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[Monday 1st March 2010 at 7:07 pm]
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I declare 3G USB modems to be one of the most awesome pieces of computing equipment ever created.
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[User Picture]From: sarshin
Monday 1st March 2010 at 11:44 pm (UTC)
What are they? :O
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Tuesday 2nd March 2010 at 10:23 pm (UTC)
It's a small USB stick that plugs into your laptop and connects to the cellphone network, at broadband speeds (the theoretical max speed is 14.4 Mb/s). In the UK, that means internet access anywhere (seriously - the networks here all have >99% population coverage, so about the only place you can't get a signal is at the top of a Scottish mountain).
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[User Picture]From: sarshin
Wednesday 3rd March 2010 at 6:21 am (UTC)
Aaaa that's really awesome! Do you have to pay for it by minute or...? (And is it just cellphones or like...idk?)
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Wednesday 3rd March 2010 at 10:15 am (UTC)
You pay per amount data transferred, usually with a few GB included free if you get one on a contract. Mine's on Vodafone's old pay-as-you-go plan, so there's no monthly fee and top-ups cost me £15 (about $22) for 1GB worth of credit (and 1GB is a surprisingly large amount of data).

The stick itself works in exactly the same way as a 3G mobile phone.
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[User Picture]From: sarshin
Wednesday 3rd March 2010 at 1:44 pm (UTC)
That's really cool... aaa you make me want one now!
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Friday 5th March 2010 at 7:59 pm (UTC)
They're incredibly useful if you have a laptop and travel with it, but not much use otherwise as they're more expensive than a home broadband connection. I bought mine when I was on holiday in Cornwall, and since then I tend to use it on long train journeys.
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[User Picture]From: the_s_guy
Tuesday 2nd March 2010 at 4:56 am (UTC)
Because despite what we know they're made up of, what they really are is a tiny box with the entire world inside.
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