Mobile Internet access with a Mac in Switzerland and Europe

I decided to check out the offers here.  I am often in Italy for the weekend and in Portugal whenever I can. Usually I take the PowerBook with me, so that I can write, if the mood strikes to blog, and to check and answer email. I can not be bothered with email on a mobile, and that may only be because my life is not “that” dependent on me being available every minute. To me mobile phones are on the right development path, but they are still much too bothersome for somebody very used to typing with ten fingers. Call me an animal of habit. SMS’s from my mobile phone are rare and in emergencies. When I do send SMSs then via the Internet from a computer.

Either in Italy or in Portugal, I do have Internet access, but it is not as convenient as it could be, and the convenience of  mobile Internet is very appealing, but it must be affordable. Portugal was very early in deploying UMTS, but when they first did, the service was still being offered at rather unreasonable prices, and again, the Macs were not included. If I remember correctly it was Vodafone that first offered this.

Orange has a very attractive subscription offer, unfortunately their card is not mac compatible, so that eliminates that option for the time being although it would have been my first choice. With this one when online via WLAN on a Public Hotspot abroad you pay the same rates as in Switzerland; cool deal.

Sunrise was not sure if their card is mac compatible or not and the manufacturer makes no such claims either: it is a Sierra Wireless AirCard 850. The WLAN minutes here are only national.

Swisscom‘s offer is also just for PC, and a visit to their shop was enlightening, but did not offer any real alternatives at a comparable price.

I am not the early adopter type, and once again this exercise is confirming it. I will wait until the gadgets for the mac are available and the whole a bit more affordable.