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  • Hardware Review: Sprint BroadBand Access Card (PC-5740)

    I just purchased this card under 2 hours ago, and I'm already up and running (within 20 minutes of activating it actually).

    I ran a CNET scan and currently have a speed of 220 kbps.

    That's in the Plano area of Dallas. Meaning I should be getting their high speed services.

    While in the McKinney area, which is technically a 'dial-up' speed area I was getting roughly 180 kbps.

    Surfing the MP3Car.com site is pretty fast IMO. Very reasonable.

    I just priced all of the different plans and as it turns out the Sprint one is currently the cheapest, by about $20. With a 2 year plan, the $200+ card was free, and serice is $59.99 a month (- our 20% discount).

    Link to the card

    So far, very happy with it. I have yet to lose a connection on the drive from McKinney down to Plano for dinner with some friends.

    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  • #2
    Would just like to note that I am currently streaming Internet radio (525.com - Power Tracks) over this card. I've been on for about 30 minutes so far and haven't missed a beat.

    Even more kudos!
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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    • #3
      but whats the monthly cost for internet in your car, seems kinda outrageous.
      Cant code cause I dont know how, but give me the paint bucket and my eraser and have at you!

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      • #4
        $60 a month for unlimited, but I don't only use it in my car.

        For the longest time I would have agreed with you.

        However, now I can plug it into my laptop and work from anywhere, meaning I can work anywhere now.

        When I'm at a car show, when I have to sit and pass the time with my car open for people to see, I can bill time to work and not have to claim an entire day as PTO (vacation).

        At $60 for unlimited, it's the best price I've seen so far.

        It's all relative too mind you. To some college/high school kid it's pointless, sure, I can definitely see that train of thought.
        Jan Bennett
        FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

        Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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        • #5
          Most seem to be for around $60 to $80 a month unlimited and that is what i was going to shoot for instead of pay broadband at home and for the car seperate. But, the old hacks of using a Power Vision phone and so on still work to get unlimited internet broadband through the phone. I am still tossing both up, but to see how well this works has me leaning toward the PC card side of things.

          Brent
          1999 Nissan SE-L - turbo toy
          1993 Nissan NX - Turbo Racer

          Standalone fuel management (AEM EMS) on both
          carPC

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          • #6
            From what I saw

            Cingular was $80 a month and had the worst coverage
            Verizon was $70 a month and had the best coverage
            Sprint was $60 a month and had the middle coverage

            Since we're already with sprint and we get a 20% discount on our entire bill, and since the card was free ($225 value) with a 2 year subscription. I went ahead and went with Sprint.
            Jan Bennett
            FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

            Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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            • #7
              I have to go with Verizon. I am in the country now (New Job took me out to the boonies) and I have to use Alltel which uses the Verizon network. They charge about the same and offer the card for $50 with a two year. I think it is a viable option and of course there will be wireless and bluetooth availble on the carpc if I need something else.

              Brent
              1999 Nissan SE-L - turbo toy
              1993 Nissan NX - Turbo Racer

              Standalone fuel management (AEM EMS) on both
              carPC

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              • #8
                Just another quick update.

                I am able to remote into my computer at work and work from anywhere. The speeds are great enough for that.

                Liking this card more and more!
                Jan Bennett
                FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                • #9
                  I have the verizon card im borrowing from a friend. Not too impressed.. dOnt know if its something with my setup or not...I see you're using the mII12000, nice...im using a PCI-PCMCIA converter card...blah
                  G945GLCF2 | 512MB RAM | 160GB HD | Holux GPS w/ Routis | XMPCR w/ TOSLINK mod | Audigy 2 NX | | Xenarc 700TSV |Opus 150W PSU.

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                  • #10
                    I have yet to use it in my car, only using it on my laptop currently.

                    in the car I will have to use a USB > PCMCIA adapter since my PCMCIA slot is taken up by my sound card and since it's not easily accessible for me to remove the card everytime I get in and out of the car.
                    Jan Bennett
                    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                    • #11
                      What adapter are you going to go with? The one that MP3Car sells looks pretty nice, just haven't seen any reviews of it.

                      Brent
                      1999 Nissan SE-L - turbo toy
                      1993 Nissan NX - Turbo Racer

                      Standalone fuel management (AEM EMS) on both
                      carPC

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                      • #12
                        So far that's the only adapter I've found for a card like this, which is strange.

                        I've started another thread to find out if anyone knows of any others.

                        http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=80438
                        Jan Bennett
                        FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                        Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                        • #13
                          See my screenshot below... I'm on Verizon's wireless network with the Audiovox PC5740 PC card. I've seen this burst to as high as 1.2mbps, however I usually average in the 300 - 600 kbps range. I'm in the Philadelpha area - and I couldn't live without it. Currently I pay the same as you, $59 a month for unlimited access to the wireless broadband network.

                          I'm a network engineer up here, so I take my laptop with me to client sites every day... I could never live without it again.
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                          • #14
                            LOL - 2 seconds after I posted that I saw a commercial on ESPN for the Sprint mobile card....

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                            • #15
                              You should also be able to get high speed if you have a Sprint or Verizon EVDO phone. I have a Sprint A900 and I use the EVDO over bluetooth to the computer. I think I pay $39 unlimited.
                              2007 Tahoe
                              Opus with iBase 896 and Pentium M 735 Transflective Xenarc Alpine DVA-9861, PXA-H900, Sinfoni 45X2 (2) 90x2, Genesis Dual Mono, JL 1000/1 (2), Focal Be tweeters, ScanSpeak Revelator Mids, Dynaudio MW170, Dayton 12" Ref.

                              My Install

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