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Old 02-18-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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Let Spring come!

I can't wait for Spring so I can go out in the middle of nowhere and do some serious doodling. I recently got a little Sasktel MiFi dohinkey that allows me to use my laptop anywhere there is cell service, which is pretty much anywhere I'll be going - at least for now. Nothin' like roughing it - shower, fridge, stove, laptop, cell phone.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:35 PM   #2
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Ohhh ya gotta luv those little MiFi dohinkey thingies! I recently upgraded from a mifi to a "hotspot" on my verizon. Verdict is still out on how it works...
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:56 AM   #3
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They do make access easy.
We got the 3g Verizon plan and recently upgraded to the 4g network.
We use it at home and take it on the road.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #4
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I can't wait for Spring so I can go out in the middle of nowhere and do some serious doodling. I recently got a little Sasktel MiFi dohinkey that allows me to use my laptop anywhere there is cell service, which is pretty much anywhere I'll be going - at least for now. Nothin' like roughing it - shower, fridge, stove, laptop, cell phone.
Just dont use it in the States... talk to Sasktel first... otherwise you will get a huge $urpri$e...
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:59 AM   #5
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If you have an Android smartphone, you can have it rooted, then turn it into a free hotshot! we also have a Motorola Xoom tablet (like iPad, only better) that has data plan. This is automatically a hotshot. so tablet and hotshot for $30/month for 4G.
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If you have an Android smartphone, you can have it rooted, then turn it into a free hotshot! we also have a Motorola Xoom tablet (like iPad, only better) that has data plan. This is automatically a hotshot. so tablet and hotshot for $30/month for 4G.
Did you do the rooting yourself or pay someone? And on the Xoom, what data plan do you have and can you share a link where I could find info on it? Thanks
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:40 AM   #7
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Ohhh ya gotta luv those little MiFi dohinkey thingies! I recently upgraded from a mifi to a "hotspot" on my verizon. Verdict is still out on how it works...
I have had the chance to really put the "hotspot" to the test recently. I wasn't happy last month to see that I couldn't get Yahoo (and a couple of others urls) while using Hotspot to get my laptop online. Tried it on the highway, where 4G was active, or at home. Verizon acknowleged there was some snafu preventing some sites to work through Hotspot. The hotspot would also decide when it would allow us to log in. They promised that the anticipated major 'update' for my Razr (due this month) would eliminate that issue. They were kind enough to credit us $20 for our frustrations and 'patience'.

My phone did go into non-use mode for about 12 minutes and then rebooted itself last week. I assumed this was the promised update. Went on to Hotspot several times now with no difficulty connecting to the internet with our laptops. I haven't had any more problems getting on to any site I have tried.

I love my new Razr (bought in December), and like the Hotspot more than the previous MIFI we had. The downside is that we have to have some way of charging the cell as Hotspot drains the battery more quickly (use my laptop when a/c isn't available and Don does have one of those extra battery thingys to charge phones/laptops/etc for a few hours if needed).

Besides the data plan fee, my hotspot is $30 a month for unlimited usage ('grandfathered' into our recent pllan).

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Quahog - yes, I did the rooting myself. I'm a software engineer by day, so was pretty easy. As for the data plan, I have unlimited data on my phone. We were grandfathered in and I don't think verizon offers unlimited anymore. for the Xoom, we have the 2GB plan. So, if I'm going to watch streaming video on the xoom, I use the wi-fi connection from my phone.

You can find verizon plans at www.verizonwireless.com
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I used to have an unlimited data plan from Sprint years ago but they pi$$ed me off with their shenanigans and I dropped them for good. Now I have Verizon and so far, I am happy with the service. Even the 6GB a month with the mobile hotspot has served us well.

Before this phone, I had a Virgin Mobile pay-as-you-go unlimited data for $35 a month but they disabled the hot spot. The only way to get around it was to root the phone but I didn't want to brick the thing attempting it. It probably would have gone ok but I have too many other projects going on now to mess with it.
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