All About Broadband Wireless

I’ve been using Verizon Wireless broadband PC Card for some months now and it has dramatically enhanced my productivity. I can be online – pretty much anywhere. In the mall, in the car, in Virginia, in North Carolina – pretty much wherever.
The cost is about $60 per month – give or take – depending on the plan you purchase. You can buy a notebook with wireless broadband built in (you still have to pay the month charges) or buy a separate PC Card that slides into your computer’s PC Card slot.
There are a lot of choices out there and Computer World’s David Strom helps you sort out the details.
He writes There are three major high-speed wireless data services spread across the four major cell carriers. Actually, there is another service that’s offered by Verizon Wireless called National Access. But it isn’t really high-speed; it’s more like somewhat-higher-than-dial-up speed. This may be good enough for you, but it didn’t meet our needs in this quest, so we’ll leave them out of the discussion.
You’ll also notice that Cingular Wireless LLC has two different services, and we’ll explain the difference when we talk about the products that support both. And just because Verizon and Sprint Nextel Corp. share EV-DO service, it doesn’t mean that all EV-DO products can be used on both company’s networks. Au contraire. If you buy a laptop with a Verizon EV-DO modem, it can’t be used on Sprint’s network, and vice versa. The same goes for EDGE products, too. For now, you are best off buying any modems from the carriers whose services you will end up using.

Read the entire article here.