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Turbocpe
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join:2001-12-22
IA

Millenicom Rate Increase

I did not find it discussed or announced here, but I received an email from Millenicom that for existing users that previously held the $49.99/month rate, their rate will increase to $59.99/month beginning in August 2008.

quote:
Millenicom System Message:

06/20/2008 04:35 PM
We are sorry to report that Millenicom will need to charge all mobile broadband customers $59.99/month beginning 8/1/08.

It had been our hope through negotiating with our upstream provider to avoid making this price modification, however it has been without success.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this issue please email support@millenicom.com or give us a call at 888-925-4221 (24-hours).

yanks

join:2003-09-10
USA
I was just going to post, I also just received the email!

Sifter

join:2002-09-10
Columbia, MO

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reply to Turbocpe
I promptly replied to their email:

Im sorry to say, I will be canceling my service before the price increase, and will urge others to do the same.


Fox McCloud
Crazy like a fox.

join:2006-07-23
reply to Turbocpe
hmmm, I wonder what's next? 5GB cap for them too? Wouldn't surprise me one bit.

RegGuheert

join:2005-11-06
Berryville, VA
reply to Turbocpe
I received the email, also. I'll likely cancel, as the service never lived up to my expectations, mainly due to coverage issues at my house.

I've been keeping it around to hold on to the $49.99 deal, but there's no incentive to do that now. If coverage improves in the future, I can just sign up again.

Reg
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Jack_in_VA
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join:2007-11-26
North, VA
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reply to Turbocpe
Go ahaead and cancel. That will just free up more bandwith for those of us who appreciate what good service by Millenicom has provided. After you cancel where are you going to get your internet connection? Verizon? Cap, ATT? Cap. Altel? Soon to have cap. Wildblue and Hughesnet? Big slowdowns due to high bandwidth users and high latency. Cox, Comcast, Time Warner all are or will be taking steps to curb the excessive demands on their systems. So just where are you all going that will serve your perceived needs for large chunks of bandwidth?

I think some people could be given a gold bar on a silver platter and they would still bitch.

[End of rant] Just fed up with people trashing the one good wireless ISP that is being forced to raise their rates. It is in no way Millenicoms fault so get off their case.

OpieSimmons

join:2008-05-10
New York, NY
said by Jack_in_VA:

Go ahaead and cancel. That will just free up more bandwith for those of us who appreciate what good service by Millenicom has provided. After you cancel where are you going to get your internet connection? Verizon? Cap, ATT? Cap. Altel? Soon to have cap. Wildblue and Hughesnet? Big slowdowns due to high bandwidth users and high latency. Cox, Comcast, Time Warner all are or will be taking steps to curb the excessive demands on their systems. So just where are you all going that will serve your perceived needs for large chunks of bandwidth?

I think some people could be given a gold bar on a silver platter and they would still bitch.

[End of rant] Just fed up with people trashing the one good wireless ISP that is being forced to raise their rates. It is in no way Millenicoms fault so get off their case.
Relax. He said clearly there was coverage issues and for the extra $10 a month, perhaps it is not worth keeping.


Jack_in_VA
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said by OpieSimmons:

said by Jack_in_VA:

Go ahaead and cancel. That will just free up more bandwith for those of us who appreciate what good service by Millenicom has provided. After you cancel where are you going to get your internet connection? Verizon? Cap, ATT? Cap. Altel? Soon to have cap. Wildblue and Hughesnet? Big slowdowns due to high bandwidth users and high latency. Cox, Comcast, Time Warner all are or will be taking steps to curb the excessive demands on their systems. So just where are you all going that will serve your perceived needs for large chunks of bandwidth?

I think some people could be given a gold bar on a silver platter and they would still bitch.

[End of rant] Just fed up with people trashing the one good wireless ISP that is being forced to raise their rates. It is in no way Millenicoms fault so get off their case.
Relax. He said clearly there was coverage issues and for the extra $10 a month, perhaps it is not worth keeping.
I can see it if it's a coverage issue but those who are cancelling just because of the $10 increase? Where are they going to get better service than Millenicom for $59.99? If there is an option for them why haven't they done it before now? I don't think it will bother Millenicom one bit as I think that Millenicom will have a waiting list of new customers when they reopen their service to new customers.

davef139
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join:2007-02-03
Beloit, WI
reply to Turbocpe
I find it interesting they arent implimenting a 5gb limit and whatnot like Sprint is. Unless that is comnig soon too.

