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A word of warning from Amanda about setting up your internet connection in the UK. 

Setting up internet is not something you would think you have to worry much about, but think again.  In North America, to set up internet or to have it serviced, you can call your internet provider and they will usually be there within a couple days, sometimes even the weekend.

In the UK, you need to plan as much in advance as possible.  As soon as you have your address, you need to set up a provider to come.  I did not move into a property that already had internet set up, so I had to go through this. 

A few days after deciding which flat we wanted, we called a broadband (internet) comparison company, which is like a call center that compares all companies and sets you up with the best one.  There are many broadband providers in the UK, and we learned that they all use the same engineers to install broadband in your home.  Though this seems more fair for the companies, it means it takes much longer to get an appointment to have yours set up. 

We called on September 22nd, and the earliest appointment we could get was October 8th.  This is because they are so busy servicing all companies, and they do not work on the weekend. 

While you are waiting for your broadband to come, you do have a few temporary options.  Starbucks, McDonalds, Costa Coffee and many shopping malls offer free wifi.  However, make sure your devices are charged because some (McDonalds for example) do not have outlets for you to use. 

If you are dying because you missed the newest episode of your favourite tv show and just want to lay in bed and stream episodes all day, you can pay per hour or per day for wifi online.  When you search wireless connections on your computer, one called BTwifi-with-FON may appear.  If you click to connect to this, it will prompt you to an internet page where you can pay via credit card or pay pal for internet.  It is 4 pounds per hour, or 6 pounds for 24 hours.  I admit we did this quite a bit, but split between three roommates we felt it was worth it.

Have you got a story to tell about setting up your internet and how much you depend on it? Contact Megan by emailing mparsons@protocol-education to share your experiences. 

We welcome Amanda to our blogging team. She is a Canada teacher who has recently moved to Chelmsford to work with us. 

Tags: AmandaH, Chelmsford, Canada

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