MacBook Pro currently no alternative for 3G/UMTS subscribers

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    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]. :)
     
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    >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.
     
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    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
     
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    Aren't there USB to PCMCIA thingies available?
     
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    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
     
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    You probably have, but you can still use something like this to use PCMCIA cards like the one described. USB 2 has more than enough bandwidth for such cards.
     

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