Originally Posted by gectisme
I have been using my Verizon iPhone as a hot spot and so far have had very good luck. Had to move to the top of a hill at one campground to get signal but once I got 3 bars I had very good LTE bandwidth. I only have an iPhone 5s so if someone calls my phone, it bumps me off of the internet which in my case is not so good because I am usually on a secure VPN connection. (It's a hassle to go through and re-login into the VPN and then restart all the programs). The work around I found is to use the *72 phone forwarding feature and I don't get bumped off. From what I understand the iPhone 6 and 6s can do data and phone simultaneously so those won't be an issue. Not sure about the Verizon Android smartphones.
You're getting bumped because it's Verizon, not because it's a 5 vs a 6. Basically, there's two kinds of cellular networks CDMA or GSM. Companies that use GSM can do voice and data simultaneously, CDMA can't, but CDMA generally has a better overall signal than GSM which means CDMA works better farther from the towers than GSM, which is why Verizon usually has better coverage in the fringes.
Now, back to the OP's question. We just use my iPhone's hotspot. I'm Canadian, so I'm on a Canadian plan. It's a smaller company so I don't have LTE, just 3G speeds, but I only pay about $35 US (factoring for the exchange rate on $45 CDN) for unlimited talk, text and data throughout Canada and
the US. As a cross-border commuter this plan is essential for me, so since I have it, I leverage it while camping too.
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