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Napoleon



 
Msg#: 3864 posted 8:59 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

My annual pilgrimage to Disney cometh.... also my annual stress week as I struggle to dial in to the UK from the hotel.

Does anyone have details of a local dial-in point over there (Florida preferably, but anywhere stateside would be cheaper), so that I can plug my PC into the hotel phone and dial-in to collect my mail?

Over here there are 0845 ISP numbers. You can dial-in at about 2c per minute, which goes to the ISP. No fuss really... usually you just register on their web site and you are away.

Anything like that over there?

I know I will have to dial here to send because of relaying restrictions, but to receive is there anything? Any ideas?

 

seth_wilde

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Msg#: 3864 posted 9:12 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Sign up with netzero, they'll give you 10 free hours and a variety of local numbers so you won't have to spend any money..

Napoleon



 
Msg#: 3864 posted 9:55 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Darn it.... I've just checked out netzero and they want my credit card registering/etc. A bit dodgy really considering that the number I gave to dial out from was a Disney hotel!

Are there any that you can just dial-in to, without the nonsense of taking my credit card details?

This isn't looking too promising.

jimbeetle

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Msg#: 3864 posted 10:02 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Same with Juno, 10 free hours per month (depending what the Disney-area hotel charges for phone calls). I always keep it as my third backup.

<aside>Disney for the holidays? I'm almost glad we can't get out to the left coast this year and have family dinner at Disneyland. Why the heck can't they make a real turkey? Or a real ham? And waiting 'til 11 at night for the crowds to die down so you can get on a ride? Sheeeesh!</aside>

Enjoy the sun Napoleon!

Jim

pshea

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Msg#: 3864 posted 10:03 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Why not ask the hotel what services they offer? I would think you would not be the first to ask!

seth_wilde

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Msg#: 3864 posted 10:18 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've just checked out netzero and they want my credit card registering/etc.

I think you chose the wrong plan (they offer both paid and free services), I just set up a fake profile and they didn't ask me for credit card details...

try this url
[my.netzero.net...]

Napoleon



 
Msg#: 3864 posted 10:46 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

>> Why not ask the hotel what services they offer <<

I'm sure they will have some sort of net cafe... but that's no good because I need to use this PC. It has all my templates/scripts/etc on it for used with Outlook.

>> jimbeetle <<

I'll try Juno next if I can't sort Netzero. And hey... I'll be on those rides first - I'm staying at the Yacht & Beach so can walk around the corner hopefully when everyone else is still in bed!

>> I think you chose the wrong plan <<

You're right, I did.

Next snag though... I got my member ID and passwords then it was asking me to download and execute some software. I skipped that as I don't want the PC messed up.

The question is, therefore, will it work if I just call the local Orlando dial-in number given on the site with the above details? I have a hunch it will, but I'm far from 100%.

JayC

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Msg#: 3864 posted 11:16 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

The question is, therefore, will it work if I just call the local Orlando dial-in number given on the site with the above details? I have a hunch it will, but I'm far from 100%.

Most likely what they wanted you to download was just a setup program that would have set them as the default dialup connection, maybe changed your IE homepage, stuff like that. So yeah, it should work just by creating your own dialup connection with the information you have.

seth_wilde

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Msg#: 3864 posted 11:19 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

will it work if I just call the local Orlando dial-in number given on the site with the above details?

I haven't used netzero in a few years, but I think that you'll find that you have to download the software. I think the download is their custom browser that displays ads while you surf (that's how they're able to offer free dialup), it shouldn't mess up your computer.

If your dead set against installing any software you could try a national ISP like earthlink that should have local numbers in most of the country. You can probably just put down $20 or $30 and buy one months service (but then you'll need your credit card info).

Napoleon



 
Msg#: 3864 posted 6:22 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Well I tried dialing into the Orlando connection internationally from here as a test.

I got the message: "Error 691 - Username/Password invalid on the domain."

Not quite the message I would have expected if the problem is really one of not using their software to dial in with. But it could mean that.

Yes, not being a complete idiot I did use the combination they gave me on sign up!

Failing any other ideas therefore, I will have the usual problem of international dial-in to download 10 spams for every serious message. Fun!

Thanks for your efforts above anyway.

amoore

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Msg#: 3864 posted 7:25 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm sure they will have some sort of net cafe...

Most of the higher end hotels I've stayed at recently have an ethernet jack in the room that you can use to plug your machine into. I'd call the hotel and ask them for their advice. You're not the only one with this problem, and they may have solved it already.

Napoleon



 
Msg#: 3864 posted 7:52 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

>> an ethernet jack in the room <<

I think they have a connection on the phone to dial out. The problem is to dial out to whewre?

The UK is the answer unless I can find a US number that doesn't require installation of their takeover software or credit card subscription (I could ive with a one off payment though).

pshea

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Msg#: 3864 posted 8:08 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

What if you emailed your templates to a plain old yahoo account, configured the account to go and get your messages, and for the sake of the vacation, manage it that way for that period of time? You can even upload your Outlook address book to the yahoo account. Small price to pay to leave the laptop home . . . I'm probably oversimplifying your situation.

Napoleon



 
Msg#: 3864 posted 9:02 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

>> What if you emailed your templates to a plain old yahoo account <<

I might have a fiddle in that sort of area... and try to work out how to access my messages other than via the POP3.

What a pain all this is. I'll need a holiday to recover from the holiday!

olwen

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Msg#: 3864 posted 9:15 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

My NZ ISP offers 2 useful services. One is Webmail where you can read your mail online. (I use this sometimes to delete all the spam). The other is a thing called global roaming where they provide numbers all over the world you can dial into and it's as if you were dialed into them. The latter must be a reciprocal arrangement, and may be worth looking for.

choster

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Msg#: 3864 posted 1:29 am on Dec 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

FYI: Juno, Netzero, and BlueLight are simply different brand names/sales packages for essentially the same service (United Online).

I use NetZero when I travel. You'll need to download their ad delivery software, which is Java. Have a look at
[dmoz.org...] if you can't get it to work for you.

Napoleon



 
Msg#: 3864 posted 8:42 am on Dec 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks I'll take a look.... how come I always forget about ODP even though I'm an editor? Wierd. It can be a great source.

Visit Thailand

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Msg#: 3864 posted 9:11 am on Dec 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

Check with your local ISP if they have roaming service and if they do then check with gric.com for the local connect numbers.

Alternatively why not just buy a stored value card? I am sure the US has them (?)

In Asia like in HK you can buy a card that has a stored value of X which is valid for X minutes and X amount of time from the moment you first log on.

So all you do is buy the card scratch to get your password and user id and you just dial locally into the number they provide. Easy.

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