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sona1111

join:2011-01-12
Franklin Park, NJ

General advice about choosing provider.

Hi guys. I am once again happy to return to a helpful and honest community that has helped me multiple times in the past. This time i do not arrive with a direct problem but more of a decision.

I just started getting some income not too long ago and like some people my favorite thing to do usually involves the internet. WiFi is nice but not always available so i am looking for some kind of 3g/4g device for mobile broadband.

I will first state that i have comcast's internet right now so i thought i would look at their service. It appears they had some kind of xfinity2go service but it has been discontinued.

I have also researched data. I really HATE to be restricted in any way, but it seems their are no "real" unlimited data plans (or they are just so retartedly expensive that no one lists them). This was just a preliminary search, though, so i am probably wrong. I will settle for some amount of data with balanced cost and speed/data the best from any of you who give input.

My only other requirement is the kind of device it is. At best i would like to have two usable devices that connect to the service, one USB and one Expresscard, for the two devices i plan to use with them.

any input will be taken into account. Thanks.


iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
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Buying two devices will tend to require paying for two different plans. Probably not what you want.

The old xfinity2go service ran on Clearwire's WiMAX network. You can still get that service if you go direct; Best Buy has USB sticks (no one has ExpressCards anymore) and WiFi hotspots for $50 or so, or a home modem for $50 (but it sounds like you want mobile). Service is $50 per month for unlimited.

As fair warning, WiMAX on Clear's band is a bit touchy with signals, and from what I can tell the two non-home-modem devices aren't powerful enough to get full speed on the network (10+ Mbps down, 1.5 Mbps up)...I've used the Clear Spot Voyager and can confirm its limitations as compared to the desktop modem. But hey, if surfing at 3-7 Mbps down and 1.5 Mbps up works for you, and Clear's coverage includes where you go, it's a decent deal.


sona1111

join:2011-01-12
Franklin Park, NJ

HI, thanks for the reply.

first off, why does no one make expresscards anymore? it seems that bus has not been out long enough to be considered outdated. Would the ones i see for same be compatible with up-to-gate 3g/4g networks or they are really that old?

secondly, those speeds sound fine, but what is the cost and limits, or rather, do you consider their costs and limits better or worse then other providers?



Jim_in_VA

join:2004-07-11
Cobbs Creek, VA
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Express Cards are absolutely outdated. That is a dead interface.
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WHT

join:2010-03-26
Rosston, TX
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reply to sona1111

WHT still has his UBNT PCMIA card.


iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
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reply to sona1111

If you're looking at an ExpressCard, run the model number by here. There are some 4G ExpressCards, but they're as scarce as hen's teeth...

As far as Jim-in_VA's comment goes, I think he's over-dramatizing things a bit. ExpressCard isn't outdated per se...it's a nice, fast interface. However USB 3.0 is faster (if I remember correctly ExpressCards are only a single PCIe lane). More importantly, you'll be hard-pressed to find a computer with an ExpressCard slot these days that isn't business-focused and/or expensive. So manufacturers of wireless modems have turned to the interface that is now ubiquitous on computers: USB. It has more than enough bandwidth, even on 2.0, for mobile broadband (35 MB/s real-world speeds, better with a better chipset), and any computer built in the last twelve years has a port.



Jim_in_VA

join:2004-07-11
Cobbs Creek, VA
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I always respect ianslx's opinions. On this subject that Express Cards are still a viable option I disagree. There are no main stream laptops or desktops that have that interface and very few telco's have that in their inventory. Move along to USB.
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sona1111

join:2011-01-12
Franklin Park, NJ
reply to sona1111

about the expresscards: i always get in a certain mood with some form factors where i just like or dislike them. Usb is one that, for some reason, i don't like. But i will get over it lol.

Anyway the main focus of this topic, before i derailed it, was to get an idea of who you guys think has the best deal for mobile broadband. You mentioned that clearwire was a bit touchy with signals. Could you recommend anything you have had a better time using?

thanks.



Jim_in_VA

join:2004-07-11
Cobbs Creek, VA
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3 edits

»www.millenicom.com/

And let me break down those plans.

The Basic plan is T-Mobile - 2GB cap
The 3G/4G Unlimited plan is with Sprint and Clearwire - 50GB cap
The 3G/4G HotSpot is with Verizon - 20 GB cap
The BYOD plan is with Sprint - 50 GB cap
The 3G Advanced plan is with Verizon - 20 GB cap

No Contract with any of these plans. Month to Month.