Internet connection costs in Spain are very expensive - Euro 40 per month for broadband compared with £18 ( Euro 20 ) in the UK.
Expensive if you are only going to visit Spain for 3 or 4 months in the year and are still paying for your broadband connection in the UK.
Solution - visit one of the bars that provides free Wi-Fi and have a drink at the same time !!
In Guardamar the bars I use are Meson de Laura and Dia y Noche. Hoops I understand will have free connection soon.
Laptops are a considerable sum especially if you have your main iMac sitting at home in the UK while you are away. Another cheaper solution is an iPod Touch which has internet connection and it may be small but I can keep up with the news in Manchester and the football results.
So here's to ( silver ) surfing ...