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Old 01-13-2013, 08:01 PM   #11
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If you have a smart phone you might be able to use "Tether" (not affiliated, just a happy user). http://tether.com/ For a one time charge, about $30, you can tap into your cell phone data plan and use it on your computer, wherever there's a cell phone signal.

I've been using it for a few years, and since I'm still grandfathered into the unlimited data plan with Verizon, I have all the internet access I want, for free. Well, actually for the $30 I paid when I purchased the program.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:14 PM   #12
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I sent Millenicom an email requesting the companies that provided their data services and here is what they responded with:

Our Basic Plans work over the T-Mobile footprint:http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/pcc.aspx

Our Hotspot Plan works over the Verizon footprint:
www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/CoverageLocatorController?requesttype=NEWREQUEST

Our
Unlimited and BYOD Plans work over the Sprint footprint:


http://coverage.sprint.com/IMPACT.jsp?


Here is the breakdown of our service
options:

Basic Plan: 2 gigabytes monthly of HSPA+ data
transfer. $39.99/month, $49.99 activation fee, $15.00 shipping fee, FREE device
use (must be returned to close the account). Upgradable to 5 gigabytes
monthly: $49.99/month

Hotspot Plan: 20 gigabytes monthly of 3G/4G data
transfer. $69.99/month, $49.99 activation fee, $15.00 shipping fee, device
purchase $99.99: Novatel MiFi 4620LE.


Unlimited Plan: Unlimited monthly 3G/4G data
transfer. (soft cap at 50 gigs.) $69.99/month, $49.99 activation fee, $15.00
shipping fee, device purchase $99.99: Sierra 250U


BYOD Plan: Unlimited monthly data transfer. (soft
cap at 50 gigs.) $69.99/month, $49.99 activation fee. Customer must own a
non-active Sprint mobile broadband device.


Thanks for considering us!




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Thanks for all the Info. Lots to consider.
Thanks again
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:57 AM   #14
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You can try Pdanet, which is what I use. You are tethered from phone to lap top or device. Free though. Can also try FoxFi. On some phones they can create a hotspot. Can also use it to connect via bluetooth from smart phone to device.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:59 AM   #15
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That is what I use also.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:03 PM   #16
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I am going out West this year and hve the same need.
I am going with one of these options. No contract.

Walmart
Vorizon hotpot 5gb for $59.00/month + $149 purchase price.
or
AT&T hotspot 5gb for $49/month + $149 purchase price.

These are both 3G/4G depending on service available. You can hook up to 5 devices to each option.

when I get home, I will see if this is enough for our normal internet usage. If so, I will cancel home internet and land line.

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Old 02-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #17
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You can try Pdanet, which is what I use. You are tethered from phone to lap top or device. Free though. Can also try FoxFi. On some phones they can create a hotspot. Can also use it to connect via bluetooth from smart phone to device.
well, just looked at Pdanet, it requires jailbreaking for an iPhone; and looks like FoxFi has been absorbed by Pdanet. I downloaded and paid for Tether, installed appropriate software on both my MacBook Pro and iPhone 5, but can not access the internet. Just filed a support ticket for help; noted that in the Knowledge Base, there were FAR more issues for the iPhones (22) compared to three each for Android and Blackberry. I'll follow up on this thread when I figure out what's happening with Tether. The other alternative is to pay Verizon an extra $30 per month to allow the iPhone to serve as a hotspot.

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Never did hear anything back from the Tether Tech support, but tried again today after updating the iPhone to the latest iOS and restarting everything. Could connect via 3G, but service was VERY slow:
278 ms Ping
.86 Mbps download
.03 Mbps upload

I will see if I can try from a location where I can get Verizon's LTE coverage, that should be faster; the question is how much faster?
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Must be an iphone thing. You do not need to jailbreak for a Droid phone. I do believe the FoxFi was just for the blue tooth access. Which is what I am trying to update to, but can not get it to work on my laptop. I can join my phone to the laptop, but when I try to "dial in" to get internet access I get some kind of network error.
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Re: Internet connection on the road

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Never did hear anything back from the Tether Tech support, but tried again today after updating the iPhone to the latest iOS and restarting everything. Could connect via 3G, but service was VERY slow:
278 ms Ping
.86 Mbps download
.03 Mbps upload

I will see if I can try from a location where I can get Verizon's LTE coverage, that should be faster; the question is how much faster?
That looks about right for Verizon's 3G coverage. It's usually around 1 Mbps. You should probably see between 7 and 8 Mbps on the 4G.
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