Originally Posted by jage
What's the plan and cost that goes with such a setup?
For the cellular Data modem, I picked the unlimited plan for $60.00 per month.
Pretty much a cell phone and with most carriers, you can get some sort of a bundle package with your regular cell phone..
If you opt out of the Cellular Data Card, then there are regular cell phones that you can get a data plan with and use a usb tether to connect it to any computer to get online..
In order of speed and coverage:
Verizon/Alltel has the best coverage. (Has EVDO and EVDO Rev1)
Sprint next (Has EVDO and EVDO Rev1 Service (400kps! or more depending where you are)
ATT (non EVDO, Edge, slower but coverage is good)
As far as PC's, notebooks in general use between 2.5 to 4amps at 12V.
I was looking for something that I could leave on 24/7 with a small heat signature, so I took an older tablet pc and turned it into a mobile computer. Adding the SSD harddrive reduced the heat also since there are now moving parts on a SSD drive. I picked up a few tablet pc's between $150.00 - $350.00 on Ebay; Fujitsu Stylistic
Dlink/Linksys Router/wireless AP Hub - $100.00 if not less
Trucker/Cell Antenna with cabling - $65.00 or less
Cellular Amp (not required but does help with the range if you far from the cell towers) $250.00 or less
Having the Sporto be online and telling you it's all good - Priceless.