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Cellular modem cards for laptops

By lmayeda ·
I am in the process of activating a data account for my user's new cellular modem card for his laptop. I wondered what other people's experience/satisfaction is with the ease of use/performance of these cards. My user is on the job site most of the day and will not always have access to an network port or an analog phone line for dialup. He is also one of those managers who can't be bothered with how things work ... only that they work. He will be using AT&T. Is this as great as popped corn or are there horror stories?

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I ditched mine

by Oz_Media In reply to Cellular modem cards for ...

I actually reverted back to my old analogue phone. It has Ifra Red so connecting to my laptop without a Wireless account is easy. I just dial my ISP with my cell phone via the laptop's IR port and everything is free, unless calling during peak cell airtime. Now the drawbakcs, my analog cell calls at 9600 baud, only good for text files but it suits my needs.

Unfortunately, it take a REALLY old analog phone with IR to achieve this now, because MOST companies remove Channel Select Dialing from phones when they are activated so you HAVE to pay for a wireless access account, otherwise nobody would use it.

You can have the CSD block removed but it is expensive.

As for actual wireless connections, I HAD one but as it was NOWHERE near as fast as they claimed, I erverted back to my analog and using my IR ports to dial my ISP at 9600 baud.

So in conclusion, if you aren't paying the bill, go for it. If you are responsible for the cost, it will really disappoint you when you see the service you get for th eprice you pay.

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Yep, used them...

by mlayton In reply to Cellular modem cards for ...

I used to work for a cellular company overseas, we used these a lot. I think your user will find it slow if he is trying to do something that uses lots of bandwidth - such as transferring large files - but for the basics of e-mail upload/download to be read locally, they work fine. It also depends on the clarity of the signal at the site - sometimes if you are on the edge of a cell, we found them to be less than reliable - a lot of disconnections. (But then again, we knew exactly where the edge of the cell was, so it was easy to avoid the problem! :-)

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Depends on the are you are in

by JimHM In reply to Cellular modem cards for ...

Depends on the area you are in - In my area AT&T coverage sucks at best - Verizon is much better for signal and coverage.

If you are in a good coverage area - they are great if you signal strength is belong mid bar - your customer is going to be calling you very often -

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Air card

by kmbmo In reply to Cellular modem cards for ...

We have been using Sprint's aircard and have been pelased with the performance. Sales use these in several states. It certainly a high speed connection, but better than dial up and gives the user the mobility needed.

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