My business requires me to be connected to the Internet every day at all times. I blog between 40 and 50 posts a month for myself and various clients, and that requires extensive research. Every week, I’m pulling an average of 500 feeds, between Google News alerts and RSS feeds, which require constant attention. If I even go a day without staying on top of my research, then it quickly becomes overwhelming, and I have a lot of catching up to do.
Blogging requires internet for constant communication between my PC and a source’s content requests. For example, media companies often email me TV, radio and print inquiries. If they don’t get a response within one minute, someone else gets the gig. Because of this, I spend at least 10 to12 hours every day connected to the Internet.
Even when I plan a vacation, I need to make sure I will be connected. Before booking the trip, I always ask, “What do you have for an Internet connection?” Some people say, “That’s not vacation.” Frankly, though, I can’t sit still for too long without getting something accomplished. Plus, I don’t know many people who can say they often work on a beach.
Connecting to wireless Internet has always been a struggle outside of the home or office. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to connect to a hotspot that just wouldn’t work. I’ve always hesitated to connect to someone else’s home or office wireless network because of legal and security concerns. So when I was asked to test Sprint’s new 4G network using the Sierra Wireless 3G/4G 250U USB Modem, I welcomed the opportunity.
The Sierra wireless device is a portable, USB modem that easily fits in my pocket. It can be plugged into any computer and is compatible with the latest versions of Windows as well as MAC 10.5 and 10.6. When it connects to Sprint’s 4G network, its wireless speed is up to 10 times faster than a 3G connection.
I’ve traveled thousands of miles over the past two weeks and have had my laptop open in airports, cabs, hotels and yes, even the beach. I can say without hesitation that the Sprint 3G/4G mobile broadband does what it is supposed to do and keeps me connected. For the first time, while being on the road, I can honestly say I got caught up on all my “to-do’s” and didn’t have a pile of work waiting when I got home.