A first look: Cingular 3G LaptopConnect Sierra Wireless AirCard 875
by Mark Kaelin | March 6, 2007, 6:40am PST | Image 5 of 14
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Cingular Wireless CArd - just a bit faster than dial-up!
The "Stupid Business Decision of the Week" goes to SONY! I just purchased a new super-duper laptop, the SONY SZ480 which came with a "ATT/CINGULAR 2 MONTH TRIAL".
While traveling, the wireless did not work. After spending about 2 hours on the phone with tech support, the wireless works, but was running slow and then dropping. I called back (another hour), to download drivers, and all sorts of fixes. It was working again, but still really slow. I asked the tech support guy, Dave, who finally admitted that the Cingular Network was just a little faster than dial-up.
So, here's the deal. You buy a terrific computer with a built in wireless card that hooks up to the slowest network out there! What were they thinking. Cingular should be ashamed to be offering such a bad product, and SONY made a terrible decision to offer this instead of Verizon or SPRINT. So for an extra few bucks you might get from Cingular, you cost yourself 4 hours of tech support, a dissatisfied customer, and earned the "Stupid Business Decision of the Week Award"!
QUESTION: What city was I in? ANSWER: LA, NY, Seattle, and Chicago.
Wireless broadband access anywhere, anytime for your laptop using a PCMCIA card.
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CINGULAR 3G BROADBAND THE BEST!
Testing w/ PCMCIA & USB tethered phones...
Also tried hooking up another laptop w/ a Sprint based RIM7250 as a tethered modem - works just as fast as the PCMCIA card. Can't speak for others, but EDGE & GPRS are just too slow for those in a hurry. Cingular's 3G is better, but not as responsive as EVDO, IMHO. Same goes for coverage - Cingular & T-Mobile just can not compare to Verizon or even Sprint.
I have also tried using a Lenovo Thinkpad X60 w/ a built-in Verizon EVDO mini-pci adapter. Quite responsive, and great coverage in the NYC area. About the only thing I don't like is the software, which can be a bit confusing for beginners. Have not had the opportunity to use a Verizon phone as a USB tethered modem...
T-Mobile is SLOW w/ their EDGE implementation. Most of their stuff is still on GPRS, which can be as slow as 28k dial-up. Coverage is also mediocre at best. Did not try using a phone as a USB tethered modem...
Just my $0.02
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