Turbocpe
Premium
join:2001-12-22
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reply to Jack_in_VA
said by Jack_in_VA:

Go ahaead and cancel. That will just free up more bandwith for those of us who appreciate what good service by Millenicom has provided. After you cancel where are you going to get your internet connection? Verizon? Cap, ATT? Cap. Altel? Soon to have cap. Wildblue and Hughesnet? Big slowdowns due to high bandwidth users and high latency. Cox, Comcast, Time Warner all are or will be taking steps to curb the excessive demands on their systems. So just where are you all going that will serve your perceived needs for large chunks of bandwidth?

I think some people could be given a gold bar on a silver platter and they would still bitch.

[End of rant] Just fed up with people trashing the one good wireless ISP that is being forced to raise their rates. It is in no way Millenicoms fault so get off their case.
You replied to me, but I never stated I would cancel. I was passing on the word since it was not discussed. I also agree with the above poster that you need to relax a bit. Your post sounded as if you were taking it very personal.

I also agree with the above post that my service hasn't exactly lived up to expectations. When I contacted Millenicom, they informed me that my location would have a connectivity of "excellent" (their words) and with realistic speeds of "500K - 1.5M range (with upload speeds about half that)."

In short, my connectivity in this area (home, backyard, street, block, etc.) is roughly -90dBmV all the way up to -255dBmV where it goes into 1x mode. 500kbps download speed has never been achieved, and upload has never (if I recall) hit any high double-digit - likely due to the signal. On the odd days I've seen -87 dBmV (best, I believe), speed was roughly 200kbps / 24kbps.

I emailed Millenicom asking for advise, but they insist I call them. Sometime I may do just that. I also posted on this forum asking for advise as well. So it's not like I'm "bitching", I'm stating my experience just as others share their positive experience without being called cheerleaders.

That said, when I signed up with Millenicom, they did indicate that price for us existing customers would stay at the $49.99/month rate despite new customers would pay $59.99/month rate. Unfortunately, we found out that Millenicom could not keep that deal.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but right now, lack of contract and the lack of 5GB cap is the really two outstanding differences Millenicom offers. Previously, price was one of those differences.

Because Millenicom stated they could not keep the 49.99/month deal due to their upstream provider, I think it's very reasonable to wonder if the 5GB cap may also be next, since it depends on their upstream provider as well and is probably even more out of their hands than their own pricing and earnings? No?

decifal

join:2007-03-10
Bon Aqua, TN
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reply to Turbocpe
I just wish all the frigging wireless providers didn't copy each other with the 5 gig cap.. Why not 6gig? 10 gig? No, this is the borg, resistance is futile.. Why don't they all just go ahead and merge, raise the price to 79.95 for the convience of having mobile wireless internet and cap us at 1 gig each... Maybe i'm being overly dramatic though...


Jack_in_VA
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reply to Turbocpe
said by Turbocpe:

said by Jack_in_VA:

Go ahaead and cancel. That will just free up more bandwith for those of us who appreciate what good service by Millenicom has provided. After you cancel where are you going to get your internet connection? Verizon? Cap, ATT? Cap. Altel? Soon to have cap. Wildblue and Hughesnet? Big slowdowns due to high bandwidth users and high latency. Cox, Comcast, Time Warner all are or will be taking steps to curb the excessive demands on their systems. So just where are you all going that will serve your perceived needs for large chunks of bandwidth?

I think some people could be given a gold bar on a silver platter and they would still bitch.

[End of rant] Just fed up with people trashing the one good wireless ISP that is being forced to raise their rates. It is in no way Millenicoms fault so get off their case.
You replied to me, but I never stated I would cancel. I was passing on the word since it was not discussed. I also agree with the above poster that you need to relax a bit. Your post sounded as if you were taking it very personal.

I also agree with the above post that my service hasn't exactly lived up to expectations. When I contacted Millenicom, they informed me that my location would have a connectivity of "excellent" (their words) and with realistic speeds of "500K - 1.5M range (with upload speeds about half that)."

In short, my connectivity in this area (home, backyard, street, block, etc.) is roughly -90dBmV all the way up to -255dBmV where it goes into 1x mode. 500kbps download speed has never been achieved, and upload has never (if I recall) hit any high double-digit - likely due to the signal. On the odd days I've seen -87 dBmV (best, I believe), speed was roughly 200kbps / 24kbps.

