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Helene Moore, Real Estate Pro in Henderson, NV

Does anyone know what is the best broad ban service to purchase? I want to be able to take my lap top to open

Asked by Helene Moore, Henderson, NV Sun Jan 18, 2009

houses and connect to the internet > Im looking for the best connection and price.
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Helene M Moore
Windermere Prestige Properties.

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Typically, you can buy a card from your cell phone provider. The card slides into a slot in your laptop, it is called a "PCMCIA" slot or "PC Card" slot. You would be able to get an internet connection from anywhere that you would normally get cell phone service, so your mileage may vary.

The cost should be somewhere around $50/month, similar to a cell phone plan. The internet connection speed itself is usually around dial-up speed or a slight step up from there. If you are used to a cable modem at home, you will see a noticeable difference in speed.

The alternative is to just search for an available wireless connection at each home you go to. Chances are, you will find at least one open wireless connection from somebody nearby, although this is not for certain. It is a free alternative, but not 100% guarenteed.

If you can not go for the extra $50/month charge, this would be my suggestion.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 19, 2009
Great advice!
Flag Thu Jul 19, 2012
I've personally used Sprint & Clear for mobile broadband service. I think Sprint offers faster speeds, but I have 50meg service through Cox for my home office and there's no comparison to any of the broadband providers. I had DSL for years, but after converting to cable internet I would never go back to anything else. They have a fiber optic service through Century Link but it's only available in certain areas. I would suggest Cox for home internet service and possibly Sprint or Clear for mobile broadband. Keep in mind that there are a number of Hotspots available all over town too (Startbucks, Wholefoods, Barnes & Noble, McDonalds, etc), so you may not need a mobile broadband service if you utilize the free Hotspots when you're on the go.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 22, 2012
In the three years since I first answered this question, a few other options have come up...

One is to purchase a WiFi "hotspot" from your cell phone carrier, OR, you can upgrade your current smart phone (iPhone or Android) to include its own WiFi hotspot. The charge could be around $20-$40/month extra depending on which way you go... But, it will allow you to get up to 5 devices online anywhere you go, as long as you get a good cell connection through 3G or 4G.

At least it looks like the prices for doing this have come down since this question was asked in 2009.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 20, 2012
I would pick the carrier with the best coverage in your area. In my area it happens to be AT&T. Typically if you get good 3G service with your cell phone, you will get good broadband service.

Hope that helps.

-Brandon Yee
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 25, 2009
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