> I use a Nokia 6110 with data connectivity running at 9600bps into my ISP
> with great success. Compression can push it a bit, but 9600 works fine.
We're trying to get a handle on costs. There's a small research center
outside Kampala, but within the cellular area. One option they are
considering is perhaps 5 cell phones each connected to 5 computers.
They think they can get 38,400bps data flow rates, but as some have
indicated in this forum, that's likely unrealistic, a common
misconception based on the deceptive way some modems present
information to the user.
To compare the cost of cellular to the cost of a wireless leased line,
we'd like to have a rough idea of what it costs to do email by cell
phone. And there's also a quality difference to be considered, but for
the moment we're just focusing on email.
I assume you use your phone for more than just email, so we can't just
look at your monthly bill. Instead we'd have to look at data flow rates,
time online, etc.
You say 9600. Any idea if that's your "connect" speed or if it's the
actual flow rate of data?
Can you estimate the volume in kb of mail you typically send and
receive in a day? About how many minutes on average must you be
online to process that mail?
Very helpful if you could make a few rough guesses.
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