RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Technology Corner: Mobile hot spots

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Technology Corner

Open Roads Forum  >  Technology Corner

 > Mobile hot spots

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Prev  |  Next
Sponsored By:
steveh27

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Senior Member

Joined: 08/21/2004

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 10/31/19 11:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will not use a smart phone as a tv. Probably no more than an hour a week looking at radar & checking email.

I do have Dish sat tv and a sat radio as well.

BarneyS

S.E. Lower Michigan

Moderator

Joined: 10/16/2000

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 11/01/19 08:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would get one of these phones for $20 and then connect it with a one gig smartphone plan for $20/month.
If you already have a smartphone you can probably bring your own phone and number to their network. This is what I did.

We presently have our Galaxy S8+ phone on their 3 gig plan and are very satisfied. I don't stream much at all (never without wifi) and this plan is much cheaper than the previous Verizon plan I was on. I used it every day this summer for my duties here on RV.net plus web surfing and was never above 1 gig/month.
Always have had coverage wherever we go and now up in the Michigan woods.
Barney

* This post was last edited 11/01/19 09:16am by BarneyS *   View edit history


2004 Sunnybrook Titan 30FKS TT
Hensley "Arrow" 1400# hitch (Sold)
2019 Ram Limited 1500, 5.7L Hemi, 4x4, SB
Not towing now.
Former tow vehicles were 2016 Ram 2500 CTD, 2002 Ford F250, 7.3 PSD


steveh27

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Senior Member

Joined: 08/21/2004

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 11/02/19 06:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Barney,

I have a tracfone now for making calls when I travel. It is not a smart phone. I am thinking of buying one of those reconditioned smart phones from tracfone, but not getting the plan as I would only use it when on the road. I would buy service time, minutes & data as needed like I do now for the phone, for less than $20/month.

BarneyS

S.E. Lower Michigan

Moderator

Joined: 10/16/2000

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 11/02/19 09:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Steve,
That Tracfone I linked to above would be a good one and it is only around $20. I agree with just getting the $20 card and then only use it when you need it BUT I believe if you do not renew it you will loose your phone number and have to re-enroll again. I may be wrong on that though but would check it out before letting a card expire.
Barney

steveh27

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Senior Member

Joined: 08/21/2004

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 11/02/19 09:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Barney,

As long as I keep buying service time I keep everything. Been doing that for a decade, just not with the smart phone.

BarneyS

S.E. Lower Michigan

Moderator

Joined: 10/16/2000

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 11/02/19 08:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Then if I were you I would deep six the old phone, purchase a cheap smart phone, and get the smartphone plan I linked above. You Will not be paying any more probably than you do now but will still have the regular talking
minutes but will have the additional ability to check email or do some online surfing using the phone as a hotspot. As long as you have phone service, it doesn't matter if the campground has wifi or not.

I have been doing the exact same thing for many years also using my wifes Tracfone. Finally got tired of paying Verizon for my service and just recently switched my smartphone to Tracfone.
Barney

gemert

orlando

Senior Member

Joined: 03/08/2014

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 11/03/19 07:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is a relatively new cell service called Visible cellular. Unlimited everything (as unlimited as it gets now days) for 40ish a month. You can even get a new smart phone for $19.00. Good luck.


Jerry
Chief USN Retired
2003 Beaver Patriot Thunder C-12 505HP
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4

T18skyguy

Eugene, OR

Senior Member

Joined: 12/13/2004

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 11/03/19 09:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have T Mobile you can make your phone a hotspot for $15 a month.


Retired Anesthetist. LTP. Pilot with mechanic/inspection ratings. 2017 Jayco Greyhawk 31FS. Wife and daughter. Three cats which we must obey.

lane hog

Tucson, AZ & NW Chicago Burbs, IL

Senior Member

Joined: 07/06/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 11/05/19 12:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

AT&T allows us to use our phone as a hotspot, no added cost but they only allow about 30Gb of streaming before they have the option to throttle your bandwidth. Setting the resolution to 720p makes a huge dent in bandwidth usage.



  • 2005 Winnebago "Minnie" 31C (was a three-time Jayco owner)
  • 2012 MasterTow Dolly pulling a 2003 Jeep Liberty (had Ram 2500 CTD, Dodge Durango, Honda Odyssey...)
  • Onan Microquiet 4000, plus 130W solar and Honda EU2000i twins for backup



AllegroD

Outdare

Senior Member

Joined: 05/13/2003

View Profile



Posted: 11/05/19 02:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would read the unlimited phone, text data (on a phone agreement) clauses carefully. The unlimited my apply to that phone only, and not any connected devices. Hotspots, on a phone, may cost to use or a shared connection may be throttled. Know what you can do with the entire plan.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Technology Corner

 > Mobile hot spots
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Technology Corner


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2019 CWI, Inc. © 2019 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS