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Old 01-11-2010, 07:51 AM   #1
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How to get Internet - no cable or DSL available

I moved recently and have been relying on my BB for internet while at home. trying to do stuff on a 2" screen is getting old quick.

I am unable to get Cable or DSL so my only real option is Dial Up or Satellite or a broadband card. Dial up is out of the question. The BB is better and I have tried a friends satellite link up and it is very slow. That leaves a broadband card. I am with Sprint for my cell service but their card is $59/month and requires a 2 year contract. I heard that another company is offering a card for a bit less per month with no 2 year contract which is something I would really like to avoid if possible. However, I am not sure how good the service would be with the cheaper no commitment company.

Any experience or advice?
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:57 AM   #2
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Depends on where you live. Here's a link to a local provider in my area:

Clear.com High Speed Mobile / Wireless Internet Service Provider

You can check the U.S. map to see if coverage is available in your area.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:59 AM   #3
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Oh, should have stated I would love to have clearwire, but it is not in my area.
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Have you checked for local providers with repeaters that cover you (line of sight)?
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I'm not sure if this is what you mean, but I tried a local company that set a little box on the roof, looks like a mini satellite. It is only on about 90% of the time it seems and when it is on, it was really slow. I wasn't able to use skype at all it was so slow. I did numerous speed tests and it was averaging about 500 up 100 down. My BB is way faster, just that screen is so small..

I'm afraid I am going to have to bite the bullet and get a broadband card or kick my renter out of my old house and move back into it, lol
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I have the same problem. The only options I have are an air card, dialup, and satellite. Google Chrome browser is a lot faster, even on dialup. If I get an aircard, I'm considering a cell antenna with a repeater to boost the signal inside my aluminum clad house. But I think I'll wait a bit before I make any decision to see just how internet addicted I really am.
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I moved recently and have been relying on my BB for internet while at home. trying to do stuff on a 2" screen is getting old quick.

I am unable to get Cable or DSL so my only real option is Dial Up or Satellite or a broadband card. Dial up is out of the question. The BB is better and I have tried a friends satellite link up and it is very slow. That leaves a broadband card. I am with Sprint for my cell service but their card is $59/month and requires a 2 year contract. I heard that another company is offering a card for a bit less per month with no 2 year contract which is something I would really like to avoid if possible. However, I am not sure how good the service would be with the cheaper no commitment company.

Any experience or advice?
I can tether my Verizon blackberry to my computer and get internet. If it is in the broadband area it is plenty fast. The charge with Verizon is $30 a month for the data plan with the tether, but there is no contract. You can turn it on and off at will. I don't know if Sprint has something similar.
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I can tether my Verizon blackberry to my computer and get internet. If it is in the broadband area it is plenty fast. The charge with Verizon is $30 a month for the data plan with the tether, but there is no contract. You can turn it on and off at will. I don't know if Sprint has something similar.
Sprint does if you have the right plan. They won't allow it with any of the "Everything" plans. At least not legally.
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I have the same problem (sort of, cable is available but I don't watch TV so its a bad deal).

I have used the air card for years now. Verizon's. The price has been coming down.
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When you look at various cell options - be mindful that most now have data limits and you may rapidly run into problems.
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