Just to advise that the cle 3G I had from Orange was driving me a bit daft, €10 for 1 hour daytime and 1 hour after 8PM.
It was the time element involved that drove me to an SFR outlet.
Now having bought their dongle I have 1GB to be used up in a month, as a limit.
The next 1GB will cost €35. and the outlay to begin using the dongle, SIM and 1GB was €69.
This dongle is connected to a netbook using XP.
Would also work on a Mac according to the box.My mac-mini is at home presently so I can't test this, but Mac's are super normally for networking.
So the little netbook broadcasts an ad-hoc WI-FI signal,whilst connected to the SFR 3G system.
The Iphone picks this up and logs on, so its apps will work, particularly the meteo.fr app which gives their version of the weather at sea!
It is a pity that Vodafone.ie are charging iPhone customers €2.99 for 50MB as, if you run over this the penalty is dire!
Kind of takes the good out of iPhone in Europe.
On the bright side, Navionics on the iPhone is good in that the charts are up to date and needs no data connection to work.I have been able to go inside islands that I did not have enough info on other charts, to be able to do so.
iNavX is great also and has the advantage of getting GRIBS with wind arrows for various times and days.
So whilst not as strong as real internet, it is getting things done as we cruise S of France.
Good boating and sailing to all!