am writing this sentence in a taxi en route to LaGuardia airport.
am writing this sentence a week later, on my laptop, in the
going on here? I have been testing out Sprint's PCS Connection
Card, a high-speed wireless connection to the Internet . And
I typed that first sentence on a laptop in a cab on my way
to Boston. I was even able to keep working while waiting at
the gate for the plane and then once inside (and before we
left the gate), I was able to stay online until the cabin
doors were closed. I downloaded several documents from the
Web, allowing me to get some important work done. If not for
the card, I would have been reading a magazine, waiting impatiently
to get to a place I could go online.
what the Sprint card does, it allows almost any place to be
a place I can go online. And it's very liberating.
product is basically a credit card-sized card that you slip
into the slot of your laptop and then it acts almost like
a cellphone, connecting you to the Internet through Sprint's
network. Naturally, you are restricted to wherever Sprint
has coverage, but in a couple of weeks of testing in two cities,
I rarely had problems getting access. In fact, I had few of
the usual problems cellphone users do of "dropped calls."
The card, which is made by Novatel Wireless, allows you to
"dialup" at higher speeds that a regular modem and
much faster than any data connection you might have tried
with a cellphone. Sprint says its new "3G" network
supports data transmission speeds averaging 50 to 70 kbps,
with peak speeds of 144 kbps.
that I have told you I liked how it works, the next question
is about the pricing. The card itself costs $249 (until Nov.
3, Sprint is offering $50 off for a price of $199). There
are various data usage plans, including the : $99 "all-you-can-eat"
plan (until 11/3 it's $50 off the first month for a price
of $49). It
is definitely not aimed at regular consumers. However, if
your business will pay for it and you are on the road a lot,
it is definitely worth it.
more on this, visit the Sprint
PCS Vision site. The card is also available nationwide
in Sprint stores.
will do a separate piece in the weeks ahead about what is
known as WiFi technology, which allows you to set up small
wireless networks in homes and offices.
and let me know your thoughts.