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Old 02-06-2009, 12:47 PM
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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I will be purchasing a wireless service (PC Card) and am looking for those services with the fastest download/upload.

Are there any that approach 3 meg download and 1 meg upload?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:27 PM
Location: Humboldt, Tennessee
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Some things to consider are the following: limited bandwidth per month and expensive at that, the actual hardware is quite expensive unless you sign a two year contract. EVDO mobile broadband is actually in the process of being phased out in favor of LTE (Long Term Evolution) that is supposed to be 4G I believe. You should look up the amazing technology of LTE that is competing with WiMAX (and I believe quite successfully). I believe LTE should be available in 2010 at current schedules. If you can, I would avoid going the EVDO route because any particularly decent speeds (probably rather difficult to get what you are seeking) are in the absolute heart of metro areas only and most people still get maybe ISDN speeds or very low DSL (like around 200kbps on a good day). Now saying this, if you must go the EVDO route, the easiest thing to do is look up which carrier provides the best cell phone coverage. When you find that out, pick that carrier. All other things being equal, your hardware will give you pretty much the same possible performance. If you can get your hands on the information regarding the power the device uses to transmit and receive signals then the higher the power the better (but the FCC limits this, although off the top of my head I am not particular sure to how much). Of course higher power means less battery life. But typically you won't be limited by the hardware but by the carrier itself.
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:16 AM
Location: kcmo
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It's my understanding that most agree that Sprint EVDO is the fastest.. they have a 5 Gb cap but I do believe you can buy re-sold service without a cap of verizon and/or sprint (the only 2 I know for sure have EVDO coverage in most major cities and even in the middle of nowhere through Alltel.. specifically speaking alltel service can be roamed on by either carrier)

Sprint's EVDO is up to a mbit but can average as much as 80 kb/s.. last time I used verizon best I could get is 60 kb/s but in theory they should be up to a mbit..

As for new service both LTE is supposedly coming don't hold your breath for at least 2 years.. and wimax from Sprint/Clearwire may be in 20 some major cities by early 2010 or so (they have to hit like 45 million customers by 2010 I believe per there FCC statements/rules) right now I know it's in Boston and Seattle? there download speed I believe is 6 mbit.. with 1 mbit up?? (check there site)

There's a company that resells both sprint and verizon EVDO.. you can check them out.. here's the thread I saw them mentioned..
Sprint update agreement plan to include 5GB cap a month - dslreports.com

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