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tomandsand

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Posted: 10/26/19 09:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are planning on spending the winter at a campground with no cable or wi-fi. Can anyone recommend a reliable (inexpensive) mobile hot spot? I have one through Straight Talk but it is fairly expensive.

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Posted: 10/26/19 09:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use the hotspot in my Verizon phone.


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I believe ATT and/or VZ are your best options. If you are streaming content you will want an unlimited data plan.

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Try Visible. $40/month unlimited phone, text, and data. You can use your existing phone if it is compatible, or purchase an Android phone for $19. With the Visible R2 phone you can connect to the phone hot spot.


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Reliable depends on where you are parked.. I mean no company has 100% coverage. Not Verizon, Not T-mobile, not AT&T not ______ nobody. But put 'em all together and things work fairly well.

Now I'm a long time T-Mobile subscriber 55+ plan for 92/month (i think I'm still paying for the phone) including Taxes I get:
All the talk I can talk
All the text I can text
All the data I can eat with an * you know that dreaded *

The first so many Gigs are full speed 4Glte both for the phone and for linked devices (hotspot data).. after the hotspot cut off hotspot data is throttled.
And when the phone hits the "Total data" limit.. Well... then I get my vector lowered. that means if the tower is busy... it slows down

Do I notice.. NO but I do not often stream video. (I think the last time I streamed more than a couple minutes was in Jan when I Streamed one hour... I'd been notified I'd be named during the broadcast and I was (Nice thing) so I streamed it and logged into the live chat room. I really needed that new radio too (I won the monthly prize).


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We are currently using Verizon Wireless hotspot on the FMCA "unlimited" plan for $50 a month. The unlimited is in quotes because they throttle above 25 gig.

If you can get AT&T at your winter place, I'd consider Winegard's ToGo. WiFi and cell antennas and booster, built in wireless router and actual unlimited data for $360 a year. The ToGo itself is around $400.


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Posted: 10/31/19 06:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My neighbor said with his comcast internet he can use a smart phone he bought from them for free if using wifi or any of the thousands of comcast hotspots country wide. If he is out of range then it costs only $12/mo for 1 gb data.

I'm still trying to learn the details of this.

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Posted: 10/31/19 08:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1 gigabyte equal
1 internet streamed movie
$12 per movie
Use Redbox it costs less

Check out Ting.com
They have hotspot plan promotion 30gigs per month $25 per month,
It is 30gigs total period, Not 31gig or 35, IF you hit 30 it stops, until the start of the next billing cycle
But if you can live with 30 gigs it is a good deal
The current offering uses the Sprint network,
All of these Value Added virtual carriers use one or more of the "real" Telcos systems

* This post was edited 10/31/19 08:47am by MrWizard *


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Posted: 10/31/19 08:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I do not stream anything. Have no smart phone now. If I went with comcast I would only use it to check some news and weather now & then. And then the unlimited free phone calls if on wifi or by a hotspot.

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There is little data difference between streaming the news for one hour or watching a one hour of TV movie
Its still data
30 hours of news is about 15 gigs . Of data
The networks are ALL HiDef all the time

A hotspot Is Wi-Fi on your end
Your own personal Wi-Fi
You said the RV b park has no Wi-Fi, no cable, there is NO other internet access to use
You want the news, it's either OTA Broadcast or cellular Hotspot
You do have a PC of some kind, you are here on this forum, you want to use your PC this winter for internet, you need a hotspot, or a phone that can give you the same service, because you said they is no cable at the park, No internet
Or did I miss interstand your question

* This post was edited 10/31/19 09:08am by MrWizard *

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