I gave up the quill pen and parchment some time back in favour of a PC but as far as I'm concerned a computer is not much more than a word processor and a way of checking my emails, so I apologise in advance for the following display of crass ignorance: I live in Spain and frequently travel to and within the UK, the Netherlands and the USA (This is what happens if your bring up your offspring in a travelling trunk and they then proceed to reproduce in far flung places). I carry a lightweight 'netbook' with me because I prefer a keyboard to the tablet option but, obviously, connecting to the internet is heavily dependent on location and the availability of an accessible network. My question is: Would a smartphone allow me to connect to the internet anywhere in the world, and specifically in the countries mentioned above? If the answer is (more or less) 'yes', would anyone be prepared to share their experience of such devices. I have had a quick look only and note that prices range from around £100 to £500 (no thanks!). Pay as you go. Bells and whistles, e.g. camera, irrelevant. The GPS feature would be useful as the last time I was on the M25 my Tom Tom informed me that I was somewhere in Utah. All comments gratefully received. Assume that I know nowt and you will be on the right lines.