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Old 03-09-2011, 07:41 AM   #1
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internet on the road

just returned to stix&brix after 5 weeks in fl
while parked in a wally world next to home depot on the way home
found HDepot free wifi to be a great service good signal strength and easy to connect with .technology has left this mature american far behind so this was like a gift to me,
second thing i found the higher the dollar rig the earlier they arrive and depart
wally world
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:34 AM   #2
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Cool, what part of Florida do you visit? We did the month between Thanksgiving and Xmas in Sarasota and were always seeking those free wifi outlets. Staples was also a good service and of course any McDonalds we saw had one, real easy log in. I think we used Sheetz once, too. I think most hotels, gas stations and coffee shops now offer free wifi...

Just watch out using most of these for doing anything serious, like banking, they say crooks monitor these networks looking for passwords and banking info.

We are talking about getting a Verizon wireless hub, but we are afraid of the limited data plan they offer. Not sure we could live with 2 gig's a month. We actually saw a couple of these wifi hubs show up as an option while traveling.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:54 AM   #3
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Cool, what part of Florida do you visit? We did the month between Thanksgiving and Xmas in Sarasota and were always seeking those free wifi outlets. Staples was also a good service and of course any McDonalds we saw had one, real easy log in. I think we used Sheetz once, too. I think most hotels, gas stations and coffee shops now offer free wifi...

Just watch out using most of these for doing anything serious, like banking, they say crooks monitor these networks looking for passwords and banking info.

We are talking about getting a Verizon wireless hub, but we are afraid of the limited data plan they offer. Not sure we could live with 2 gig's a month. We actually saw a couple of these wifi hubs show up as an option while traveling.
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16 days at linger lodge in bradenton definatly old florida
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:21 AM   #4
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Cool, what part of Florida do you visit? We did the month between Thanksgiving and Xmas in Sarasota and were always seeking those free wifi outlets. Staples was also a good service and of course any McDonalds we saw had one, real easy log in. I think we used Sheetz once, too. I think most hotels, gas stations and coffee shops now offer free wifi...

Just watch out using most of these for doing anything serious, like banking, they say crooks monitor these networks looking for passwords and banking info.

We are talking about getting a Verizon wireless hub, but we are afraid of the limited data plan they offer. Not sure we could live with 2 gig's a month. We actually saw a couple of these wifi hubs show up as an option while traveling.
i use verizon. changed from a sprint unlimited plan because at 330 meg the shut me down (sprint doesn't like for u to roam and u roam just abt everywhere unless ur camping downtown in a major city). had been with them for more than 4 yrs.
anyway, verizon charges $20 extra to use the phone as a hot spot but u already have to have their $30 data plan on it. the mifi hotspot abt, 3 months ago, was $59 w/5g limit. u would still have service beyond but the cost was high. i believe in Feb (when i found out abt it) they started offering several plans ranging from $35 for 3gig to $80 for 10gig. each plan will charge u an extra $10 if u go over and add another gig.
i am a heavy user and don't find it to be too limiting. i took the 3gig plan. even if i go to 4.99999gig, it will cost me $5 less than i was paying.

we live between two houses. had hughes net at one, decided to put a wireless connection on the desktop (much like what u would have on a laptop...not a router). when there, we both log onto verizon. on the road we both log onto verizon with laptops. so far, it's working out for us.

u really have to be a heavy user exceed 5gig. we hit 4.3 last month but i was working on a cruise book and uplaoded lots of (large) pictures.

i can live with the $10 for each extra gig. i believe under the old plan, the extra gig would have been $50 more (assuming i got the decimal in the right place...seems like the overage was 5 cents/meg).

the other pleasant supprise is that i was getting high speed in Lake Charles. it was comprable (actually faster) with hughes net. hughes net was slower than verizon.
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we recently upgraded to a smart phone that has the ability to serve as a hub. we might pay for that in the future [somewhere i was reading that there is a hack that allows you to open that app and make it a hub without verizon knowing, but i'll pass on that for now] It has the 30 buck unlimited data...

