Originally Posted by Randy
The aircard is a separate data card for your computer. It will be assigned a different telephone number, but is only to be used for data. It is in addition to a cell phone, not instead of a cell phone.
There are also certain phones that can be interfaced with a cable to a laptop, but a separate data card is usually faster and much easier to use. Additionally you still have your cell phone while you are on line on the road, instead of tying your phone up while you are online.
The Aircard runs $61/mo here in CT, and the phone plan I use is another $120. Usually it's around $185 or so combined, depending on how many days in the month, taxes, texts, etc.
I really like the fact that using the aircard, I have access to the full Internet, which is what the appeal for me with the Iphone is. (also the small size, big screen, and touch pad interface) I need it for business use mostly; calendar, contacts, to-do list, calculator, memo pad or note pad, not so much for spreadsheets... oh yeah, and it's nice if it works like a phone too.....
Bascially I really want to wrap my cell phone, laptop and Palm Pilot into one unit. The bb is too small a screen, their bb plan is expensive when added to the costs of the phone plan, and their Internet format isn't really that great to me. With the Iphone the bb Internet plan equivalent is included, but the Internet format is just so much nicer. (IMO)
I would probably still keep a laptop with aircard for larger mobile projects, but for the bulk of my communicating would be able to consolidate into the Iphone so I would not need to fiddle with the laptop as much, and won't be carrying around the phone, the palm and the laptop all the time.
Btw, I was NOT aware they are introducing the new 3G with a new Iphone... I really wish Verizon would get on the badwagon and allow the Iphone onto their (our) network..... Thanks for the info on that!
Off on a tangent I know, but this is really great info sharing for something some of us can really use - without the ad propaganda!
The feedback Randy gave is really valuable IMO. The fact that the AT&T network phone coverage is at least acceptable now, is a BIG step up from what my experience has been with them, so maybe I can start looking at them again when the 3G comes online.