Thursday, August 24, 2006

Spectec low profile wifi card review

In a nutshell:
This little card has finally allowed me to enjoy the
world of mobile wireless Internet access without
having to pay a fortune to my cell phone company.

When I got my Treo 600 a few years back, one of the
features that I liked most about it was its ability to
send and receive e-mail on the go and surf the web,
albeit at dialup spped. The problem with this, of
course, was the price. Wireless data charges via
T-Mobile amounted to $20/month plus taxes and other
fees over and above the monthly charge for regular
cellular voice service. The result when all was said
and done was a typical monthly bill of about $70.00 or
$840.00/year. This really began to annoy me when I
realized that I was paying less for Verizon's DSL
service in my home than my cell phone's Internet
service was costing me. In the end I found a solution
that I could live with though.

At first, I just dropped the Internet plan from my
phone. Later, when my contract was up, I contacted
T-Mobile and switched my Treo to their pre-pay
service. For a $100.00 I now get 1000 minutes of
voice service that does not expire for a full year.
Best of all, no more monthly bills and I kept my old
number. It still bugged me that the wireless web was
off limits but I really couldn't complain otherwise.
What happened next is that my wife broke her Treo 600.
She is still under contract with Cingular and didn't
want to get stuck buying a new phone. What we did was
to put her sim card in my working Treo and I then
looked around for another phone for me. What I wound
up with was a Pocket PC phone called the Audiovox
PPC4100. It isn't a current model but it works well
and can be found on the bay inexpensively. Unlike the
Treo, this phone could accept a secure digital wifi
card though.

Most of the wifi cards I have seen are pretty big in
that they stick out 3/4 of an inch from their card
slot. I didn't like that idea since it wouldn't take
much of a bump to break the card. The Spectec card is
different though. It is much shorter than most such
cards and only protrudes about 1/4 of an inch above
the card slot. That's not too bad at all. Now, it is
possible for me to wirelessly connect again, through
my own hotspot at home and in Bryant Park, many NYC
libraries and at loads of other locations. It isn't as
convenient as a cellular based data service but it works
well enough and without the big bills.


Anonymous Wendi said...

You fixed it :-)

9:04 AM  

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