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    I remember that once I have seen on Top Gear that Jeremy have inserted a gsm sim card in the Porsche's radio which was testing, that it was testing, it was very cool.

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    I have a few customers that need more than basic vehicle tracking, for them I use the bluetree gsm modem to give them 24/7 monitoring. It's a gsm/gps modem thats capable of assigning upto 32 ip's has ethernet port/usb/serial, various digital/analogue input/outputs for pto/door locks/lights/ect. easily programmed via "AT" commands. engine diagnostics via serial port. Its quite expensive but its very solid hardware thats built in canada.


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    not a whole lot has changed yet in the mobile internet market. i still wouldnt mind paying $10 a month for service, but 100mb isnt even close to enough, and $40 a month for unlimited is way too much for what ill use.

    over the months ive found the best way is actually bluetooth tethering. add your phone to your pc as a bluetooth device, the computer automatically installs a virtual bluetooth modem. then set up a dial up networking connection on the pc, and use that virtual modem as the connecting modem. work like a charm because you still have internet when you uncradle the phone to use it, and bluetooth doesnt kill your battery while its charging like wifi can.

    i also setup my RRVOICE listen button thats on my dash.... if i double click it the computer runs a script that auto-runs the dial up networking, so i can get online with just a button push. very easy, the only part i dont like is that i have to unlock the phone everytime i want to establish the connection.

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    I believe tripzero is using a mifi for around $25 a month for connectivity.
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    What about something like this

    I hooked something up like that to my Dell Mini 9, but the one I have has a remote SIM slot. the one on the left in the ebay ad has a dedicated slot.

    May have jumped the gun a bit - not sure if you need the dedicated slot with those or not. May be something to look into though.

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    BINGO - how about using this board with a WWAN PCIe card?
    http://www.ceedtec.com/usb-to-mini-p...d-model-2.html

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    well i think i finally found my solution. sprint's boost mobile service has a pay-per-min plan that includes unlimited data for $.35 cents a day. so basically, you can use any sprint phone on this service if you know what to do (either activate a boost phone first, then switch it to a sprint phone, or use a service like sprint2boost.com)

    so my old busted treo pro is on boost mobile and i can get online with the same speed as my sprint service (about 1mb connection).

    now just to set up this phone to always be on... i think ill hardwire it into my car and never let it shut off. ideally, i wont have to initiate the internet connection but that might take some more hacking. but at least for now, i can get online in my car for $10 a month at MOST, and if i dont use it everyday (i dont) then its even less.

    even nicer, is this phone plan has anytime talk minutes for 10 cents a min, and texts for 10cents. so in case of emergencies, i can still make calls. also, this phone can run skype, so if i dont want to spend that 10 cents per min, i can use the 35cents per day data service.

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    I use joikuspot with my N8 and it's perfect for my needs. When I'm home it works off the wireless for updates and sync etc.

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