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A few of our sales guy need mobile internet on the laptops. We used to have AT&T a while ago and it was just painful. I believe we paid around $100 a month plus the cost of the PCMCIA card, and it was supposed to be twice the speed if dial up. Anyone have any idea who has the fastest service and what the prices are like right now from real word experiance?

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thanks! Mostly they will be used in NY, Chicago, LA, and Vegas.
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I use the Sprint PAM (Phone as Modem Plan). I get DLs about 750 Kb/s. No need to remember any dialup numbers or anything. No matter where I am it's still #777 to get online.

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We use the Sprint and Verizon cards at my company. Sprint is faster of the two most of the time but Verizon seems to have better coverage. Most of our cards are Sprint with the Verizon cards acting as backup in case we need one where we can't get a Sprint signal. The service is $60/month and a free card with two year service plan.

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We're using a combination here of verizon internal, pcmcia, and blackberry devices for mobile connectivity. We don't seem to have too many problems except for our users in extremely remote areas (the mountains where some people live 20 miles from any real city)
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How does the Sprint one work? I have a sprint phone, but have never tried this service. Is it good to use at home too, or does it cost more if you use it as your primary internet source?
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How does the Sprint one work? I have a sprint phone, but have never tried this service. Is it good to use at home too, or does it cost more if you use it as your primary internet source?
Just a normal sprint phone or a blackberry? to use a regular cell as a modem I believe it burns minutes, but if you have a blackberry with a data plan and tethering capabilities then it just gets pulled from the data usage pool.

I could be way off but I believe that's how it works. In other words, you don't want it as your primary internet, not only is it slow but it's costly to use on a consistent basis.
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Just a normal sprint phone or a blackberry? to use a regular cell as a modem I believe it burns minutes, but if you have a blackberry with a data plan and tethering capabilities then it just gets pulled from the data usage pool.

I could be way off but I believe that's how it works. In other words, you don't want it as your primary internet, not only is it slow but it's costly to use on a consistent basis.
Yeah I just have a normal Sprint phone, so it looks like it wouldn't work for me. Thanks.

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We ended up going with Sprint. We needed the express card interface and the Cingular one was not coming out for a few weeks. Plus spring you can try for 60 days.
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Yeah I just have a normal Sprint phone, so it looks like it wouldn't work for me. Thanks.

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What model phone do you have? Most of the newer phones are EVDO phones, so all you need is the driver from Sprint and then setup network dialing or use Sprint's connection manager.

As for costs, it does not burn your minutes but you need a PAM (phone as modem plan) or if you are crafty, you can turn off NAI and tether with just a Power Vision plan. Else it's 3 cents per KB of data and the pennies add up quick.

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Just a normal sprint phone or a blackberry? to use a regular cell as a modem I believe it burns minutes, but if you have a blackberry with a data plan and tethering capabilities then it just gets pulled from the data usage pool.

I could be way off but I believe that's how it works. In other words, you don't want it as your primary internet, not only is it slow but it's costly to use on a consistent basis.
I use it all the time with my regular Sanyo MM-9000 Sprint phone. Speed is not bad at all. I get about 3/4 Megabit DL throughput.

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I use it all the time with my regular Sanyo MM-9000 Sprint phone. Speed is not bad at all. I get about 3/4 Megabit DL throughput.
It's not the speed, it's the cost that tends to lean me toward never advising anyone uses it as a primary source of internet because you're right, those pennies add up very quickly if you go over your data allotment.
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If it's going to be your primary source of internet, then obviously you want the unlimited package for $50 a month. What you lose in speed, you gain in flexibility. I'm not ready to cancel my DSL just yet.

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I can attest that the Verizon is excellent, and its 3G enabled now too. I was online VPN'ed into work for 6 hours straight on my laptop when ButchF and I drove to Eagle River and never lost signal................

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I can attest that the Verizon is excellent, and its 3G enabled now too. I was online VPN'ed into work for 6 hours straight on my laptop when ButchF and I drove to Eagle River and never lost signal................
Just don't use a verizon wireless phone on a verizon business managed vpn, the two sides of the business don't like talking to each other yet.
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