I saw a few days ago an ad on television about a kind of PCMCIA card that basically works like a cellular phone.
It was on public television (not the telemarketer channels)… was it on CTS (?)
If I am not mistaken, it would cost NT$ 999 a month to use…
It seems a little too cheap for a cellular connection.
I remember that I saw in Kuanghwa Market some kind of PCMCIA card that does work like a cellular phone: it has been around a few years and it is nothing new…
Yet, the ad seemed to be about a monthly service offered - the yue (month) character was displayed near the price.
Since my Chinese is not very good, I could not understand the tv ad very well… hehehe… can you help me about it?
Regarding connecting a laptop to the internet using a cellular phone, I wonder if it is possible in an economical way.
WiFi spots are still too few in Taipei (and there are serious security problems with the current WiFi architecture anyway, so I do not find it an option for the time being - regardless of the brouhaha that it is currently enjoying now).
A cellular could do the job like a cheap telephone line. At least for simple things like reading e-mails, news, forumosa (eheheh ), etc.
According to my experimentation, I managed to connect my laptop speakers to the microphone of the cellular phone.
Basically it’s a wire from the laptop sound-out female connector to the cellular mic-in female connector.
By dialing through the speaker and then using a simple terminal client, I managed to get on the internet (dialup to hinet).
Kinda like the old times with ancient modems…
Unfortunately the speed was very low at 9600bps… AND THE PRICE WAS HELLUVA HIGH FOR EVEN JUST A FEW MINUTES!!!
I blazed through hundreds of NT$ in just a few minutes!!!
And the PCMCIA card ad?
I searched the Hinet, Seednet, Sonet, etc. websites… but there seems to be no “dialup cellular” service offered.
So I am wondering what was the ad that I saw on television.
Can anyone help me?
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