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Macedonia was the first country in the world to offer 100% wireless internet coverage, and going online is easy.

On.net (Partizanski Odredi 70/5, tel. 310 08 00, http://biz.on.net.mk) offers both Wi-Fi and wadsl connections. You can buy prepaid Wi-Fi cards for using On.net's 512Kbps network (chedk the website ofr coverage) at any Germanos shop. A 1GB card costs 590den, 2GB is 990den. A setup packet with a 2GB card, a wireless USB network device and a cable is 2395den, or 9995den with a 24GB card. Serious surfers can sign up for the nationwide wadsl network from 1090den per month (available for longer contract periods only).

HotSpot is T-Mobile's voucher-based Wi-Fi service allowing easy internet wireless access in many locations throughout Skopje. Vouchers can be bought wherever in you see the HotSpot sign and are valid for anything from one hour to a week. When you buy a voucher a username and password are sent to your mobile phone which are then used to access the service. Prices start at 300den for one hour through to 2500den for a week. For more information see www.t-mobile.com.mk.

Without a wireless or broadband connection you can also use Makedonski Telekomunikacii's dialup service (www.mt.com.mk). Have your laptop dial into tel. 055 857 857 and enter 'surfer' as both the user name and password and away you go. Connection speeds are erratic, varying between surprisingly fast connections during the day and often painfully slow during the evenings. The service is charged directly to the telephone line you're using and the per minute rates are 1.6den from 06:00-18:00, 0.8den from 18:00-24:00 and 0.35den from 24:00-06:00. The service includes a free mailbox and 24-hour technical support (tel. 0800 123 45).

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