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    how can i get internet on laptop while traveling in my car. I like to flea market and

    I have a Dell 7500 laptop. I bought it with the idea that i could get on the internet after stopping off at various flea markets, auctions, garage sales, yard sales, etc and do "immediate" research regarding potential value of items being sold there.
    Problem is-i don't know anything about being mobile. I would like to be able to access the internet back at my truck in the parking lot-whatever- after seeing items that i might want to buy from a vendor. If the article is worthwhile i'd buy it for a potential profit. If not i will have saved money because i found out its' worth before blowing my money.
    Any help, explanation, advise, link, etc. would be appreciated.
    Mike

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    Cool

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    You can connect in 2 ways(that I know of);
    1)Purchase a cell phone with a PCMCIA card
    2) or buy a PCMCIA cellualar card from your phone company

    Either way I think the connection is slow? Someone here will know....

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    The easiest way is through a data capable mobile phone, with a cable to connect to your laptop's modem. Not sure how much this klind of setup would cost you in the US. Others should know.

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    I'll third that suggestion (use mobile phone).

    I have done so at connection speeds around 14,400 speeds. Very slow, but useable (you may want to disable browser images from being downloaded)

    In my case the costs was just the "normal" per minute charge as for voice usage. I just had the laptop dial my ISP directly (via the mobile phone).

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    Imm this is interesting discussion.
    I would think using a mobile phone would be too costly?
    Is there such a thing as wireless satelite connection?

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    Smile

    Thanks for all the good info. It does bring up another question though. When you "dial up an ISP" Is this a separate cost, that is, separate from the phone bill via the cell phone?
    So the way i understand this is
    1. Buy a cell phone
    2. Buy a pcmcia card
    3. Get a phone company that will handle the cell phone calls
    4. Get a dial up Internet service provider(i believe this would be aol, msn, zeronet,etc, etc?
    If there is anything missing can someone fill in the blanks?
    Thanks again to all of you,
    Mike

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    Juts a bit more specific stuff, like:

    1. Buy a data capable cell phone
    2. Buy a PCMCIA modem only if the laptop doesn't have an inbuilt modem
    3. get a phone company that allows data calls from cell phone
    4. get a new ISP only if you're current one doesn't have a dial up account

    Things to check first before spending money...

    oh and....

    5. get a cable to connect the cell phone and PCMCIA card or modem port

    Cheers
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    Thanks mickwish. Going to print this out and save it.
    Mike

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    Err.. What do you need a pcmcia card for?
    Get some good model (ie. Nokia 6210/6310) which has it's own internal modem. Preferably a gprs-ready phone.
    (those nokia models connect via serial port)
    Get gprs from your operator and whee, ready to go.

    Unlimited cell phone gprs'ing costs 19€ here in Finland from one particular operator.
    -M

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    In my case I also bought the adapter with the mobile phone I bought. This adapter uses a com port but I'm sure there are multiple connection methods.

    I dial an ISP I already had an account with (so yes, this is a separate cost).

    I'm not aware if any US mobile phone companies "block" data transmissions... maybe I just got lucky and mine didn't.

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    Wow, what a cool idea. You pull into someone's driveway to check out their garage sale and you can log on to Ebay to look for potential value.

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    You could also go old school and use a coupler (which hooks up to phone) to connect via payphones, but that's not exactly EXTREME mobile. Probably cheaper, though.

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