I emailed Millenicom asking for advise, but they insist I call them. Sometime I may do just that. I also posted on this forum asking for advise as well. So it's not like I'm "bitching", I'm stating my experience just as others share their positive experience without being called cheerleaders.

That said, when I signed up with Millenicom, they did indicate that price for us existing customers would stay at the $49.99/month rate despite new customers would pay $59.99/month rate. Unfortunately, we found out that Millenicom could not keep that deal.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but right now, lack of contract and the lack of 5GB cap is the really two outstanding differences Millenicom offers. Previously, price was one of those differences.

Because Millenicom stated they could not keep the 49.99/month deal due to their upstream provider, I think it's very reasonable to wonder if the 5GB cap may also be next, since it depends on their upstream provider as well and is probably even more out of their hands than their own pricing and earnings? No?
I replied to your post in error and apologize. I was directing my comments to the others.

I had the same experience as you with Sprint and the Sierra 595U modem. Totally useless even when I drove to the tower with my wife's laptop. My disappointment was severe as I was on Hughesnet dealing with the severe slowdowns every evening and night because of the heavy users.

Jim_In_VA came over with his Franklin CDU-680 and it worked perfectly when attached to a USB extension cord. I was plugging into the USB on the desktop. I signed up with Millenicom, purchased a USB extension cord and the indoor booster amp from 3G. I have not touched it since. Sometimes my down speed drops to the 700 to 800 range when I'm sharing the tower but that is very infrequent. Same service (Sprint) different modem. Go figure.

I recognize a lot of screen names from the Hughesnet thread over the years and they use the same arguments as there. Apparently many defected from Wildblue and HN to Verizon and when Verizon capped them they moved to Sprint. Now that Sprint is capping the bitching continues. I'm just curious where the ones dropping the service are going for their internet.

Here's my speed today at 2pm.



Fox McCloud
Crazy like a fox.

join:2006-07-23
reply to decifal
said by decifal:

I just wish all the frigging wireless providers didn't copy each other with the 5 gig cap.. Why not 6gig? 10 gig? No, this is the borg, resistance is futile.. Why don't they all just go ahead and merge, raise the price to 79.95 for the convience of having mobile wireless internet and cap us at 1 gig each... Maybe i'm being overly dramatic though...
why? Because people wouldn't use the service then, or only a select few for very well-defined purposes....What you're describing is a coercive monopoly which can only exist with government protectionism (though it's usually very subtle)...if we have no legislation in place to protect the industry, then competitors would crop up and cut into their share.
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mooch
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said by Fox McCloud:

said by decifal:

I just wish all the frigging wireless providers didn't copy each other with the 5 gig cap.. Why not 6gig? 10 gig? No, this is the borg, resistance is futile.. Why don't they all just go ahead and merge, raise the price to 79.95 for the convience of having mobile wireless internet and cap us at 1 gig each... Maybe i'm being overly dramatic though...
why? Because people wouldn't use the service then, or only a select few for very well-defined purposes....What you're describing is a coercive monopoly which can only exist with government protectionism (though it's usually very subtle)...if we have no legislation in place to protect the industry, then competitors would crop up and cut into their share.
Uhhh...Since decifal was showing a bit of sarcasm on the subject, you probably didn't really need to take the time to think up a counterpoint to his post.

RegGuheert

join:2005-11-06
Berryville, VA
reply to Jack_in_VA
said by Jack_in_VA:

Go ahaead and cancel. That will just free up more bandwith for those of us who appreciate what good service by Millenicom has provided. After you cancel where are you going to get your internet connection? Verizon? Cap, ATT? Cap. Altel? Soon to have cap. Wildblue and Hughesnet? Big slowdowns due to high bandwidth users and high latency. Cox, Comcast, Time Warner all are or will be taking steps to curb the excessive demands on their systems. So just where are you all going that will serve your perceived needs for large chunks of bandwidth?

I think some people could be given a gold bar on a silver platter and they would still bitch.

[End of rant] Just fed up with people trashing the one good wireless ISP that is being forced to raise their rates. It is in no way Millenicoms fault so get off their case.
I've had HughesNet and Millenicom side-by-side for four months now. Each service has its own wireless router and the eight computers in the house can use either network.

