Probably asking for too much but is there any way to have Internet without using campground services on a monthly basis. We only travel for about a month at a time and do not want to pay for service when I dont need it and campgrounds are getting really bad for saying they have service but not working well and we will be getting some one in to fix it .....but they have been saying that for months. Also we are from Canada
Air card, as in cell phone, for your computer will do the job. However, that is about $60 per month plus the air card it self. Certainly you know about the the businesses such and McDonald's that have free service. However, before this was common we would stop outside like gathering of civilization, such as apartment buildings, and find a source and get our mail. And then we would go back repetitively until we left the area.
First, only patronize CG's with free internet and check their ratings on RVParkREviews.com to see if the internet works properly. If that fails, use McDonalds or local libraries. And yes, often you can pull up to a motel and use their internet for free. Or be bold, as I sometimes am and just go into the lobby with your laptop and ask if you can use it for a few minutes. I've never been turned down.
The Virgin Mobile plan is the only plan in its price range that lets you take service month to month and skip months that you don't want service. The recent increase in price from $40 to $50 per month also decreased the amount of gb allowed. The "unlimited" plan per month is now $80. I just looked at the Verizon plan and the price is outrageous - over $200 for the usb plug for your computer on the pay as you go broadband plans. The Virgin plug is $75 for one computer or $160 for a mobile hotspot.
Depending on the cell phone and service you have you can also add "tethering" to your phone plan and some companies will allow you to do this month to month and not add it permanently to the plan. This will allow you to connect your phone to your computer with a USB cord and use the phone as a modem to connect to your cell's data service. Iphones and some Android phones have built in hotspot capability but this requires a monthly additional fee for use.
Millenicom offers a month-to-month service for $59.99 p/m. EVDO speeds, 20-gb of data, piggybacks onto the Verizon data network and sometimes they run a special and give you the device for free. max throughput speed is 3.1mbps which is more than adequate for e-mail, browsing, online shopping, updates, etc. it is *not* fast enough for streaming video like TV and movies....U-Tube stuff is OK.
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We also use Virgin Mobile's Broadband2go pay-as-you-go broadband internet and second the Walmart deal. On the road, we use less than 500 MB of data per month so would easily get by with Walmart's $20/mo for 1GB. Unfortunately, since we purchased our device at Best Buy 18 months ago we had to pay $40/month (now raised to $50/mo) this past winter. There is an upfront cost for the modem after which you only pay for the data/time you use it. The Virgin modem worked great all over Florida the winter before last. Last winter we used it on a cross continental trip through 17 states. We could get our e-mail and web browse almost everywhere we went but were quite disappointed in the very low speeds we often encountered. If this doesn't improve on our next outing, we will be seeking another option.
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