Post by yorkshiremouth on May 20, 2017 11:34:42 GMT
Hi everyone. There's lots of fantastic, and useful information here, so I'd like to add something back to the knowledge pool.
I'm opening this thread for discussion on using the internet on Skiathos for UK holiday makers. Please feel free to chip in if you have any other useful news/ideas/information.
I appreciate not everyone wants to spend much (or any) time on the internet whilst on holiday, but there'll be some who do, so this is for you. For me, I love to keep connected to the news and sport, and there are two test matches on whilst we're out there this year.
Last time on Skiathos (2 years ago) I found the Wi-Fi everywhere to be extremely flakey. Slow, constantly disconnecting, not to mention the harsh glare from SWMBO when I asked for the Wi-Fi password at every bar/tavern we went into. There's also the worry about taking pictures and videos and wanting to post them for friends/family back home to see, as well as Facetime, etc. Most people phone home while abroad, but Facetime counts as data.
So the alternative is 3G/4G on your phone.
Now this year we've been led to believe that data roaming charges across the EU are going...only when I've looked into it, it's not quite that simple. They're going to start reducing costs, but it's rolling out over quite a few years, and will still be pretty expensive for the next few years.
So first bit of information, if you were expecting to use your phone for the internet for free from June this year, you need to check with your provider, it's not that simple, and you could end up being stung with a large bill if you don't sort it out in advance.
I phoned up my mobile phone provider (EE) and looked into what the score was. My phone is paid for, so if you're still in contract this will not apply. Ring your provider for help and advice.
I currently pay £24.99 a month and get 16GB. One option was to buy a 'Travel Data Pass'. It would cost £3 a day for 500 megs (about half a GB), which sounded reasonable until I started to add it up - it equates to £42 for the fortnight for 7GB, which would have to be evenly spread out. Now I can't see myself using all of that, but £42 is crazy.
A second option was to change my plan (which apparently I can do on a monthly basis). I can change before I go to something currently called Sim Only Max Plan. It's £39.99 a month, but I'm due a discount so I can get it for £29.99. I get a UK data allowance of 30gb, half of which (15gb) I can use anywhere in the EU, obviously including Greece. I can swap back the following month after coming home.
So that's £5 for the holiday, with data to burn. Even without my discount I think £15 would be a small rice to pay for the peace of mind of not having to turn data roaming off and being able to use my data allowance at will without having to worry about it. I'd be hard-pushed to use 15GB, so I should be able to just set and forget.
SWMBO has just upgraded her phone and is on a contract with EE. I'll check to see what her position is, and I might even be upgrading myself before we go.
While in Greece I'll try to take speed checks, as well as checking to see if I'm getting 3G or 4G, whenever I remember, and at various different places on the island. I'll post results here.
Please feel free to chip in.
Different provider to EE? On a contract? Staying elsewhere on the island (I'll be Koukounaries & town). Let us know how it is where you are.
Also, what's the best Wi-Fi in town? What's the Wi-Fi in your hotel like?
Best way to measure internet speeds is to download an app - the easiest appears to be 'Speedtest by Ookla' (just put that in your search at your app store and it'll come up pretty quickly). It's free and a piece of cake to use. Just open and click 'Begin Test'. A minute later you have ping time, as well as both upload and download speeds.
Best wishes, and I hope the information I've offered here, and any subsequent messages/discussion in the thread, prove useful.