I wrote before about some of the great tech they have here in Singapore. Another is that they routinely have fiber run clear into the house. This makes bundling of TV, landline (VOIP), and Internet access easier. They also regularly bundle a SIM for tablets as well. For example, for one flat fee per month we’ll get TV + DVR, a land line number, 500Mb Internet bandwidth, plus a SIM for our iPad mini with 100Mb/month. Because it’s fiber to the home we had the option of 1Gb of ‘Net bandwidth but it was too costly (but oh-so-tempting).
While we’re waiting for the Internet connection to be activated, we’re using our iPhones as hotspots for our laptops. The speed is good (especially with the iPhone 5s with its 4G connectivity) and we don’t feel so disconnected from the world.
Since there is a monthly limit on the data usage of mobile plans, I connect the hotspot sporadically to download any email and to upload any blog posts I’ve composed offline (a great feature of the blog setup I use).
While I’m talking about Internet workarounds, another trick I learned from a good friend is to take an Airport Express along when you stay in a hotel. Internet wifi is notoriously shit because
So to get around all that bad news, you plug your in-room network cable into your airport express and boom; you have your own, personal wifi. This accomplishes a few things: