Road Warriors Internet Options?

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  1. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Hey, I'm going on the road in my van and camper for months at a time. I'm looking for some service that will provide me with good internet for typical use as well as streaming Netflix.

    Wouldn't mind Skype or other telephony as well. Or even combining with cellular service and tethering.

    What are my options? Is this possible now or is it stupid expensive?
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  2. Bubwheat

    Bubwheat Long timer

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    Check these guys out: http://www.millenicom.com/

    No contract, unlimited data for $70/month. I use them as a full-time RV'er. What they do is piggyback on cellular companies, for instance my modem is tied to the Sprint Network. Works for me.
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  3. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Streaming video like netflix REALLY burns thru data, so any plan with a data limit is going to cost you.

    You need a reliable 1.5 MBPS for netflix streaming.

    You probably need both a cell phone plan and a way to connect to wi-fi when not mobile.
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  4. hppyfngy

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    What kind of speed can you get from this? Can you watch Netflix or similar?

    Manuel is right, a 1.5gb down connection is minimum.

    This must exist somewhere. You can watch streaming video on the iPad and other devices over phone carrier signals...
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  5. JamesG

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    Park next to McD's, $tarBuck$, or motels that use predictable WiFi signons and mooch for free. Make sure to keep your anti-virus and firewall up to date.
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    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Yeah I can do that occasionally but I ain't friggin camping next to those places. :lol3

    No, I need something on board.
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    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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  8. JamesG

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    Then you want satellite up/down link access which an't cheap.
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    Like what? Hughesnet or Wild Blue? DirectTV or Dish?

    I don't really care much about television but I guess I could do a sat if it's the best option.
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    Ok went and noodled around some of them... and have nothing helpful to add, since I've never used any. Good luck.
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    Thanks for noodling anyway! :D
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  12. Nophix

    Nophix Been here awhile

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    Millenicom rocks. I used them while driving OTR

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I777 using Tapatalk 2
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  13. hppyfngy

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    Do you know what network it runs on?

    I'm also hearing about a less expensive Virgin Mobile service that isn't unlimited, but runs on Sprint towers.
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    I use the cheap Virgin Mobil service at home and while boondocking down in the desert during the winter. $20 per month no contract. There is only 3G where I use it so streaming video isn't really an option. The Virgin Mobile site has good accurate maps of coverage areas.


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  15. Bubwheat

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    well it depends, its 3/4G depending on where you are. My plan is on the Sprint network. I also have an antenna to boost the signal if needed. Good connection and 1.5 is not a problem.

    edit to add: Millenicom also allows you to suspend your account. I recently suspended my account for almost 6 months, and when I reactivated they only charged me $19.95 to setup the line instead of the usual $49.95
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    We have a Windows based PC in the Becker with an AT&T aircard and WiFi. This thing rocks!!!! California to WV this year and never lost signal or access. Of course I was driving most of the time but when I stopped it was always on. Not CHEAP.
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  18. DriveShaft

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    Are you going to populated areas (read: places likely to have cell coverage), or in the boondocks? If you're going to populated places, personal wifi hotspots are relatively reasonably priced these days. Definitely get the unlimited plans, and check coverage. Nice thing about personal wifi (or "Mifi's") is that they generally hook up up to 5 devices w/ no other hunk of appliance on your end.
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  19. gremor

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    If you have a smart phone, like a Droid, you can "root" it and get the wifi hot spot access without your carrier knowing.

    I use mine when I travel and let 2 to 3 coworkers use the wifi hot spot to connect laptops and tablets.

    Only issue I have is burns thru the battery real fast and I need to keep near an outlet in the airports to charge it.
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  20. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    So I'm getting somewhere and giving up most of my thoughts of streaming a bunch of stuff on the road. But I still want to be as well connected as I can be.

    I'll have a laptop, a Nexus 7 wifi, and I believe I'm settled on the Note II.

    Now to the carrier wars...

    Verizon vs AT&T seems to be the two choices. Both have about the same plans and coverage.

    I think I will be within reach of wifi hotspots every few days, but I would like to tether to the phone now and then. Also, I keep a backup Virgin Mobile burner phone with me which operates on the Sprint network.

    This will be my first smart phone. I'm a tech guy so no worries about using any of it, but any opinions on coverage and data plans would be greatly appreciated!

    HFG
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