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Old 04-12-2014, 09:57 AM   #1
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Question WIFI Hot spot

What WIFI hot spot non monthly subscription pay as need is the best?
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:22 PM   #2
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It really depends on where you are located and the level of service offered by the provider. In my experience, Verizon's data network is the best. Any provider you use will be using one of the existing major networks, so make sure you know what you are buying. Here is an article on the speed and reliability of the "Big 4" networks.

Verizon has most reliable cellular network in test, AT&T has the fastest | Ars Technica
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:47 AM   #3
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Verizon. Not the cheapest, but has the best coverage and some amazing speeds. We used Virgin Mobile for 2 years and it was a disappointment. One of my customers has 45+ people on the road and they use Jetpacks exclusively. They go to areas with some poor coverage too and are still able to work.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:19 AM   #4
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There is a company called Freedom Pop that has reasonably priced plans, including a free one for minimal usage, suitable, it says, for email. Unfortunately they run on the Sprint LTE network which is good where it is, but is not close to the extensiveness of VZ or T. Most of the cheaper third party plans like Freedom POP resell Sprint service. So always check the actual service provider before you sign up.

If you come across any WiMax services, don't bother. That too is a Sprint service and they are shutting it next year in favor of the LTE network.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:55 AM   #5
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Stupid question, but what smartphone and carrier do you have today? A lot of smartphones have a hotspot functionality built right in! :-)
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X2 on Verizon (we use it ourselves) Best coverage of the USA hands down - in fact, it is just about the only carrier that will work out west (NM,AZ,UT,CO,WY) when you get more than 3 miles from a interstate.

Problem is, it's expensive - all mobile Hot Spots are though, because you are getting a WIFI connection from a GSM/cellular carrier.

Another option is to rely on (whenever possible) free WIFI hotspots and maybe consider installing a WIFI booster antenna on your RV
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:03 AM   #7
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Iphone 5 Virginmobile don't think that is an option at least I haven't found it. Just need to tether the mac book for bank statements etc.
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Iphone 5 Virginmobile don't think that is an option at least I haven't found it. Just need to tether the mac book for bank statements etc.
The iPhone calls it a "Personal Hotspot". Go to Settings --> Personal Hotspot to turn it on/off.

The phone does make sure that your cellular carrier allows it. Maybe check with Virgin Mobile to see if they allow/don't allow it.

On edit, it sounds like you may need to call Virgin to enable it. See the first response here:
https://community.virginmobile.com.a...hone/td-p/9920

On edit #2, looks like it isn't available for pre-paid phones:
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Originally Posted by Moderator at Virgin Mobile
At this stage the Hotspot feature is not available to our Prepaid customers.
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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.
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Walmart recently introduced a new exclusive mifi that works off the verizon network. My guess is they used their might, to offer a package exclusive to them. No contract, buy monthly, the amount of gigs you might need. The mifi unit itself is around $79 last time I checked, but maybe there are sales, don't really know.

Other networks are doing build-outs to expand coverage to compete with verizons' coverage map. Hopefully that will create competition, thus dropping prices a bit.
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