Aw, that doesn't look good...
Guess nobody's interested or this thread got overlooked?
Just to check if there would be people interested in an external USB 3G modem.
Basically, it would be a device, about the size of a matchbox, that connects via USB with your carpc. It does 3G Mobile internet connections up to 7.2 Mbit, which means REAL mobile broadband.
On the other side of the box is an MCA connector which you connect to the included external magnetic antenna (or any other external GSM antenna) for better connectivity in areas with bad reception.
Put in a sim card, install the software, connect and you're connected to the internet at broadband speed!
So, would you be interested in such a device?
Let me know by the poll!
Edit: some info came in, pricing would be around 190 euro, magnetic antenna with 2 meters of cable included.
Didn't give it much time.
I missed it, however 3G and T-Mobile are doing similar units (admittedly without the ext aeriel connection) for free if you sign up for 18/24 months.
The real difference is the external antenna indeed. The free modems aren't available everywhere either, so that might be of influence too.
The external antenna really makes a big difference, even compared with a modem on my passenger seat, let alone if you want to tuck it away somewhere behind the dash or inside the carpc case...
Thanks for your input!
As a matter of interest, what sort of price were you looking to retail these at?
Hi Joachim, also try to post it in Wireless communications section...
As an aside I use a Franklin CDU-680 from Millencom.com for my home internet connection. The modem is "free" (as in I can use it but can't keep it) without a contract and has an external antenna jack but doesn't come with an antenna.
It would be nice if this could be used for any service At&t, verizon, sprint. Whatever 1 usb car for them all. Just a thought, I dont know how possible it is.
I'm using my carputer 100%, but I still need to make it easier to use.
I would be interested if the device behaves properly and is not a pain in the neck that my Huawei E220 has been (delaying computer sleep, waking up the computer every now and then, not able to handle the border crossing with switch from one network to another etc. etc.)
The indicated price is quite ok.