Originally Posted by obxfanatic
Thanks for all of the suggestions and advice. How much data does everyone use in one month? Do you think 5 Gigs would be enough for doing mostly work such as email and Word/Excel? I occasionally download large files (50-60 meg) but that's about it. I'm excited to try working while on the road. It is something I have always wanted to try.
Right now I'm at a client site where I have no access to wifi, and have to rely on my cellular hotspot for all non-client related work (such as conferences, remote desktop connections, email, web surfing, etc...) Last month was the first time I broke 1 GB.
As far as camping, I've just used the hotspot in a pinch. It works for most work related work as long as you have at least 3G coverage.
Alternatively, you can use a trick I leveraged when I was on my old carrier and didn't have hotspot functionality. In those times, when I needed to do work, especially conference calls via our web phone, I would track down the closest starbucks. Usually their connections are decent, and as long as you're leveraging a good secure VPN connection there's not as much concern over security. Enough that I wouldn't be doing any open banking with their connection, but secure enough that I wasn't hesitant to connect in the first place. And Starbucks type places are known used to having people there working, so you don't seem as out of place taking a call as say a McDonald's or a gas station or the like.
Local libraries often also offer wifi, but Starbuck's seem easier to find.