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Old 10-12-2006, 04:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have owned a Kyocera PC air card for the past year. I am one
year into a two-year contract with Verizon that is costing me $60
a month. Been very happy with the Verizon Broadband service
using the aircard.

As of this week I am a new Blackberry 8073e owner. With
the $44 per month Internet access and $15 tethering fee
I can use my phone for Internet access on my PC and BLACKBERRY
for the SAME PRICE as I was paying with the aircard alone.

I probably will have to cancel my aircard contract which will
cost me nearly $200 -- but in the long run, I still save $60
a month for the next year so it sort of works out.

Now on to my question....

What do you guys think of using the Blackberry tethered
as an air card for your PC?

Do you think it's any faster/slower than using an air card?

I can give you my initial impressions....

The tethering works perfectly. The Blackberry connected
with no problem to my PC using VZ Access Manager.

The signal is actually STRONGER with the Blackberry than it
was with my Kyocera air card, which is sort of strange since
the air card had a protruding antenna.

The only thing I notice is that *perhaps* surfing speed is
slower with the Blackberry PC connection -- which doesn't
make sense since I am getting a stronger signal.

I have really only used the Blackberry as an air card for a
short time, so really, I can't give an objective opinion yet.

Hopefully those of you using the Blackberry tethered to
a PC can give me your impressions.

Looking forward to your responses.

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I just got an 8703e for Sprint, and the connection speed for it compared to a dedicated aircard technically is slower (115k/second vs. 264k/second), however I have yet to notice a difference while surfing. I think it works fine.
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Aaah, just as I suspected...

It is very possible that Verizon has followed the same model
as Sprint (or vise-versa) in that their tethered Internet access
on the PC is slower than using an air card.

This seems to be the case here. I get a stronger signal
with my Blackberry, but surfing the Internet is noticeably
slower.

Looks like I'll dump the Blackberry tethering charges and
stick to my air card as SPEED is of the utmost importance
for me. Unfortunately, that means paying an extra $44 a
month on top of $60 a month for Internet access for both
devices.

Fortunately, as a business owner, I can write it off.
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I'll give you an update as far as what I just found out
from calling Verizon....

They said that the speeds offered to aircard vs. Blackberry
tethering customers are exactly the same.

The reason why the PC browses faster with an actual
air card is because of memory size. The air card has a
larger memory buffer while the Blackberry has a larger task
in pushing that information through.
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Hmm - makes sense. I'll dig a little deeper to see if that's the case with Sprint.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NJRonbo
The only thing I notice is that *perhaps* surfing speed is
slower with the Blackberry PC connection -- which doesn't
make sense since I am getting a stronger signal.
Signal strength isn't the sole factor in determining your connection speed. That's why it doesn't make sense to you.
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I've connected with both the Verizon 7130e and the Cingular 8700c and both work wonderful for me. The Verizon was faster, but that was no suprise considering it was EvDO vs EDGE class 10. I don't use the software provided by the Companies, but rather use the WAP instructions (found in a FAQ on this site) and have had no additional charges to my accounts. They are only provisioned with unlimited data and a voice plan. It's great! It even applied internationally. It's worth a try if you travel a lot and can't get your company to spot you the air card or are cheap like me and don't want to buy your own.
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