Originally Posted by Kyfan
I'm not sure I understand your point. If you are driving down the highway, As far as I know you need cell signal to access the internet. That is either going to come from your smart phone or portable hotspot. Do you know of another option?
All you need is a modern cell phone with web browsing capabilities and Web apps. an I phone or an Android based phone and a cell service that has a data plan with it. You can also get a tablet with a data plan. A tablet actually has its own phone number and uses the data plan from a cell provider.
You can either get a no contract monthly plan or a contract plan.
There are two types of signals GMS and CDMA the two major GMS providers are AT&T and T-Mobile the two major CDMA providers are Sprint and Version. there are numerour smaller companies but most will lease bandwidth from the major players.
What kind of service you need really depends on what you plan on using the internet for and where you need the access from. If you are on major highways you will get service from any of the major players. In rural areas some are better than others. Then there are areas where no one will get cell service. Should you want service there your only choice is Satellite service.
hopefully reading this article will help you understand the different optons. Take some time to learn as much as possible.
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You need to be more specific on your data needs before anyone can give you a definitive answer to your questions.
Hope this helps
FWI, WE recently purchased our Motor Home but prior to that have traveled to most every state south of Michigan and East of the Mississippi. There are only a few places where we did not have a T-mobile/AT&T signal for voice and text. Every evening we would have free WIFI in the motels. We could always get free WIFI at most any major restaurant chain.
We have a pay as you go WIFI hotspot in Murelene's Equinox. We purchase data at $15 for 1 meg of data. Our last purchase was in October 2015. The only time we use the pay as you go signal is when other service wasn't available or I needed to use my laptop computer to access the internet. It has been over a year since we made that purchase and we still have 200 meg left on the account.
1 gig data = 250 four meg pictures posted to facebook
1 gig data = 1000 one meg web pages
1 gig data = 10,000 one hundred byte emails
1 two hour movie = 6 gigs data usage