Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Beeville, TX
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I have a Sprint USB wireless card. It gives me up to 1.5mb at my house, and a little more when you are not somewhere out in the sticks. I have never had it fail to work anywhere I can get a Sprint signal. Cingular and AT&T use the exact same piece of hardware on their networks too, so I think they offer the same kind of service on their networks too. It costs about $69/month. That might be a little more than the basic Wild Blue service, but it works anywhere, and there is no install fee, or equipment to purchase. There is *NO* fair use policy keeping you from downloading large files. Satellite providers are really bad about that. I can stream nearly all Youtube videos with out a problem. When I download, I get about 150-180 kb/second. Not bad for me, since there is absolutely no hope of getting cable or DSL out here. I use it on my laptop, which means that I have internet anywhere I happen to be. I chose the USB version because I could plug it into a desktop if I wanted to. The laptop PC card is only good for a laptop. More than that, with the USB version, I double-stick taped it to the top of my window, and ran a long USB cable to my laptop. It gives me better reception. It would work without that, but the more signal you have, the faster the service.
Sprint let me use it for 30 days with the option to return it and get my money back if the service was not any good where I live. You ought to ask the various wireless providers about something like that.
Eli Benson - EMT, Ambulance Mechanic
'08 F350 Dually KR - Spartan'd
'07 F250 CC SB 4x4 XLT - SCT /w Innovative Tunes
4 '09 & '10 E350 6.0l ambulances
1 '08 Duramax 6.6 (LMM) van ambulance