Subject: Re: Laptop use outside North America
Hi John, I've used several laptops abroad and have generally been successful. As others have pointed out, recent laptops are dual voltage so for powering up all you'll need is the appropriate plug adapter. The other issue is the modem connection. You will need a suitable telephone adapter as well as a line tester to ensure that the incoming signal is not excessive. I've used adapters and testers from and found them quite reliable. You will want to pay particular attention to the number sequence used when attempting to access the gateway number. In many cases, you will need a numerical prefix before the access number. You may also need one or more pauses, which you can insert with commas. There's a bit of trial and error, but with reasonable preparation and patience you will do fine.

Regards, Russell from Connecticut