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    Quote Originally Posted by Crav4Speed
    Hmm... I'm surprised no one has mentioned these. It's a verizon wireless Type II pcmcia card. All the other companies have them too, so check them out
    The pcmcia cards still need a sim card of sorts though- the thing about bluetooth pc-to-cell phone is that most users just use their allocated gprs that comes as part of their network tariff.
    However, the pcmcia route could be useful if you decide to get a pay-as-you-go sim card purely for accessing the internet, although it won't be cheap as for most people they would need to fork out for the initial cost of the card plus a pcmcia card adapter. For cell phone diallers, the only outlay is the cost of a bluetooth dongle which would be about 20, if that. Pcmcia cards cost way more....
    Speaking of pcmcia cards (going a little off-topic here), for lappy users, pcmcia soundcards are much better than usb ones- a lot of laptop computer musicians use them and say they're far superior. Just a thought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaghetti
    The pcmcia cards still need a sim card of sorts though- the thing about bluetooth pc-to-cell phone is that most users just use their allocated gprs that comes as part of their network tariff.
    However, the pcmcia route could be useful if you decide to get a pay-as-you-go sim card purely for accessing the internet, although it won't be cheap as for most people they would need to fork out for the initial cost of the card plus a pcmcia card adapter. For cell phone diallers, the only outlay is the cost of a bluetooth dongle which would be about 20, if that. Pcmcia cards cost way more....
    You are 100% correct... but my brother is a verizon wireless authorized retailer so I wouldn't have to pay the full retail price But that's the price you pay for a fast connection and the good thing with verizon wireless is that they work off the cdma network which means no sim card (in my opinion, GSM sucks in the States anyway). Verizon wireless now offers this broadband version thats said to have download speeds of 300 - 500 kbps with bursts of up to 2Mbps over their NATIONWIDE cellular network. The only problem is, it's data only, no voice.
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    Ahh... no voice- so you'll have to be getting a cellphone anyway!! At least you can talk and use internet at the same time then.....
    Yeah i think vodafone do a similar thing with a pcmcia, but it's like at least 5/month AND you still have to pay for what you use...
    If you get the verizon card, do you still have to pay data and monthly tariff...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaghetti
    If you get the verizon card, do you still have to pay data and monthly tariff...?
    Well, the slower speed cards are up to 144kbps... that service is $35.00/month with limited access. The service for broadband is... are you ready?... $80.00/month, then again, these are prices in NYC, and, it's unlimited if that's any consolation... think of it as mobil DSL where you can constantly be online and download as many MB's as you want for one flat rate and not have to worry about a monthly allowance. That would give you the ability to download mp3's while driving around and not worry about losing a signal like wifi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crav4Speed
    Well, the slower speed cards are up to 144kbps... that service is $35.00/month with limited access. The service for broadband is... are you ready?... $80.00/month, then again, these are prices in NYC, and, it's unlimited if that's any consolation... think of it as mobil DSL where you can constantly be online and download as many MB's as you want for one flat rate and not have to worry about a monthly allowance. That would give you the ability to download mp3's while driving around and not worry about losing a signal like wifi
    "Up to 144kbps" would only be good enough for reading mails wouldn't it? I thought the whole point of in-car internet was just that- anything else and you'd be crazy! Does that equate to 18k/s...? Or is that the other way round...? Would be useful if your lappy was your only computer though- just like my mobile phone was my only source of communication for years at university..

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgie345
    I think you have to pay to use the hot spots. Just drive around with a wifi card and look for open networks. Most people are getting 802.11b wireless networks for there homes and not limiting users or firewalling. The only thing you have to do it put a better antenna on the back of the LAN card and that sould be good for a half or more. I'm pretty sure wireless internet works on 24Ghz. Which is good for miles. Then just mark it on your GPS. People have been doing this for a bit mostly near big corporations which had this kinda stuff first. I think they did something with a pringles can to find open networks. I'm not sure exactly how it works but apparently it does.
    Netstumbler with a good GPS system linked to it maps out all the hotspots and where you acquired it at. I use a hacked Delorme Tripmate with auto turn on and external power source works awesome. TIP: Purchase or build an "Omni-Directional antenna" to always have access to some network with internet access. In Philadelphia on south street I picked up 100 access points (only 10 had WEP Wireless Encryption)

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    I have been using my ericsson R520M with my epia mobo installed in the car connected to the internet via GPRS.

    EPIA -> MSI Bluetooth Dongle -> Ericsson R520M phone -> Celcom Internet (GPRS)

    Yeah I can surf pretty much anywhere I go where there's a phone signal. I've been to outstationed substations, jungles and unpopulated sites. I can download and respond to emails and also send reports from site.

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