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laptop netbook-mobile broadband.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by lawn king, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    I purchased a netbook to go out in the truck with me this winter, i will be able to jump on the net anytime, to check radar and see the status of the snow event!
     
  2. Premier

    Premier Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    I bought a sony vaio last fall, love it, bought a small printer and power inverter, I can to what ever i need to now without comming back to the office. best thing i ever did. thinking about getting mobile broadband for it.
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Ya right, your just going to be sitting on PS all night and then be behind all night plowing.
     
  4. Premier

    Premier Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    Yup ya got me..:laughing::laughing: why work when i can play viedo games and watch the employees work. :nod:
     
  5. MIDTOWNPC

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,452

    I sell a ton of those netbooks. Mobile internet is also getting popular. Im going to try and rig a camera to the rear of the truck and get it into a netbook. The screen is nice and large and a webcam should work fine. Not to mention if you have an AUX in on your radio you can run mp3s off the computer into the stereo and have lots of tunes.

    Did you get a mount or anything for inside the truck?

    Some of the cheaper ones have a solid state harddrive, like a memory stick. They only cant store as much as the standard harddrive ones, but the drives wont die or fail because of shock - being dropped ect. Lots of options.
     
  6. JaimeG

    JaimeG Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    How much is it for the mobile broadband?
     
  7. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Around $60 a month with a 5gb cap
     
  8. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,537

    once that comes down to 30 a month there will be a huge spike in usage...60 is ruff
     
  9. APLC

    APLC Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    yeah i have a Sony laptop in my truck i also have an app on my phone that can turn my palm Pre from Sprint into a wifi hotspot in my truck so i just use my built in wireless card and boom im on the net WITH NO CAP Unlimited plan it's sweet
     
  10. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    My unit has the solid state hard drive, 3g, gps,webcam, & a several other nice features, it was however, not cheap. The best thing about it is its lunix not microsoft. Virus protection, no thank you, im on lunix, i dont need it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My unit is built by zareason, i have it on sprint, $60. per month for 5g and i use it through the landscape season as well.
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2009
  11. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I hate to burst your bubble. But all unlimited plans from phone companys have a cap. You go over it 3 months in a row and they cancel you. Yes even sprint does. All of them have a actually cap on their unlimiteds. Its just in fine print.
     
  12. doo-man

    doo-man Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    I use alltel thru my BB and have it on daily for 8-12 hours straight and havent had any issues with service etc. Anyone else do this ???
     
  13. ShadeScapesInc.

    ShadeScapesInc. Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 34

    I have a labtop with the sprint wireless. its awesome you can check radar, use it for mapquest on road trips, use it to show customers pictures of plants for selling jobs. would never go without it. just make sure its sitting somewhere safe, had to get on the brakes hard one time and the labtop went flying to the floor. the wireless card got a little tweaked, one good bump and im afraid its going to be broken
     
  14. bluerage94

    bluerage94 Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    I have a Dell Latitude... Its great and has an illuminated key board, but I am cheap and not wanting to spend $60 a month for an air card I just park behind a bank and get online...:D
     
  15. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Oh i know. I know where are the sweet wifi spots are in town :D We dont have att 3g here yet so i havent got it.
     
  16. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    Thats why i went with a solid state hard drive, i know that my unit is getting bounced around to some degree so a hard drive with no moving parts is logical.
     
  17. MIDTOWNPC

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,452

    solid state harddrive is best for traveling. its basically like a memory stick inside the laptop. good choice.

    check out my cam stuff in a few weeks.
     
  18. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    I pay $60 a month now for my home internet. Cheapest that is available to me, through Hughes Net. That's the price of living in the stix.
     
  19. Elite Property Services

    Elite Property Services Senior Member
    Messages: 230

    I have a Panasonic Toughbook in my work truck as a project manager with sprint mobile broadband. I love it,it is mounted with a ram truck mount. It is not in my plow truck but I am just curious how the mounted laptop hold up with all the herky jerky motions while snowplowing. ;)
     
  20. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    If its solid state you should be fine!