Best option(s) for internet access while on vacation with Powerbook G4

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Joseph S, May 2, 2003.

  1. Joseph S

    Joseph S Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 1999
    Messages:
    2,862
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The hotels all seem to offer local calls for .50 each, which could get expensive in 6 weeks. My current cell plan expires with Sprint this July and I'm looking toward perhaps a switch to T-Mobile and a Bluetooth phone.

    1) How fast is the modem connection you get with your
    a)Bluetooth phone as modem?
    b)Cell Phone as modem via USB?

    2) Does anyone know the coverage of t-mobile in the Irving/Dallas area? I will need to recheck the Milwaukee coverage again this year. I'm really looking probably whatever is the provider with complete coverage in Dallas/Irving. Last year, in Milwaukee Sprint was my best option.
    (Not necessarily looking for published data on coverage, but user experience. T-mobile/Voicestream claimed coverage at my location last year, but came up one street short.)

    3) Any 802.11b/g wireless semi-nationwide/nationwide providers

    Info:
    Powerbook G4 12" with bluetooth, modem, and 802.11g.
    Current cell plan/phone is Sprint PCS LG5250
    ISP will likely be Earthlink
     
  2. Camp

    Camp Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 1999
    Messages:
    2,301
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  3. Michael*K

    Michael*K Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 24, 2001
    Messages:
    1,806
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I'd go the wireless route. Even Holiday Inn Express locations have wireless now.
     
  4. Steve_Ch

    Steve_Ch Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2001
    Messages:
    978
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Just go to T-Mobile site and get the latest locations. On their "Hot-Spot" (Wifi locations), I am reasonably sure they are at Starbucks and Borders, that should cover just about most urban and suburban area [​IMG] .
     
  5. TedE

    TedE Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2000
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    If you're with Earthlink I think they have a nationwide 800 number service. I have Earthlink (was with Mindspring before they were bought up) and I believe that they still support it for a small monthly fee. Not positive though. Even if not, Earthlink should have a local number for you to dial. $0.50 a call isn't that bad unless you plan on dialing up a couple dozen times a day.

    And a lot of hotels are offering cheap broadband. I know of a couple Holiday Inns I've stayed at for business have been around $2.50/day for unlimited usage.
     
  6. Tekara

    Tekara Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2003
    Messages:
    783
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I own the same exact cell phone as you so this will be a pretty exact solution.

    you can buy a cell phone to serial cable that you can use to attach your cell phone to your computer. then using sprints dailup service you can use your minutes to surf the net. you have to spend 5$ extra a month for the web service and the internet speeds you'll get is 14.4kbps. now the sprint phones use a very nice optimizer which will let your internet connection rival any 56k connection when you load up your average image intensive site. the optimizer is a server that recompresses images for faster download.

    now then, during my month wait for verizon to hook up my DSL service, and I'll probably be using it again for the first month or so in my new apartment I'm moving into. I just use it during my nights and weekends when I have unlimited minutes. it's a sturdy connection, but it is only a 14.4 connection. I was able to check my mail and the forums with it without trouble, but downloading and playing games is out.

    for 5$ a month I think it's worth it.

    however you can go to sprint and upgrade to the vision plan and get a new cell phone. the vision plan has an internet service plan that's unlimited minutes at over 112kbps which is nice. almost enough to make me consider upgrading my phone and forgoe broadband alltogether (new apartment isn't wired for DSL so I would have to get adelphia cable which is a pitiful service).
     
  7. Steve_Ch

    Steve_Ch Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2001
    Messages:
    978
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    >>for 5$ a month I think it's worth it.
     
  8. Joseph S

    Joseph S Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 1999
    Messages:
    2,862
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  9. Michael*K

    Michael*K Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 24, 2001
    Messages:
    1,806
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  10. Joseph S

    Joseph S Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 1999
    Messages:
    2,862
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ok, I knew there was a reason I haven't used a modem in 8 years. There's nothing like connectiing at 12kbps on a 56K modem, the busy signals, and disconnects galore. [​IMG]

    Here's the solution I ended up with, eventually.
    Sanyo 8100 Sprint PCS Vision Phone
    Phone to USB Cable
    Sprint PCS with Unlimited Vision plan
    Dial #777 with PPP and PCS Vision Modem script

    about 14k/s of downloads on a 230,400bps connection. Not too bad and there's no dialup ISP required. DNS server not provided, use your home internet connection for that if needed.
     

Share This Page