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Old 07-23-2016, 09:50 AM   #1
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Internet service when driving

We currently use tracfones for phone service only. What do you use to have access to internet when driving for checking gas buddy, google maps, campground info etc. and the cost of your plan if you don't mind sharing?

Smart phones?
Tablet with data plan?
Other?

Do you have problems losing connections when traveling cross country?
Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-23-2016, 09:52 AM   #2
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WiFi came with my truck. I pay $10 a month extra to ATT to add that hotspot to my shared family data plan. Yes, I lose signal. Every cell company's service area map is a joke. Lots of dead spots in this big country.
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Old 07-23-2016, 10:46 AM   #3
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WiFi came with my truck. I pay $10 a month extra to ATT to add that hotspot to my shared family data plan. Yes, I lose signal. Every cell company's service area map is a joke. Lots of dead spots in this big country.
Thanks for the info. My Class C forester doesn't have wifi built in, but I have tried mobile hotspots, and haven't been very impressed with them. Coverage spotty and very slow. I'm hoping someone has found a better solution, if there is one.
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Old 07-23-2016, 10:58 AM   #4
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We both have AT&T for our phones which allow the phones to be used as hotspots. We than turn on the hotspot to allow the I-pad to be used to searcher for information, if needed. We also have paper books such as the "Next Exit" and "The RV'ers Friend" which provides information on rest stops and fueling stations that are RV friendly. Along with paper maps for when we do not have cell tower service. I also purchase every other year the RV Travel & Savings Guide from Good Sam which list campgrounds and the phone numbers.


I than also use the Rand McNally 7710 GPS which provides fueling stations and campgrounds along with eating, banking, hospitals, RV centers, rest areas and shopping places to visit. This backs up the paper book information we use, the DW does this as we drive.


We take all of this information with us when we travel and have used these items many times.
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Old 07-23-2016, 11:16 AM   #5
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The wireless carriers are my customers and I would have to say Verizon has the best coverage of the interstate corridors. Google just released their Google.fi which is the best plan out there today. It's $20 per line and .01/mb or $10/Gig. whatever is leftover at the end of the month for each 1G segment, you get a credit for. They use Sprint, T-Mo, and wifi for unlimited calling/text. The downside is they only currently offer Nexus 6P and no family shared plan. Check out their site as they have a nifty plan calculator.
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Old 07-23-2016, 11:32 AM   #6
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We both have AT&T for our phones which allow the phones to be used as hotspots. We than turn on the hotspot to allow the I-pad to be used to searcher for information, if needed. We also have paper books such as the "Next Exit" and "The RV'ers Friend" which provides information on rest stops and fueling stations that are RV friendly. Along with paper maps for when we do not have cell tower service. I also purchase every other year the RV Travel & Savings Guide from Good Sam which list campgrounds and the phone numbers.

I than also use the Rand McNally 7710 GPS which provides fueling stations and campgrounds along with eating, banking, hospitals, RV centers, rest areas and shopping places to visit. This backs up the paper book information we use, the DW does this as we drive.


We take all of this information with us when we travel and have used these items many times.
With iPads and tablets the hotspot seems to be the best option. Both iPads have cellular capabilities but we don't use it. AT&T and others give you a $10 "deal" to use cellular on the iPad but it uses the shared data on your plan, which includes the iPhones. Duuuuuhhh, why pay extra to use data already paid for since, at least for us, the iPads are always within the phone hotspot range.

For nav on a longer trip we use TomTom app. It's a little more work to set up a trip but when using it the presentation is far superior to AppleMaps or Google map. Plus, TomTom has all its data stored on the device so it doesn't need any cellular/WiFi connection.

Our normal setup is one Iphone resting one the instrument cluster in front of the steering wheel and being used as a rear observation camera. The iPad Mini is attached to the center dash ac outlet and displaying TomTom, and the other iPhone is available for miscellaneous info like Gas Buddy, RV Parky, etc.

Since the TomTom app doesn't need cellular data it works just fine when cellular is not available. But, it's a pretty rare occurrence to not have cellular coverage.

The plan cost is $171 (including taxes) for five iPhones, 15 gig shared rollover data and the usual unlimited talk and text.
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Old 07-23-2016, 11:39 AM   #7
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This keeps the Grandkids Ipads going.

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.
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Old 07-23-2016, 11:45 AM   #8
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Cell phone with sprint (unlimited data and no noticeable slowdown)
iPad with Verizon
iPad with sprint

Plan costs on iPads vary based on how many gigs we expect to use. Verizon seems to be a bit cheaper and have better coverage for the iPad, but heir data rates kill me on my cell phone, which is my primary data when at parks with slow or no internet service

Between these 3 we always have connection except in very remote mountainous areas.
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I have not tried it but I've got a friend that has straight talk and uses foxfi app. 8 dollar one time fee for app. He says it works good for him. This app makes your phone the hot spot. He uses the 10g plan for 55 dollars
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We have straight talk. For $42.50/mo. We get unlimited talk, text, and datea. First 5 gigs are high speed, after that it slows down considerably. There are dead spots, but 95%of the time we get service.
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