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Old 04-01-2006, 05:36 PM   #15
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Glad to get Blair's name. We spent four weeks in southern Iowa without internet service. No local carrier for earthlink there. We had bunches of e-mail when we got back to Missouri. Cell phone for T-mobile OK as long as you stay close to I-35.

We spent the winter in Pharr, Tx. also. Using the campground's internet was great as they had DSL but it is a hassle hauling the computer around. They also had Wi-fi for $35 a month. That would be a lot cheaper than sat. internet.
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Old 04-01-2006, 07:47 PM   #16
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I'm very interested to know how the repeater/amp works out for you. If you do this, please let me know. I have considered this option for some of my staff who work in the more rural areas, but was wondering if it justified the expense.
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I am ordering components on Mon. expecting delivery in about a week to 10 days. PM me so I have a record of contact and can get back to you easily if this thread disappears.

Thanks!
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Old 04-02-2006, 07:56 AM   #17
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Airstream One is online most all the time it's on the road. I use Sprint via an aircard in both the "walltop" and the laptop. I get unlimited use for $80 / month. I've considered switching to Verison for the savings but they have a bit of a coverage hole on the coast of NC. But then they have service in the western NC mountains where Sprint does not.... so many options. Both are coming with wireless broadband but will be quite some time building out to cover my complete footprint needs.
Connection speed of 230 kbs is not DSL but way better than dialup.
I also carry a network card and if I have to do heavy upload/download work I find a Barnes & Noble or Panera Bread or similar with free wifi.
Cost and setup as well as in motion needs preclude my looking at satellite setups.
I have been considering a tripod dish for my bus, that 20" LCD monitor is also a TV, but after a day on the road and then working the internet at the end of the day I'm ready to curl up with my book of the week.
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Old 04-02-2006, 08:42 AM   #18
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We just got Sprint PCS Aircards at work, for our laptops. We have the EVDO cards, which are the "Broadband" type. They do work well, but as said before, broadband coverage is only in the metro areas. HOWEVER, that is changing. It has been reported that Sprint will have EVDO at ALL towers by the end of 2007!!

Verizon Wireless and Alltel also offer EVDO service. Cingular has something called HSDPA.

I have not had much of a chance to use the Aircard, but I am excited to start playing with it. I mean, (ahem) working with it.

Lots of good info here: http://www.evdoforums.com
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I'm currently using Verizon's National Wireless data plan. They're rolling out EVDO too. What I've found so far is that their data map is behind their roll out (finding more EVDO than expected).

Even when I'm using their 1X network the speeds are higher than a standard dialup. I spent a week near Skyline Drive in VA and had the only service where I was staying. I've combined my EVDO card with a Kyocera KR1 WiFi Router for EVDO, and that provides WiFi to my laptops and access to Verizon's network.

I'd be interested in Satellite too. But so far I've found the equipment "cost prohibitive" and also "power prohibitive". When boondocking I'd need some more batteries in order to use the satellite system. I'll keep watching prices though.
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Hi gadgetat--What kind of cost are involved with Verizon's National Wireless Data Plan? I have been useing Verizon's America's Choice Family Share plan for cell phone use, for about 4-years, and have been satisfied with service every where I have traveled (have only been east of the rockies, but north and south, mainly midwest). Now need some kind of service for my laptop. Would be interested in any comments.--Frank S
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Frank,

I'm on their national broadband plan, and that costs $69.00 per month for unlimited usage. The card cost less the $100. All that was of course with a 2 year contract.

I will say, with your national phone plan you can get on their network (#777) via a data ready phone and USB adapter cable. Going that way will cost you minutes off your regular phone plan.

If you're like me, and need the internet for business, then the bulk plan is best.
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hi sky watchers......

heard at the rv show last month that kvh tracvision was supposed to roll out a dual purpose dish this month...tv and web...priced under 2k$ for the gear and reasonable monthly tab....

anyone got an update on this..

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gadgetat.......

the broadband tele may be fine in those tiny northeastern states...
but west of the mississippi......and rural it is of no real value...
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Hi gadgetat--Thanks for the quick response. I'm going to spend some time with Verizon to determine what would be best for me. Currently I am not close to using all my minutes, so maybe extra minutes with #777 may be the way to go.--Frank S
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I'm going to spend some time with Verizon to determine what would be best for me. Currently I am not close to using all my minutes, so maybe extra minutes with #777 may be the way to go.--Frank S
Here is a quote from the Internet by Cell Phone Yahoo Group;
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Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 08:59:46 -0500 (EST) From: tomnagy@nauticom.netSubject: BroadbandAccess Connect Gives Double Duty To HandsetsVerizon Wireless Customers Can Use Four Wireless Phones to Connect toEV-DO NetworkBrenda RaneyBrenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com908-306-483402/13/2006BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wirelessservice provider, announced today that customers with The V and VX8100from LG or the RAZR V3c and E815 from Motorola can use their wirelessphone as a modem and get BroadbandAccess on Verizon Wireless’award-winning Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network. A simple cableconnection from a wireless phone to a laptop and a subscription toBroadbandAccess Connect gives customers the option of using thenation’s largest wireless broadband service to download data. VerizonWireless expects to continue to offer BroadbandAccess Connect onadditional phones and devices in the future.
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I used a Verizon aircard all weekend while at the Cherry Blossom Rally (which was a blast!) just south of DC in a horse pasture, and it did everything I expected. It was slow, but I have a slow dial-up at home, so I'm used to it. I primarily used it to keep up with my work e-mail, and to read the forums and news. 2air is right, broadband would be nice, but the current state of coverage, even in the northeast, isn't good enough to justify the expense.
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