Post # 1
My husband works out of state from March-September, and often has trouble with his laptop and the hotels that offer wireless internet. Typically if they don’t offer it complimentary or offer it free for his member status at the hotel, he will just pay for it. The prices range, but he has paid up to $19.95 per day!
I am going to see him in Lexington on Sunday, and was wondering – is there something you can buy for the computer that gives it internet, wireless or otherwise?
I know that sounds really stupid…I just am not very technologically advanced and wanted to ask some of you smart bees before I asked Best Buy.
Post # 3
Check out sprint or other networks. They call them wireless cards and its like paying a cell phone bill…. its a device no bigger then a flash drive, thumb drive, external device that plugs into a USB port on the computer.
They work almost everywhere youc an get cell service with that povider. Just plug it in and connect. Its like having your own wireless internet wherever you go.
I have a spint card for work – I have used it in hotels (because I do not trust thier networks) at home when my internet wasnt working, airports, restaurants and so on. Very handy.
Post # 4
@Ms. MonKey: That’s perfect, thank you so much! We go through ATT, so I will check with them.
Any idea on cost?
Post # 5
Only thing with AT&T is data limits. If you use it all the time, you will go over. With Sprint, there are no data limits.
This was the DC area, but I had looked a month ago for work purposes:
Verizon has the Mifi , which is free with a 2yr contract: $269.99 otherwise.
3GB month – $35.00
5GB month – $50.00
10GB month – $80.00
(+$10.00 per GB after)
Sprint has a Sierra Wireless Overdrive hotspot – $49.99 2yr contract, or $249.99
$59.99 a month for unlimited 4G / 5GB 3G
Post # 6
Also – does he have a smartphone? You can add tethering to smartphones plans usually – I’m not sure on the cost though.
Post # 7
I am not sure about cost as my employer pays for my sprint card and the service. you can look it up online though. I would get a quote from all three carriers and then if you really want to stick with ATT call them and say “sprint is offering me this, can you work with me…?”
One more thing, it your husband has a black berry or other smart phone, you can purchase the converter and then plug the phone into the PCs USB port and use the internet off the phone. Its not as fast, you have to watch out for usage and limits, and its difficult to use the phone and internet at the same time…. but it is an option.
Post # 8
be wary of best buy – i am not writing a review here bees, just stating my opinion. they will try to upsale you on a bunch of crap you do not need. i am not sure if they do this because they are commision based or what… but they totally ripped off my father and i had to spend two weeks on the phone with managers and corporate employees to get it straightened out. they took advantage of him because he went in saying he needed a laptop — that was it. he wasnt specific and they sold him the most expensive one in the store when all he needed was something that would allow him to play his internet games, solitare, and type up invoices.
youre better off going straight to the carriers: ATT, Sprint, TMobile and such.