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Free WiFi Access

Just wondering whether most hotels offer free WiFi. I dont normally travel with a laptop but tend to use internet cafes'. but on a recent holiday in Bali, I noticed that all hotels offered free WiFi and even restaurants and bars/pubs had it free! Is this the case in SL

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1. Re: Free WiFi Access

Hi there...

Some hotels do indeed offer free Wi-Fi, but maybe there is no one that confirm how many, obviously i do know of one or two that i have used myself, but really cannot give a true overall picture in this respect..

In the city hotels, Colombo, Kandy, it will be mostly the Executive Floors, rooms that will offer free Wi-Fi

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Dave

Edited: 5:23 am, June 04, 2011
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Many tourist hotels offer access to a computer and either paid or free WiFi facilities but with both these options do not expect anything like the speeds you will find in Australia.

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Hi Larose

On my recent trip in January I found the internet in Sri Lanka pretty good!

I had free wifi in a few mid-range hotels.

However what I would HIGHLY recommend is getting a sri lankan sim card on arrival! They are available at the airport.

This can be used in your smart phone (iphone etc).

Or you can use it in a portable modem.

The internet (i used the provider Dialog) in SL was really impressive. I found it much faster than our 3G here in australia! Which really puts us to shame!

It was great to have internet access all the time. + handy to have a local sim card for local calls ... i used it also to call ahead to book a hotel room for the night

Very inexpensive.

Any q's give me a yell

Kirsty

Edited: 10:24 pm, June 05, 2011
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Thanks Kirsty, I dont have an iphone, travelling with a laptop instead. But thanks everybody for your advice. Not long to go now, just under 2 weks and very excited

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5. Re: Free WiFi Access

How exciting!

Sitting here in cold Australia and the thought of Sri Lanka is very appealing right now.

Hot Tip - if you find yourself in one of the beach areas, make an effort to walk the 5minutes out to the main roads to buy your water!

The hotels & restaurants will charge you so much more than the locals (who are potentially more in need of the income) who are out on the main roads or lane ways. I grabbed myself a 5L with a great handy carry handle every couple of days ... for about $1-2!... and got invited to tea with a local family :-)

Have a wonderful time!

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Good advice Kirsty- thanks, I have just contacted all the hotels we are staying at to see if they actually have wi fi in the rooms? Havent had a response yet, I'm now thinking whether it is wise travelling with a lap top if we cannot have easy access to the internet.

We were recently in Bali and every place had free internte access even all the restaurants and bars.. somehow I dont think SL will be quite so accessable... whats you opinion?

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Kristy can you explain how getting a SIM card from the airport works? I am thinking of taking an iPad 2 with me and it uses one of the micro SIMs. I will be traveling from the States and would like to keep up with things here. Will I be able to have internet access at all the hotels, the iPad will be 3G. I would like to use skype for video calls. Do you think that will be possible?

Thanks

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Msjai - Yes that it definitely possible! On arrival at the airport there is a 24/7 digitel phone stand. I was able to get a micro sim from them for my iPhone. It took 5-10mins to sign up. Very easy.

I was then able to video skype my partner back home, use the GPS function, email etc etc. I found their 3G network great.

A ball park figure on prices...

$10 for sim card ... which gives you credit i think.

$10 per week for credit. And i was video skyping every day to Australia.

Hope this helps!

Happy travels

Kirsty

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Larose - it's difficult to answer your question.

Depending on - how big/heavy your laptop is and how much you want/need internet.

I would not advise you to expect all locations to have free wifi. I think it's heading in that direction, but they aren't there yet. Some places will, some places won't.

The iPhone was great as I could pick up a connection everywhere using their 3G network, even on trains etc.

However I also traveled with a tiny laptop (1 kilo) - the $380 kind you can pickup from Harvey Norman or JBHIFI. Which was great for picking up the free wifi when it was available. And because it was cheap I felt happy I didn't have to stress about it getting stolen or damaged.

Another potion for you would be to take your laptop. And then on arrival at the airport get a portable modem from Dialog. Like the ones we have in Australia.... dialog.lk/personal/…

If you have one in Aus that is unlocked, you can use it in SL by putting in a local sim card.

Maybe just buggar it all and go without technology!

Liberating!! (but something I would struggle to do!!)

Happy travels

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10. Re: Free WiFi Access

Larose - sorry i just realised i said Digitel! I meant Dialog!