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    Default Mobile Broadband

    It's nice to see some new offerings in this non-competitive market.

    Mobi is now offering mobile broadband for $34/month. That might not be as cheap as other markets but it's definitely on the cheaper side here in Hawaii.

    The speed is 2-3 Mbps, which is not bad considering that ClearWire is 1.5 Mbps for $50/month and similar technologies from Verizon and AT&T I believe is around $50 as well.

    Has anyone tried "hele" (that's what Mobi calls it) ???

    I'd love to hear some reviews.

    Thanks!

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    I'm curious about MobiPCS' offering as well. I'm currently on Sprint EVDO, but at $60, the $30 rate at MobiPCS is tempting. I'm not familiar with the carrier, though, so I'd love to hear from customers about quality of service and other thoughts on the company.

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    One catch is that you would have to pay for mainland roaming.

    The good thing though is that you get unlimited data. Sprint just put a 5Gb monthly cap on their accounts.

    Is Mobi using Sprint's network or do they have their own? My friend has Sprint and he loves it.

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    Verizon does have a cap too. 5Gigs! FYI

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    Yes, it appears that all mobile broadband have caps except Alltel (mainland company) and our own Mobi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amagab View Post
    Yes, it appears that all mobile broadband have caps except Alltel (mainland company) and our own Mobi.

    Any updates on Hele?
    just started: mililaniblog.com

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    Default Re: Mobile Broadband

    Alltel was recently acquired by AT&T so I'm sure they will have caps soon, if not already.

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    my coworker has the Mobi Hele broadband thing and she loves it... I mentioned it to my sister who was without internet service and now she has it too. I think they have a free two week trial period so that you can try it out first...
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    Quote Originally Posted by amagab View Post
    It's nice to see some new offerings in this non-competitive market.

    Mobi is now offering mobile broadband for $34/month. That might not be as cheap as other markets but it's definitely on the cheaper side here in Hawaii.

    The speed is 2-3 Mbps, which is not bad considering that ClearWire is 1.5 Mbps for $50/month and similar technologies from Verizon and AT&T I believe is around $50 as well.

    Has anyone tried "hele" (that's what Mobi calls it) ???

    I'd love to hear some reviews.

    Thanks!
    Hey Luna - hele works great!!!!

    I use it everwhere I go...the beach...also at work.....at the park. I've had it since July...special offer they had for the first 3 months it was like $20.00 a month; month thereafter is 34.99. Reception is great!!!!

    I would recommend it to anyone!!!!

    P.S - I sound like a bloody mobi rep - which I am NOT!!! I should be compensated for advertising the darn thing!!!!

    anywho it works great!!!!

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    Because of this thread...
    I went to the MOBI store near the Safeway on Kapahulu this morning.

    http://www.mobipcs.com/hele/
    SPEEDS:
    600kbps-1.3mbps download
    500-800kbps upload
    Hele Card costs $189 minus $60 mail-in rebate.
    First 2 weeks free then next 3 months are at $20/month.
    Regular price is $34/month at this time.

    Come February '09 I'm getting this service and 3 cellphones also!
    Activation costs $140 for all of it.
    Unlimited local, nationwide, voicemail, and texting for $125/month(3 phones)
    Life is either an adventure... or you're not doing it right!!!

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    Default Re: Mobile Broadband

    I wouldn't mind getting mobi but they only cover half of Molokai, and West End/Maunaloa have no signal. Can't understand why we have mobi and Boost -- being sold through G&M Variety Store -- when they don't cover every inch of the Friendly Isle (at the very least cover ALL of the towns in the island, including Kalaupapa).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    [...]
    Come February '09 I'm getting this service [...]
    Me, too, MM! I just got back from the King St. Mobi/Hele store and they sold me! Well, I was pretty much sold before I went there but I had a list of questions and their answers were what I wanted to hear!

    I'll be saving $100./month by:
    ...dropping my bundled Haw. Tel. plan (landline/long distance/DSL) in Makaha
    ...dropping my bundled Haw. Tel. plan in Waikiki but keeping a basic service landline (for now that landline makes sense...long story!)
    ...switching from current cell service to Mobi
    ...switching from DSL to Hele

    The activation fee, cost of modem and new phone will pay for itself within 3 months. The phone I currently have can be used with Mobi and there was no pressure to sell me another phone, which I really appreciate. When I got home I realized I need a new battery for my phone. I think I'll go with a new phone that comes with a new battery! It'll only be a few buckaroonies more than buying a new battery for the old phone!