HTC Droid Incredible, good phone, it allows us to use the internet, google, lots of apps, maps, check gas prices and we can even answer emails by speaking into it instead of typing. from now on we plan on using the level app to level the RV, lol.

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i use verizon. changed from a sprint unlimited plan because at 330 meg the shut me down (sprint doesn't like for u to roam and u roam just abt everywhere unless ur camping downtown in a major city). had been with them for more than 4 yrs.
anyway, verizon charges $20 extra to use the phone as a hot spot but u already have to have their $30 data plan on it. the mifi hotspot abt, 3 months ago, was $59 w/5g limit. u would still have service beyond but the cost was high. i believe in Feb (when i found out abt it) they started offering several plans ranging from $35 for 3gig to $80 for 10gig. each plan will charge u an extra $10 if u go over and add another gig.
i am a heavy user and don't find it to be too limiting. i took the 3gig plan. even if i go to 4.99999gig, it will cost me $5 less than i was paying.

we live between two houses. had hughes net at one, decided to put a wireless connection on the desktop (much like what u would have on a laptop...not a router). when there, we both log onto verizon. on the road we both log onto verizon with laptops. so far, it's working out for us.

u really have to be a heavy user exceed 5gig. we hit 4.3 last month but i was working on a cruise book and uplaoded lots of (large) pictures.

i can live with the $10 for each extra gig. i believe under the old plan, the extra gig would have been $50 more (assuming i got the decimal in the right place...seems like the overage was 5 cents/meg).

the other pleasant supprise is that i was getting high speed in Lake Charles. it was comprable (actually faster) with hughes net. hughes net was slower than verizon.
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:22 AM   #6
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we passed thru panama city, we came down thru vicksburg to Gulfport and then followed the coast to Sarasota. Stayed in a state park in Gulf Shores and then a night in Saint Joe's. That was an interesting park. we took 7 days going down, stopping in Nashville and then Memphis to see Graceland.

Where my daughter lives in Sarasota, there is a colony of Amish folk wintering, many of them were from Ohio.

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switched my mifi in sept 2010. switched phone in Jan. feb, saw a broshure abt the rate change on the mifi and jumped on it. usually go several months with little or no usage (that will change now that i will be using it as my internet at the other house).

there is a little difference in the coverage: with sprint i could go from SW La to NE La and wouldn't be without coverage more than a couple of miles. Verizion, i have a large area S of Alexandra that has no coverage. when we go across the top of the state of La on a state hiway (abt 30 miles north of I-20, its the only one that has contineous service).

for voice, i have the facinate by samsung. it has voice comand also.
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I just switched to an iphone from AT&T and got the 2 Gig data plan. Their other option is 200 MG...but I do not know yet how much I will be using. With AT&T as long as you are using an existing WIFI signal it does not count against your data plan. Only when you are using the phone itself to connect to the net. Since I am almost always near WIFI or using the parks WIFI I figure I am totally safe and do not need to worry about going over the data plan limits. Might even switch back to the cheaper 200MG. Just need to try it for a couple months and see what happens. Love some of the apps...that leveling one is neat.
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Campingshadow,

We have the iPad with AT&T 2G data plan and this month was the first time we used almost all of it. We are, I guess, "heavy" internet users and we typically use about 300 megs a month of 3G service. Mostly google earth and maps while traveling and emails on the road.

This month we had almost NO WiFi available where we were dry camping, and we used the heck out of it. We still did not use it all, but we did get a"low" warning at 1.8G. We only had 2 days to go for a refill, so we sucked it up.

Since the 2G price is the same per month ($25.00) as the 250meg (15.00) plus 1 refill of 250 meg (10.00), I feel the 2G at 25 bucks is a great deal. As long as you don't stream too much video, you will never need to worry about running out.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:49 PM   #10
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U may b able to use a lessor plan on iPhone. IPhone seems to make better use of the wifi than this one. I believe Verizon had two choices: 150m or unlimited. After ten days, I was up to 80 so upped to unlimited.. iPhone I used abt 80 in a mo. I was more cautious with the iPhone. Tended to use it sparingly unless I was on wifi
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