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

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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.

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    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!
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    but whats the monthly cost for internet in your car, seems kinda outrageous.

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    $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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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!
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    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
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    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.
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