    I'll be scheduling the changes around the expiration date of my current cell service contract...mid Feb. Gotta try both Mobi and Hele in Makaha to make sure those services are up to par in the boonies!

    I really hope that service in Makaha is good as I'd like to support this local company.

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    Don't know how I missed this thread, but I've had Mobi for 8 or 9 months now and I love it. I got the $49/mo. package, which includes caller ID and a few extras.
    I think one of the extras was unlimited text messaging, but I've never done a single text message in my life. I just wanted the caller ID feature.
    Anyway, one more vote for Mobi here!
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    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    [...]I got the $49/mo. package, which includes caller ID and a few extras.[...]
    There's a $50/mo pkg ($55.55 with taxes & fees), which is what I'll get:
    "Unlimited Talk & Text" includes...
    unlimited local calling
    unlimited nationwide long distance
    unlimited voicemail
    unlimited text messaging
    caller id | call waiting | 3-way calling

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    Quote Originally Posted by amagab View Post
    Alltel was recently acquired by AT&T so I'm sure they will have caps soon, if not already.
    I believe Verizon bought Alltel, not AT&T

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    There's a $50/mo pkg ($55.55 with taxes & fees), which is what I'll get:
    "Unlimited Talk & Text" includes...
    unlimited local calling
    unlimited nationwide long distance
    unlimited voicemail
    unlimited text messaging
    caller id | call waiting | 3-way calling
    Yep, Tutu, that's the package I got. I use every one of those features except the text messaging.
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    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

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    I can't wait!!!
    Mobi's Hele broadband has a two week free trial period sooo...
    I'll get that on Feb. 1st and then get the three cell phones on the 15th.
    That way the bill will always be paid mid-month.

    And Random. Mobi started out on Oahu without full coverage.
    But I haven't heard any complaints from anyone now.
    Hope it won't take too long for it to become usefull for you on Molokai.

    I piggy-backed for a short while, on a neighbors unsecured wireless broadband, just to see my new HP pavilion actually go online. Yippee!
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    I have been using Hele for about a week and have zero complaints. Paid $189 for the device, will get the $50 rebate, have three months at $20, and then it will be $34 a month after that. Direct payment from my bank account.

    I use it on my new EEEpc netbook. We are disengaging from RR, and have gotten a Clearwire account for the house. We're looking at discontinuing the TV cable, and will instead do downloads from Netflix, Hulu and Livestream (I think that's what it's called!). So far, Clearwire delivers with just a few digibumps here and there while watching. Tough economic times call for creative measures, and this is one for our ohana.

    Hope you all are well. Will I see any of you tomorrow at Manoa Geeks? Straub Clinic, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Say hi if you see my fuzzy head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    The phone I currently have can be used with Mobi
    What service were you on? I'm curious to see what systems are compatible with Mobi.


    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    I just wanted the caller ID feature.
    Wow. I thought ALL "cell" plans had CallerID.


    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal View Post
    We are disengaging from RR, and have gotten a Clearwire account for the house. We're looking at discontinuing the TV cable, and will instead do downloads from Netflix, Hulu and Livestream (I think that's what it's called!).
    Hmmmm, I don't know as Clearwire is quick enough to support streaming video very well. Does it? If you're only going to use it at the house, why not go for DSL? I think it's less than CW and it supports a higher data rate.

    Also, check the fine print very carefully. Some "unlimited" wireless accounts have a 2GB/mo cap.


    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoGeek View Post
    What service were you on? I'm curious to see what systems are compatible with Mobi.[...]
    Hawaiian Telcom. Mobi said they can unlock my phone. It's all greek to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    Hawaiian Telcom.
    Hmmmm, now who is HawTel using? I don't think they have their own system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoGeek View Post
    Hmmmm, now who is HawTel using? I don't think they have their own system.
    I believe they are but I'm not 100%. I was told they were piggybacking on Verizon's system first but were migrating over to their own system.

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    I wouldn't mind getting Hele if the speed was faster. There are mobile broadband in other parts of the world with up to 20Mbps download speed. Even 7Mbps is quite common. They would have me hooked if they offered 4Mbps for $25/month. That shouldn't be a hard thing for them to do if they want the competitive advantage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amagab View Post
    I believe they are but I'm not 100%. I was told they were piggybacking on Verizon's system first but were migrating over to their own system.
    I thought I read somewhere that HT was using Sprint's Hawaii network ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Konaguy View Post
    I thought I read somewhere that HT was using Sprint's Hawaii network ?
    I don't know if this will answer any questions or just create more but, briefly during last month's power outage, my HawTel cell phone was roaming on Verizon.

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