HughesNet wins, hands down, in the following areas: Speed, latency (yes, latency), reliability and simplicity. Millenicom wins in terms of being unlimited access, mobile, lower price and a MUCH better business model/customer focus.

The simple fact is that even though I have an EVDO signal level of -82 dBm, the Franklin modem frequently switches to 1xRTT mode and stays there. That's not a big problem when the modem is hooked directly to a computer, but when its hooked to a wireless router, you can not monitor the pilots nor control when you connect to pick the best condition. Unfortunately, I don't think that Franklin has released a single improvement to their firmware in the entire time I have had this service. (Please don't try to convince me there is no room for improvement in this firmware. In my book, any modem that switches to 1xRTT mode when in "EVDO Only" needs some work.)

But I still need mobile access. So I'll likely just add and remove unlimited T-mobile EDGE service, as needed, to one of my cellular lines for $20/month. It's faster than the 1xRTT I often get with Millenicom and a lot cheaper. Plus I own the device, so I don't have to worry about breaking Millenicom's precious modem, which they feel is worth $200.

In any case, it seems that Millenicom will no longer be able to use the excuse that they are out of Franklin modems keeping them from signing up new customers, since it seems they have a few coming home.

Reg

P.S. Yes, I have posted on the HughesNet forum for a few years. Everyone's free to read any of my posts there. I'm pretty sure that you will find that I was neither a cheerleader nor a basher over there. Nor have I been here. I just calls 'em as I sees 'em. You should also note that I have made a dearth of posts over there in the past year or two. Simply put, my HughesNet service has been pretty trouble-free. I did have a hardware failure last winter, but I just bought a used system on eBay and was up and running again soon. The reliability of HughesNet today has been much better than it was in 2004 when I got the service. (On the other hand, I'm afraid to change anything with HughesNet, because I read that the nightmares continue for many on HughesNet and I don't want to be in that group!)

P.P.S. I'll continue to look at other wireless solutions that become available to me, since HughesNet leaves a lot to be desired. I don't know if I'm in the part of the Baltimore/Washington area that Xohm will cover, but I will try that out if I am. If Millenicom offers it, so much the better, IMO.
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Jack_in_VA
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said by RegGuheert:

said by Jack_in_VA:

Go ahaead and cancel. That will just free up more bandwith for those of us who appreciate what good service by Millenicom has provided. After you cancel where are you going to get your internet connection? Verizon? Cap, ATT? Cap. Altel? Soon to have cap. Wildblue and Hughesnet? Big slowdowns due to high bandwidth users and high latency. Cox, Comcast, Time Warner all are or will be taking steps to curb the excessive demands on their systems. So just where are you all going that will serve your perceived needs for large chunks of bandwidth?

I think some people could be given a gold bar on a silver platter and they would still bitch.

[End of rant] Just fed up with people trashing the one good wireless ISP that is being forced to raise their rates. It is in no way Millenicoms fault so get off their case.
I've had HughesNet and Millenicom side-by-side for four months now. Each service has its own wireless router and the eight computers in the house can use either network.

HughesNet wins, hands down, in the following areas: Speed, latency (yes, latency), reliability and simplicity. Millenicom wins in terms of being unlimited access, mobile, lower price and a MUCH better business model/customer focus.

The simple fact is that even though I have an EVDO signal level of -82 dBm, the Franklin modem frequently switches to 1xRTT mode and stays there. That's not a big problem when the modem is hooked directly to a computer, but when its hooked to a wireless router, you can not monitor the pilots nor control when you connect to pick the best condition. Unfortunately, I don't think that Franklin has released a single improvement to their firmware in the entire time I have had this service. (Please don't try to convince me there is no room for improvement in this firmware. In my book, any modem that switches to 1xRTT mode when in "EVDO Only" needs some work.)

But I still need mobile access. So I'll likely just add and remove unlimited T-mobile EDGE service, as needed, to one of my cellular lines for $20/month. It's faster than the 1xRTT I often get with Millenicom and a lot cheaper. Plus I own the device, so I don't have to worry about breaking Millenicom's precious modem, which they feel is worth $200.

In any case, it seems that Millenicom will no longer be able to use the excuse that they are out of Franklin modems keeping them from signing up new customers, since it seems they have a few coming home.

