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In the Cards

Grab wireless data at broadband speeds.

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This story appears in the March 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

A new generation of PCMCIA cards lets handhelds, portables or desktops grab data over cellular networks at speeds rivaling wired .

CDMA network providers and Monet Mobile Networks sell cards using the new 1xEV-DO "data only" specification for $30 to $150, with an accompanying data subscription running $40 to $80 per month. Transfer speeds depend on network load and distance from a cell. But you can expect e-mail, file and Web page downloads at a zippy 300 to 500Kbps on a regular basis.

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