Originally Posted by Gannet
We're planning a 28-day, 9,000 mile roadtrip in June. To handle our navigation and communication needs I bought a refurb IBM T40 laptop, a copy of Microsoft Streets & Trips w/GPS, and a Verizon broadband card. The T40 has WiFi and a modem built-in.
The Verizon card was $50, and $60 a month for unlimited use. It also includes dial-up access for times you are not in cell range. As previous posters mentioned, between the Verizon card and free WiFi at motels and cafes, I think we'll be able to get a good connection 80% of the time or better.
I've already gotten *very* used to having the Internet-enabled laptop in the car on shakedown trips here in Florida. It's even more convenient than I thought it would be. Highly recommended.