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Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Tue May 22, 2007 2:14 pm

what do you have, how much does it cost you and is my thinking it is a wi-fi ISP correct?

I checked out Cingular's offerings and their fees confuse me, is it a monthly payment thing or an annual contract thing?
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Tue May 22, 2007 8:25 pm

I have a 3G/HSDPA card in my laptop which gives me a connect speed of 1.8Mbps. My service provider is Vodacom South Africa and it costs ZAR 349 a month (about USD 50) for 1GB data transfer.
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Tue May 22, 2007 9:16 pm

Cingular is now AT&T. We own their butts! Get my company's name right.  Wink

Quoting Lehpron (Thread starter):
I checked out Cingular's offerings and their fees confuse me, is it a monthly payment thing or an annual contract thing?

It is a monthly cost but you have to sign a contract. If you get one of the 3G HSDPA/UMTS cards you will have to sign a 2-year deal for $60/month for unlimited data if you have a voice account of $39+/month (confused yet?) I can't speak for our wifi offering but I have only seen an AT&T access point in the RDU airport so I'm not too sure about it.

Sprint and Verizon will lock you into the same contracts as AT&T will do. Right now Sprint does seem to have a jump on the availibility of 3G services but AT&T is catching up quickly. We rolled out 2.5G EDGE services and that hurt us. As with any technology the various sides are going to keep leapfrogging each other now and then.

I have used my 3G phone as a modem connected via Bluetooth to my computer and it works pretty good.
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Tue May 22, 2007 10:55 pm

I'm on AT&T right now, and I have an HSDPA (3G)-capable phone. I just subscribe to their unlimited data plan, which for phones is $20 per month. All it takes is a simple data cable to connect it to your laptop, and you'll be good to go.
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Wed May 23, 2007 6:21 am

I use Sprint now, and it is great in large cities. However, when I travel to smaller cities (like Evansville, IN), the speed is like dial-up. But that is what you would expect. It is way cheaper for business travelers to pay the $60/month for unlimited access instead of the $10-15/day for hotel internet.
 
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Wed May 23, 2007 6:23 am

We use Sprint in our squad cars. Works great to pull up DL records with photos  Smile I'm thinking about getting a card for my own laptop
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Wed May 23, 2007 11:46 am

So is having the mobile phone from the provider a requirement to begin with, that people cannot purchase the internet cards separately? While I got the impression that the market for these devices were business and not regular folks from the advertisement, these figures (50-60/month) are high for access compared to standard DSL and Cable internet, or is the cost due to convenience of mobility?
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Wed May 23, 2007 12:25 pm

I have 3G HSDPA card in my laptop, from the 3 network. It costs me $49 a month and gives me 1GB data transfer. It really suits my needs because I don't need to get a telephone line in my apartment in order to access a-net Big grin
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Wed May 23, 2007 12:33 pm

Quoting Lehpron (Reply 6):
So is having the mobile phone from the provider a requirement to begin with, that people cannot purchase the internet cards separately?

AT&T will gladly sell you a 3G card without having a phone on their network. They'll charge you more per month though. Can't speak for the other providers.

Quoting Lehpron (Reply 6):
these figures (50-60/month) are high for access compared to standard DSL and Cable internet, or is the cost due to convenience of mobility?

They are targeted towards business users but the cost of DSL and cable in many areas is comparable in price. The move today is the bundling of services so the more stuff you get from a company the cheaper they sell it to you for. I was finally able to get DSL at my house so I ditched the cable modem that was going for $80/month (for 8GB downloads) and went to 3MB DSL for $35/month once I added it to my BellSouth/AT&T local and LD service. I recently switched my wife and my personal cell phones to AT&T and the prices keep getting lower.

Now if we can just finish the BellSouth purchase and my local, LD, and DSL will be free as an AT&T employee.
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Wed May 23, 2007 1:24 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 8):
AT&T will gladly sell you a 3G card without having a phone on their network.

Like how much, could you quote from my zip code of 92117?  Wink
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Wed May 23, 2007 2:02 pm

Quoting Lehpron (Reply 9):
Like how much, could you quote from my zip code of 92117?

