I HAVE POWERED my blog for two consecutive months using just my my Huawei 585 dongle. And I've learned some things worth sharing about media monitoring, throughput limitations and running costs.
About Throughput Limitations. I've 50 GB of data usage on my EUR 20 monthly plan with O2. It's inadequate for my normal usage pattern because I use Crashplan to back up my laptop's active media files. On a normal weekend, I produce a minimum of 2 GB of video content. I've often hit my 50 GB constraint before 20 days are finished in the month. So I'm also using a Vodafone mobile broadband connection through a USB key along with my O2 data SIM in the dongle and keeping everything afloat.
About Running Costs. Using O2 and Vodafone data in tandem costs me no more than EUR 30 every month. That's a savings of at least EUR 50 monthly because I've disconnected my Eircom account while running all my always-on hotshot experiment. I don't think we'll be able to keep Eircom out of the house because we're also thinking about pulling internet video onto the television set via an XBox 360. We will need better than one bar 3G coverage to make the TV content bearable so I imagine we'll reconnect to Eircom before the end of July. In the meantime, it's good to know that you can survive in areas of poor over-the-air broadband coverage with just a single pocket-sized data dongle.
Some of Bernie Goldbach's curated mobile links:
John Rutledge -- Lessons from a Road Warrior: How I fell off a horse, earned 15 million air miles, got sand in my shoes and learned how to invest. Get it on Kindle.
Speeding Along with O2-Ireland's Dongle (insideview.ie)
Avoiding tethering surprises (insideview.ie)