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Joined: 2009-06-05
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Location: Menominee, MI

PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:26 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I'm looking into getting a broadband card for my laptop and I'm doing research not for the type of card or plan that I need, but to actually justify the cost of getting a card and paying for a plan.

With so many areas offering free wi-fi such as restaurants and libraries, I am not sure if I can see the need for a wi-fi card as I can just go to such a place to use their internet when I'm on the road.

On the other hand, it would be nice not to have to go out of my way to find a wi-fi hotspot if I need to use the internet, especially if a new cache notification comes through on my cell phone.

In urban areas, free wi-fi are plentiful, even private residences who don't even bother to secure their networks - lol. Wi-fi in rural areas are a bit harder to come by, but still can be found such as hotels and certain restaurants. I go to both urban and rural areas so I usually make sure I download what I need before I head to a rural area.

So I'm asking this - is it worth it to pay $40-50 a month for wireless broadband for laptops given the fact that it won't be used nearly as much as internet at home which is often cheaper and has no usage limits?

Thanks to those that reply.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Just a note about Free WIFI spots...they are not secure and folks can access many of your accounts and manipulate your online accounts including Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, etc... This is not a joke or misinformation there is a real program created to do just this and it's a very easy thing to do...think carefully about connecting to free wifi.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:09 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Well with free wi-fi at McDonalds, Starbucks and most local libraries I'd be hard pressed to spend the money. Sure they give you the device for free, but it's also only quasi hi-speed. We have a number of these devices through work to allow us to connect anywhere and they aren't always what they're cracked up to be (IMHO).

As for hacking programs? Sure they're out there and so is identity theft. How critical? I guess it all depends how paranoid / concerned you are. For me the free connection convenience far outways the potential risk.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top

One option you may want to explore if you have a smartphone is tethering and depending on who you have for a provider for the cell. That's what I use on the Blackberry and my laptop, I love have internet in the middle of the northwoods!
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