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Top message:  My little head is so confused! by Sailor Moon   Aug 6, 2005, 11:48 PM

Replying to:  Re: "DUN" capability by Sailor Moon   Aug 8, 2005, 4:40 PM

Re: "DUN" capability

by monkeyracer    Aug 8, 2005, 5:12 PM

Sprint claims that the 1xRTT technology runs at speeds of anywhere between 30Kbps and 50 Kbps at any given moment, average speeds of 70kbps, and burst/max speeds of up to 144kbps, so on average it's only slightly quicker than dial up, but at max speed it's almost 3 times as fast.
It will be revoltingly slow compared to your high speed internet, but at least it's mobile.

So for the person who just wants to be able to check e-mail on their laptop while sitting in grid-lock, or otherwise away from their workstation, it's a great alternative.

Some cities have a higher speed internet service that may be less expensive than Sprint, for example in Denver and San Diego, Ricochet ( has a mobile internet solution that has unlimited usage for only about $30/mo. Their speeds in Denver range between 30kbps (same as sprint) and burst speeds up to 250kbps (twice sprint max speed almost) but I've seen 130kbps or so on average personally.

Currently and in the near future, Sprint is/will be rolling out EvDO service, which can run at speeds up to 2.4Mbps, and average at 300kbps - 500kbps (10 times current 1xRTT speeds) so it will rival your high-speed connection, but additional equipment would be required, (there are two PCMCIA slot connection cards that sprint sells for a laptop.) But monthly pricing would be the same.

If you are serious about having a mobile internet solution for the laptop, the connection cards are the way to go. If you just want to use the phone as a modem to check e-mail occasionally, then that would be the way to go.

Hope this helps answer you questions.
That's awesome that you got the a800 as the replacement (brand new, no less) for the 5600. I actually won one from samsung through a training they had, so I'll be happy with that as soon as I get it!

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