So does it work at all? Well - quite frankly yes, it does. Even at the cruise speed it's quite stable, but don't expect broadband speeds! I was wondering how it's done, because the hot-spot is provided by
T-Mobile, so most likely something like 3G broadband type deal, shared among all passengers. Let's see where we are...
To wrap it up - this "mobile broadband" is really quite mobile! If you want to read some articles on the web, catch up with blogs, maybe access webmail if you really have to (over open wireless anyway), the link they provide will do. Actually I did a bit of work on the train - almost like I was in the office (except in the office there is nobody to serve lunch and drinks at my desk). It seems like the days when we wasted a couple of hours on the train are are now gone - finally.
Just remember - those networks are 'good to have' but far away from being secure. Who usually travels first class and uses laptops/pda's on the move? How hard it is to sniff open wireless? How much information about you is 'leaked' every time you use public hot-spots? There is more questions like that, so please think before you connect and enjoy your journey :-)