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Old 09-04-2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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Internet Connection while traveling - New from Virgin

Those of you wanting to stay connected while traveling might be interested in this article describing a new service from Virgin.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/02/te...me&ref=general

It claims you can be connected while traveling for about $40 per month, with no contract, ability to stop and start when you want, no limit on downloads.

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Another great product for frequent travelers is the Apple iPad. Especially the 3G version, which connects to the internet via AT&T wireless. It will also connect to free WiFi hotspots like Starbucks and McDonalds offer. I have had one since they first came out, and it is one of those products that you wonder how you got along without it.

I can check and send email, surf the web, listen to music, watch movies, play games, and even use my home and work computers remotely with it. The 3G service is either $15 or $25 a month, depending on how much you plan on using it. I actually have a $30 subscription that they don't offer any more which is totally unlimited. You don't need to activate the 3G service if you don't want to, and when you do it is only month to month... no long contract. You actuvate ot deactivate your service right from the iPad. No need to call AT&T or visit a store.

There is a version of the iPad which does not have the 3G, but can connect to WiFi hotspots. This version is cheaper, but in my opinion it is worth getting the 3G for time when you really want it.

Oh, the iPad is also a really nice GPS unit. You can use the included mapping software or download various 3rd party apps. There are tons of games from arcade-style to card games and sudoku. There are lots of free apps (little programs) that you can easily download. Many of them are for weather forecasts, news, etc. I am still amazed at all the things I can do on my iPad and all the free or almost free software there is for it. Many of the aps cost just 99 cents or maybe a few bucks.

People who have never used an iPad don't usually get it... but once you have used one for a day or two, you realize how useful and special it is. Everyone has takes a magazine into the bathroom with them, right? Well, imagine something the size of a magazine, but it is the whole internet, plus movies, plus email, plug games, etc, etc...

You can even make calls using Skype! Oh, and if you have a digital camera, you can hook it up to the iPad and store your photos, upload them to the web, or email them to friends. You can even do a lot of photo editing and retouching on the iPad!

I highly recommend the wireless keyboard (I am using it right now) and the camera connect kit if you have a digital camera.
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It claims you can be connected while traveling for about $40 per month, with no contract, ability to stop and start when you want, no limit on downloads.

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I read a review of this system. It really looks good - until you look at the Sprint coverage map. If you are going anywhere off of a major Interstate or medium City you are out of luck. It will not work while roaming. For those of us who Boondock and go to out-of-the-way places it is not much use.

Bummer. Before you order check the map on the Sprint site
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Test "drove" the service last spring when it first came out. Used the $10 for 10 days card en-route to Canada from our winter in Florida. Worked fine on the I75 corridor...a bit slow in Suwannee River SP...but otherwise fine. Our travels involve the FL state parks which are for the most part WiFi-less! This enables me to book our next years campsites in Feb. and do e-mail s. And NO plan to sign up for!
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:25 PM   #5
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IF you have a blackberry, there's a great piece of software called "Tether", that lets you use the BB for an internet connection. It's not hugely fast, but works fine anywhere you can make a cell phone call and gives you free internet, especially if you have an unlimited data plan.

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On our 6 week, 4200 mile trip WA to AZ last Feb, we used Starbucks. Our Magellan GPS always found a nearby Starbucks and we developed a taste for their lunch paninis.
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We bootleg with a strainer and a speed booster whenever we can. This depends where the campground is in conjunction with a residential area or businesses with unprotected internet.
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IF you have a blackberry, there's a great piece of software called "Tether", that lets you use the BB for an internet connection. It's not hugely fast, but works fine anywhere you can make a cell phone call and gives you free internet, especially if you have an unlimited data plan.

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I should add that one needs a good or unlimited data plan associated with the BlackBerry and that a gentle test the first billing period would be a good idea Me, I have unlimited browsing (sucked me into the deal a few years back)

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From my experience WiFi hotspots are very easy to find. I see no need for this device. In some cases I can get free wifi where there is no cell phone or land line phone. Newberry National Volcanic Monument is that way.
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Cyndi - you're speaking a language that is foreign to me could you tell me what a 'strainer' is, and a 'speed booster'?
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I use a "wifi finder" that I purchased over the internet for $20. I see they are available from $5 up. They are very handy when traveling through a town to find free wifi sites. The more expensive have a larger range for finding the sites than the cheaper models. I also use my TomTom for finding Starbucks, Borders, etc that have free wifi. Happy trails. Marg
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I have used the tethering option on my Droid by using PdaNet for my Mac and EasyTether for my PC. This goes through the data plan on my Droid and doesn't add any extra cost unless we are away from data plan service areas (like in remote SW South Dakota). Then, extra charges apply and we use it sparingly. However, the Droid does a great job of checking email and small internet searches all by itself. I only hook to the laptop(s) when I want a larger image for ease of reading.
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Home made Wifi-Signal Strainer

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Strainer as in noodle strainer. Tin cans work also. The booster is a Compact Wireless Network Adapter with Speed Booster. You use it improve you internet signal usually at home. I have included a website where we got the idea and pictures of ours. If we are in certain campsites in the campground we are calling home I can pick up a signal across the river without it.
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KarenH,
Here's the website.


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