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WiFi On the Olvidado y Invierno?

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QuailHiker

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2016)
Camino del Norte y Primitivo (2018)
Two of us are planning to walk the Olvidado and Invierno in April/May of this year. How would you compare WiFi access on these routes to say, the Primitivo? Thanks. Fred
 

peregrina2000

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Two of us are planning to walk the Olvidado and Invierno in April/May of this year. How would you compare WiFi access on these routes to say, the Primitivo? Thanks. Fred
I rely on wifi almost exclusively and do not remember having any problems. I do have some data on my SIM card, for use in case of need, but I don´t remember any desperate situations. One memory I have is that there was no Vodafone service in Vegarienza. Everyone told me Movistar is a better provider in that part of the country.

BTW, this is a great, terrific, wonderful, gorgeous combination. :) Don't miss the new mountain alternatives.
 

QuailHiker

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2016)
Camino del Norte y Primitivo (2018)
Thanks, Laurie -- you've been a wealth of information! I think we've got the right info about the mountain alternatives and are looking forward to them and the entire trip. There are several threads from the past year I need to read through completely, but I'm building my knowledge base -- as well as working on my espanol. Figure I'll need this more than on the Frances, del Norte, and Primitivo.
Fred
 

MikeJS

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Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (12), VdlP (16). Sureste/Invierno (17). Olvidado/San Salvador/Primitivo (19)
I have walked them both and used wifi frequently with no issues. In fact wifi access anywhere in Spain seems better than many places in UK! I did find that the gps signal seemed very flaky on the mountain alternative of the Olvidado from Guardo to Puente-Almuhey. This made this section more difficult than most to navigate.
 

Theatregal

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Camino(s) past & future
So far...
2012 ~ 2019
I had no problems with wifi along the Invierno. Such a lovely combination of routes you're planning @QuailHiker ! I haven't yet walked the Olvidado but I will. I loved the Invierno. Wishing you Buen Camino!
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Nowadays it's already a norm that every bar has a wi-fi. But if you have a chance buy a SIM card (be sure that you can top it up on-line and ask how!!!) in any other EU country because it will search for the best signal (no more roaming fees in EU for the second year now) whereas Orange, Joigo, Movistar etc. will search for their transmitters.
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
Nowadays it's already a norm that every bar has a wi-fi. But if you have a chance buy a SIM card (be sure that you can top it up on-line and ask how!!!) in any other EU country because it will search for the best signal (no more roaming fees in EU for the second year now) whereas Orange, Joigo, Movistar etc. will search for their transmitters.
Kinky, that‘s a great idea. My only question, as a representative of the technologically-challenged forum members, is whether that will give me problems if I need to actually talk to someone about my phone or data service. The nice thing about Movistar and Vodafone is that they have actual physical offices with real people, most of whom are quite kind and helpful to confused senior citizens with phone issues.
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Kinky, that‘s a great idea. My only question, as a representative of the technologically-challenged forum members, is whether that will give me problems if I need to actually talk to someone about my phone or data service. The nice thing about Movistar and Vodafone is that they have actual physical offices with real people, most of whom are quite kind and helpful to confused senior citizens with phone issues.
I'm sure every mobile provider has support service the only thing is how long it would take you to get the English speaking person on line. But I guess a representative of a mobile provider would be able to answer that if you buy SIM directly from them. Don't think so if you would buy it in Tabaccos but there should be support phone number on the sleave/box of each SIM card. The tricky thing here would be on-line topping up. I would clear that out first thing when purchasing foreign (not Spanish) SIM if it is not from same provider that also operate in Spain.
 

Magwood

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When are you planning to set off @QuailHiker? A group of us are starting from Bilbao at the end of April.
 

MikeJS

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (12), VdlP (16). Sureste/Invierno (17). Olvidado/San Salvador/Primitivo (19)
I'm sure every mobile provider has support service the only thing is how long it would take you to get the English speaking person on line. But I guess a representative of a mobile provider would be able to answer that if you buy SIM directly from them. Don't think so if you would buy it in Tabaccos but there should be support phone number on the sleave/box of each SIM card. The tricky thing here would be on-line topping up. I would clear that out first thing when purchasing foreign (not Spanish) SIM if it is not from same provider that also operate in Spain.
Fortunately, as i live in UK I just keep my normal SIM….. at the moment!
 

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