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Old 02-27-2004, 10:33 PM   #1
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Just got mobile office set-up and connected by cell phone for the 39.99 cost of the software to my laptop and then just the cost of my minutes plan. 9pm and weekends unlimited time so daytime minutes will be used for just checking e-mail mostly and regular calls.

Has anyone else used this sysytem for portability . Connected now at 115, 200?...jem
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I get 800 anytime minutes and unlimited minutes at no cost to/from Verizon customers.....since my family all have Verizon and Consumer Reports lists Verizon as top rated...it seemed to be a reasonible try....still seems strange not to be paying an ISP provider though....connnects straight from my cell phone to a satelite....jem
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Old 02-27-2004, 11:58 PM   #3
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I am using it at the present time while I am in south texas for the winter.

I also use the nights and weekends for most of my internet activity.

Have had a problem with getting dropped off. I thought verizon was timing me out. Probably not so. Verizon just started using a new tower in my area and I have been getting better service.
My cellphone is communicating thru 3 different towers. I was told recently that distance to a tower, tower calling load, tower selection, etc could be affecting my service.

I plan to look into an external antennae from wilson to improve my signal strength in weak areas.

I have the 39.99 plan.
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I have the same setup. The phone is a 14.5 modem and it is SLOOOOOOOOW. I have not been able to do any surfing on the net with it because of the speed. I do check e-mail and do my banking when on the road. I sometimes have to hang the phone on the curtain by an open window to get a signal strong enough to use. I think the trailer may shield it some. I only use it after 9pm and weekends so I don't eat up my anytime minutes.

The wife is not happy with it at all because of the speed.

It is better than nothing, but just barely.

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Not sure if this would help anyone, BUT, here goes:

If one has Linux operating system installed in one's computer, there is a web browser called Lynx, I believe. It is a "Text Only" browser, no graphics whatsoever. This would work great on a slow connection.

I do not think there is a windows version of this browser. I think some browsers allow you to turn off graphics though.
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thanks for the info!

Thanks for the info.....I haven't gotten knocked off in my first night with and 2 hours of after 9 pm usage...connected today at the same 115,200 bps and since I have always had dial-up service and now have a reasonably speedy laptop after a top speed desk top, I really am comfortable with the speed...not in a hurry to get around are an important part of my life nowdays anyways...moderation as old farts always used to say when I was younger and it drove me crazy to hear it.....now I say it, too!.......jem
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Lynx is available for Windows, but you'll find that just turning off pictures in IE makes AirstreamForums MUCH faster over a slow connection. The setting is in Tools->Internet Options->Advanced.

While you may not be able to read some buttons, just float the mouse cursor over them and a little yellow window will pop up and tell you what it is.

This doesn't work with all sites and you may have to turn pictures on for them.
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Re: Verizon wireless mobile office

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Just got mobile office set-up and connected by cell phone for the 39.99 cost of the software to my laptop and then just the cost of my minutes plan. 9pm and weekends unlimited time so daytime minutes will be used for just checking e-mail mostly and regular calls.

Has anyone else used this sysytem for portability . Connected now at 115, 200?...jem
My folks use a similar Verizon setup in the summer for their email. You're only getting 14.4k speeds over the cell phone. The 115,200 speed is what the serial port that your cord plugs into is capable of talking to the phone at. Your connection, while it works, will be very slow even by current 56k standards.

There is a switch in Internet Explorer that allows you to turn off the graphics and download text only. That will speed up your text downloads about 50% as you won't have to waste time getting graphics. Unless, of course, you're interested in mail-order Viagra for 50% off...

If you want specifics on how to turn the graphics off, let me know and I'll figure it out again...

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we have a air card and it didn't work to good in Sarasota for some reason . have seen it (air card) connect and do e-mail and we couldn't get the cell phone to connect. but it works most places that aren't in the boon docks.
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Roger is correct about the speed you are seeing. A modem can be programmed, even in the initialization string, to report the actual connect speed. If it does not, or doesn't have that capability, the OS reports the speed of the serial connection between the modem and computer.

A "cell" phone does not talk to satellites, it talks to cellular towers. A satellite phone talks to satellites.

The typical speed of the Verizon digital connection is 14.4kbps., 1/4 of 56K, and maybe 30-35% of a typical 56K connection, which is always something less than that. The amount of data that actually flows depends on its compressibility. Text and html is highly compressible, while .jpg and .gif images are not.

Near big cities, Verizon offers Express Network, now integrated into what they call NationalAccess. It's reported to give about the same performance as 56K landline, "with bursts to 144kbps". Any 56K modem that supports compression can move data that fast and faster.

If you want to know how much bandwidth you have, here's one place you can test it. Here's another. You'll find them to read highest at about 5AM EST, when the internet is less congested.
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Thanks for the links to the speed tests. I think I'm going to be a bit disappointed in Verizon when I give up my Cable in a couple of months.
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There are some valid reasons to keep an ISP with Verizon Mobile Office.

Mobile Office doesn't provide web space, while many ISPs do.

Mobile Office doesn't provide email accounts, while all ISPs do. Yes, you can get a Hotmail or Yahoo account, but some forums and mailing lists won't allow you to join with these anonymous mailboxes because so many spammers use them. You CAN join Escapees and get email accounts there.

Mobile Office isn't available everywhere. It doesn't work in the remaining analog portions of Verizons network, and may not work in areas outside of Verizon's network (roaming). You couldn't afford the roaming fees if it did. And there are still places in this country where you can't get any cellular signal.

Mobile Office is usually SLOW. There may be times when you want to surf a graphics intensive site, or download larger documents, via a landline. The better ISPs have local numbers in a lot of places. Even if there isn't one where you are, you can use the ISPs 800 number, or even cheaper, use a calling card to reach one of their local numbers via long distance.

While perhaps you can get by with just Mobile Office, it's nice to keep a good ISP as well.
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There are some valid reasons to keep an ISP with Verizon Mobile Office.

Mobile Office doesn't provide web space, while many ISPs do.

Mobile Office doesn't provide email accounts, while all ISPs do. Yes, you can get a Hotmail or Yahoo account, but some forums and mailing lists won't allow you to join with these anonymous mailboxes because so many spammers use them. You CAN join Escapees and get email accounts there.

While perhaps you can get by with just Mobile Office, it's nice to keep a good ISP as well.
They're not too expensive to maintain, and even if they only have a local number, with night and weekend free long-distance cell minutes, it doesn't really make much difference where you call to connect.

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