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3G HSPA technology uses the cellular network as the medium to deliver Broadband (high speed Internet). It is an order of magnitude improvement over the previous 2.5G technology. The service is available as a standalone data package or bundled with other vendor offerings. It provides a nominal download speed of 7 Mbps at the cell site but degrades the farther the user is from the cell site. At about 5 km, the data rate is approximately 1 Mbps. The user receives the service via a hardware USB data stick or a wireless/Ethernet data hub. A nice feature of the data stick approach is its portability, a feature the frequent traveller will appreciate.
The main drawback with the 3G HSPA system is that it can become very expensive if care is not taken to monitor downloads to ensure the cap is not exceeded. There are a number of software programs available that monitor data usage and can be set up to warn you when certain data levels are reached.
3G HSPA Access Hardware
Bell Turbo Hub – HSPA Data Service
Bell Data stick – HSPA Data
Bell pricing for Data plans (the voice add-on is a version of VoIP not cellular)
Rogers Turbo Hub – HSPA Data Service
Tbaytel Data Hub _ HSPA Data Service
|Bell and Rogers Data Compared based on Bell's Deferral Account Submission and Rogers Data Calculator|
|50,000 E-mails||2 GB||1.2 GB|
|4,000 E-mails with large attachments||2 GB||1.31 GB|
|20,000 Web pages||2 GB||4.75 GB|