Do you have a plan to visit Poland? Very good idea :) One of the most iconic Polish towns is no doubtedly Cracow. Placed in the south of Poland, this city has endless places to sightsee like beautiful Old Town, Wawel Castle with fire-breathing dragon statue or the Barbican. Going for the shopping to Sukiennice could be also an unforgettable experience. Before arriving at Cracow, make sure that you will have connection to the Internet. If you didn’t make it yet, below we wrote about four possibilities to have an Internet access.
Probably the most common way to connect with the Internet in Poland. Currently every touristy city has at least one public hot spot in the centre of town. They are also very popular in shopping mall (like Galeria Bałtycka), restaurants, pubs and in the most iconic places (for example the Sopot Pier - near Gdańsk) because of many tourists and local visitors. The biggest advantage of hot spots is price - they are for free for everybody. Sometimes only you have to ask for a password.
However, you are depended on hot spot. The Internet is not reachable in every point of the city and the range quality is very low. Websites while using a hot spot could load even in minutes! Sometimes you also have to register to use a hot spot.
But the biggest disadvantage is safety. Most hot spots are not secured and hackers are able to steal any data from your hardware. So if you are making a very important document, be sure that hot spot could not be a very good idea.
Probably the best way to have a problemless possibility to connect with the Internet. Polish WiFi is an only Polish company that offers lending portable WiFi router for all the time you are going to stay in Cracow. It's easy to use, really cheap comparing to the roaming fees and what's the best, is unlimited. Imagine that, really unlimited access to Internet during your whole trip.
If you will not be able to connect with the Internet with any earlier mentioned methods, you can also use mobile Internet from your phone by roaming. This is the easiest way to connect with the Internet. You only have to turn on mobile Internet connection on your phone and that’s all.
Nevertheless, network operators impose very high fees for each 100KB of Internet transfer. So this is not a good option for an intensive web surfers to and contact with your friends through social media. Mobile roaming should be used reasonably, mainly in emergency cases. Otherwise you will be surprised after getting an extremely high bill after using a mobile Internet.
In Poland there is also possibility to buy a SIM card of Polish mobile operator (Play, Plus, Heyah, Virgin Mobile etc. ). Purchase and usage is simple. You only have to buy a card in local newsstand (in Poland called “kiosk”) with an Internet transfer limit written on a packaging (usually from 1GB to 20GB) and insert it in your cell’s SIM card slot.
Remember that all of your phone numbers from your phone could disappear from your mobile. With a temporary card, you also have to log in again on websites and apps like Facebook or Twitter, so be sure that you remember your account’s password. Don’t forget about that you will get a new number after inserting a Polish SIM card, so informing your friends about that via social media will be a very good idea.
The biggest problem could be changes made by Polish government about a usage of temporary pre-paid SIM cards. Since February 2017, after purchasing card you have to register it with all your ID data. Currently that kind of Internet usage is not very profitable.
To sum up, be sure that journey to Cracow will not be a survival camp, so you don’t have to worry. There are many possibilities to connect with the Internet. Some solutions could be very easy along with high price of usage. Very often the best idea is finding a gold mean between having a reasonable range of Internet and paying not very much money for connection. Polish WiFi has both, so this could be the best idea when you are planning visiting Cracow.