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    I am trying to figure out options to have internet in the sedans. I was orginally planning to use Aircards, but how many can I have in one car. Plus it installs a small softward in every new computer and clients will not be apprciative of that all the time.

    Is there any other solution to provide internet. Maybe through WiFi / wireless routers.

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    That's easy!!! Goto www.3gstore.com There you will find EVDO router's for about $160 and they offer a FREE network card w/2yr. agreement (or you can use your own from verizon/att, etc..). The way it work's: Plug network card into laptop pcmia slot. Connect router via cigarette lighter plug. Turn router on, any customer in your sedan or stretch can "jump on" the free signal (just don't use a password to get on, leave blank, no password so customer's don't need anything (except their own laptop, pda or web enabled phone). What your doing is creating a REAL MOBILE BROADBAND HOTSPOT!!!
    This is the only company I know of that offer's what your looking for. Hope this help's, good luck!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ankur View Post
    I am trying to figure out options to have internet in the sedans. I was orginally planning to use Aircards, but how many can I have in one car. Plus it installs a small softward in every new computer and clients will not be apprciative of that all the time.

    Is there any other solution to provide internet. Maybe through WiFi / wireless routers.
    I'm looking at the same deal for MY company right now. I haven't got all the ammunition yet, but I know you can put routers in the trunk of the car and you've got wifi!

    I'll post updates as I move this forward.

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    Hey guys, next month - read LCT Magazine. My "Innovations" article is devoted strictly to this topic and options available. It is clearly a hot topic.
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    I plan on running the waav set-up personally in my fleet

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    we use mini-note books for dispatch with aircards,any laptop in the car can use it,there are programs for blackberrys that let laptops accses the contection.In fact
    in car tvs are laptops,they just contect to our minis aircard by wireless,our dispatch works three ways.skype,email,IM,sms..we can forward the phone number to any unit so the dispach can be opertated by driver if need saving big on dispatch cost,our dispach program is on all our minis and can be synked for all units.we also use cheap pagers to wake em up if needed,best for fleets 10 or less,,ps..skype is 2.95 a month!!

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    We are a dealer for the WAAv system if anyone is considering.
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    I find that most clients who use laptops on the fly already have their own aircards, so there is really no need for additional service or hardware on my part.

    Even those without dedicated aircards can and do use their PDAs or Smart Phones in "phone as modem" mode.

    Were there a demand, I would add it, but there just does not seem to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salicete View Post
    I find that most clients who use laptops on the fly already have their own aircards, so there is really no need for additional service or hardware on my part.

    Even those without dedicated aircards can and do use their PDAs or Smart Phones in "phone as modem" mode.

    Were there a demand, I would add it, but there just does not seem to be.
    I agree. I thought of putting a wifi router in the trunk as well and even did some research on it (many options available now) but again, ppl that are going to be using wifi, already have some form or fashion to access their email etc on the go.

    If this was 2006, than yes that wouldve been a good viable option.
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    Hi,there are lots and lots of online business opens for the public. Which one is genuine?

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