Today I’m offering a continuation of my previous post, “The Mighty Net“, which offered tips on connecting to the Internet via UiB and some options while you’re waiting to get your UiB account activated. Today’s post will look at non-UiB Internet, for those rare individuals who are living “off-campus” (or rather, not in student housing). Of course, even the off-campus dwellers will need to activate their UiB account in order to use it on campus. But on top of that, in order to have Internet in your off-campus abode, you’ll need one of the following 3 options:
1. Find a flat that already has Internet
Some flats already have Internet connections, these may be included in the price of your rent, or you may pay a separate fee for the Internet on top of rental costs. Hard to estimate the cost of Internet in this situation, but if you’re sharing with flatmates, it’s generally pretty low. Look for mention of Internet on the apartment ads, or remember to ask when you’re viewing a flat.
Need help figuring out how to find a flat that isn’t part of student housing? Maybe this post will help.
Look how happy she is, clearly her flat came with inexpensive Internet. Image: http://blog.dlink.com/what-do-i-need-to-create-wireless-network-at-home/
2. Get your own connection in your apt
Norway is well-connected, Internet-wise, and there are many options for the type of Internet connection you can get including ADSL, ADSL2+, and cable. Some of the larger Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Norway include Telenor, NextGenTel and Ventelo (click this link for more information on connection types). You may want to click here for guidance for what to think about when choosing a connection (get your translator ready, this site is in Norwegian), or check out a list of providers and the types of Internet they offer. Also, it may be helpful to explore the website of the Norwegian Communications Authority, it does offer some English language question and answer sections on Internet as well as other services.
Generally, it looks like prices vary a lot when getting your own connection, but it is a competitive environment and I’m seeing mention that prices as low as kr 195/mo may be available for the most basic option. Sadly, it doesn’t look like there is an easy way to compare prices, it may just take some research and time. If anyone knows of a good resource that makes comparing prices and services easier, please comment below!
Telenor is a large provider of both Internet and cell services. Image: http://myanmarbusinessnews.com/telenor-myanmar-postpaid-plan-launches/#.Va6hiSqqqko
3. Get mobile Internet
Companies such as Telenor and Netcom, etc., offer mobile broadband either as a subscription or pay as you go. While this is probably the most expensive option (prices vary depending on how much data you choose to use month to month – Netcom, for example, ranges from kr 199 for 7G/mo to kr 799 for 200G per month), it has the advantage of being quite portable. Handy if you’re traveling. I took it with me to Lofoten and, while I didn’t have service everywhere, it was extremely useful – in fact, I posted my blog from there using it. It is also quick to set up, however, you do have to buy the modem if you are not subscribing, which is also an added expense.
This Lofoten mountain-sheep could have used my mobile broadband. Photo: Stand Hiestand