Just 2 months ago I was on the road. Access was free at every hotel. Sorry, but between that and Wifi in so many places (and free) I never found it to be a problem.
I would like to know what is the best way to access the Internet while traveling using my laptop and hotel dataports. That's the easy part. I've found out with some research that things get complicated after that.
1) I want to try to avoid popular ISPs like Earthlink and AOL (which I despise with passion; software is so intrusive, it's difficult to uninstall) that have recurring monthly charges. Alternatively, is it ok to sign up for a month and then quit? Only advantage with these ISPs is the abundance of local access numbers. (BTW - how do I determine what is really "local" with no toll/hidden charges? Is it safe to go by the area code and prefix alone?)
2) Cheaper ISPs like NetZero, PeoplePC and Netscape, from what I understand, are nightmares in terms of spyware and pop up intrusions. May also not have as many local access numbers.
3) Ideally something like a "pay as you go" plan, depending on usage only. Like a calling card. Even better if they have a toll free access number. I've come across www.bamnet.com, www.budgetdialup.com, www.roadpost.com. Any recommendations?
Thoughts and advice greatly appreciated. Thank you.