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Old 05-30-2016, 09:49 PM   #1
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Mobile WiFi Hotspot Weigh-in...

We're in the Great Pacific Northwest and are searching for the best WiFi mobile coverage, access, plan and price in the area.

I'm looking at NETGEAR AirCard AC778AT (using Sprint LTE)for $87 and pay by the gig -vs- a T-Mobile 4G Hotspot (using T-Mobile LTE) for $40 and $30 per mo. w/o a contract.

Please tell me what you use and and what works best if you care to weigh in. Thanks for the forum and your kind attention!

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Old 05-31-2016, 08:54 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, I can't talk about Sprint or T-Mobile. I fulltime in our camper and work a normal 9-5 (remotely/work from home) as a web developer. I need to be online.

I have a pair of hotspots - first (and what I use 99% of the time) is a Verizon Jetpack Mifi 6620L with an unlimited data plan behind of it. Second and rarely used is an AT&T Sierra Wireless Unite which is on my 15gb shared data plan (with our 3 phones also).

The biggest thing is look at coverage areas for where you want to go.

The next thing to look at is the range on the hotspots. I find their wifi network speed degrades after about 10-15 feet. You can see it up to 25-50' away, but it's super slow. Adding a real wireless router to the mix makes a huge difference in terms of performance.
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:19 AM   #3
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I had Sprint mobile service for 20 years the service just kept getting worse and worse over time. The data service coverage was terrible lately. I went with the Verizon plan and have been very pleased with the service and the coverage. Of course you could just use your smart phone as the hot spot, I know another option.
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:24 AM   #4
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I use cricket on my nexus 4 phone and use the phone as a hotspot. 10 gigs a month for around $55.
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I use the version jet pack and have had good luck with it I pay 50 a month
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:46 PM   #7
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I use the following 4G modem/router with an outside directional antenna:

MBR1515A | LTE Gateways | Mobile Broadband | Home | NETGEAR

And an unlimited data plan through Verizon. Always get half decent reception - 10 to 50+ megs down depending on location. Enough so I can do my work and stream movies with no problem.

The bad thing is that Verizon no longer offers their unlimited plan.
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I have a little Verizon Jetpack. I have pay as I go. I have found that I can get cell and data plans most places unless we are in really remote places.
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My truck.

$10 Monthly
Doesn't the truck have to be running for the WiFi hotspot to function?

And is that $10/month unlimited data?

We just bought a Jeep that has a WiFi Hotspot and if you have figured out how to run your Hot Spot from your truck without running the engine or draining the battery, please share!
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T-Mobile

I use the T-Mobile hotspot, 10gigs for $40 plus unlimited streaming so we can watch all the netflix movies and shows without digging into our monthly allocation. On top of that, you can roll over un-used data up to 12 months.

Too good to be true? Sort of, TM doesn't have the coverage that AT&T and Verizon has but it's getting better. The signal at Wekiva Falls in Sorrento, FL was marginal but enough to stream Netflix. Good signal in Pigeon Forge, TN and at our seasonal site on the river in Cincinnati so we are happy with the service.

Bundling 2 phones with unlimited calls and text, 10G of data and the wifi hotspot runs $170 per month, no contract.
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