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    Better solution for internet - Wardriving or Celular service?

    Ok, first off I know that wardriving for signals and using people's internet connections is not legal. That's why this is a hypothetical, curiousity question only. If one were to search for signals, it would be strictly to find cnonections being offered from places like libraries and starbucks.

    What would be a better solution to access internet for basic web surfing, email, mapquest, yellowpages.com etc?

    I am very confused by Cingular's description of media net on the website. They make it sound like it's only for WML pages, while people here make it sound like they are fully accessing the net with a $19.99/mo add on to their plan
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    I am using Cingulars GPRS service. $34.95 a month for 20 megs. It is 115 kbps so the speed is pretty good. I use it for email and Ebay. The customer service rep that signed me up was as confused as you and I were by the Cingular website.

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    in a large populated metropolitan area there are access points open just about everyware..it doesn't take me more than circling a few blocks to find a usable open signal......but I still have verizon wireless broadband just in case.....depends on whether your willing to accept the spotty connections as your only way of connecting or need something more reliable......if your in a rural area then access points become like trying to find a needle in a haystack......that's when you want to map these locations...so you can find them again...in the big city though it's not an issue so much because they are EVERYWARE....it's hard to belive how many open points there are until you acctually war drive through a big city

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    I use Sprint to access the internet. The service is $15 dollars a month and I have unlimited access. It only works if I am in the Sprint digital network which follows most of the interstates and most cities. The connection speed shows up as "230.4 Kbps" so it somewhat faster than a regular phone but much slower than broadband. You have to buy a special cable and software inorder to hook up the phone to the computer, I think I spent about $60 for them at Radio Shack.

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    I found a good article for newbies like me:
    http://cellphones.about.com/od/wirelessdata/
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    Good info everyone, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuandwings View Post
    Where can I get a roll of tin foil?
    I been looking for that all over the net, but I can't find it.
    Please help.

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    i use cingulars gprs unlimited plan for 19.99 (i locked in while the prices was still low)
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    I am have been using T-Mobile wireless, connected through bluetooth. Not sure what makes it slow, the T-Mobile GPRS or the Bluetooth, but it really isn't all that fast. However, I can still check e-mail and look up the local traffic, and I can browse. But, I am soooo used to broadband, it ****es me off sometimes how slow it is. I am trying to get it working so that I can use the live scanner police scanner feeds, but I think T-Mo blocks those ports.

    I am paying just 3.99 for T-Zones. It might be more now. I have had T-Mo for about 3 or 4 years now, so I got in when it was cheap.

    Perhaps I will upgrade to EVDO, or wait and see what T-Mo comes up with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antimatter
    i use cingulars gprs unlimited plan for 19.99 (i locked in while the prices was still low)
    How is that working out for you? I am trying to decide if I want to do this too, but I am going to have to get a new phone to support it, and I am not sure if I should switch to another provider.

    What I would like is to keep the phone in my pocket, and have to computer connect via bluetooth automatically when I am in the car. I know there are speed concerns with bluetooth, but I would be willing to give up some speed if the connection is easy enough (and if I really needed more speed I could keep a usb cable around, or find a open WiFi spot, which is pretty easy in austin). What kind of restrictions are there with how you have it set up?

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    if you use ANY cell service, you can guarantee that you will have a connection.
    Finding a WiFi connection when needed may be hard.

    I used my cell while on the road then used the WiFi when I knew that I would have a conection (i.e home tec.... ). that was before my SE T616 took a swim.

    so it basically comes down to reliability vs. speed.

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