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Is GPRS coverage exactly the same as GSM coverage?
What FTP upload speeds am I likely to obtain?
Will I be able to achieve something like 56K modem download speeds - indications that 45K - 56K may be possible but is this what actually happens?
Will need full internet browsing plus full POP3 email availability.
I don't want to be trapped by the sales talk so I'd be grateful for any tips on questions I should be putting the service providers.
Is it worth going down the 3G line - I'm assuming not enough coverage yet.
Any service provider better than the rest for this (GPRS) use?
Will need new phone and laptop.Any thoughts on best models? Is Centronics any advantage for GPRS or just Wi-Fi?
GPRS card or separate phone - any reason to go for one or the other?
So many questions.
I've been looking at GPRS too, primarily so I can use ssh and do server maintenance while out on the road in dire emergencies.
One thing to watch out for will be costs. It sounds like your bandwidth usage will be high, so go for a plan with lots of included bandwidth. Some PAYG networks charge a flat 7p (or so) per kilobyte. If you get 40kbps, say, you could be paying 35p per SECOND, or £21 per minute ;-) Very scary stuff.
The coverage of 3G is too poor for you to consider yet, especially if you're going to be on the canals.. but you can check the latest on three.co.uk.
If going the GPRS route, you will either want to use Infrared or Bluetooth. Infrared is the cheapest option as most notebooks already have this.. even my 4 year old notebook can work this way. Bluetooth is supported by many new notebooks, but can be added with an addon card to most older ones. Then you set up a GPRS modem connection on your PC, get your phone within range, and off you go.