Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-23-2016, 12:35 PM   #11
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Posts: 170
Verizon has very good coverage when you are on the interstate. (and pretty good coverage in most places) If we need to use the iPad or laptop we hotspot off the iPhone.

2015 Solaire 201SS
2015 GMC 2500HD Duramax
PSU Turf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2016, 12:37 PM   #12
Senior Member
f5moab's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Idaho
Posts: 1,984
I have the Onstar AT&T hotspot in my Silverado, but cancelled service after 3-months. Probably the biggest mistake Onstar ever did and that was to switch from Verizon service in 2014 and prior vehicles to AT&T for us out west.
Although AT&T cell service is ok, their LTE/3G does not exist anyplaces I camp, so why have it?
So I rely on a Verizon smart phone to browse the news if needed.

f5moab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2016, 12:42 PM   #13
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 300
Originally Posted by modemem View Post
This keeps the Grandkids Ipads going....most of the time.

Inexpensive Mobile Wi-Fi | WiFi Hotspot | Internet on the Go

Hotspot and data cards sold at WallyWorld.
Marcel & Jenne
Kemptville, ON
2014 Rockwood 8282WS
2015 Ford F150 Eco-Boost
BusyRetirees is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2016, 01:04 PM   #14
Senior Member
mdstudey's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 248
We have Verizon and it will be what I stick with. Right now I have a very expensive plan and when they are up, I will be going with one of their pre-paid plans for our phones and my Samsung Tablet. Sure there are dead spots, but I have been able to get service in some pretty surprising places.
Chuck & Denise + Pata a.k.a the campground Gladys Karvitz
He is a picker, photographer, hiker. She is a quilter.
Both big nature lovers.
2015 23BD Grey Wolf, 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500
2015 - 7 nights, 2 trips, 2016 - 2 trip, 24 nights
Life is short
mdstudey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2016, 01:15 PM   #15
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 353
We have T-mobile for our LG 4GLTE cell phones and use them for checking Gas Buddy, posting to Facebook, checking maps using Google maps, etc. T-Mobiles coverage is excellent in most major cities as well as along most freeways East of the Mississippi. T-Mobile may also be a good choice west of the Mississippi but I haven't been there since the inception of cell phones LOL.

We have Xfinity internet service at home so those hotspots are available in most major cities at no extra charge if we want to use the laptop or tablet.

Walmarts, Home Depots, Sams Clubs and most restaurants have free wi-fi if the need arises.

Then we recently purchased a Straight Talk no contract 4GLTE Mobile Hotspot that operates on the AT&T network from Data costs $15 for 1 gig or $25 for a 2 gig refill that is good for 30 days. We bought this strictly so we could check email, post to facebook, and pay bills online when we were unable to access the internet any other way. The reason being is that AT&T has probably the best rural coverage in the nation and the only time we haven't found it available ( T-Mobile uses the AT&T network for roaming), there was no internet available for anyone regardless of the carrier.

I know some families love being connected and 1 gig would never be enough to satisfy them, but 1 gig is 250- 4 meg pictures posted to facebook, 1000 -1 meg webpages, and 10,000- 100K emails.

Murelene's Equinox is capable of being a mobile hotspot. She will buy 1 gig of data that does not have an expiration date for about $15. It has been a year since we last purchased any data for that plan and we still have about 200 meg available for use.

How much mobile internet access will cost is really dependent on how well connected you want to be.. Remember one- two hour movie uses about 6 GIG of data.
ShermanD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2016, 01:33 PM   #16
Commercial Member
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Akron, Ohio
Posts: 1,034
My smart phone costs $10 a month. Phone and text all the time at that rate. If I can connect to WiFi I get full Internet with no data limit.

When traveling in the RV for about $0.85 a day I get full Internet when driving. One tank using Gas buddy savings can pay for a few days service.

I can turn this extra service on or off a couple times a month.

Republic Wireless
I write a blog on RV tire application and safety and give seminars on tires at RV events across the US. 40 years experience as tire design & quality engineer for major tire mfg. Freelander 23QB on Chevy chassis is my RV
RV Tire Safety Blog
Tireman9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2016, 01:52 PM   #17
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 86
As an old guy I have service on my Iphone through Consumer Cellular through AARP. I use the built in hot spot (no extra charge) and have the WAZE app on the phone.
Epat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2016, 03:52 PM   #18
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 109
I have a unit from AT&T it gives us our home phone and 10gb of data for our computers a month.cost is $87.00 / month. We used it when we left New York in January and drove to Las Vegas,stayed there for 4 months and returned to New York.We use it as our regular home phone and take it with us when traveling.My motorhome has full time 110Vac and we NEVER lost a call or a signal People call us and think were home in New York and are surprised when we tell em were on the road. Their is cheaper systems out there but we like this plan.Only once did we go over the monthly 10Gb limit and they chg.$10.00 to add another GB.
Mark1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2016, 03:59 PM   #19
Kyfan's Avatar
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 91
Many thanks

Thanks guys and gals, I appreciate the quick responses to my questions. So far it seems there are a lot of options: ATT, VERIZON, GOOGLE.FI, SPRINT, T-MOBILE, FOXFI, STRAIGHTALK, and a few other ideas I need to
start research on.
I have the Garmin RV 760 GPS for some info, but would need internet anyway.
Now if someone could find a service that was good enough to stream Netflix, we'd be all set, but we do have a few hundred movies on dvd.
Kyfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2016, 04:24 PM   #20
Usually Confused Member
emm-dee's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Georgia
Posts: 1,213
Seems like the general consensus is using a phone Hotspot feature to create a wifi network. Even at locations with free wifi I usually still use the hotspot. Most public wifi connections are so slow they're almost unusable. Speedtesting most of them show results of 0.5 to 1.5 MBPS speed, and even less using VPN services. LTE speeds are usually around 35-40 mbps, sometimes as high as 90. But rarely do I see speeds less than 12-15.

At some point during every day you suddenly realize nothing else productive is going to happen the rest of that day. For me, it usually occurs around 9 am.

Vengeance 25V (the Harley needed a home)
emm-dee is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:16 PM.