Reg

P.S. Yes, I have posted on the HughesNet forum for a few years. Everyone's free to read any of my posts there. I'm pretty sure that you will find that I was neither a cheerleader nor a basher over there. Nor have I been here. I just calls 'em as I sees 'em. You should also note that I have made a dearth of posts over there in the past year or two. Simply put, my HughesNet service has been pretty trouble-free. I did have a hardware failure last winter, but I just bought a used system on eBay and was up and running again soon. The reliability of HughesNet today has been much better than it was in 2004 when I got the service. (On the other hand, I'm afraid to change anything with HughesNet, because I read that the nightmares continue for many on HughesNet and I don't want to be in that group!)

P.P.S. I'll continue to look at other wireless solutions that become available to me, since HughesNet leaves a lot to be desired. I don't know if I'm in the part of the Baltimore/Washington area that Xohm will cover, but I will try that out if I am. If Millenicom offers it, so much the better, IMO.
I stand by my comments. The very same arguments about Sprints cap are exactly the same arguments I read about Hughesnets new FAP limits. Sprint just like HN stated it was a very small minority that used the huge amounts of bandwidth making it almost impossible for the average user to do anything. I'm glad you have had such good luck with HN. That's far from the case with me. I was ok with the pro plan but when I switched to pro-plus plan my experience went south. It was fine between the hours of 1am and 12pm but almost unusable the rest of the day. Customer Service was useless. Clear cookies, etc. After much research I found the transponder was completely loaded down. I would never ever even have a thought of ever using Hughesnet or any other satellite ISP again. My latency was so high I could go to the bathroom while a web-page was loading. My HN homepage took 9 seconds to load. Using Millenicom it only took 0.67 seconds.

My Millenicom is a gift from God. Very seldom does my down speed slip to the 700 - 800 range. Up stays fairly constant. I never have drops and only once in a while do I experience the Franklin reverting to 1xRTT and that is probably because of something with the tower causing it. I also am using a router for my wife's laptop. Absolutely no problems with the setup.

So I guess I'm a Millenicom fanboy and have no intention of even considering dropping them. I also realize the $10 increase is no fault of Millenicom. At least I'm still spared the damn taxes and fees Sprint and the others have to charge. Those ran up my Sprint 59.95 to $69.00 here in Virginia. So bottom line I'm still saving $10 and have an excellent service.


Jack_in_VA
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reply to Turbocpe
Turbocpe, here are my speeds from LA, Kansas City, Atlanta and Washington D.C. Even though my HA is Kansas City the latency increases over what it is for LA.

My tower only has one T1 so all I can get is around ~1200 down.









When I use the Sprint speed test site (dslreports) results are much different. Note latency.






Maniak

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Vail, AZ
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reply to Turbocpe
The $10 increase for me isn't a big deal as we are already at $59.99/month.. We didn't sign up soon enough to get $49/month.

currently, EVDO or sattelite are our only options (or 24k dial up on a good day).. The local WISP is checking to see if the antenna is aimed correctly to get to the house, but they are doubtful as they are setup for town, and we aren't "in" town..

Hopefully they (millenicom) won't impose the 5GB cap for us, but who knows.. They didn't mention it at all in the millenicom email. I'd be willing to pay even a little more (shhh.. don't tell anyone) if I had to to if that was the only way to get unlimited evdo.. I don't like Hughes or Wildblue (I have neighbors with those)

~Mark


dMarks
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Jackson, MI

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Dunno what happened but yesterday I was only getting half that if lucky. That's the fastest I've ever seen on my connection. Must have quite a few people on my tower during the day apparently. That's in a rural fringe area using an antenna and only at -96 dBm

EDIT to add more results:








Guess that first one was a fluke perhaps, or just got a lucky second in to be the only one on the tower. These results are more typical of what I normally see, though sometimes will dip a little lower. These are Rev.A speeds. I can get my signal to tap into an Alltel tower for Rev.0 and get consistantly higher speeds (a little higher) but with worse latency.

All in all, to pay an extra $10 a month (I got in on the $49.99 price before the initial change) is fine by me. It's still much better than Hughes ever was. I need the lower latency anyways, but Millenicom beats Hughes in speed/latency/consistency hands down, so there's really no choice to be made by me.

Now, if they have to implement a 5GB cap...well we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I still have a dial-up account on backup which connects excellent, so I can switch between the two when needed.

