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Cedar, Leelanau County, Michigan (near Traverse City), United States
I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Wireless Cellular Hi-Speed Internet

All of the cellular companys are now offering hi-speed internet through their cellular circuits. You get a small modem that plugs into a USB slot on your laptop. They then add an additional line to your existing cell account which is exclusively used to dial into their internet interface.
The principal advantage is that you have hi-speed internet anywhere that your cellular plan covers.
Teddy & I decided to go with Alltel’s UTStarcom UM150 and so far it is working well.
This pict shows the modem/card plugged into my MacBook.
It is the ideal solution for fulltime Rvers like us, as when we are traveling we do not have to search for Wi-Fi hot spots to access the web. Also many RV parks do not offer Wi-Fi and in those that do coverage is often spotty. Our plan costs $59.00 per month for unlimited nationwide coverage.and the wireless modem/card is free with a two year contract. That cost is offset by canceling my $25.00/month Earthlink dial-up account and my $40.00/month cable modem while in Arizona. My mail servers for larryandteddy.com are hosted by Network Solutions so the only thing we lose is our Earthlink addresses which we do not use very much anyway.
Time will tell if this is a good move or not…but nothing ventured….yadda yadda yadda.

1 comment:

evdoinfo said...

larry, if you ever decide you'd like to share that single evdo connection with more than just the macbook, take a look at the cradlepoint phs300 router. it turns evdo into wifi so you can use with macbook, iphone, ipod touch, or anything else with airport/wifi.

here's a photo of phs300 with um150:

http://www.evdoinfo.com/images/stories/UM150_PHS300.jpg

and here's a full review of the phs300:

http://www.EVDOinfo.com/PHS300