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Posted: 04/26/19 08:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just started full timing and wife and I are being eaten up by the monthly costs of our internet service. I know not to use our service if wifi is available thru campgrounds but we are also reluctant to us unprotected internet Wifi.

Our service is with Verizon and we have their system called MiFi (portable unit but I thought there might be a better system I could use or install on our MH with would ultimately cost us less over a period of time.

Appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.


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verizon has a new $70 per/month pre-paid plan ($65 if you do paperless billing) with true, unlimited 4g data.

put your mifi (Jetpack) on that plan and you can connect up to 15-devices including computers. if your jetpack is on contract you can still move it to the pre-paid plan but you might have a termination fee. no contract, stop (and re-start if the plan is still offered) anytime but if you stop in the middle of your month there is no credit for the unused portion.

vzw says no planned throttlng but advises that slowdowns can occur because of network traffic. so far we’ve not experienced that. we kept our phones and tablet on their 2gb data plan and moved our jetpack to the pre-paid plan saving us $$$ while we’re on the road. btw, your 30-day service month starts on the day you sign up. it’s not a calendar month.


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Posted: 04/26/19 09:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rk911 wrote:

verizon has a new $70 per/month pre-paid plan ($65 if you do paperless billing) with true, unlimited 4g data.

put your mifi (Jetpack) on that plan and you can connect up to 15-devices including computers. if your jetpack is on contract you can still move it to the pre-paid plan but you might have a termination fee. no contract, stop (and re-start if the plan is still offered) anytime but if you stop in the middle of your month there is no credit for the unused portion.

vzw says no planned throttlng but advises that slowdowns can occur because of network traffic. so far we’ve not experienced that. we kept our phones and tablet on their 2gb data plan and moved our jetpack to the pre-paid plan saving us $$$ while we’re on the road. btw, your 30-day service month starts on the day you sign up. it’s not a calendar month.


X2^^. With two phones (3GB/month of data each) on the plan, and auto-pay, the unlimited data JetPack ends up costing us $50/month. It's been great.

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Careful with "unlimited" data plans. The fine print usually says that beyond a certain amount of usage speeds are throttled down or costs occur. Their definition of unlimited means more about unlimited data sharing across all your lines - not truly unlimited consumption. Try hitting 10-15G a month and see if they don't slow your speed or hit you with overages. A plan you pick really depends on your data consumption. Are you streaming movies or just browsing and checking email? Does it makes sense to pay for an unlimited plan if you are only using a few gig/month? Verizon has the best nationwide coverage. We used to have a mifi jetpack and I think I was on their highest data usage plan. working remote I still usually stayed under, but we never streamed movies. In a few years we plan on full timing and I will still work remote, so I will face this challenge as well. For sure I would need unbridled and truly unlimited data. I expect I will pay dearly for it. I can tell you that CG wifi's rarely worked and when they did it was so slow it wasn't worth messing with. CG's won't let you stream on their wifi either, enough to check email is about it.

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way2roll wrote:

Careful with "unlimited" data plans. The fine print usually says that beyond a certain amount of usage speeds are throttled down or costs occur. Their definition of unlimited means more about unlimited data sharing across all your lines - not truly unlimited consumption. Try hitting 10-15G a month and see if they don't slow your speed or hit you with overages. A plan you pick really depends on your data consumption. Are you streaming movies or just browsing and checking email? Does it makes sense to pay for an unlimited plan if you are only using a few gig/month? Verizon has the best nationwide coverage. We used to have a mifi jetpack and I think I was on their highest data usage plan. working remote I still usually stayed under, but we never streamed movies. In a few years we plan on full timing and I will still work remote, so I will face this challenge as well. For sure I would need unbridled and truly unlimited data. I expect I will pay dearly for it. I can tell you that CG wifi's rarely worked and when they did it was so slow it wasn't worth messing with. CG's won't let you stream on their wifi either, enough to check email is about it.


That is not the case with this plan - many discussion threads on this forum and over on Escapees.

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rk911 wrote:



vzw says no planned throttlng


ROFLMAO.......pre paid plan.....no contract......month to month.

Read the fine print.....they reserve the right to make changes at any time without notice, and they will.

I wish I had a $5 bill for every time a cell phone service provider didn't change the rules of the game at some point. Good luck with it.

