Using T-Mobile for portable internet connection using a Mac laptop.
April 5, 2004 12:02 AM Subscribe
Wanted: recommendations about using T-Mobile for portable internet connection using a Mac laptop. [more inside]
posted by weston to computers & internet (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been with T-Mobile for about three years and have been pretty happy with the service. About a year ago, though, I looked at the mobile internet options available through them and decided that nothing there had either the speed or cost I was looking for.
Sprint offered PCS vision enabled phones for less than $50 per month for unlimited access, and while connecting your laptop was a violation of terms of service, if you did it carefully and didn't hog bandwidth, they seemed to look the other way. So I carried that service for about 8 months. The in-phone internet features were OK in a pinch, but I was getting up to 100k of transfer speed sometimes and generally good, reliable connectivity at home and travelling.
Eventually, though, I decided I didn't like other aspects of Sprint's service and I was probably paying too much. So I dropped it.
Recently I noted that T-Mobile has started to offer an "unlimited internet" plan you can add to any phone plan for $20/month. I'm considering signing up for this. Does anyone have information about its speed, reliability, and general utility for use with a laptop? I have a Nokia 5190, so I'll probably have to buy a new phone, too, and could use recommendations as far as that goes.