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Old 02-05-2009, 11:29 AM
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I am not talking about wireless internet in your house, I want on of those card for you laptop so you can bring it in the car or boat or anywhere.
I know nothing about them, what are the pro's and con's? What is the monthly price range from different companys? Will they work far offshore?
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:34 AM
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Dizzle, I have one from Cingular. They work just like the phones. In other words you will not always have coverage. I have tried mine offshore but it did not work. I was about 30 miles out. But in that same area my cell phone never works. If you live near a large city you should be able to get real good reception on the bank, especially with the 3G. My opinion, and this is speaking for the one I have, i would not get it solely for offshore use. You would be disappionted. I want to say my company pays about 70 a month. There may be better ones out there?????? What is the one that has about 500,000 people follow you everywhere you go?? That one may give better service. I doubt it. FYI
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:20 PM
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I have Sprint Aircard. Do not leave home with out.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:25 PM
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I had the sprint card...worked ok, like said it depends on signal, never used it that much but paid like $60 per month for the damn thing! contract just ended (2yrs) and needless to say i did not re up!
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:43 PM
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Off subject does anyone else use the free skype service?
I think its pretty good for free comp. to comp service
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:44 PM
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Pro's - You can use it anywhere the carrier has service. Faster than dialup

Con's - Expense. Slower than Broadband


Great for in the car or when you travel

Note the blue antenna b/t the 2 cell phones - couldn't live w/o it




Note - If you have a Blackberry, you can use it as a wireless modem. An option if you need it infrequently



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I love the mouse. You use that driving?

That is classic road warrior sh*t.

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He's only missing radar deptfinder oh and themal imaging..lol
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I had sprint and it cost 60 per month.
I didn't really use it much, so I didn't reup the contract.

When I did need it, it worked great. It was fairly fast considering I could be anywhere.
If you travel constantly, I suppose it would be a pretty handy deal.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:13 PM
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kingair - 2/5/2009 12:48 PM

I love the mouse. You use that driving?
Hell yeah. While on both phones & eating lunch


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Old 02-06-2009, 08:22 AM
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Blackberry Broadband access is only $15 extra per month - helluva deal and works great. Blackberry = work horse. Iphone = trendy toy
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cmangiafico - 2/6/2009 11:22 AM

Blackberry Broadband access is only $15 extra per month - helluva deal and works great. Blackberry = work horse. Iphone = trendy toy
my understanding is that you can use the iphone as a wireless "modem" for your laptop...is that not correct?


i've got a 2-yr old vzw aircard. it does the job, but can be painfully slow (like slower than 56K) when the signal is bad.
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I use an Alltel aircard. None are as fast as cable, but I'd say all are faster than DSL. I started with Sprint, moved to Verizon, then Cingular and finally Alltel.....It beats all 3 others hands down for speed and coverage. Cost is $60/month for unlimited. There are lower priced plans based on GB/month, but mine's on all day so the unlimited was the only choice.
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Blackberry Broadband access is only $15 extra per month - helluva deal and works great. Blackberry = work horse. Iphone = trendy toy
my understanding is that you can use the iphone as a wireless "modem" for your laptop...is that not correct?


i've got a 2-yr old vzw aircard. it does the job, but can be painfully slow (like slower than 56K) when the signal is bad.
Don't believe so in it's natural state, there are some software programs that "kink" it I think.
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:32 PM
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My main concern is will they work when I am shipping out on a tug off shore 20- 30 miles out??
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Jdizzle - 2/6/2009 5:32 PM

My main concern is will they work when I am shipping out on a tug off shore 20- 30 miles out??
Probably not. They work where cell phones work.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:09 AM
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if you are looking for offshore use you will need sat connection and that is pretty expensive. Look at Iridum and there options.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:59 AM
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Depending where you are you may be able to get service if you use a 3 watt booster paired with a 8ft digital antenna. We have had cell service 50mi off the coast with that type of setup.
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:20 AM
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had Sprint- service was poor. Now have Verizon- service is pretty good. I'm in Connecticut. I am a contractor and my laptop is my mobile office. Yes, they work the same areas your cell works. So try your cell next time out. I seem to believe my cell phone (Verizon Moto Q) has the option to be used as a cell card on my laptop. I never use it that way but you might want to look into it if you don't need the phone and laptop at once.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:37 PM
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Jeff I told you that I have a Sprint Air Card, never got the opp to try it offshore. It does have some sort of antenna add on, probably for digital signal extensions. I tried the other brands, Cingular and Verizon, they did not work at my house and barley any where else.
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