I've used the kyocera KR1 myself. As a "sticks dweller" myself, it has afforded me a great way to not only get internet access to my home, but also to network my house as well. Offering both 4-ethernet ports as well as wi-fi capabilities, it really has proven to be a boon.
Now...that said... I received a letter of service cancellation from Verizon Wireless just this past Friday. Seems that their "small print" within the EVDO card/service agreement stipulates that you may not download more than 5GB worth of data within a 30 day period. And in the short time I've owned my PS3, believe me, I downloaded a schload of stuff off Sony's Playstation Store. Undoubtedly rang the dinger on the 5GB limit. Regardless, Verizon had little 'conversation' to offer in a follow up call from receipt of the service cancellation letter. They informed me that if I could abide by the rules of the service agreement, that they would reactivate the EVDO card with a new number. Otherwise, effective 01/03/07, I no longer have internet service through that device. End of subject...GOODBYE!
Well, frankly, "POOP!" At first, I was like, Well fine! Although the EVDO card works wonderfully well for general internet surfing & e-mail, etc. the fact is I wasn't getting great download speeds with the EVDO card (for PS3 stuff) anyway. And the card would often disconnect/reset itself in the midst of a long download. And since the PS3 firmware does not provide for any sort of 'resume download' feature, I was having a helluvatime dealing with demo downloads, etc. So I decided I'd look somewhere else.
Guess what? As already mentioned here, there is little else for a "sticks dweller" to consider. Honestly, I thought I'd go with HughesNet. Had even scheduled an install. However, I just cancelled *that* consideration just last night (before the install) after having further investigated HughesNet's own "small print." Seems they have a "Fair Access Policy" that limits [of their 'Home Plan' for which I was interested] a user's internet traffic to no more than 175MB of data that can be downloaded continuously. Now, think about our typical PS3 demo download sizes... Here is their stipulation on the Fair Access Policy:
" To ensure equal Internet access for all HughesNetTM subscribers, Hughes Network Systems maintains a running average Fair Access Policy (FAP). Fair Access establishes an equitable balance in Internet access across satellite broadband services by service plan for all HughesNet customers regardless of their frequency of use or volume of traffic. To ensure this equity, customers may experience some temporary throughput limitations. HughesNet Internet access is not guaranteed. This policy applies to all service plans including Unlimited plans where customers' use of the Service is not limited to a specific number of hours per month.
HughesNet system usage data indicates that approximately 5% of subscribers are responsible for a disproportionate share often as much as half of the total HughesNet service traffic. Unfortunately, many of those subscribers are not using HughesNet for its intended purpose. To ensure that all HughesNet subscribers have fair and equal access to the benefits of the Satellite broadband service, HughesNet has enacted a Fair Access Policy to prevent abusive consumption of bandwidth by a handful of users.
FAP is straightforward: based on an analysis of usage data, Hughes Network Systems has established a HughesNet usage threshold well above the maximum typical usage rates. When a customer exhibits patterns of system usage which exceed that threshold for an extended period of time, the FAP may temporarily limit that subscriber's throughput to ensure the integrity of the system for all HughesNet subscribers.
Typically, the restrictions will be lifted within 8-12 hours of the original application of the FAP if the customer's usage in this period stays below the FAP threshold.
For example, you may experience FAP if the cumulative requested downloads in a relatively short time period (1-4 hours) exceeds your HughesNet plan download threshold. An example of what can be downloaded within any HughesNet plan would be a software application such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Adobe Acrobat. And normal Internet surfing generates small downloads for each Web page viewed. For example, an hour of surfing can generate 1-10 MB of download activity depending on the content being surfed well below the amount required to trigger FAP.
Subscribers are likely to avoid the limitations imposed by the FAP if their use is typical of the majority of Internet users and consists of Web surfing and a reasonable amount of downloading."
So honestly, now I'm considering returning to another EVDO card. Perhaps through Sprint instead of Verizon (only because I've heard good things about Sprint's EVDO technology/speeds over that of Verizon). That said, I realize I have little recourse regarding downloading and/or online gaming for the PS3 living in the sticks. I do anticipate that I'll still download firmware updates with little to no hassle using the EVDO solution. And again, I can't stress enough just how much I've come to appreciate the KR1 as a wire/wireless solution for home networking -- GREAT PRODUCT!!! But as for PS3 demo-stuff?... I'm either gonna be in the cold, or I'm gonna have to truck the PS3 to a 'city friend' and use his high-speed broadband goodness to D/L demos, etc.