[rescue] Wireless (GPRS) connection speeds

N.Miller vraptor at promessage.com
Tue Aug 12 14:38:02 CDT 2003

On Tuesday, August 12, 2003, at 11:18 AM, Joshua D. Boyd wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 12, 2003 at 10:31:25AM -0700, N. Miller wrote:
>> If you end up going with wireless GPRS, look into Nextel.
>> You are guaranteed 19.2, and with the unlimited plan (assuming
>> you do not need a routable IP), you can get perceived speed of
>> up to 56k because of compression.  And you won't have to sign a
>> 2yr contract to get that.  Nextel has two different channels on
>> their network, one for voice and the other for data (GPRS), which
>> is how they can guarantee the 19.2k.
> No routable IP?  Perceived 56k?  If I wanted percieved 56k, I'd use a
> 56k modem.  The idea is to find something, anything!, that would be
> faster without breaking the bank (say, $100/mo).

I wasn't suggesting this as an alternative to broadband, just warning 
you off that sales droid talk by Verizon that said you could get 144k 

SatCast (aka DirectPC) is $59/mo plus equipment costs if you sign a 
contract.  All you need is a view of the southern sky.  You can use the 
same dish for DirecTV as well.  (The price has gone down fairly 

> If only I had the money.

Me too.


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