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MacBytes
Feb 15, 2006, 10:52 AM
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Link: MacBook Pro currently no alternative for 3G/UMTS subscribers (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060215115207)
Description:: The lack of a PC Card slot makes the MacBook Pro no alternative for 3G/UMTS subscribers

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MacQuest
Feb 15, 2006, 01:00 PM
I'm sure Apple had this in mind when developing the MBP. I believe that they're gonna become an MVNO using Cingular's network and offer their own wireless phone connectivity, probably using a propietary antenna [like they did with the Airport Card] designed to utilize that ExpressCard/34 slot, or maybe have a specialized slot within the MBP [again, like the Airport Card].

Of course the launch of Apple's MVNO service and the Apple antenna option would all be in conjunction with the release of Apple's MacPhone line [including their Treo/Blackberry killer]. :)

superwoman
Feb 15, 2006, 01:20 PM
I thought that's what Bluetooth is for?

qevlhma
Feb 15, 2006, 03:39 PM
>I thought that's what Bluetooth is for?

Bluetooth is actually way too slow for network stuff in most peoples opinion.. even if you are just piggybacking off some other device like a cellphone a foot away.

MarcelV
Feb 15, 2006, 04:31 PM
Of course the launch of Apple's MVNO service and the Apple antenna option would all be in conjunction with the release of Apple's MacPhone line [including their Treo/Blackberry killer]. :)

Please let that not happen, at least not this year. I will be bankrupt because of Apple. MacPhone, Macbook Pro, DVR, and 4-core Mac Pro. Oh, and of course the vPod with gesture UI, needed while I travel. Just too much for my wallet! :D

solvs
Feb 15, 2006, 10:15 PM
Aren't there USB to PCMCIA thingies available?

Timepass
Feb 15, 2006, 10:57 PM
Aren't there USB to PCMCIA thingies available?


maybe but I am not sure that USB ports have the memory bandwith to handle a PCMIA slot because I can swear that I have seen a firewire 800 PCMCIA card before.
I want to say that a PSMCIA slot has the bandwith of a PCI port on a desktop. Something I know USB 2.0 does not have. I not 100% on this, I am mostly basing it on the hardware I have seen out for PCMIA and quite a bit of it I would think would over run a USB port. Plus the amount of diffent things that seem to run in the PCMIA slot

solvs
Feb 16, 2006, 12:52 AM
maybe but I am not sure that USB ports have the memory bandwith to handle a PCMIA slot because I can swear that I have seen a firewire 800 PCMCIA card before.
You probably have, but you can still use something like this (http://www.everythingusb.com/elan_u111_usb_card_reader.html) to use PCMCIA cards like the one described. USB 2 has more than enough bandwidth for such cards.