How to Use a Wireless Phone for Your Laptop

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To use a wireless phone for your laptop, connect a mobile broadband card or USB device from the phone to the laptop in order to connect to the Internet. Learn about the different connection speeds for cell phone companies with information from a cell phone salesman in this free video on cellular phones.

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Hi, I'm Ben from the Cellphone Broker in San Jose, California. Today, I'm going to show you how to use your cell phone for your...for your laptop. What that kind of means is on most wireless networks today, they have an option called a mobile broadband card. That would be something like this little device here or this small USB device here. You can plug this device directly into the side of your laptop if your laptop has a PC MCIA slot. Or if it has an express card slot, that's what these little ones are for. And they go directly into your laptop and you can leave it in there and you don't have to take it out. The second choice would be the USB device. This one can plug directly into your USB port on the side of your computer, and then you can also use this on desktop computers, which is something that you cannot do with the express card or the PC MCIA card. So the best option today would probably be the USB card. The only disadvantage is that it is kind of big and you can't leave it in your laptop permanently. You have to take it out every time that you move your laptop. Connection speed varies on every wireless company. Right now, Sprint has the fastest mobile broadband network, which means that their Internet data cards are almost as fast as DSL Internet, which is kind of what you have at your home computer. Verizon network, MetroPCS network... I'm sorry. Metro doesn't have the... So Verizon network, AT&T network, T-Mobile network are going to be a little bit slower than Sprint. They all have pretty much the same pricing per month. It's, on average, about 59.99 a month to run one of these cards, and they traditionally require a two-year contract.

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