They are all showing $50 after $100 rebates. They might even take care of the rebates in the store for you but that varies. If you don't have a voice contract with them then the data contract would be $80/month while with a voice plan of $39 or more the price drops to $60/month. A little pricy if you can't expense it for work.

92117? You lucky SOB. The weather is here, wish you were beautiful. San Diego is so nice.
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Wed May 23, 2007 5:00 pm

In Lebanon these cost between $50 to $55/month depending on the technology used. These have a limit ranging between 1.5 Gb to 2 Gb. Higher download limits are available for higher costs.

I have one and might switch to DSL.
 
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Wed May 23, 2007 8:57 pm

Quoting Lehpron (Reply 6):
So is having the mobile phone from the provider a requirement to begin with, that people cannot purchase the internet cards separately?

Sprint can be had separately, but they give you a $20 discount if you have a voice plan.

Quoting Lehpron (Reply 6):
is the cost due to convenience of mobility

That'd be my guess. It's fast, it's convenient, it's worth it.

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 8):
I recently switched my wife

So how's the new wife?  Smile
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Wed May 23, 2007 9:19 pm

We have different mobile broadband plans in Switzerland: as I don't use it much (I don't travel enough, unfortunately), I have the "free" one (no monthly subscription), which costs about $3.50/hour.

For power users there's a $60/month plan with 2 GB traffic included. The speed is HSDPA (about 2 Mbit/s), UMTS (384 kbit/s) or EDGE (256 kbit/s) depending on network coverage.

What I'm really looking forward to is the new 15 Mbit/s VDSL connection which we'll offer starting from July  Smile
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Thu May 24, 2007 3:38 am

I have an EVDO card for my laptop from Sprint. The speed varies greatly depending on the area. I also do a little file sharing, and that does ok. I bought in right after the EVDO roll out, and pay thru the nose on a 2 year contract. Good thing it's up soon.
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RE: Any Here Have Mobile Broadband?

Thu May 24, 2007 4:22 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 2):
Right now Sprint does seem to have a jump on the availibility of 3G services but AT&T is catching up quickly. We rolled out 2.5G EDGE services and that hurt us.

Only for the sake of "arguing with AT&T," not you per se:  Smile

Sprint rolled out 2.5G 1xRTT services before AT&T, Cingular, and T-Mobile rolled out EDGE, and it didn't seem to hurt them!  bouncy 

Seriously though, it seems to me that overall for the USA, the CDMA carriers have had the edge (no pun intended) on GSM carriers when it comes to high speed data. 1xRTT vs GPRS, 1xRTT vs EDGE, EV-DO vs EDGE, EV-DO RevA vs HSDPA-as-deployed-by-AT&T-without-HSUPA, etc.

With EV-DO Rev A, wireless broadband has reached a point where it seems to me to be a generally useful technology, as opposed to something suitable only for WAP browsers, ringtone sales, and specialized applications (telemetry, MOBITEX replacement kind of stuff).

I know from experience that Sprint has an extensive EV-DO Rev A footprint, and I understand that Verizon does as well. AT&T's HSDPA deployment is definitely expanding, but it doesn't come close to Sprint's (in my area -- Central and Southern Lower Michigan), and the upstream is slow, which also increases round-trip latency. As far as I can tell, AT&T's website can't be made to actually show you their nationwide HSDPA footprint. I guess it wouldn't look good compared to others!  hyper 

I don't know if AT&T has announced plans for HSUPA, and I have no idea what T-Mobile is doing with their new chunk of spectrum or when, but I am certainly looking forward to the day when one (or both) of these companies gets an HSDPA/HSUPA network as thoroughly rolled out as Sprint's current offering. It just won't be next week.

Despite what I perceive as the superiority of CDMA-based data deployments in the United States, I'm sick, tired, and fed up with the buggy, ill-designed, and/or purposely crippled CDMA handset equipment sold in this country and the restrictive policies of the CDMA operators ("We won't activate a CDMA phone we didn't sell; you have to pay a xyz service fee for an ESN swap; us, use R-UIMs? you must be kidding," etc). I've been sticking with the CDMA carriers simply due to the better speed and availability of their data services in my area, but I'm really looking forward to switching and being able to use some equipment that is more to my liking once a good, widespread HSDPA/HSUPA network is in place.


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