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    Quote Originally Posted by wildm011 View Post
    AUGIE - Do you know if your cradlepoint PHS300 was Hardware version 1 or version 2? Apparently they made some changes to accommodate 4g and wimax. Is 2-3 hours the maximum life from a single charge? It looks like a nice 'single point' solution to funnel all wireless data charges through (laptop, iPad, +/- iPhone). It happens I have a USB 3G modem with an unlimited plan, so I'm thinking I should take advantage of it!
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    I have the V2 that will do the 3g/4g. I have not done a full stress test on the battery for constant use its quoted from 2-3hrs for battery life. I use mine on job sites and can get my laptop on my work VPN and play with the iPad while equipment is testing.

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    I use my son's HTC Tilt 2 as a wifi router. Software was free and cost is $10.00 a month unlimited data because I have a family texting plan and he is grandfathered on the older $10 plan. If I were to sign up today, cost would be $30.00 a month unlimited data.

    I'd highly recommend using a phone that can support wifi router operation and a data plan. Much cheaper than $60 a month and a 5gb cap.

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    I've been using a cradlepoint phs300 for the last few weeks with a sprint 595u.

    I find it reliable and speedy enough. I can usually get a couple hours of battery life.

    Buy.com sells it for $99 plus shipping.

    CradlePoint PHS300 Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot 3G - PHS300 - Buy.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFuzz View Post
    I've been using a cradlepoint phs300 for the last few weeks with a sprint 595u.

    I find it reliable and speedy enough. I can usually get a couple hours of battery life.

    Buy.com sells it for $99 plus shipping.

    CradlePoint PHS300 Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot 3G - PHS300 - Buy.com
    I don't understand how craddlepoint actually works. Is it a cell company? If so how much is it per month? And I wonder if its available in NYC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFuzz View Post
    I've been using a cradlepoint phs300 for the last few weeks with a sprint 595u.

    I find it reliable and speedy enough. I can usually get a couple hours of battery life.

    Buy.com sells it for $99 plus shipping.

    CradlePoint PHS300 Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot 3G - PHS300 - Buy.com
    I'm also curious about this, once I buy this hardware what else will I need to have it up and running?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sincere11105 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrFuzz View Post
    I've been using a cradlepoint phs300 for the last few weeks with a sprint 595u.

    I find it reliable and speedy enough. I can usually get a couple hours of battery life.

    Buy.com sells it for $99 plus shipping.

    CradlePoint PHS300 Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot 3G - PHS300 - Buy.com
    I don't understand how craddlepoint actually works. Is it a cell company? If so how much is it per month? And I wonder if its available in NYC.
    You still need a phone to tether or a USB cell modem to get it running. My work provides me with a VZW 3g modem so this just adds the ability to use the modem as a wifi hot spot. I wish I saw the buy.com price because I paid about 150 for mine
    Last edited by augie; 05-11-2010 at 11:58 PM.

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    Need a little help on connneecing

    Quote Originally Posted by augie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sincere11105 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrFuzz View Post
    I've been using a cradlepoint phs300 for the last few weeks with a sprint 595u.

    I find it reliable and speedy enough. I can usually get a couple hours of battery life.

    Buy.com sells it for $99 plus shipping.

    CradlePoint PHS300 Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot 3G - PHS300 - Buy.com
    I don't understand how craddlepoint actually works. Is it a cell company? If so how much is it per month? And I wonder if its available in NYC.
    You still need a phone to tether or a USB cell modem to get it running. My work provides me with a VZW 3g modem so this just adds the ability to use the modem as a wifi hot spot. I wish I saw the buy.com price because I paid about 150 for mine
    I am a little confused on this as I am not sure how to connect. If= IfI have a modem, how do I use USB as Ipad does not have a port
    If using any of the other suggestions in this thread, Please help some of us out and instruct us as to how to use them

    Thanks

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    The 3G modem connects to the Cradlepoint router, starts up the modem and distributes it via wifi. It is completely separate from the iPad, laptop, or any other wifi device you have. You still need a 3G modem service from a service provider to get this going but its just an alternate to the iPad 3G since I already have 3G service and don't want to pay for additional service.
    Check the link for a bit more info: PHS300 Personal WiFi Hotspot - 3G/4G | Cradlepoint Technology

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    I just ordered a Cradlepoint 300. I already have the Sierra 597 USB modem (unlimited plan for North America). I plan on using it to ease my data roaming costs for my iPhone as well. Once the 3g connection is converted to WiFi, the iPhone, iPad, iPods, laptops, etc. should all be able to use it.

    The reason I began this search was to determine if the extra expense for a 3G-capable iPad was necessary. As long as it performs as expected, I'll skip the 3G-capability in the iPad, and stick with WiFi.

    Cheers,
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