Do not go with CDMA. There very little EVDO outside of Winnipeg and it does not work reliably in Winnipeg. lots of modem lock ups requiring resets, etc. i used to be on CDMA with my phone data tethered outside Winnipeg. 4 to 5 bars of signal and most of the time too many disconnects to be usable unless i ran a continuous ping to the DNS server. now i have an Iphone4 on HSPA on Rogers (same coverage as MTS) and it works well with the same signal strength as my CDMA signal was and up to 5 MBits/sec. Where you locate your internet stick is VERY important. likely it is plugged into the side of a laptop sitting on a desk with metal drawers, etc all around it killing the signal. Get a USB extension cable and mount the Stick as High up as possible away from all metal stuff around it (including house wiring in the walls) If the building you are in has stucco remember that the stucco is full of wire mesh which will kill the signal so try it taped to the middle of a large window (Not a Low E coated window as the coating is essentially a sheet of metal that kills all radio signals) Also try rotatating the stick as the signal pickup may me much better from one direction on the stick compared to other directions depending on which direction it is to the closest cell tower. Another test you can do is try it outdoors on each side of the building because you may find that the signal is much better on one of the sides versus the other sides. Also some buildings have been insulated with a aluminum foil coated or backed insulation which will also kill all signal inside so a test outside might be well worth the time. Good luck.