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Alcanara Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 27, 2006 12:14 PM
I have the old 15 inch powerbook and live in the country in Spain. Not having a direct telephone line, I have to use the PCMCIA 3G vodafone mobile solution for getting on to the internet. I only have 2 neighbours and they too do not have telephone lines). I have just purchased the 15 inch Macbook pro... and notice that it does not have the PCMCIA slot any more.I must admit I thought I was just buying an updated version of the old system..... I have promised my daughter the old notebook. Is there anything I can do... Is there an adaptor to go from Express card to PCMCIA... otherwise I am screwed??!! Regards, Stuart
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  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Nov 27, 2006 12:54 PM (in response to Alcanara)
    Yes, what you can do is to buy a new Vodafone Mobile Connect card. Vodafone Spain has a new model which actually is a Novatel Merlin XU870 ExpressCard/34. This will work fine with your Vodafone SIM card and you MBP.
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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Nov 27, 2006 12:55 PM (in response to Alcanara)
    I would check out www.evdoinfo.com to find out what ExpressCard/34 options are currently available that would work in your area.

    As an alternative there are a few USB based options:

    http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/wireless/evdo-usb-modem-101846.php
    http://www.everythingusb.com/sprint_usb720.html
    http://www.fklt.com/product-usb.php
    http://www.everythingusb.com/elanu111_usb_cardreader.html
    http://sewelldirect.com/usb-to-pcmcia-wireless-adapter.asp
    http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2006/07/usbto_pcmciaa.html



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  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Nov 27, 2006 1:01 PM (in response to Kappy)
    Kappy… EVDO is not yet available in Spain.
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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Nov 27, 2006 1:22 PM (in response to infinite vortex)
    Ned,

    What do you use? And is this a limitation in Spain or throughout Europe?

    If you can't use the USB EVDO modems, are you able to use specific PCMCIA cards that may work in one of the USB-to-PCMCIA card adapters?

    This is a question that arises often given the dirth of ExpressCard/34 options for Intel Laptops.
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  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Nov 27, 2006 1:57 PM (in response to Kappy)
    I've been using either a, now don't laugh, a GPRS connection via my mobile phone else a UTMS/3G connection via a Vodafone (acrtually a GlobeTrotter) PCMCIA card. Problem is, now that's I've just upped to an MBP I'm probably going to do likewise with my 3G connection and go to a HSDPA/3G+ connection.

    Unfortunately, no EVDO in Spain. Whether it's a European-wide thing I have no idea.
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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Nov 27, 2006 2:12 PM (in response to infinite vortex)
    So, then, you're basically using the cell phone as the modem and connecting to the computer via USB (I assume?)

    I assume you could use a 3G PCMCIA card if you had a PCMCIA slot or USB adapter?
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  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Nov 27, 2006 2:42 PM (in response to Kappy)
    Well… for GPRS, the quick and dirties, I use my modile phone. However, for all other high speed connections I used to use a PCMCIA card in my PowerBook. Now, I'll probably end up upgrading both my mobile and ExpressCard/34 in the new year.
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  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Nov 28, 2006 12:12 PM (in response to Alcanara)
    On the Vodafone Spain web site what you're after is the "Express Card Tajeta Datos" which in reality is a Novatel Merlin XU870 and it's 167€ plus 200 points.
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  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Dec 4, 2006 7:27 AM (in response to Alcanara)
    Those silly stool samples! If you go to the points catalogue for business users…

    http://tienda.vodafone.es/buscador_empresas.html?programapuntos=Si&dispempr=Si

    … you'll find it there.
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  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Dec 4, 2006 12:22 PM (in response to Alcanara)
    http://www.vodafone.es/Vodafone/EmpresasPS/EmpresasPSNew/0,,31102,00.html

    If you note the model it's a Novatel Merlin XU870 which is an ExpressCard/34 card.
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