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Anyone Using An UMTS Notebook Card?  
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

Hello all,

I am wondering if anyone is using an UMTS notebook card to go online:

I was just browsing the websites of the three biggest German mobile phone providers and saw that e-Plus is offering an UMTS internet flatrate for 39 EUR. This is not bad in my opinion since you can go online where you want, no matter if there is a WiFi hotspot or not.

Is anyone using it? How is the connection speed? Can you use it everywhere or are there cities where the service doesn't work?


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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4320 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

I have one provided by my company that I use anywhere Iwant (but usually at home). Currently I am at work so I am using the local Wifi.

As for connection speed, it usually is around 384 kbps but I have seen it go into the 50-ies (kbps) so it can vary a lot. I can use 10GB a month but honestly you would have to be logged all day into Kazaa to get that high with the speed it has. As for availability of the signal, I haven't tried it in a lot of places so I can't really help you there.

I hope this helps.


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2093 times:

Thanks for the information, sounds not bad.


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8487 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

I occasionally connect via my UMTS capable mobile and achive fairly good speed. The only issue is that 3G services are not widespread here in Australia yet and are only avaliable in major capital cities.

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8512 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2067 times:
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I have a Vodafone 3G card that I use when out of the office. I get 384kbps and the coverage is pretty good.

The subsription is R599/month including 1GB data transfer. That is about EUR 80.

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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

Thanks for the feedback, I will definitely think about buying such a thing.

Quoting Andz (Reply 4):
I get 384kbps and the coverage is pretty good.

I also read something about "broadband UMTS" with a speed of over 1200 kbps (that is even more than my current DSL connection offers) but I don't know when they will introduce it and how much it will cost.


User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3029 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

be careful with flat UMTS plans. Some of them have very fine print in the contract where you actually find out that it's not flat, but you get so-and-so many gigabytes for free every month, and that you pay for the rest. I'm not confident with German plans so I'm unable to tell you any details.

UMTS works, and realistic speeds are around 384 kbit/s. The "broadband UMTS" (called HSDPA) will be much faster, like real broadband. Swisscom announced it for the next few months in Switzerland's largest cities.

UMTS doesn't work everywhere. Most cities have coverage in Germany, but if you're in a region where you don't have coverage, it will switch to GPRS and be crawling slow (around 30kbit/s).


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