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Old 09-28-2010, 01:53 PM   #1
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Cell Phone & Air Link card

What cell phone services is the best for fulltimers? And do any of you use the air link cards for your laptops? We want to be able to use our laptop while in route and were wondering which one most of you recommend.

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Old 09-28-2010, 05:04 PM   #2
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I have found that most campgrounds have wi-fi these days.
If you have a air card, chances are it won't work if your cell phone gets no reception.

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Old 09-28-2010, 05:51 PM   #3
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I've been real happy with the Verizon stick that goes directly into the computer. Remember though, it is only as good as cell phone reception.
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:49 AM   #4
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I had AT&T for 2 years and while it was the best available when I got it, it still sucked.

I now have a Verizon UMW190 and the service where we travel is 100 times better. They have 3G in tons more places than AT&T. My niece has the MiFi 2200 and loves it as well.
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:53 PM   #5
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No matter which carrier you choose, you might also look into a Wilson Mobile amplifier/booster to help carry the signals back and forth when you're waaay off the beaten path. I have not used one...yet, but it's on the "wish list" for those times we travel to those remote areas in SW Colorado where we don't get much of a cell signal on the phone alone. I'm thinking that once we relocate to that area, we might install one in the house also...a few tests this last go around and I found that after 7pm, Sprint must turn the power down on the towers or some sort of environmental effect kills my signal at the property. Everything worked great during the day, but at night...signal faded in and out depending on where I stood. Just a thought...

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Old 10-03-2010, 06:56 PM   #6
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Yep, Wilson yagi systems are the key in fringed areas
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:14 PM   #7
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Verizon has the best coverage of any I have seen while we are out Jeepn' in some pretty out of the way areas. It amazes me that I can get a text out or make a call when others in our group with other carriers can't. They do tend to be most expensive but it's worth it that one time you really need it in a jam.
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:29 PM   #8
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I use Sprints "Overdrive". Can connect up to 5 devices.

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Old 10-07-2010, 09:51 AM   #9
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When we went cross country last year we bought the Virgin pay-as-you-go usb device. It worked great for us for most of the trip. Of course where there is no cell service, the usb will not work. The family was able to surf and email while we drove. However, if you plan on streaming video with this thing, it's not for you. That will eat your alotment up in no time. The best part is you only pay for what you want to use. No contracts or perpetual monthly fees.
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Old 10-07-2010, 01:16 PM   #10
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i had the sprint overdrive with an unlimited plan (or so i thought). had used it almost least everywhere i've been. outside of fringe issues, it would lock onto whatever was there and i didn't get any extra charges. recently (aug) they started limiting the roaming data to 300meg. they shut it it wasn't unlimited after all.
it appears verrizon had the best coverage off the beaten path so we canceled sprint (for data) and went with verrizon...same set up. i think they call it myfi. as with the sprint, both my wife and i can surf the web at the same time. i can also locate the myfi so that it gets the best signal.

i still have the sprint for voice mainly because of the price. haven't had any issues there.

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