or All roads lead to roam....
or Roameo, Roameo, wherefore art thou Roameo...
Hmmm... Tough crowd. Well so much for the lowest form of humour.
This is just a quick note in support of Jeff's comments on roaming. I also
am using IPASS (Nairobi at the moment) but using a slightly different
access method and that is what I wanted to mention. In Jeff's last
message, he mentioned that a level of expertise is required to manage the
various dial-ups to SITA to connect to the IPASS network. Well, there is a
way around that they some may be interested in. When I first heard of
IPASS, I attempted to sign-up with them immediately only to discover that
the only IPASS partners in Canada were in the Yukon and Vancouver (why? big
ISP's are too busy making wads of cash it would seem). IPASS then told me
about HomeGate who are one of their parters. At http://www.homegate.net
you can download HomeGate's international access package which is pretty
slick. It's basically a dialer package that manages Win95 dial-up
networking, scripts, and access numbers around the globe (IPASS numbers
that is). You just plug in the country or the city or the area code of
where you are and it pulls up the relevant access numbers, chooses the
right scripts and off you go. It also keeps a comprehensive log of your
accesses. So, what does it cost? About the same as IPASS from what I can
make out. Their international package is US$15 per month and .20c per
minute for access out of the US. No charge during months when you don't
use the account.
A good deal for us (IDRC) I reckon just from what it saves on faxes and
telephone calls while travelling.
Cheers... Steve Song
Steve Song <[log in to unmask]>
Senior Technical Advisor
International Development Research Centre
P.O. Box 8500, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1G 3H9
Tel. +1 613 236 6163 Fax +1 613 567 7748