I am shortly going to France and will take with me a borrowed Laptop. I have set this up to connect to my own ISP (BT Openworld) in the UK. No Problem. Will I have to insert the UK dialling code of +44 to the set up when trying to connect from abroad or will the modem "know" that it's in France and add the UK. code automatically ? damned if I know !! Any suggestions please.
Remember that you will be making an international call, and that is likely to be quite expensive. I have no idea what France-Telecom charge to call the UK, but with BT its something like 33p/min for us to call France.
Normally, one has to drop the first zero when calling in to the UK. Also, you will have discover what the international access code is in France. For example, from the UK, we must first dial 00, then the country code. I do not know what the French use.
ps: Thanks to OneTel, I only pay 4p/min +vat to call my friend in France.
The code for international calls is pretty much standard at '00'. What is needed is for those who have used laptops outside the UK to tell us what works with their UK ISP. I was berated recently for saying that lo-call '0845' wouldn't work, I've asked BT but no response so far. What about free-call '0800', '0808'? What about ADSL? I think we all would welcome the true facts, judging by the posts, taking laptops around the world is becoming commonplace.
I have BT Anytime giving me a 0808 number. Other sources indicate this won't work in France. So apart from signing up with a new ( temporary) ISP I can't see a way round this. It also hadn't occurred to me that although I "enjoy" Anytime in the U.K., that I would be charged for the " French connection" Is this right? I'm begining to think I'll leave the laptop at home and simply visit a local Cybercafe for my e.mails home. !!