mobile broadband for internet anywhere
Wireless mobile technology is almost good enough to make internet (almost) anywhere, in the 100+ larger metropolitan areas around the USA. I might be jumping the gun here, but individuals (and not businesses only) should be able to easily get untethered access to the Internet without having to rely on WiFi hotspots and access points. But why is this so buried with the mobile carriers’ websites? And, what do you call it anyways: mobile broadband? high-speed cellular network? wireless internet? wireless broadband? EVDO? EDGE?
So I’m digging around for (what seemed like) hours, trying to find info like this:
- T-Mobile has the Sony Ericsson GC89 PC card for $149.99 and broadband access for $49.99/mo. T-Mobile Total Internet gives you unlimited Internet access (GPRS/EDGE) _and_ unlimited T-Mobile HotSpot access. Did I read that right: for $20 more (than the $29.99 monthly subscription for HotSpots alone) I can have both internet access at Starbucks T-Mobile HotSpots and in over 100+ metropolitan areas??
- Sprint has Mobile Broadband Connection Cards costing either $49.99 or $99.99 and their Unlimited Data Plan (EVDO) is $59.99/mo. Sprint claims to cover 4x more cities and 5x more airports than Cingular’s BroadbandConnect network. [1 describes this comparison as a marketing gaffe]
- Cingular has an Option GT Max PC card for $99.99 (2-year contract required) and Laptop Connect Unlimited (EDGE) for $59.99/mo (voice plan required).
- Verizon has PC cards ranging in cost from $49.99 to $179.99 and BroadbandAccess (EVDO) for $79.99/mo. (Allegedly, that monthly subscription dropped to $59.99 in August 2005?)
Here’s what I’m looking for: lower cost, wider coverage, more reliability, faster speed, less fine print nickel & diming, no contract, in order of priority. Help?