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Old 03-09-2011, 06:40 PM   #11
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We just got a Motorola Droid phone through Verizon. The phone was free, and our bill increased by $35/month for unlimited online use. It will do almost everything our laptop will and takes up a lot less space on the road. And it plugs right into our stereo on the camper to play all our tunes without taking CD's with us. Best camping accessory we've found yet. Also, I thought that was a joke about the app for leveling the RV, but I just found it online. Pretty cool. http://www.pcworld.com/appguide/app....9&expand=false
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:05 PM   #12
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same operating system as ours... the level we got is a free app from the droid market, if you lay it flat it displays a bullseye level with a digital readout of the out of level in each direction. of course, i need to find/create a flat surface that'll let me check level as I drive up to the site.

We loaded an app called Pandora that allows you to "create" themed radio stations, check it out. With the bluetooth on our Fusion we can listen to Pandora thru the car speakers.

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We just got a Motorola Droid phone through Verizon. The phone was free, and our bill increased by $35/month for unlimited online use. It will do almost everything our laptop will and takes up a lot less space on the road. And it plugs right into our stereo on the camper to play all our tunes without taking CD's with us. Best camping accessory we've found yet. Also, I thought that was a joke about the app for leveling the RV, but I just found it online. Pretty cool. RV Companion Version: 1.1 Utilities App - PCWorld
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:23 PM   #13
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we have verison palm pre plus phones with unlimited talk text and built in hotspot for up to 5 devices two phones two lines 5mb per phone 10 mb total works great at our camper in our home in our car or truck driving down the road i hav my printer hooked to the net wirelessly through it we got rid of our local internet provider because this works so well it is as fast or mabe alittle faster than the high speed we had
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RV Companion is also an iPhone and iPad (in iPhone mode) App. Still works very cool. The flashlight option is a bit goofy, but for a phone it might be ok...

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Old 03-10-2011, 05:37 AM   #15
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:33 AM   #16
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We just got rid of our snail mail dial up at our homeport and replaced it with a Verizon 5-Spot, we now get high speed broadband at the house and anywhere else we have a Verizon phone signal. Our phone signal at the house is spotty, but the signal for the 5-Spot seems to work everywhere here at home.

We got 3GB for $35.00 a month. So far we have been able to surf the web and email all we want and not use up our allotment. If so it is just $10.00 a GB more. It looks like you can search and email quite a lot and not run out. Downloading movies and heavy picture sending and downloading might be a problem. We don't do the movies and seldom do that many pictures at a time.

So this looks like it will work out fine for us here at the homeport and on the road. We will use Wifi hot spots whenever we can to keep down our usage.
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Just wondering, is it possible to connect a laptop to a smart phone with a cable and use the laptop thru the phone? Not so much creating a wireless hub but rather making the laptop's monitor and keyboard operate like the phone. That would be all I'd ever want, the keyboard on the phone can be difficult at times, and it is always cutting into the viewable space. The screen on the phone is big for a phone, but it isn't big enough. LOL, I really should get some reading glasses...
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I fought for a very long time upgrading to the iphone. Friends INSISTED on texting me and it was a nightmare to do so on the old flip phone. Now I love the iphone and all the apps and texting is easy. Only problem I have with it is the sound. It can be nice and loud for a ringtone or a song or video, but the conversations are disgustingly low. I have to put all of them on speaker and then still hold it right up by my ear to hear anything. Being hard of hearing sucks!!! As for the apps....there are some really good ones for RV'ers on the go. I particularly like the GPS Drive, Where'd I Go, Around Me and Wi-Fi Finder.
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Wife has a Droid X and comes in handy for supplying wifi to the laptop while camping. And did I mention it's free? You do not have to pay Verizon for the service! If you have a droid, you can "root" your phone and do all kinds of great stuff. One thing is to install an app such as Barnacle tether. With this app, you can broadcast wifi to up to 5 devices at once! Keep in mind, you need a descent phone signal. We went camping a couple weekends ago. I told my wife to turn the thether on so I could connect to it. Not 30 seconds later......so did someone else who was looking for wireless. Haha. Must have been a camper within a couple sites. No worries. I still had great speed! Love that Droid X! You iPhone users can keep them. I have a iPod Touch and don't care fot it. To each their own!
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We switched to Verizon recently, in anticipation of traveling

I have the Droid X and installed the Easytether App. It cost $10 for a one time installation cost, although they have a trial version as well. Now, I hook my Droid X to the laptop via a USB cable and since the data plan is unlimited from Verizon, I have unlimited download for the laptop.....

Speed is excellent, and the app apparently works with other droid phones....I have downloaded 8 gig movies using it
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