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best wireless internet for laptops

by samborambo42 / September 27, 2008 4:31 AM PDT

Hey I'm a newbie at this, but I am interested in finding the best (fastest) wireless internet service provider that I can use on my laptop anywhere I go. I currently am under the verizon wireless plan at 5 gb a month and using their wireless adapter, but it's super slow!! I was wondering if there were any other wireless internet providers out that that provided faster services at pretty much the same setup (verizon has that small usb adapter I can just plug in and get internet anyway)

thanks in advance!

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Today that is 3G
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 27, 2008 5:50 AM PDT

It's now a standard so get your 3G connect card and hope you are in a 3G zone.

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(NT) And don't expect miracles.
by Coryphaeus / September 27, 2008 9:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Today that is 3G
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And have a suitcase of cash.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 27, 2008 10:25 PM PDT
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Just and Idea
by Branatee / December 3, 2008 3:50 AM PST

Yea the 3G network is standard and as long as you are in a 3G area the connection should be pretty good. But there is a company that I came across called WifiRents, their website is and you can rent the mobile broadband cards (either usb, type II, or express cards) from them by the week or month and you may want to try them out to find out if ATT or the other carriers have a good connection speed in the places you are using it.
Just an idea so that you don't have to sign up for a new 2 year contract before knowing if the connection is good or not.
Check it out.

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by doug112959 / January 1, 2010 12:26 AM PST
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400 dollars a month!!!!!!!!! Are you serious? Not an option.

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Beyond 3G
by dartagnanh / October 28, 2009 5:10 PM PDT

As an update, it is worth noting that although 3G is still existing and being used, it is sort of passe nowadays because it has been preceded by newer technology -the HSDPA. One site, made a passing mention of USB devices which are sold by mobile phone service providers.

In our part of the world, this would be this USB device which can cycle through different mobile internet connection types whichever is available...from WIZ Wifi to GPRS to EDGE TO 3G to HSDPA. HSDPA's max speed at the moment is 2Mbps not counting the burst speeds that usually exceeds way beyond 2Mbps.

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Wireless Internet Providers
by nineteengates / October 28, 2009 9:27 PM PDT

Verizon Wireless
Verizon is basically the largest wireless provider in the US, reporting the highest revenue and second highest number of subscribers. As of the merger with Alltel Wireless, Verizon has about 85 million subscribers, making them literally the largest wireless provider in the US.

If you can get past the obnoxious TV commercials, their wide network provides for incredible reliability. With the upcoming Alltel merger, they?ll have coverage of rural areas, as well (there are people in rural communities still using dialup, so if they expand their rural coverage, this could be a big plus).

Cingular Wireless
Cingular boasts 72.9 million subscribers, so they?re not quite the powerhouse that Verizon Wireless is (though it is a close race). However, Cingular isn?t plagued by the controversy that?s surrounded Verizon, either. For example, Verizon advertised a number of products as ?GPS Enabled?, only to reveal that they had disabled the GPS trackers so as to later offer a fee-for-service GPS.

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