The main problem with internet access in Spain is that it usually takes at least a month to get a telephone line connected and the speed of the broadband is not great.
Mobile Internet in Spain
Both Vodafone and Orange offer mobile internet through their network. You need to purchase a USB mini router which plugs into your computer and service is available as soon as your contract is activated. Obviously the quality of the line is dependent on the reception in your area, but it’s possible to check this before you purchase and most areas in Barcelona are covered.
You can sign a contract or pay-as-you-go:
Cheap International Phone Calls
Rather than using coins in the public phones it’s often easier to buy a phone card (una tarjeta para llamar por teléfono) for either €6 or €12 from one of the Tabac shops or from most newspaper stands.
Another cheap way to phone, nationally and abroad (although much less convenient), is by using one of the many private telephone booth shops or Locutorios (internet cafés often offer this service too). You make your phone call and pay cash when you’re finished. However, using an over-ride provider is even cheaper.
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