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I plan to get a macbook pro. But I neeeed in
ternet. Right now I'm based in cali. But who knows where ill be in 3 months. im am a marine.What is a good wireless card with a reasonably priced plan? On base we have a sprint store. I just want to do my mcis and skype my lady back home. Thanks all
    
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I believe all cell carriers give military discounts. I know the DoD gives out mainly Sprint and Verizon cards.

Check your service area. Since you live in Cali. I would stray away from AT&T and would recommend Verizon.
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I ended up getting the Sprint MiFi 4082. I know most people would say I'm stupid for not getting LTE, but everywhere I travel has WiMax. WiMax is unlimited with Sprint.

As a Wireless Engineer, I travel a lot. I do a lot of documentation work while waiting for my flight. Every airport I use has Sprint WiMax and the speeds are great. I'm able to upload and download large survey files, plus all necessary emails. Even fine to watch a movie on netflix when board.

Another nice thing is that I have WiMax in my home town, and the two other local towns I travel to when just on the road.

BUT, before I reccommend Sprint, make sure and check the coverage map for the places you travel to. Also check the map on Clear.com.

If there is no coverage for the places you go, Verizon and AT&T are really nice too. Verizon is extremely fast, but they have been having some network issues. AT&T's future build will be extremely quick too. Just watch out for the 5Gb Cap.

As for when you are on 3G, the Sprint network has been comparable to the AT&T network on my iPhone.

Hope that helps.
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How good are aircards with online. Gaming skype is main concern though, being out here away from my girl, family, freinds really blows. The coverage stuff sucks cause. I can't predict where the corps will send me next
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I really don't do a lot of gaming with the card. Mainly business work, Skype/Pandora and Netflix.

For me, it works great.

If you have no idea where you will be heading, I would say choose the AT&T or Verizon card. Either one will have a lot of 4G coverage in the near future.

I would also recommend a MiFi for the fact that you can connect to it with WiFi. You can set up an SSID with WPA2-AES PSK and use it just like a wireless router at home.

Hope that helps!
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How good are aircards with online. Gaming skype is main concern though, being out here away from my girl, family, freinds really blows. The coverage stuff sucks cause. I can't predict where the corps will send me next
While you do get good speeds with these types of cards. One thing you will see how ever, is that you will have a higher ping than you would on a actual hardline. I believe you'll see upwards of near 100ms ping. Skype, I doubt you'll have much of a problem if you used a Verizon 4G or a Sprint 4G card. 3G however, it might not be the greatest.

The government has supplied my father with a Verizon aircard and he says no matter where he goes it works quite well for him. I'm not sure if Verizon has a bandwidth cap on their 4G card, but I know Sprint has unlimited while using 4G.
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The ping rate is generally over 100ms, so that could be an issue for gaming.

Sprint is the only carrier with unlimited 4G, but locations are limited.
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on average how much data could an individual possibly use over a months time? I will skype a lot.
    
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