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I also have external antenna & amp sm

Posted By: FlaMT on 2008-03-12
In Reply to: air card usage - momofjets

I ended up paying about $425 for the modem/air card, external antenna, and amplifier. Plus there is a rebate on the card, I think $50. The amp was the most expensive thing, about $280. I have to use them to get my signal, but even with being on the edge of service, I would not trade it for dial-up ever.

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