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Second Chance wrote:

way2roll wrote:

Careful with "unlimited" data plans. The fine print usually says that beyond a certain amount of usage speeds are throttled down or costs occur. Their definition of unlimited means more about unlimited data sharing across all your lines - not truly unlimited consumption. Try hitting 10-15G a month and see if they don't slow your speed or hit you with overages. A plan you pick really depends on your data consumption. Are you streaming movies or just browsing and checking email? Does it makes sense to pay for an unlimited plan if you are only using a few gig/month? Verizon has the best nationwide coverage. We used to have a mifi jetpack and I think I was on their highest data usage plan. working remote I still usually stayed under, but we never streamed movies. In a few years we plan on full timing and I will still work remote, so I will face this challenge as well. For sure I would need unbridled and truly unlimited data. I expect I will pay dearly for it. I can tell you that CG wifi's rarely worked and when they did it was so slow it wasn't worth messing with. CG's won't let you stream on their wifi either, enough to check email is about it.


That is not the case with this plan - many discussion threads on this forum and over on Escapees.

Rob


Experts disagree. Took me about 30 seconds to find countless articles. Here's the first 3 that came up.


https://www.whistleout.com/CellPhones/Guides/Fact-A-Truly-Unlimited-Data-Plan-Doesnt-Exist

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/13/unlimited-data-plan-caps-verizon-att-tmobile-sprint.html

verizons-unlimited-data-plan-back-heres-compares-carriers


And even on VZ's own site they have all sorts of asterisks on the bullet points. Like video is only 480p, that's pretty low resolution - so no HD. Heck it's throttled from the get-go but again, it all depends on what you are doing. Read the fine print.

* This post was edited 04/26/19 11:35am by way2roll *

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Are you paying more than you paid for internet and television at the stick house

Remember you have combined two services into one,

Unless you have satellite TV in the RV, in which case you can reduce internet data use by not streaming movies that you can watch via satellite


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way2roll wrote:

Second Chance wrote:

way2roll wrote:

Careful with "unlimited" data plans. The fine print usually says that beyond a certain amount of usage speeds are throttled down or costs occur. Their definition of unlimited means more about unlimited data sharing across all your lines - not truly unlimited consumption. Try hitting 10-15G a month and see if they don't slow your speed or hit you with overages. A plan you pick really depends on your data consumption. Are you streaming movies or just browsing and checking email? Does it makes sense to pay for an unlimited plan if you are only using a few gig/month? Verizon has the best nationwide coverage. We used to have a mifi jetpack and I think I was on their highest data usage plan. working remote I still usually stayed under, but we never streamed movies. In a few years we plan on full timing and I will still work remote, so I will face this challenge as well. For sure I would need unbridled and truly unlimited data. I expect I will pay dearly for it. I can tell you that CG wifi's rarely worked and when they did it was so slow it wasn't worth messing with. CG's won't let you stream on their wifi either, enough to check email is about it.


That is not the case with this plan - many discussion threads on this forum and over on Escapees.

Rob


Experts disagree. Took me about 30 seconds to find countless articles. Here's the first 3 that came up.


https://www.whistleout.com/CellPhones/Guides/Fact-A-Truly-Unlimited-Data-Plan-Doesnt-Exist

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/13/unlimited-data-plan-caps-verizon-att-tmobile-sprint.html

verizons-unlimited-data-plan-back-heres-compares-carriers


And even on VZ's own site they have all sorts of asterisks on the bullet points. Like video is only 480p, that's pretty low resolution - so no HD. Heck it's throttled from the get-go but again, it all depends on what you are doing. Read the fine print.


I Don’t have articles. But no , it’s not “throttled” from the beginning ! it’s possibly managed from the beginning IF your in a overloaded cell tower and that rarely happens to us
Im a Actual user , and have since it came out with no issues .. currently over 100 g a month Sure it has disclaimers and can be managed , mine rarely is. And I’m watching a movie right now as I type this at 1080p. Not 480p
Nothing is forever but this works now and has for some time. I also use a att Mobley no longer offered I jumped on when it first came out. If Verizon is not a strong signal then the att may pick up the slack. 24 bucks with tax for ATT plus 65$ Verizon $89 all in and I haven’t had internet issues in the last 3 years of full time ! There are good options avail if you follow the right people .
Continue to doubt , but those who actually put these plans in use feel differently

* This post was edited 04/26/19 01:25pm by jorbill2or *


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