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Old 07-13-2008, 01:30 PM
 
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I have a laptop mainly used to surf and check email. Nothing more. It is run from a land line, which is all we use the land line for. I am dropping cable soon, so not interested in a bundle option.

I have a Toshiba Laptop( Satellite) which is about 2 years old. Would a broadband card work for me if I drop my landline? How much fasrer would my speed be compared to the landline. I know it won't be like high speed internet, but will it run noticably faster? What is the cost per month? The landline is about 30 bucks a month. Are the card for unlimited monthly use? If it matters, I have Tmobile as my cell provider. Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:19 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Check with T-mobile on their offerings, as well as the requirements for the cards they offer. I have verizon so I'm not sure what your provider has. I understand that Verizon does not offer an unlimited plan for consumer use (I have one from work so that is unlimited), but T-mobile may be different.

A two year old laptop should have no issues.... But you may have to resort to a PC card or even USB. Expresscard is the newest format. In either case, the speed should be around ISDN to DSL speeds... between 64K to over 1Mbps depending on the environment you are using it in.

With my card, I get around 300K at home.... and have seen just under 1Mbps at the local Dunkin Donuts. Which is shocking... we have a signal repearter at work.. and that won't even give us that speed (no towers nearby though).
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:14 PM
 
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And would it be ok if I have a friend that will give me theirs ( A Verizon card)so I don't have to buy one, then just pay the monthly fees?Or will they insist I buy a new card?
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:34 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Its your friend's card, if he/she want's to share it with you.... that's their choice. I'm sure Verizon would prefer that you both have your own cards... but there's no reason for them to know.
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:19 AM
 
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Thanks. She no longer uses the card, so before I bought one I wanted to see if this would work. Thanks macroy for you help.
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