EVDO? What’s that? EVDO, or 3G, is how to have Internet anywhere you go or anywhere you live. Need to be connected? Go Blackberry picking, get Blue Tooths (teeth?) or jump opn smart phones. But if you want somehting bigger than a phone that’s connectible anywhere, here’s EVDO, 3G for you to mull over.
EVDO is Evolution Data Only/Evolution Data Optimized which is wireless broadband Internet access – from anywhere. You’ll hear it called 3G now – it’s catching on, so it needs a name that sounds hip.
How to use EVDO, 3G
You carry your Internet access with you. Surf in the car (hopefully someone else is driving). Or from your mountain cabin, the airport or a corner of the basement, when your grandkids have taken over your house and there’s no where else to go. This service works great in areas that can’t have DSL or cable modem
EVDO is fast and always on – like your cable modem or DSL. You get is better than WiFi, the system at restaurants or bookstores. It compares to home DSL or cable modem– pretty good when you’re out wandering the world. My spouse, who used to work in the Florida outback, used EVDO in the most remote swamps and bayous with excellent results.
You can run video in real time. Watch TV, movies.
Where to get EVDO, 3G
You can buy an EVDO card for your laptop to use the service. They’re reasonably priced and readily available (about $100 and less– sometimes there are deals for free hardware with subscriptions through cellular services). Looks like Sprint, at least, offers a 30-day free trial. You might pay an activation charge (less than $40) and a monthly subscription fee (about $60 per month unlimited access).
Manufacturers are incorporating the technology into laptops. There’s no problem getting equipment ready-to-go; look for “3G enabled” or “3G ready” designations on MACs and PCs. For tons of info and a pretty good discussion forum try EVDOinfo or cruise Technorati’s EVDO section.
This technology is building out really fast, go ahead and get onboard with 3G — get connected with the rest of the world even if you’re a hermit.
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