Most of the small company pay as you go or no contract plans use Sprint for data service for both broadband plans and Android plans. There is no roaming on pay as you go plans so while Sprint's own contract plans will roam on Verizon for both voice and data, the service that Sprint sells to these companies is limited to Sprint's own data network. If you have looked at the map and none of the places that you travel to have no coverage then the answer really is look elsewhere. There is a broadband plan from Verizon. I am not sure if they will allow you to stop service without paying in months that you do not plan to use the service, as Virgin will.
I have been using Virgin Mobile's Broadband2go for a couple years. As stated above, it can be very slow, especially at supper time. By slow, I mean several minutes to load a page IE; Naples, Florida, thats if it loads at all.
Virgin Mobile appears to use on the job training, instead of real training. I cannot believe some of the things they have told me IE; it doesn't work because your computer needs to be cleaned out. I am on my third modem.
I checked out Verizon's Hot Spot using my Android. Much cheaper per megabyte than Virgin Mobile. The problem is that if you are using 3g, you cannot answer the phone if you are using the hotspot. You need 4g to do both.
I use one.. Check the coverage map at virginmobil broadband to go web site but for me it's great.
NOTE: I do not know if this is still the case but when I got mine they offered three data plans
10 bucks.. One week, 100 meg (not nearly enough I burn over 200 meg a week)
20 bucks, one month, 500 Meg (Now that's more like it, More on this in a bit)
50 bucks, "Unlimited" But read the fine print, only the first so many Gig's are high speed, then it slows down.
My experience is high is not that high.
My use Summers I usually have free WiFi, either Verizon 2-way Sat (painful) or Charter Cable (Sometimes painful) all the time, So I don't use the Virgin much.
WInters I have 2 weeks of AT&T high speed DSL free wi-fi (Shared with the rest of the park but it's good enough to stream video on Tuesday Evening) and one week of "Nothing".
So at the start of the first NOTHING week I pop for a Twenty Dollar Virgin (19.88 at Wal Mart) and this gives me 250 meg for that week, and another 250 Meg for the next "nothing" week, fantastic, could not be happier, GOOD signal at the parks too.
Now, one last thing:
When I got mine the 20 dollar plan was ONLY FOR THOSE WHO BOUGHT THEIR ADAPTER AT WAL-MART.. I got mine elsewhere, Pitched a complaint and now I have access to the 20 dollar plan.. What I don't know though is if everyone got such access or if you only get it with the wal-mart plans.
I really hate to say "Buy at Wal-Mart" but in this case.. That is the store to visit.
I use a dongle (one computer) not a "Mi-Fy"
OH, all the software, drivers and such, even the owner's manual are stored on a read only "USB drive" on the device I have, Just plug it in, open the drive and do what comes naturally. There is also a slot on the USB device for a "Micro SD" card (Same as my old phone took) so I have a couple of Gig of storage on the device too. Very nice dongle.
Nothin adds excitment like something that is none of your business
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I have two of those devices and like them. No problems and easy to use. Good speed and full coverage *here*.
Remote areas may not have coverage, but interstates appear to have connectivity in most areas.
I like VMobile because you can let service lapse without penalty, and the device will store funds (even with service lapsed). I can then resume service with a few clicks if I go on the road unexpectedly.
If you top up with CC, you lose unused time. Best to pay in store and top up with a PIN, which will store the funds, to apply when the current month runs out.
Speed will slow after 5Gb, but the speed is still high enough for most uses.
I have the VirginMobile Broadband2go mifi but have given up on it. I got it because it worked fine for me in one place, Grand Marais, MN, better than the campground wifi provided. We spend a lot of short trip time in that area. But in our over 100 days of travels last year from as far west as Palm Springs, CA to as far east and south as Key West, FL mostly across the south and getting there from Minnesota we could only get satisfactory coverage in the campgrounds we stayed just two times. That was very subpar in expectations. Also, the coverage maps they publish seemed very optimistic and were found not to be all that reliable. The Sprint network is not a very good network for RV travelers in my opinion and it doesn't appear they are keeping up with Verizon and AT&T.
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