Let me be clear that I think that getting some 802.11g card in a laptop is a GREAT IDEA since we will know it works with said laptop. You won't lose money on this deal.
And it will work with "hotspots."
In closing, GPRS is not WiFi.
I am considering my first notebook purchase and I want to go wireless. I've been told by my high-speed ISP that I don't need to purchase a wireless network card or a wireless broadband router as they will provide both as part of the one-time set up charge (which costs less than a card and router would), so it looks like I'm covered as far as home computing goes...or am I? Am I forgetting something? And what do I need to connect to hotspots outside my home? Will the wireless network card from my ISP allow me to go wireless on the road, or do I need some other piece of technology? Do I need the GPRS PC Card my computer manufacturer is trying to sell me? I've read about Bluetooth here and have decided to forego that option...what else am I overlooking?