So with the hotels charging obscene amounts for Internet iin Egypt, I did a little preparation before flying here. I saw that the mobile network operators were doing prepaid sims at good prices. So I unpacked the usb modem, I was gifted by Vodafone in the UK last year for taking up a sim-only 12 month contract, and got it unlocked for GBP 1.49. I packed the usb modem and my Fonera 2.0n router which can also take usb 3g/gsm modems and provide a wifi access point. The day after arriving in Cairo, I went to a Vodafone shop and asked for a prepaid data sim. They offered me one with or without a usb modem. The one without costs 15LE (less than 2GBP) and comes with 166MB included without topup required. So I plug in the usb modem with this Vodafone Egypt sim into the Fonera and within 5 seconds I have a wpa protected wifi ssid advertised that I can use on my laptop, N900, Alia’s N900 and ipod touch.
So total cost of about 3.49GBP and I have wifi with probably enough Megabytes for the length of our trip. Beats paying 20 GBP a day for hotel wifi and can use it with all devices and it is fast thanks to HSDPA coverage.