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Europe - internet cafes or wi-fi (with an eeepc)?

Is Wi-Fi a common facility in the Central-EasternEuropean/Balkan countryside these days. I ask as i'm contemplating buying an eee pc for my 3-4 month Euro-jaunt this summer, or is the Internet Cafe common enough to suffice for light-usage.My more recent travelling has been Asian so the current state of Internet access in rural Europe is sketchy.
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in czech republic you will find a lot of free wifi hotspots, in big shoping malls in cafeteria, or every KFC have free wifi, its no problem to find it
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Well all McD's in France seem to have free wifi now, and the good thing is, you can buy yourself a sit outside on their terrace and surf to your heart's content, thus minimising the whole McD experience.
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McD's, now that IS a mixed blessing - is Starbucks so equipped as per here in Blighty?
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Starbucks, the Beverage of Beelzebub? I think there's only about four in all of France!!!
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Stroll on... you're right! Seems that World Domination doesn't include out French friends - but McD's, i don't know if i can suffer that except under duress.
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...but McD's, i don't know if i can suffer that except under duress.
Ah but don't forget in France to go with your Royale with Cheese, you can have . Suddenly it gets more attractive.
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hang on hang on ..... in McDs in France you can buy !?!?!! Why wasn't I told! This is a disgrace!

also - Starbucks here in the UK - you have to pay for the wi-fi.

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Indeed you can and I've also learnt that their Wifi seems to spread a good few hundred metres from the building, so as it's completly free, you can use it without being in there, just buy a coffee and surf on.
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Indeed you can and I've also learnt that their Wifi seems to spread a good few hundred metres from the building, so as it's completly free, you can use it without being in there, just buy a coffee and surf on.
That's a very useful thing to know.... the wi-fi bit I mean... not the bit.
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Well all McD's in France seem to have free wifi now
Also available at most if not all Marie's in France

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which eee pc are you looking at? I'm considering one (900 linux, 8.9", 1024x600 res) for a piece of 'mobile' work I've got coming up. just wondering if you've used one already, or are just thinking about it?

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Wink Not a great business

One could deduce that investing in an internet cafe enterprise in Europe would not be a good idea: they should be going the same way as the video/dvd rental shops.
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How often do you need to get online?

We did Germany, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria (plus the Baltics) last year. If you're camping, then the camp sites owned by the dutch (normally mentioned on the Alan Rogers website) normally have wifi or computers you can use.
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Wink Haven't heard that name for some years!!

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(normally mentioned on the Alan Rogers website) .
Ye Gods, there's a blast from the past!

His guide books were pretty good for finding a good pitch for a tent with excellent amenities across Western Europe, although they were mainly directed to caravans and the like IIRC.
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