs to work out so that I can access it from a house at any time, and it needs to be of a decent speed, preferably over 300 kb/s. My research on Polish internet isn't working out very well so any help would be greatly appreciated.
esek 2 | 228  
9 Nov 2008 /  #12
21 Nov 2008 /  #13
did you get any response to your question. A friend of mine is going over there for a year, and trying to get her set.
Krakowianka 1 | 243  
21 Nov 2008 /  #14
Most of the large cell companies provide wireless cards for laptops(orange, era, plus). The only issue, is that they also require 1 or 2 year contracts like they do for cell phone service.

Also, if you dont have a Polish ID, I think its hard to get the service. Hopefully one of the locals will chime in with specifics.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
21 Nov 2008 /  #15
You don't want to go to a hotspot. Have you checked the coverage of hotspots in Warsaw ? You might be lucky.
tomcatgemini 5 | 15  
15 Oct 2009 /  #16
Wireless Internet

are there any wireless internet providers in Warsaw? If so, are they cheap?
Lori 4 | 118  
17 Nov 2009 /  #18
On international flights I've never seen an Internet connection on the plane.

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