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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-24-2007, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I just picked up a Vaio SZ430N as a new notebook. Best Buy had them at deep discount (-$700) since the new replacement model is out. The only difference I could see was the new machine had a T7500 vs. a T7200 chip and had WLAN N vs. G. Oh it was all in black vs. black and silver. At only 4.1 pounds, it seems to a strong all round machine.

Anyway, it has WWAN with a Cingular 30 day trial on it. Is anyone familiar with it? I'm on the road about twice a month for a few days each time. Is it worth messing with? I do have internet access with my Treo through Sprint for "free" that I can patch into via the hotsynch cord. It would be much slicker if I don't have to plug my Treo into the notebook. Are built in WWAN cards the same? Am I stuck with Cingular? Can it be configured to run with Sprint?

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Tethering your lappy up to your Treo is a ton cheaper. Using the on board requires a separate contract of most likely two years. Cingular uses Edge, which although supported through most states is slow as shit. Verizon's EVD0 is much better. If you're gonna use the lappy plenty on the road though this really does come in handy. When I was using EVD0 I quite commonly got better speeds than I could at any hotel, and my coverage in most cities was excellent. I could also drive to work without having a single dropped connection.
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Thx, that is what I figured. Do you know if the board will work with Sprint just in case I want to use it?

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"I could also drive to work without having a single dropped connection." please tell me you are not surfing while driving...

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Sprint is currently rolling out EVDO, and hence the two aren't compatible. That said, your internal card is most likely a mini PCI Express card so you should be able to swap it over to an EVDO card pretty easily. At that point you could theoretically connect to both Verizon and Sprint from the same lappy.

I've had a situation or two where it's been necessary to keep the net on my lappy up while commuting. Most notably to stream live music to the stereo while waiting in traffic
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Interesting. I doubt I'm going to try to flop cards, unless I can't get the Treo to work for some reason.

Also, I found another difference. The new Sony uses Sprint for it's WWAN.

thx again

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