There’s a new class of gadgets that are proving themselves to be more and more useful for people in business who need to stay mobile. These gadgets are all based on wireless networking technology that allows business users to connect to the Internet or their home offices just about anywhere they go. It’s not based on WiFi technology- that type of broadband wireless connection is far too limited in range. Instead these devices take advantage of the G3 network which is very similar to what mobile phones use. The G3 network is mostly used by smart phones like the Treo and the Blackberry for functions like surfing the Internet and sending and receiving email. But more and more often, the users of laptop computers are taking advantage of the G3 network in order to do research while they’re on the go as well as correspond with the home office, customers, or other colleagues while they’re out doing their jobs.
There are three main types of gadgets that can help laptop computers to get onto the Internet using a G3 connection. The most common type of device is a simple card that can plug into one of the expansion card slots on the side of a laptop computer. These cards are available from several providers of wireless phone service including Cingular and Verizon, and look a lot like the same type of card that you can plug into an older laptop computer in order to use it to get onto the Internet using a WiFi hot spot. These are probably one of the more cost effective ways of getting onto the G3 Network.
Another way that you can get onto the G3 network using a laptop computer is to buy a laptop with the necessary hardware built into it. There are actually several computer manufacturers that can provide machines with the necessary electronics built right in. Of course, these are state of the art computers and will be expensive for that reason, but you will have a lot of added convenience built in. For example, you don’t have to worry about getting the card up and running every time you boot up. Because it’s a fully integrated component right out of the factory, you can have a lot more confidence in it working properly every time you use it.
Perhaps the most novel solution- and practical from the standpoint of not necessarily having to buy any extra hardware- is using your mobile phone as a cellular modem. This is a great way to combine different gadgets and can be accomplished using a USB connection, a serial cable, or even a Bluetooth wireless connection, depending on what kind of hardware set up you have. If you happen to have a mobile phone capable of this feat, this kind of set up may very well be the most practical one for you.
Regardless of which type of gadget you choose to use to take advantage of G3 technology, you’ll have to get a subscription form a wireless carrier. Fortunately, these subscriptions don’t tend to be very expensive in the overall scheme of things, especially if you can bundle it with mobile phone service.
In all, these gadgets provide you with plenty of options that will allow you to go online just about anywhere.