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Internet Beyond The Great Firewall

by forwhomdostthebelltoll / July 3, 2010 11:50 AM PDT

So, I'm heading over to China in about a month. The place where I am going has no reliable internet. That is, there may be wifi, and there may not be.

I don't want to scrounge for hotspots for internet, and rather would prefer to have internet wherever I may go. I also don't have a smartphone, so tethering is out of the question.

Likewise, I have a few queries.
First, do services such as MiFi and Broadband2Go, along with other portable wifi hotspots extend into China? How is the connection, if they do?

Second, is there a way (Ebay, I suppose) to procure a such device cheaply, if the range of service extends into China? Or are there generic versions which work just as well and cost less? Same for the internet data packages; are there providers which give internet for less?

Third, are there alternatives to tethering/portable hotspots which function in China?

Thanks.

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Spies Like Us.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 3, 2010 9:35 PM PDT

Such a device could have you run afoul of laws and more. I too am getting ready for a trip to near China but my plan is to be sure I have enough for the time there. That is, I ordered a spare battery for the camera and for the laptop it is an unit that if lost will smart but won't be the end of the world.

I won't spend time during the trip hunting for the internet. I plan on getting out and taking pictures and as some one wrote "be there."
Bob

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Laws, They Exist. Right.
by forwhomdostthebelltoll / July 4, 2010 2:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Spies Like Us.

Dang; I hadn't thought of that part. Laws definitely are something I'd have to be wary of. Thank you for the answer, however.

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While you are there, just ask...
by Papa Echo / July 6, 2010 11:21 PM PDT

...your net-book or smart phone, if bought along, won't have been "certified" for use in China. Perhaps CNet friends from China can provide some information ?

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Certification?
by forwhomdostthebelltoll / July 7, 2010 1:59 AM PDT

Hum. This is new. If I bring a laptop along for non-internet use, would I have to certify it, or is that just for internet-connected devices?

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If you have a device capable of...
by Papa Echo / July 7, 2010 9:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Certification?

... internet connection, you need to have the great "official firewall", whether you actually connect to it, or not, or whether you have the browsers or programs installed.

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Getting the firewall
by forwhomdostthebelltoll / July 8, 2010 3:01 AM PDT

How would one go about doing this then?
And what would the penalties for not acquiring the Firewall of China be?

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