|5,000 CFA phone card, a SIM card and my cell phone|
Rather than pay for internet to be installed in my apartment and a monthy fee way out of my budget I now use Orange's 3G USB key to have Internet Everywhere. For one month I pay 5,000 - 10,000 CFA ($10-$20 USD), depending on their monthly deals, and can Skype and surf the net to my heart's content. For one person the cost and amount of internet (1GB) are just right! Even luckier is that I didn't have to buy the 3G key - my sweet, generous friend Bodil gave me hers after she finished up a research grant in Mali and moved back home!
I remove my SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card from my cell phone and insert another one specifically for the internet. Then, I load phone credit onto the internet SIM card before replacing it in the USB key (there's a special slot for the SIM card). Then, I plug the key into the computer, open my internet browser and the browser automatically deducts whatever the rate for internet is that month. The fee for internet is 9,900 CFA/month but lately Orange has been running 1/2 off specials. $10 for internet and unlimited Skype calls? Yes, please!
|Remove my cell phone SIM card to replace with internet SIM card|
|Add credit to internet SIM card|
|Make sure I have enough for however much internet is per month|
|Remove SIM card from phone and return to slot in USB key|
|Put key into computer and you're ready to buy internet credit and go!|
What do you think? Anyone ever use an internet key like this? Do you think it is more trouble or less than an internet subscription?