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The New York Times says the rental car company Avis has done a deal with auto WiFi startup AutoNet Mobile for an $11-per-day in-car WiFi service starting in March. The service uses 3G networks to create an in-car WiFi hotspot, which sounds similar to Junxion’s hardware, […]

The New York Times says the rental car company Avis has done a deal with auto WiFi startup AutoNet Mobile for an $11-per-day in-car WiFi service starting in March. The service uses 3G networks to create an in-car WiFi hotspot, which sounds similar to Junxion’s hardware, which was behind Google’s magic Bus and other transit broadband services.

  1. Jesse Kopelman Tuesday, January 2, 2007

    This makes no sense to me. Why wound’t I just bring my own 3G connection via PC card or tehered phone? This would make sense as a free service that was a value add to get me to go with Avis over the competition, but at $11/day . . ?

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  2. Jesse

    could not agree with you more on this – this is a dumb idea – 3G broadband just might be the new dot com. Anyway it is cheaper to sign-up for the service from VZ and turn your little Mac into a wifi hot spot. I have done it often. Another reason to buy a Mac ;-)

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  3. No need to buy a Mac, easily done on XP. See for example http://barboni.org/wiki//index.php?title=Mobile:_Turn_your_laptop_into_a_WI-FI_hotspot_with_an_EV-DO_backhaul.

    When traveling, my EVDO-enabled ThinkPad T60p easily becomes a hotspot for my daughter’s ThinkPad T41.

    I really don’t understand what’s so special about the service from Autonet Mobile and why the NY Times find it article-worthy.

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  4. Here’s what’s special: you don’t need a 3G card, you don’t need a phone, and you don’t need a broadband account with your phone company. I think this service would be great, I would use it one or two weeks a year when I go storm chasing. I don’t even have a wireless phone, to do what you’re suggesting would cost several hundred dollars in equipment plus committing to a wireless data contract for at least a year at some exorbitant rate. Plus, the coverage appears better than any single wireless provider can give.

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