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Old 04-14-2014, 12:06 PM   #11
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I use an antique Palm Pilot that has a Verizon 'free hot spot'. Was informed this winter that when this phone shoots craps, that's the end of the free hot spot as the Palm Pilot has been discontinued and will no longer be supported. They won't even activate a NOS Palm Pilot which I have 2 that will have to be thrown away.
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:11 PM   #12
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One of the best features cell phone carriers have added has been the mobile hotspot feature...campgrounds are more miss than hit when they advertise free wifi service...now, when their wifi doesn't work I just turn on my hotspot and everybody in the camper is a happy camper
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:18 PM   #13
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I think I will go with one of Virginmobiles hotspots. I am satisfied with their phone service doesn't work out I can always go back to big red. Much as I would hate to do that.
We have one we don't use anymore. If you camp around populated areas, it will work. It's fast enough for email and looking at the weather radar and that's about it. I like their data plan rates.
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:18 PM   #14
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WOW OC - I used to have a Palm Treo - darn good phone for the times!!

You are gonna hate it when it craps out Don't know what your data requirements are, but plans are a bit on the pricy side da_n pricy IMHO!

Since you are an accomplished DIYer, you should look into one of the WIFI booster antennas. These babys will pull in a WIFI signal from as far as 7 miles! (Think'n a good chance of mooching off local free WIFI hotspots here )

Here's a link to one on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846

DIY comes in because this sucker is 3' tall so a means to lower it flat to the roof needs to be designed, and wiring will need to be routed from the roof to wherever the WIFI router lives (entertainment system area?)
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:30 PM   #15
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I bought a used MIFI off Ebay for $35, then activate Verizon MIFI monthly as needed. The MIFI has provided super service everywhere we go regardless of mountains or oceans!
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:13 PM   #16
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I use Verizon MIFI: $80/10 Gigs month. I've actually gone over my limit a couple of times! Really fast download speeds.

I have used the campground WIFI (tengointernet/Boingo)a few times but as a shared resource was EXTREMELY slow. A carrier pigeon could have gotten info to me faster.
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:16 PM   #17
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Virgin Mobile uses the Sprint Network too. So you will get essentially the same service from them as most re-branded hot spot services. If that is sufficient where you are then it is a good option.

There are many advantages to using a separate device for WiFi. Particularly for a couple where the hot spot phone user may be leaving while the other person may want internet service at home. Even going into another room or walking a little way from the camper, can interfere with using a phone hot spot.
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:23 PM   #18
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There are many advantages to using a separate device for WiFi. Particularly for a couple where the hot spot phone user may be leaving while the other person may want internet service at home. Even going into another room or walking a little way from the camper, can interfere with using a phone hot spot.
Agreed! Plus the hotspot is a battery hog- I found I would just leave my phone plugged in. Then, if no one used it for 30 minutes, it would shut the hotspot down and I'd have to go into the settings menu. Our iPhones were finicky with letting things connect.

Plus, depending on your usage - if you need to talk + use data at the same time, you can't beat a dedicated hotspot. I could do both onlyl if I had full bars- anything less and my data was crap slow.

I switched to a dedicated hotspot device towards the tailend of last year and haven't looked back!
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The walmart device is also Sprint network.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:57 PM   #20
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I use a sprint hot spot that my employer provides. Not the best service once you get far enough away from the interstates. Lots of dead space. Works better than most campground wifi.
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