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Old 04-22-2003, 11:10 AM
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Pardon the ignorance of my question, I am computer DUMB
Is there a such thing as wireless internet service? In other words can I take my laptop and spend my day on the boat and still work online withhout having to be in the office?
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yes sprint offer it. check out sprintPCS.com or go to the sprint store its $100 per month unlimited access. Its faster than dial up and supposedly works wherever sprint phones work.
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Yes, you can get wireless internet service through your cell phone or you can get a wireless card the will attach directly to your laptop. Coverage area's vary, here's the coverage map:

http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/
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As already mentioned, you can do it with your cell phone. A friend of mine uses it and I bought the software for mine. I haven't used it yet as he has told me it is very slow.
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Florida Gator, can you do it w/ any cell phone? I have Nextel and their service in my area is really bad. Is there any other way than a cell phone?

What is this wireless card that bcoffield is talking about? Does it do the same thing as a cell phone?
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The t-mobile will allow for up to a 56K connection where available. Using a cell phone is very slow. There are areas that offer wireless broadband at 256K or so. I am not certain what areas ever went live. One of the early companies was ricochet.
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One of the problems with using cell phone service, whether for voice or data, on the boat is coverage. Cell phone towers have a somewhat limited range - that's why there are so many of them. I believe I read somewhere that the effective range is something like 6-10 miles.

If you are the cell phone company, it makes a heck of a lot more sense to put a tower up 5-10 miles inland, rather than close to the coast - you reach many more users that way. Putting a tower on the shore may be great for those relatively few cell phone customers out on their boat, but that is probably not a factor in their placement decisions.

I know here in Michigan, we had terrible coverage on Lake St Clair with both Sprint and Nextel; supposedly, my new carrier Verison is better.
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THRILLSEEKER...here's a link for the Sierra Wireless AirCard 750 fits into a standard Type II PC Card slot and functions as a wireless network card....

http://www.t-mobile.com/business/pro...phoneid=166841

http://www.t-mobile.com/plans/intern...Override=False

Speed is still pretty slow, good for basic Web Surfing and Email.

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Just remember that wireless is inherently insecure. Not appropriate for sensitive/confidential transmissions. Any pinhead with a Pringles can, and the know-how will have access to your transmissions, cleartext.
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