For traveling users, wireless 3G is better than hotels

From the standpoints of speed, cost, and security, you may find that providing a Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile wireless connection will be much better than using hotel provided Internet services.

It is common for hotels to charge almost ten dollars a night for Internet access. If your traveler stays in at least six hotels a month, then it is about the same price to have a wireless card that uses the mobile phone towers.

There are easy to access tools that allow even unsophisticated criminals to monitor your traffic if you go through a hotel’s network. When you use one of the 3G services, this equipment doesn’t work anymore. Not to say that the 3G connection is totally secure, but all things being equal, it is almost always more secure than a WiFi or plug-in Ethernet port at a hotel.

Then there is speed. So many hotels have very limited bandwidth, and when the hotel is full of hotel guests using the Internet service, everything slows to a crawl. When your traveler whips out their 3G card, they may find that the access is much faster—especially if they are not in a fringe coverage area, and not in a very congested city.

Please share your experiences and post your comments on this blog.


2 Comments

  • Don Cobb October 20, 2010 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    If you have a Blackberry or Android, you can also use a program called Tether. You install in on your laptop and phone. When you want to get on the internet, connect the phone to the laptop with a USB cable. Then, you start the program on the phone first and then on the laptop. You are now connected to the internet through your phone as a modem. Good news is the program is a one time charge of $50. Better than the $60 per month with the 3G card. Same service, better price.

    • Mike Foster October 21, 2010 at 7:36 am - Reply

      Thank you Don! If it is important for you to talk on the phone at the same time as being online, be sure your tethering option supports that capability. For many, tethering is a great option! I appreciate you!

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