Well right now I'm in Cairns, Australia where I will be residing dor 4-5 months. Anyway the internet deal over here is incredibly lame.
Basically internet connection over here is not anything like "unlimited bytes uploaded/downloaded per month" flat fee idea. People pay a certain amount of money per month for a specific amount of bytes transferred (ie 2-4 gigs/month).
This **** is killing me. I'm always transferring stuff and 2 gigs is something that probably go through at least every week.
Anyway the way it works is BigPond (a small part of the company "Telstra"), when you sign up, gives you this little wireless router/modem that picks up a signal and you then plug a wire (my roommate's computer that I'm typing on right now uses a USB rather than an ethernet) into the computer for internet access. The strange thing is that my laptop for some reason can't pick up the signal that the wireless router/modem can somehow pick up from Telstra/BigPond.
What I was hoping is that somehow my laptop would be able to find the signal and leach off of it without having to pay. I can't stand not having a flat fee and basically I'm wondering if any of you guys have had to deal with this before and if you knew of a technique that just might help my find a way to leach off the networks (I'm assuming most Australians would never be able to pick up on a specific technique since they just aren't very internet-savvy). If any of you guys have any ideas let me know.
In the end all it'd take to satisfy me is to be able to get nearly unlimited access for a flat fee but I'm just not seeing that sort of deal anywhere.