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    Free wireless internet for my car...

    Update on 1/30/03...seemed more like a hardware thread...

    I've been using Sprint PCS for a few months now and a few weeks ago they changed all the vision plans (high speed <<cough>> internet)to unlimited because people had a hard time figuring out how much data they accualy used. So, I just bought a USB data cable for my Samsung N400 phone, should be here by next week, and with the software provided by Sprint you can connect to the internet, with your computer, at speeds up to 144Kbs.

    Now I know 144 is not what I will get 99.5% of the time but it is still free internet anytime, for as long as I want, anywhere in the US, IN MY CAR!!!

    Sometimes I just love technology...
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    guessing thats a cell phone your hooking up to then in your car? then its not totally free, still paying air time (depending on your contract) and wont be high speed in yer car more like a 14.4 modem speed if your going threw cell lines....

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    Originally posted by Stine161
    guessing thats a cell phone your hooking up to then in your car? then its not totally free, still paying air time (depending on your contract) and wont be high speed in yer car more like a 14.4 modem speed if your going threw cell lines....
    Wrong and wrong...LOL Just kidding.

    It's my work phone and they foot the bill.
    Second, it's a 3G system not 2G...big difference in speed.
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    The fact that it's 3G doesn't matter. When traveling in your car your going to be going through many different cell towers every minute you will get a very low connection speed. I hate to say it, but that's the state that technology is at at the moment.

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    It's phase one of cdma2000. They've upgraded the packet network behind the air interface with an upgrade of the air interface still to come. It not quite '3G' yet. Basically you can use all the available bandwidth on a tower after voice packets for data communications. If a lot of people are talking, you're bandwidth goes down. Same with a lot of people browsing. With CDPD or cell modems you were limited to the same quality of service as a single voice call.

    Sprint advertises a nationwide network, but PCS coverage outside of KC can be spotty. Especially in deep buildings. Great for a car computer, but if your going to use the phone a lot, do a lot of research, referals, and test drives before you buy.

    True 3G is deploying in Europe and has already been deployed in Japan. 1.5Mpbs stationary and upto 144 true bps at 60 mph! Drool! Don't hold your breathe in the states though. Not even going to auction off the frequency band for a couple more years.
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    OK OK...So it's 2.5G...LOL

    STILL...If I really needed something off the internet while I'm on the road it's there...From what I understand next year will bring faster speeds. Who knows what that means but I'll be happy...

    I'll run a speed test to see what I get when it comes in.
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    I'd be interested in hearing your experiences. I'm one of the 2 people on earth that do not have a cell phone. Sometimes I just want to have an excuse to be out of touch. However I've been looking at PCS for a while. The signal strength is pretty crappy where I work (north Atlanta), but unlimited internet access 24/7 in the car is really really tempting! Especially if I could throw up the traffic camera image 5 miles up the road automatically!
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    I am using my Ericsson T68i for GPRS wit AT&T and it works pretty well....concidering work foots the bill....it rocks!
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    Well, I finally got a cable after waiting for the "Hydra" cable to come out. I got mine at Radio Shack for $19.99.

    Now the results...I get, with two bars on my Samsung N400, between 47 and 54Kb/s consistantly.

    Not the fastest connection but still up there with a 56K modem.

    Needless to say I'm happy.

    Goodluck to all...
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    iF YOU WANT HIGH SPEED INTERNET BUT DON'T WANT TO SPEND MONEY FOR IT there are ways to get it. Of course it will not be able to get it everywhere but certain parts of the city even whole cities. 802.11b is everywhere and certain people are making it free for uses to everybody. This only works in the cities not out in the boones

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