Latest Rage

The Right Connection

Overseas Internet access made easy

Sending and receiving e-mail from the road is becoming a business essential. But the accessories needed to gain Internet access while you're overseas can be cumbersome and pricey. A typical setup can cost upward of $300 depending on your location, and it's sometimes as bulky as a laptop computer.

But these accessories can also be lifesavers. Not only are foreign phone outlets almost always incompatible with the standard RJ-11 jack used in the United States, some of the phones are hardwired, meaning you can't unplug them at all. Add to that the practice of tax impulsing--an intermittent tone used to register usage in some European countries that can disconnect you from the Net--and you're virtually cut off from the World Wide Web.

But TeleAdapt Inc. may have a solution. Its connection kit, which includes a phone and power adaptor, costs between $49 and $59, depending on the country you need it for. The Euro-Pak, also from TeleAdapt, covers more than 70 countries and is priced at $195. What if you want it all? The WorldPak--the ultimate connection kit, which features 39 TeleDaptors, a mobile connectivity pocket guide and an analog line tester--costs $450 and can keep you connected no matter where your travels take you.

Christopher Elliott is an Orlando, Fla., writer and independent producer who specializes in technology, travel and mobile computing. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and online. You can find out more about him on his website or sign up for his free weekly newsletter.

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This article was originally published in the July 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Latest Rage.

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