wifi - how does it work?

  lorna6am 13:08 29 Aug 2005

I haven't got a clue about all things technical, and would be grateful of some help.

I am about to purchase a laptop, mostly for using word and excel. But I am going off on business for 3 weeks and will also need to use the internet.
I understand that modern laptops are usually Wifi enabled, and that all one has to do is go to a wifi 'hotspot' like a restaurant or hotel, and gain internet access wirelessly.

What I don't understand is how I get charged for this service (if at all). I have AOL broadband at home, and wondered if I just log onto AOL (wirlessly) when out and about, and therefore do not get billed any extra; or does the particular Wifi provider charge by the minute? Can anyone explain?

Thanks in advance

  Diodorus Siculus 13:49 29 Aug 2005

[quote]how I get charged for this service[/quote]

The connection will likely need a key with which you can logon; you will probably have to pay for this key.

There are some free hotspots around though.

click here

  wjrt 23:16 30 Aug 2005

click here

seems expensive

  wjrt 23:22 30 Aug 2005

link not working

click here

fingers crossed

  lorna6am 18:12 01 Sep 2005

Thanks for the help. I understand it a bit better...should've figured it would be expensive.

  Gaz 25 18:49 01 Sep 2005

It's all a rip really. I mean it never costs them that much money for a 512k ADSL line. :-( *shakes head*

Silly. Mind you, thats the UK for you.

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