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    Anybody using the NEW Caribserve WiMax 4G

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    My regular ASDL Caribserve download speed has dropped from 100 KB/s to around 50 KB/s. I just wanted to know if anyone has tried the new service and could comment about the download speeds with the 1 Mbps package.

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    In case anyone is interested Caribserve | Wireless High Speed Internet (WiMAX 4G) | Wireless Internet | St Maarten and St Martin
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    I know Dr. G (dean) is using it and he says it's great. Maybe talk to him about it?
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    Just a note: Caribserve will not let you switch to the WiMAX service if you admit to living in one of the pre-wired locations (Aventura, Rainbow Beach Club, etc.). It's a silly policy. The WiMAX plans are essentially twice the bandwidth for any given price point, and the WiMAX router will work ANYWHERE in their coverage area, which is a large part of the Dutch side, and does not require an external antenna....i.e. you could have internet access anywhere there is a AC outlet, and you can take it anywhere, not just limited to your place. It will be even more convenient when the USB WiMAX dongles become available in the summer, as you wouldn't even need to take the router with you....you could have broadband internet access while sitting on Mullet Bay or Maho beach.

    Solution: Go to Caribserve in person in Philipsburg to create a new account. Preferably not Mailboxes, as I don't think they have the routers on hand. It helps if you do not already have an account. Do not mention any previous account. Do not tell them you live in one of those places. Instead, use the school's address or maybe a friend's address if they do not have caribserve and are not planning to sign up for it. If they ask [very unlikely], make something up; example: living in the dorms and finding their internet filtering/censoring unacceptably restricting. They do not mail anything [invoices are sent by email] and there is no physical setup or installation required...they give you a box with the router and that's it, so address really isn't important. If you already have an account, use a different email address than the one you gave them before to make it less likely they will link you to your previous account. They require a passport to create a new account, so don't forget to bring that. Also it helps to pay a full year up front, as that is the length of their 'contract'. Alternatively, you could have a friend without caribserve and not planning to sign up for caribserve do this for you in their own name. You'd likely have to eat the cost of the router though ($150 - $200) if they are no longer on island when you are done with service.
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    Its much better! Speeds are consistent even during the day. I pretty much get the exact speed that I pay for. The bonus is that you get twice the amount of bandwidth compared to the old setup but for the same price. This last week has had a few issues with speed here n there but even with that, still beats the old setup.

    Also, if you trade in your old antenna for the new modem, the upgrade costs only $50. The nicest feature is that everything is inside your house and it even has a built in wireless router.

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    Is Caribserve WiMax 4G the fastest isp available on the island?

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    I just got it and love it! It is awesome!! Highly recommend it

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    Do you think it'd be worth it to get while you live on campus? I could then have vonage, get a sling box, and not have streaming sites blocked. Is it faster than the internet on campus? And would it be worth it to pay $65/month to get those things (in your opinion) even though internet is already provided by the school?

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    Is it possible to share this WIMAX with 1 or 2 other people living in nearby separate apartments? How's the range of the wireless? Or is it possible to use a better aftermarket router with the WIMAX modem?

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    Out of curiosity, can someone post a speed test?

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    speed test

    definitely get the wimax, its great for island standards.

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