Need advice on internet cards for a Laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jeffrey3, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. jeffrey3


    I am visiting USA for 6 months & going to buy a Laptop there.
    I will be travelling all over states by air & road.
    I will be using internet mostly for running 2 trading & charting applications & surfing net.
    I will be using cell phone extensively.
    I will also be buying LoJack service in case my Laptop gets stolen.
    I need advice on what kind of Cards should I get installed in new Laptop.
    Choices given are :
    For Wireless + Bluetooth :
    Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030 and Bluetooth 3.0
    Intel© Centrino© Advanced-N 6230 and Bluetooth 3.0
    For Mobile :
    ATT Internal Mobile Broadband Card with GPS-No Contract Required
    Sprint Internal Mobile Broadband Card with GPS (Gobi 5620)
    Verizon Internal Mobile Broadband Card with GPS (Gobi 5620)

    Do I need both (Wireless + Bluetooth) & Mobile Cards ?

    Also, Mobile Plans are dependent on total bandwidth used daily, weekly or monthly & are pretty expensive. Is there another solution ?
  2. With mobile cards, it depends on where you will be and then coverage in that area(s). For example, Verizon is rock solid where I am at and would not consider another provider. They may be horrible in other places though so make sure to check coverage maps.
  3. I have a sprint card and have had for several years. I travel quit a bit and when it's good it's very good and when it is bad it's bad. Sometimes just moving a couple of blocks makes a huge difference. In a bind you can pull into a McDonalds parking lot and connect to their wifi, it's usually a strong signal. From talking with friends who travel like I do, I think the Verizon card is best. I have a friend who hacked his iphone with att and uses it as a hot spot and he says it works good.