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AT&T Wireless Internet service

Considering going with this for my laptop, East Coast US. Anyone have any exerience?

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It really depends on where you're located... Different vendors will have different areas of coverage.

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The guy who runs Active Captain ran a test down the east coast wth verizon & ATT running. He wrote a signal strength measuring program & found verizon to be better overall, especially for data high speed access.
If you are staying in one area then you should specify for a more localized response
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I think PBZeer uses one of these services, maybe he'll chime in...John, you out there?

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I used Sprint EVDO network all over the east coast and found service to be from acceptable to excellent and coverage essentially universal. For what it's worth.
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Verizon and Sprint both have better coverage. Best is Verizon.

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I use AT&T and have had no problems. I don't know if you are planning on using the laptop connect card or not. I have a blackjack phone with a data plan. I was able to configure the phone to connect to the laptop via usb and the laptop then runs through that data plan. It's multipurpose because you can use the same data plan for your phone and laptop.

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CentralFL...how much of the East Coast have you cruised? The issue is one of coverage up and down the entire coast. The ATT card is fine if you live/sail in an area with good coverage. Basic coverage is spotty in portions of NC, SC and Maine. Broadband coverage has huge gaps as you go up the coast.

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I use AT&T. The datacard in my laptop can often connect even when I don't have a good signal on my phone. I've been quite happy with it, although there are indeed regions with poor or no signal. Sailing between Annapolis and Solomons Island on the Chesapeake I can usually stay connected the whole way.

Both my phone and datacard are quad-band GSM and so work throughout Europe and the Caribbean.
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Actually I was suggesting not getting the data card and using the connection through the cell phone but it sounds like SVAuspicious has had good look with it. I have only been as far north as South Carolina.

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