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RegGuheert

join:2005-11-06
Berryville, VA
said by dMarks:

I need the lower latency anyways, but Millenicom beats Hughes in speed/latency/consistency hands down, so there's really no choice to be made by me.
I also need lower latency. Unfortunately Millenicom's EVDO Rev A latency is nearly twice that of HughesNet when something is downloading:

»EVDO Rev A latency higher than HughesNet during downloads

Unfortunately, my VPN falls apart due to latency whenever a download occurs over EVDO.

Have you EVER measured your ping times while simultaneously downloading something?

Reg
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Bedlem3342

join:2008-03-14
reply to Turbocpe
I can play online games ( Not shooters ) Perfect even when i got something downloading.I get 90+ms latency which is one hell of alot better then Wildblue's 950ms lol



Jack_in_VA
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said by Bedlem3342:

I can play online games ( Not shooters ) Perfect even when i got something downloading.I get 90+ms latency which is one hell of alot better then Wildblue's 950ms lol


SMBB latency never has been as bad as Hughesnet even when HN connection was good.

CMoore2004
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Jonesville, MI

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Perhaps I should mention this is in an EVDO Rev 0 coverage area.

RegGuheert

join:2005-11-06
Berryville, VA
Thanks for the tests, guys. I'll conclude that this issue only occurs when speed is limited by the link quality rather than the backhaul to the tower. Still, it is the constant case for me with Millenicom. I guess the bottom line is that I'm too far from the towers. I had been hoping that Sprint would upgrade the closest tower, but that has not happened in the four months I've had the service.

Thanks again,

Reg
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dMarks
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I can't remember, but are you using any type of antenna / amp for your setup?


dMarks
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Figure I should add a ping view while I download as well, just to give a perspective on what I get.
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RegGuheert

join:2005-11-06
Berryville, VA

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said by dMarks:

I can't remember, but are you using any type of antenna / amp for your setup?
Yes. Currently I'm using a magnetic dipole rooftop antenna with no ground plane and no amplifier placed in a particular position in a particular window to get -82 dBm at my modem.

I've tried my Wilson cellular Yagi antenna both with and without my Wilson cellular repeater. This improves my signal by about 10 dB, but I then pick up a particular rogue EVDO pilot that always knocks me straight down to 1xRTT where I stay forever. This pilot has been reported to Sprint level 4, but the technician that was supposed to follow up with me never did anything. I've discussed my tribulations extensively here:

»Millenicom Mobile Broadband NOT Replacing HughesNet

Before I cancel, I may try again with the Yagi to see if anything has been done to fix the rogue pilot. If so, I could be *much* happier with this service.

Thoughts?

Reg
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RegGuheert

join:2005-11-06
Berryville, VA
reply to dMarks
said by dMarks:

Figure I should add a ping view while I download as well, just to give a perspective on what I get.
I see that your pings increase, as well, but they still do not get to the level of HughesNet. This is interesting, since your signal level is 17 dB lower than mine (-99 dBm vs. -82 dBm). (In other words, I have an EVDO signal power level that is 50 *times* the power level of yours.)

Besides the rogue pilot problem, I also have access to about 6 different towers (and *many* different pilots). These are about 8 miles away and closely spaced to one another, so it's hard to isolate any of them. I could try a grid antenna with higher gain than my Yagi, but I don't think I'll spend any more money on equipment until we find out if unlimited will remain. (A 5 GB limit would render all of these discussions moot, since that would be a firm deal breaker for me.)

Thoughts?

Reg
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dMarks
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I sometimes have an issue with tower switching myself, but I use a wilson omni at the moment. I'm looking into getting a panel antenna for my setup

»www.cellantenna.com/Antennas/yagi.htm

The CAY1912 with about 40' LMR400. May look into getting an amp, but I think with the panel pointed at just the one pilot that I get the best Rev.A from (there's a tower out here that apparently has more than 1 T1 going to it because I've done some more tests and have been close to 2000 kb/s a few times) I should be good to go, with hopefully a little better dBm and DRC.

As you said though, I'm gonna wait a month or two to see how things pan out with the Sprint 5GB cap and Millenicom. Really hope things stay the way they are at the moment.
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I recently wrote Millenicom the following email:

"I read with interest your recent email announcing the price increase to 59/month. Nowhere did it state anything regarding a download cap. Is it safe to assume that unlimited service will continue, albeit at the new price?"
Their one-word reply was "Correct." Take this for what it's worth.
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