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  • Sep 5, 2009
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 Mobile Broadband, ie. having the internet on the go on your PC. No more cables, no more tables and no more staying home or in the office to access the internet or working indoors. That's what mobile broadband entails. 

Oh no, I'm not talking about accessing the internet on your iPhone or Blackberry. Rather, it's your full power laptop with your full Microsoft Office software, or Adobe CS4 suite on the go. One can "work" infront of a lake (boy, imagine that!), in the park and on a mountain (hehe, would that really be termed "work"?)? Better still, in a subway system, on the train while traveling between cities in Europe and even on a boat! Practically anywhere you can access the mobile service! Lunch, Youtube, CNN on the go! Wouldn't that be just great?

Yes, it's not in the future. It exists now, right this moment and at a darned great price too! All the hotels in Asia or Europe that are charging for its broadband usage are going to have to compete with this! I've been testing out the mobile broadband system on the go in Singapore, Hongkong & China. They all work out fine and save me a great deal of money!

How does it work? Well, all you need is a USB dongle which like any USB device plugs & plays on any computer and laptop. That USB dongle will carry a SIM card in it which will then do all the communicating power for you. As with any mobile, the SIM card charges you either on a monthly basis, daily basis or as per usage basis. It all depends on the Telco. On the average, the price per day for Singapore and Hong Kong is about US$4-5 while in China, it's cheapest to get the monthly unlimited usage ones as it charges differently when you cross its provincial borders. I haven't found any in the U.S. yet but I'm sure it'll be in soon enough. Most telco will give the dongle for free if you subscribe for the year plan. Otherwise, you can purchase it for about US$60-70 max. In China, you can get it from the net for even cheaper. 


Mobile Broadband from Top 10 Broadband on Vimeo.

This is a MUST for all frequent travelers and it's something that's even more useful than a mobile phone while traveling as when one crosses to another country, the auto roaming charges for mobile escalates to the Empire State Buildiing height, if not the Petronas Tower! With it, you can connect onto Skype and the internet and that basically solve all your communicating problems. Best buy as far as I'm concerned.

One word of warning, when you buy the USB dongle, make sure you buy one from a Telco which does not lock it. That means you can use it with any SIM card from any telco companies. I know some suppliers in Hongkong lock the toggle while most in Singapore don't. Also, there might be some that's still on 2G system while the latest is now on 3G.

For those living in the U.S., this video might be useful for you.


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December 08, 2009
I want this! I just wonder if it'll work in the States, they have certain regulatory stuff y'know. Thanks for sharing!!
December 08, 2009
Interesting you brought this up. It has got nothing to do with regulations but trade protectionism. I just found out on this recent stay in Canada that all the telcos has locked their phones to their network, ie. you got to unlock it (at Chinatown or online) for the phone to work with another telco's SIM card (eg. Bell's card cannot be used on a phone bought from Rogers). The same goes for these USB sticks. I know for sure it's not lock in the Orient. It's all craps, about open markets and stuff that N. America has been touting. We are seeing the 1st round of protectionism as far as I can tell. More to come if the U.S. stays in recession...
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Wireless high speed internet access commonly found in many Asian & European countries. It is broadband on the go and its use entails a USB modems, USB sticks & PC data cards.Most commonly found in netbook and leading notebooks with with built-in Mobile Broadband Modules.
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