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Posted: 3/14/2006 7:17:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/14/2006 7:19:45 AM EDT by Wave]
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 7:19:07 AM EDT
Depending on how often and how much you plan on using the mobile interweb you may be able to get away with just using your cell phone wiht a vision plan. I did this a few years ago and for just a few bucks a month I was able to get 100K speed.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 7:54:34 AM EDT
so how does this work? Is it infrared based?
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 9:46:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BeetleBailey:
so how does this work? Is it infrared based?



Packet radio. GSM or GPRS or something else.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 9:48:07 AM EDT
My friend loves the wireless broadband that she gets from Verizon. I have played around with it, and it is pretty fast.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:52:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:54:37 PM EDT
Add-on qeustion: how does it compare to cable modems? Considering the same switch.

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 9:04:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ken_mays:

Originally Posted By BeetleBailey:
so how does this work? Is it infrared based?



Packet radio. GSM or GPRS or something else.



GSM is just used for voice now, GPRS is the dog slow data add-on for GSM, EDGE is the tolerable data upgrade to GSM networks.

Sprint and Verizon use different technologies (1xRTT, EV-DO, etc..) since their networks are based on a different technology (CDMA). This is the way to go and much faster than GSM networks. The drawback is that it can only be used in the US (but you wouldn't want to roam using data anyways, I racked up a $600 phone bill using EDGE in Europe).

If I were you, I'd buy EV-DO card and get the unlimited data plan.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 9:07:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By giacutter:
Add-on qeustion: how does it compare to cable modems? Considering the same switch.




EV-DO is comparable to DSL but if you are going to do file sharing or other bandwidth hogging activities, they will put the kibbosh on your "unlimited" plan.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 10:34:07 PM EDT
You can find a TON of info on EVDO form Verizon and Sprint at the EVDO Forums found at www.evdoinfo.com/.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:39:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 5:08:15 AM EDT
if you have a sprint phone. you should get the deal for $59.95 they have a special going on

im going to setup a customer of mine with the sprint internet on his laptop in hte next couple months
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:08:58 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:13:02 AM EDT
thats not what i was told by a sprint rep. he said current plans could get that price.

guess he was wrong. nevermind then


Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:22:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 6:29:30 AM EDT by wildearp]
I use Verizon. It does seem to use packets and works in bursts. It is slow. Kinda like dial up. Absolutely no comparison to cable or dsl. However, it is free (work) and you can get on-line almost anywhere and kill time. Very important in airports that do not have wireless. It is priceless for doing searches from the car, or changing reservations.

I have walked into hotels that were "booked solid", and then gone to my car, logged on and reserved a room, and then went back and checked into the sold out hotel.

The wireless air card is useless for video and is extremely hampered in photo-laden pages, such as BOTD on the ARFCOM.

Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:23:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Wave:

Originally Posted By cruze5:
if you have a sprint phone. you should get the deal for $59.95 they have a special going on



That's new activations only, unfortunately new upgrades do not get that promotion...I only qualify for $75.00 off and if I wait till November 2006(which I'm not) I qualify for $150.00 off.



Somebody here is with Sprint, maybe he can get you a hook up. It's the calvin and hobbs avatar, from Kansas, specop??? maybe something like that, I can't think of his screen name right now???
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:26:50 AM EDT
FEMA issued me a verizon air card when I was working Hurricane Wilma. I was pretty impressed with it. I think it is $60/mo unlimited use. I rarely had a hard time getting a signal. Worked pretty much anywhere my cellphone did and was pretty quick given the limitations. If I had a need for it in normal life I would get one.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:28:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:35:58 AM EDT
i have the verizon service since it first came out several years ago with 1xrtt only. 80 a month unlimited. if you download many gigs of stuff a month, they will cut you off. But you really have to dl tons of videos, music files, very large software distributions to even begin to get close to the magical cutoff.

i use mine in my car. i can connect to the net in atlanta and drive to the beach or to the mountains and never get disconnected.

i get 1mbit (close to ADSL full speed) at times. round trip time is slow though, say 300 to 600 msec.

for those that have the need it is great. verizon has the best coverage, sprint has the same EVDO but not near the coverage as verizon.

to clarify, with verizon, there is 1xrtt (slower, like ISDN) just about everywhere. in many major metro areas, they have the full bore evdo. the card will run evdo if avaiable and 1xrtt if no evdo.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:48:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 6:49:58 AM EDT by MillerSHO]
At that point I'd just get one of those Treo 650+ type phones.

Through bluetooth you can actually get your laptop on the net rthrough the broadband connection on the treo phone if you want.



Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:46:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 6:47:02 AM EDT by Wave]
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