Road Warriors Internet Options?

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  1. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Just a follow up.

    Note II on At&t. Tethering allowed, haven't tried it yet. Two N7's now.

    Love the freaking big phone. Awesome Google apps and nav. Just driving around, the phone finds hotspots all the time so I think I'll be fine on the road

    I think this is a great combination. Thanks for the input.
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  2. Robb Mc

    Robb Mc what?

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    When I lived in a trailer in NH two years ago for a few months, I used iPad and AT&T cellular for all Internet, including streaming. Only occasionally did the streaming hiccup. I spent $30-50 a month averaging maybe 20-30 mins of video daily, plus other surfing, email, etc.

    I plan to do the same this summer when I take my old CB to NH.
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  3. Bubwheat

    Bubwheat Long timer

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    Just curious, how long is your contract and what data plan/cost do you have?
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  4. hppyfngy

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    Aren't they always 2 year contracts with new phone? I just moved from Sprint to ATT so I'm on the new plan model.

    Let's see, 450 minutes talk/mo, mobile to mobile free, evenings (after 9pm,) and weekends free. Unlimited text. Picture mail. 3gb data/mo. Coming in at $96.

    Over the past two months I have only used a fraction of the data plan, as I haven't been on the road testing it yet. Kind of nice , they will let you adjust your plan up or down per month as to data usage and you can do that at any point in the month, up or down I think $10 per gb. I haven't even tried the tethering yet as I've been able to get wifi connectivity at pretty much every stop. McDonalds or Starbucks or any random hotel...

    So far so good but as I said I haven't road tested it much yet. The GPS is great with Google maps directions. I'm actually stunned at how much better it is than the two thousand bucks worth of Garmins I have going...

    ( investment tip - not Garmin...)
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  5. jesusgatos

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    Just a heads-up - if you can find anyone with an unlimited data plan on Verizon who wants to cancel their service, you can take-over their plan. You can keep your number too, through a convoluted porting process. Kinda screwy, but it's a legitimate loophole. I posted on craigslist offering to 'buy' a plan for $25 and had several people respond.
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    But you can't get an upgrade anymore, when you do that the unlimited plan goes away.
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  7. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro SupercĂ zzola

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    Or use a Chromebook and stop worrying about viruses, firewalls, etc
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  8. Bubwheat

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    I was where you were and this is how I did it: For phone, I ditched Sprint and went with a T-Mobile pay as you go phone for which I paid $28 and I get 1150 mins for $100. I also have a Nexxus 7 which pretty much acts as a "smart phone".

    For data I have the 20g 4g hotspot plan from Millenicom that I pay $69.99 a month. I have no contract on anything, and I can stop the Millenicom plan anytime I want. If I want to reinstate my plan with Millenicom, I pay $19.95 to do so.

    The first month I had the T-Mobile phone, I saved $30.
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  9. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    I also use my N7 as a phone using a Google Voice on that and on my Note. I love it. Works great and I like to hold the Nexus 7 up to my ear and look like I have the largest phone on the planet. It's pretty funny. :D

    The minutes thing is pretty irrelevant because of this. I've had many rollover minutes every month so far.

    You have an interesting plan going there though.

    Whose towers does Millenicom use and how's the coverage?
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  10. Bubwheat

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    The 20g plan is Verizon. The last plan I had was with Sprint thru Millenicom, but when I was in Tucson 5 months ago, and couldn't get 4g service I switched to the hotspot plan.

    I fulltime RV and one resource I've used is this guy's website, it's full of some pretty good info: http://www.jackdanmayer.com/communication.htm#Millenicom
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  11. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    3G isn't going to pull 1.5Mb/s like ever. The fastest I have seen is around 900Kb/s

    4G LTE gets in to the 14-18Mb/s range, but you can't count on 4G anywhere outside of a major metro. The coverage just doesn't exist.
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  12. hppyfngy

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    Hey I've been hearing a lot about the Wilson Sleek and other antenna boosting products.

    Know anything about them?
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  13. NikonsAndVStroms

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    Verizon now has 4G out in parts of rural VA and are expanding it big time. 3G I wouldn't stream Netflix on but on my cross country trip I almost never went out of Verizon coverage and listened to streaming radio most of the way.
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  14. Bubwheat

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    Not true. I've had 4g in Moab, Rawlins, WY and I have it here in Gering, NE, on the Verizon network. This is all within the last 2 months. :1drink
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    I am working in the oilfields about 80 miles north of Laredo. I have one of the Wilson small business boosters that work off of house current in my RV. It seems to work because a lot of phone users have discovered that the signals are unusually strong just outside my RV. :evil

    Two utility trailers nearby have the same system on mast antennas. http://www.rakuten.com/prod/wilson-...ignal-booster-for/206455192.html?listingId=-1 should give you more detailed info.

    The 12 volt systems are very popular in pickup trucks.
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  17. jesusgatos

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    Yes you can. You can use anyone elses' upgrade, just not your own. Go figure. But my Dad just did it. Guy at the Verizon store told him how to jump through all the hoops.
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  18. Big Bird 928

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    For some damn reason Kanab Utah has 4g in town, by town I mean population < 6000....
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  19. garandman

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    I've found my iPad with a data plan from Verizon to be really useful. Think it's about $30 a month and it can serve as a mobile hotspot for my PC.
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  20. hppyfngy

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    How much data can you get for $30? Surely not much...
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