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Old 02-16-2006, 12:50 PM
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Default Wireless Internet - Is it worth it?

Is the reception good? Are the downloads quick?

Am I better off just using truck stop WI-FI hot spots?

Or should I spend the $60 a month for Wireless Internet on my laptop? I'm considering the Cingular Wireless Internet service, which has really improved recently. I'm also already a Cingular customer, so that makes it convenient.
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:20 PM
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Here's my experience so far:

On a few occasions I have used TA's wi-fi...and generally have been fairly dis-satisfied with it. Sometimes it will work well, and other times not worth a flip. I sat in one TA with a direct line of sight to the antenna...and more than half the time I couldn't get a signal worth squat. On other occasions it was "spotty" and slow. Haven't tried Flying J's...don't go to them very often at all.

What I use...which is what I am using now is T-Mobile's GSM/GPRS service. I have a Sony/Ericsson GC-79 Aircard that is both cellular and wi-fi. My laptop is also wi-fi capable...a Winbook. The GSM/GPRS service has been more than reliable, and works quite well. I pay $29.95 + st...a total of $31.23 a month for unlimited service. About the only place that I can't use it is in N & S Carolina. Its not the fastest, but its as fast as most of the others and it has met my needs. I've been using it for about a year now, and probably will continue using it until they come up with something competitively priced but faster.
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:57 PM
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I am currently useing Sprints Evdo wireless service and I love it. when your in a highspeed area you can get average 700k download speeds.
out of the high speed area's I get around 2-3x what a 56k dialup would provide.
I pay 80 bux a month but that will go down once I switch my celphone company to sprint.
The card itself is free with a 2year signup.
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:45 PM
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I use a verizon wireless card. I dont think ive been anywhere in the country that i didnt have net access, though im sure if i parked in exactly the wrong place it would happen. Im on it now in fact sitting in a TA in jacksonville. I literally leave it running wherever im at. Tried the TA/PILOT hotspot SCAM. Talked to a tech at one finally and he told me that in large areas the hotspots didnt actually work yet.... So I was out the 7 bucks a day or whatever i paid at each spot. Learned my lesson quick. Its DEFINITELY worth 60 a month. Id suggest verizon because of the coverage areas. Theyre moving to broadband and you get broadband now in Big cities, but most of the time you get national access which is Around 3x dialup speed. Fast enough for online games, web browsing, chat etc etc etc. If you do filesharing well.. not so much though you can let it run 24/7. When you do get a broadband connect its nice.
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Old 02-16-2006, 11:41 PM
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Very useful...I use it all of the time.
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Old 02-17-2006, 01:05 AM
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Is the reception good? Are the downloads quick?

Am I better off just using truck stop WI-FI hot spots?

Or should I spend the $60 a month for Wireless Internet on my laptop? I'm considering the Cingular Wireless Internet service, which has really improved recently. I'm also already a Cingular customer, so that makes it convenient.

Scottie, I have use the WiFi at Flying J, Pilot and TA. I prefer the Flying J but the down side to any of them is that once you leave their parking lot you don't have service. I tried a couple of dial up services and they are a hassle when you are on the road. There can also be additional fees if you connect at truck stops. I have had a Spring air card for about a year or so now. So far I have had decent service from it. I pay $60/month for the service with unlimited national access. Most of the major providers are in this range, except for T-Mobile who has offered the service for about half that amount. The primary advantage to having an air card is that you can use them anywhere you have a cell phone signal. I use the internet for searching for loads among other things. The anytime access is worth a little extra for me. If you do a search you will find much that has been written about the air cards and various services.
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Old 02-17-2006, 01:51 AM
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Very useful...I use it all of the time.

dam your signature kinda freaked me out HAHA

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Old 02-17-2006, 11:51 PM
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What I found out to be pretty cool is to be a truck stop, get out the old web cam, set it on the dash pointed out toward the front and show everybody at home what I'm seeing.... :roll:
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Old 02-18-2006, 02:20 AM
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the verizon service is only $59.99 if you have a verizon cell phone as well. if you dont its $79.99.
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Old 02-18-2006, 02:20 PM
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As far as the truckstop hot spots go, I've used them all, but prefer Flying J. The J has even set up antennas on some T/As! Pilot is still working on getting service after the downfall of truckstop.net... the new company, Sirricomm has good intentions, but I've had major problems with their service.

That said, I still have problems, and obviously I can't always get into a Flying J. I figure I'll eventually upgrade to a wireless card and break my truckstop tether.
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