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2020is 05-11-2007 10:34 PM

Mobile Broadband Cards
 
What experiences do you guys have with different Broadband cards as far as service, speed and ease of use. My parents are travelling from NC to Alaska this summer and instead of trying to find hotspots she was hoping to get one of these to use. Not a need for constant use so if she missed a service area while in a certain area it would probably be ok. Any thoughts on Sprint vs. Cingular vs. Alltel vs. Verizon on nationwide/canada/alaska coverage?

Kamper 05-12-2007 07:15 AM

Re: Mobile Broadband Cards
 
No idea about that product but if they are using a laptop, there's a GPS software and antenna for aprx $120 they can use to help with navigation. I got one for my folks and they like it because their little GPS screen cant show as large an area to search for alternate routes. I bought it at Target but I'm sure you can get them in other places.

Good luck!

Elusive 05-12-2007 12:41 PM

Re: Mobile Broadband Cards
 
I use Verizon and in my area (DC metro) it works well. If it can't connect at the fastest speed, it will fall back to a slower service. When I travel, I usually connect to the slower speed. It is $80/month. Less expensive if you have a voice plan w/ Verizon

All of the carriers should have coverage maps on their sites to compare


marker150 05-12-2007 02:44 PM

Re: Mobile Broadband Cards
 
I had one with Nextel, it worked fine and in most areas. Nextel was bought by sprint ( I think). I no longer have it as I do not travel now.

One thing I will mention is, buy them an inverter to power the laptop with as they drive... I turned my lap-top on of a morning, logged in and would stay on-line all day.

I also had the GPS Kamper mentioned. It works any where. I did find I lost signals some when I was downtown between tall buildings. As kamper said, the screen is large enough to see.

paulyjsob 05-12-2007 03:48 PM

Re: Mobile Broadband Cards
 
We use Verizon broadband at work. I get great feedback from our salesman on the coverage. I don't think you can go wrong with it. Its also extremely easy to use.

Parthery 05-12-2007 03:59 PM

Re: Mobile Broadband Cards
 
We use both Verizon and Cingular at work and I have one of each. The Cingular tends to run faster but their 3G network is not as far along on the build out as Verizon's is.

The Cingular card, when on the 3G network will run at about 750-850 mbps. The Verizon card runs at about 500 mbps. Unless they are going to be uploading and downloading a lot of pics, (or spreadsheets) the difference shouldn't be too bothersome.

If they have either a Verizon or Cingular phone, they should look into a card from that carrier. Both companies have deals where you can add a second line with the card for about $45/mo. If you go stand alone, its more like $70.

leetke 05-12-2007 04:21 PM

Re: Mobile Broadband Cards
 
I've got a Verizon one and it works great for me.

tprice 05-12-2007 08:12 PM

Re: Mobile Broadband Cards
 
What about the coverage areas???

e123 05-12-2007 10:05 PM

Re: Mobile Broadband Cards
 
Verizon is probably the way to go. Also when they purchase the aircard, make sure its the new EVDO REV. A (Revision A) better throughput. Reverse compatability, faster downloads and uploads.


2020is 05-12-2007 10:15 PM

Re: Mobile Broadband Cards
 

tprice - 5/12/2007 9:12 PMWhat about the coverage areas???
That is my biggest concern for them. The sites that I have looked at don't really have maps like they used to it does not seem. Sprint does not work in Canada from what I found out last night. She has Alltel cell service but I would be worried about their cards/network on the west coast.

marker150 05-13-2007 06:05 AM

Re: Mobile Broadband Cards
 

2020is - 5/12/2007 10:15 PM




tprice - 5/12/2007 9:12 PMWhat about the coverage areas???
That is my biggest concern for them. The sites that I have looked at don't really have maps like they used to it does not seem. Sprint does not work in Canada from what I found out last night. She has Alltel cell service but I would be worried about their cards/network on the west coast.
As I live near Mexico, my cell phone will work in Mexico, but you have to subscribe to their service, (which I don't do). It could be similar in Canada.?


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