Seriously? Do I really need a page that tells people how to get on line and stay in contact with their friends and family at home when everyone in the world has a cell phone that is better than the best computers were when I first wrote this article? I think not....
Anyway.... Here is my edited version of the original page.
There are internet cafes all
over Athens, in just about every neighborhood since many young people don't own computers themselves and this is the only way they can play computer games. You can also find internet cafes on
probably every island and every village by
now. Many hotels now have a computer you
can use, and advertise free high-speed wifi.
Even the fast food chains like Everest have internet access as does Starbucks of course. The entire port area of Pireaus has free wireless internet too so you can check and answer your mail while you wait for your ferry. Some ferries have internet but you have to pay by the hour and usually it does not even work. Syntagma square is wireless. I know on Kea you can sit within 100 feet of the town hall and get free wireless and I assume this is the case in other islands too.
Actually you don't need any of the above info because every cafe in Athens and maybe all of Greece by now has free wireless. All you have to do is ask for the name and the password when you sit down and order a coffee.
Laptops and Converters
on 220. Most laptops convert
automatically or with a switch, but
you will need a small plug adapter. If
you want to buy one it is called the
standard European and you can buy it
in Radio-shack or any electronics shop
in the USA or in Greece. Make sure
that the holes will fit your plug
because sometimes one is larger than
the other. Most of the computer shops
are located in Exarchia near the
Polytechnic but there are others scattered throughout the city. There is a giant computer-media store called Public, right in Syntagma Square if you need to buy adapters, wireless cards or whatever. They sell these cards that you can use for the internet. My daughter bought them for about 10 euros each and they seemed to last forever. I think they only work on dial-up but if you are just receiving and sending e-mail that may be all you need. You can buy them almost anywhere.
Computer Service and Computer Repair
There is nothing worse than traveling in a foreign country and having your laptop stop working. Or your phone. And if you are an Apple person it can be more difficult, though PUBLIC, the giant media store in Syntagma sells Macs and was able to fix my iphone. If you are traveling with a laptop and it breaks then just google emergency laptop repair in Athens on your phone and you will find lots of places and all you need to do is find the one closest to you on Google Maps.
Mobile Laptop Connect
A few years ago I bought a media card for my laptop which enabled me to use the internet through the GSM cell phone lines. In most places it was painfully slow. Even slower than dial-up. Plus not only did it cost $120 a month, I also had to pay a per megabyte fee which was not too bad depending on where I was. The problem was that I did not know where it was expensive until I got back to the USA and got my bill. Not only that but because I was in Lesvos my device was grabbing the
signal from Turkey which charged about 100 euros an hour. When I came back to the USA, the company (AT&T if you must know) agreed to take off some of the charges since I could prove that I had not gone to Turkey. But they told me that I had signed up for a years contract (which I had not) and I had to pay $180 to break it. The point of this story is to tell you that there are options out there and you should check them out and make sure that there are not extra charges for use in Greece. (If you find something
good, like wireless highspeed satellite or GSM that costs about 50 euros a month please let me know.) For those of you traveling with your blackberries they seem to work OK, though you may have to get on some international plan, temporary if they allow you. Wind, Vodefone and Cosmote all have mobile-laptop devices but they make you sign a one-year contract and you need a Greek AFM (Tax number). Oh yes, someone I know went to Greece
with a plan paid for by his company and got a bill for $8000 for the first month. Apparently he was using it to skype his girlfriend in the USA using video and was paying by the megabyte! Ouch. So make sure you read all the fine-print if you get an international wireless plan for your laptop.
When you get right down to it the best thing to do is stay in hotels with free wireless internet. Personally I think all hotels should offer free wireless. It seems a little chintzy to me that you stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel and they have to charge you 10 euros a day to go on-line? In this day and age that is like charging you for each time you flush the toilet. The Hotel Attalos has
free wireless for those with laptops and iphones and free use of computers for those who don't.