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Personal wifi hotspot?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Jay9928, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Jay9928

    Jay9928 I laugh at liberals.

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    On a plane ride, I had no choice but to buy the gogoinflight service for 7 dollars for the duration of the flight.

    When I had access to it from my iPhone, my apps like HBOgo movies were really lagging, and would freeze. My Netflix would not even play at all.

    I have seen these "personal wifi hotspot" gadgets in electronic stores. Do they actually work ? And if so, can you use it on a plane, hotel etc ? I googled it and nothing about planes, etc, came up. Here is what I looked at:

    http://www.google.com/products/cata...i=qIScT6nnEoeSiQKdlpV2&sqi=2&ved=0CJwBEPMCMAE

    Or is there a secret ? I hate paying for wifi only to be dreadfully slow. :dunno:
     
  2. ray9898

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    The plane probably does not have the necessary bandwidth for streaming movies.

    That box would not work on a plane because it needs cell service.
     
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  3. Travelin' Jack

    Travelin' Jack Misinformed

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    The run on a cellular/wireless network. Much like your cell phone, you're not allowed to use them in-flight. And that's assuming you could even get signal at 30,000 feet, which isn't likely.
     
  4. devildog2067

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    Really? "The Internet I had while I was flying through the air wasn't good enough?"
     
  5. ray9898

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    I heard similar complaints on a cruise ship last summer in the middle of the Caribbean.
     
  6. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

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    This reminds me of when someone complains that weather predictions are not 100% accurate.
     
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  7. janice6

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    Many years ago I was on a flight and out of curiosity I tripped a Ham Repeater Frequency with 1/2 Watt walkie talkie on 144 MHZ. So many repeaters came back that it was a mess. We were at around 40,000 feet. The communications was remarkable.

    Usual Cell Phone power is 1/3 Watt (300 mW). Yes, I know.
     
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    Internet complaints on a cruise? They should have just stayed home... HH
     
  9. jtmac

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    This has never been more relevant:
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    The wifi hotspot devices are mighty convenient, but it'll be cell phone service just like your iPhone itself, so unless it's on a different provider that has drastically different service speed then it won't be faster. And, like the iPhone, you won't be able to connect on a plane.
     
  11. *ASH*

    *ASH* david is a post whore. in hell all loves popcorn

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