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Posted by
on 31 May 2011
Hi-

I just arrived in Budapest and found that my flat has no Internet. I'm in a long-distance relationship so I need this service to be able to communicate with my boyfriend. What service providers are there in Budapest and do they provide Dongles (the mobile broadband sticks)? Also is the Internet speed that comes with these sticks fast enough to get a good connection with Skype?
Stephanie on 31 May 2011
Hi-

Yes, there are plenty of service providers in Budapest that provide the mobile broadband dongles you're looking for - Telenor, Vodafone, T-mobile (to name a few). In the meantime. there's actually plenty of WiFi hotspots around the city that even offer free access if you buy a coffee or a meal. The big malls, like Mammut or MOM Park, are also WiFi zones - just look for the sign.

The connection with the mobile broadband is probably fast enough for a Skype conversation, but not a video call. That said, it can be finnicky, and sometimes the connection is delayed.

Most of the mobile broadband in Budapest comes with a limited number of megabytes or gigabytes. You won't need that much if you're just using it to surf the web and talk via Skype, but downloading music/movies and using video chat can eat up some serious broadband.
Anonymous (not verified) on 6 Oct 2014
Unfortunately is seems Internet is awful in Hungary. We had such low level somewhere 20 years ago in Russia.. That`s why people do not use it. According to Wikipedia the country was in the 41st place in the world, 5 years ago, then 45th and 47th. It is difficult to use such slow internet...