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Old 11-09-2007, 07:58 AM   #29
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Hi David,

We've had the orginal GPRS card, replaced it with the G3 card, then got one of the G3+ jobbies last year. All ex UK and expensive to use overseas - but never an issue with signals dropping out etc.

Today, as most marinas and harbours where we cruise now have wi-fi, we've moved on to using it a lot when moored up. We've found most slower than the G3+ card - but obviously cheaper.

Only recently we've also fitted an external (marinised) wi-fi booster antenna.

They claim a range of 2 miles, omnidirectional, and certainly where we are now it does allow us to pick up multiple wi-fi routers some of which are free to use (after you've bought a drink ashore at the wi-fi bar and got the entry codes). And we don't even need to be in a marina - just close.

I'm hoping this new antenna will allow us to piggy back off other wi-fi routers in future coastal locations without a need to get ashore.....and can let you know how effectvie it really is over the coming year.

Actually, this posting is being sent from the boat, via WIFI in a cafe (which is actually closed right now), but on shore 1000 metres away - and it's costing nix.



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Old 11-09-2007, 03:58 PM   #30
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I saw a *mobile* sat tv antennae the other day that was originally designed for over the road truckers but apparently is capable of getting you sat tv on a boat

("now lets see, maybe I should add another kw into the spec for the new genset....")



"Actually, this posting is being sent from the boat, via WIFI in a cafe (which is actually closed right now), but on shore 1000 metres away - and it's costing nix.




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Old 11-13-2007, 10:47 PM   #31
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For those looking for mobile broadband in the US, both Sprint and Verizon have pretty good pricing on their EVDO services. With either carrier, it's $59.99/month for their service (with a 2 year contract).

On Sprint, that is truly unlimited service.

Verizon's terms of service are a bit different. Customers can use up to 5GB of transfer/month - beyond that, they run the risk of having their speeds throttled down to about 200kbps. While it's frustrating to have limits on a broadband plan, 5GB is actually quite a lot, and most customers find they don't come anywhere near that amount.

There are three form factors for EVDO card (ExpressCard, PCMCIA, or US, as well as antennas, amplifiers, and EVDO routers that allow you to share your mobile broadband connection with multiple computers. With all these options, as well as both carriers extending their coverage every day, it's possible to find a solution for almost anyone.

Rather than spend hundreds of dollars and a lot of time experimenting to find the right combination of gear, you might want to trust the EVDO Experts to help you make the best choice for your EVDO Gear.
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:19 PM   #32
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Info from :- http://www.evdoinfo.com

"Can I use EVDO overseas?

Currently, most of Europe uses GSM, which is not compatible with EVDO, so EVDO will NOT work overseas. Verizon has roaming agreements with Canada and Puerto Rico so that your cards will work there (additional roaming charges may apply). "
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:55 AM   #33
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Hi EVDOKirsten,

The major problem as articulated by many who visit these type of boards, is the difficulty associated with dealing with telecommunications 'experts'. The majority of success stories seem to originate from cruisers who have done their own research....the majority of stories of failure originate from those who trusted expert advice.

Given your ID, I imagine you have experience with EVDO and hope if that is the case, you will disclose your associations. Either way we appreciate all well meant advice which is tendered in the sincere interests of our members.

Welcome, and we look forward to your input.


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