Wireless card vs. internet at home
I'm buying a new laptop and want to get internet service at home (I currently have my iPhone hooked up to my comp and use it as a wireless hotspot). Does anyone use a wireless card as opposed to your standard home internet (Broadband, Innovative, etc.)? I like the portability of the internet card, but am not willing to compromise speed, and performance for that convenience, being as I can always use my iPhone as a hotspot. Any suggestions?
P.S. I live over West (Whim), if anyone else lives close by, your opinion maters!!
We live very close to you and have a Sprint USB device that we have connected to a special router so that we have internet for several computers within our home. Lots of comments by other residents in the area say it's worthless. We've used it for four + years and always have service. BUT without question it is VERY slow. Our plan used to be with unlimited data but they changed that in 2008 to 5g per month. So... don't think you can use it for videos or large files of photos but it's fine for email and surfing the web. I've gone over the 5g a few times and Sprint warned me that they'll discontinue my service if I continue with my practices. Needless to say we don't go over any more.;). Some neighbors have choice and innovative and don't have much good to say and the service is out quite often. We'll stick with what we've got AND it works everywhere in the mainland and Hawaii..........but STILL slow!:D
While there have been consistency issues with Choice's new 4g/Wimax Services (there is a whole thread on here), as a mobile internet solution it is probably still superior to what Sprint can do here in the islands. I think they have USB modems for portable use and the price for 1mbps service is pretty cheap (like $35/month) so it may work well for you. There is also no contract so you can buy the USB card for $100 and if you hate it you are only out the $100 (I think you have 30 days to even get that back).
If you have Sprint, consider switching to Virgin Mobile. It's the same signal/same 3g service, but it's unlimited, and it's $40 instead of $60.
Hi and greetings all;
I have both internet service in my home and also the internet card for my laptop.
I have Sprint USB U-300 4G/WIiMAXcard for Internet and generally have a good to great signal in Frederiksted area.
With never less than a .5m download to an average 1m down load most of the time.
Much better than my household BroadBand VI 512K service.
49.95/mo broadband VI versus 59.95/month unlimited Sprint service that goes where ever I go...never miss a signal while traveling in the states...and also have 4G (10M ) coverage with unlimited download in many US cities.
The standard 3G USB card seems to stay close to the 1m limit around the island.
I do not talk to the Sprint people here on the island anymore...they have no clue, but Sprint customer service via their 800 number is great for the accounts, equipment and costs.
Matter of fact they have always refunded any of those extra charges that were added when I had service done on equipment at the Sunny Isles store.
We also have Blackberry cell phones with unlimited modem connection to the laptop...but that is based upon previous service "grandfather" clause, in addition to all the unlimited data service plans from Sprint, that may make a difference in not having Sprint limit my usage!
The new Sprint EVO by HTC; 3g/4g wi-fi phone is great...my sons have them and use with either their Ipads or regular lap-tops on Sprint services.
The wi-fi hot spot service is fantastic.
When I'm next in the states I am switching my Blackberry into the Sprint EVO phone...just a couple of dollars more than presently paying, but for better service.
Maybe someday Sprint will included STX in 4G coverage, it seems to be happening in all their stateside service areas, although slowly!!.