Anyone here have experience using mobile broadband? I wonder if it actually worth the money. $60 bucks a month here in east coast from most providers, not yet adding contract fees and whatnot fees of course.
Few additional questions.
Is 5GB / month limit really enough for using Internet? I never count my broadband usage, but I guess should be easily over 5GB. And that they (mobile providers) charge a fortune for over the limit.
Would you rather surf net on the go, with a smartphone, or with a laptop / netbook?
Slightly off topic, which smartphone OS's you like best, Win Mobile 6, Blackberry, Palm, Android, Symbian, and... cough iPhone OS?
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Mr. "can you hear me now" company, have a $30 bucks plan, but 50MB / Month download allowance. LOL, I can do 50MB in 5 seconds. After that is 25cents per 1MB, WTF?!! Here they claim to do 3G speeds (1.5Mbps max), but they have the rights to control the speed, or shut you off completely, if they see fit.
Advice taken. But don't you think mobile device / service in general is a rip-off anyway?
Yeah man, I meant the USB thingy that you plug to laptop and get internet access through cellular signals. Or the PC card version of the same thing. And yeah, 50MB limit is pretty laughable for computer net surfing.
Smartphones can surf net, but with only dinky screens and whatever browser in their OS, I guess can't compare to using a real computer. You can tether your phone as modem too, but that's different charges $$ from your greedy mobile providers.
10GB that's decent. I can see what you mean. Dialup speed, can hardly download anything.
Mobile broadband via the usb/pmcia adapter on a laptop or even on a desktop for that matter is a step up from dial-up. The speed is somewhere between the cheapest lite version of cable and dial-up at 56K....
I currently have AT&T broadband for my work laptop via the USB adapter. It works pretty well for surfing the net, email, and work related stuff. It is no where the speed of full cable broadband when I am at my home office, BUT....... it is good enough for when you are away and can connect to do general things. Heck, I can even stream YouTube and Hulu.
There is no way I would give up my home broadband.....BUT with that said, mobile broadband has its place. AND yes it is expensive when you compare it to stationary connection when it comes to speed..... but then you cant take your home cable in the middle of NY's Central Park now can ya.....
So....... if you have a need for mobility.... yes definately get it as it has it uses... But if you dont need it and it would be just "nice to have", then you will be wasting your money... You'll be better off finding a Starbucks or similiar and snag their free wi-fi if you really need to find something over the net.
Oh by the way.... I really hate accessing the web via the cell phone.... sucks.. heck, I even have one of those stupid smart/pda phones where the screen is slightly bigger than a regular cell phone and I dread it even with that. you go freaking blind trying to view anything with it... When accessing HWA via the pda, it is like looking in an area of 1.5 x 2" scrolling all over the page, because that is all you can see. blah.....
The speed sucks big time now, and the price for it is just too much. I thought I was gonna pay for mobile broadband and use google for gps -> big mistake. The speed is just so slow, it barely loads the google pictures in 3 minutes.
Wait for the new mobile broadband to become a standard. That one is a lot faster and might actually worth the price.
3G speeds (from AT&T on East Coast) are fairly decent. Not nearly what I'm getting from my 30mbit cable modem, but very usable for email/web browsing or even occasional downloads or Skype voice call.
Verizon's offering is also very usable (if not better than AT&T's).
The primary use for these is being able to get a connection anywhere while traveling. It's quite awesome on, for example, a train or bus commute. It won't really be good enough to replace your home internet connection.
There are ways to connect using any phone with Bluetooth or USB and AT&T's regular $15/mo data plan, although this isn't officially sanctioned.