Mobile phone GPRS in the USA

I am in the UK and I have a tri-band phone which works in the USA (1900 MHz).
How popular is the GPRS service in the USA?

I would like to use the email functionality of my phone to keep in touch with family members while I am away.
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lrmooreConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Actually, it is quite common, but only for a few carriers like AT&T and Cingular

grbladesAuthor Commented:
Thanks. My UK provider lists about 10 networks as being compatible with the following also supporting text messages:-

AT&T Wireless
Cincinnati Bell Wireless
T-Mobile Central

Cincinnati Bell Wireless is listed but it sais you cannot send a text message from the USA.

I have found the GPRS information and it only mentions AT&T as being compatible. The website info might be a little out of date though.

I have found a coverage map for AT&T ( which looks good for florida.

AT&T does have great nationwide coverage. So does T-Mobile. I've been a loyal T-Mobile customer for several years with no problems.
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grbladesAuthor Commented:
lrmoore - Have you ever tried using a Compaq iPaq mobile phone to connect to a PIX firewall using the built in VPN client over GPRS?

I am looking into using this setup for a support mobile so myself and others can log in and administer the servers using a ssh client.

I have seen reference to the configuration and it should work. Just not sure about the bandwidth. Using ssh I think should be fine though.

If you have I might post a question and ask your advice when we get one :)
Unfortunately, I have no experience with an iPaq for anything...
I did, however try to use a Sprint PCS phone as a modem on my laptop, dial to the Internet, then launch the VPN client. No dice. Too many error packets.  Worst excuse for "service" I've ever had was with Sprint...
Where you been lately? I haven't seen you posting much in the forums....
Are you going on Vaction? Coming to the USA?

grbladesAuthor Commented:
Yes I have been busy in the evenings the last couple of weeks mainly doing some video editing and dvd production. That and becoming addicted to the computer game Morrowind ;)
I'll be back to posting regularly again next week.

I have a 2 week holiday with the family at beginning of October in Florida.
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