Sabena332
Topic Author
Posts: 14938
Joined: Wed May 09, 2001 3:57 am

Anyone Using An UMTS Notebook Card?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:19 am

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?

Patrick
NZ1's mother is a disgusting crack-whore and his father is a worthless alcoholic!
 
Pyrex
Posts: 4174
Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2005 7:24 am

RE: Anyone Using An Umts Notebook Card?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:32 am

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.

Miguel
Read this very carefully, I shall write this only once!
 
Sabena332
Topic Author
Posts: 14938
Joined: Wed May 09, 2001 3:57 am

RE: Anyone Using An Umts Notebook Card?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:07 am

Thanks for the information, sounds not bad.

Patrick
NZ1's mother is a disgusting crack-whore and his father is a worthless alcoholic!
 
bill142
Posts: 7863
Joined: Wed Aug 04, 2004 1:50 pm

RE: Anyone Using An Umts Notebook Card?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:30 pm

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.
 
andz
Posts: 7628
Joined: Mon Feb 16, 2004 7:49 pm

RE: Anyone Using An Umts Notebook Card?

Thu Mar 16, 2006 3:37 am

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.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
 
Sabena332
Topic Author
Posts: 14938
Joined: Wed May 09, 2001 3:57 am

RE: Anyone Using An Umts Notebook Card?

Thu Mar 16, 2006 3:40 am

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.

Patrick
NZ1's mother is a disgusting crack-whore and his father is a worthless alcoholic!
 
User avatar
ManuCH
Crew
Posts: 2679
Joined: Mon Jun 20, 2005 12:33 am

RE: Anyone Using An Umts Notebook Card?

Thu Mar 16, 2006 3:59 am

Patrick,
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).

-Manuel
Never trust a statistic you didn't fake yourself

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 1337Delta764, AirplaneWizard, BobPatterson, Classa64, Ken777 and 2 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos