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Old 03-17-2014, 09:42 AM   #1
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Mobile Internet in the USA

During the last 3 roadtrips to the southern US we've been using a Rogers Rocket Stick with a month to month US data plan to connect our laptop to the internet, for service in the states. It has been invaluable when camping where Wi Fi is weak or non-existant. I contacted Rogers last week and they informed me that they no longer have this plan. I've looked at some of the US companies but it looks like they do not offer such a service or want a long term deal. We don't have a smartphone (our cell is an antique and is only a telephone), so accessing the internet through it is not an option.

Interested to know what others use/do for mobile intranet while down south. Also based on your experience, what companies would you deal with or not.


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Old 03-17-2014, 10:05 AM   #2
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I have a US data add-on on my phone with Rogers. (Yeah, I know you don't have a smart phone, but I do so that's what I use.) My add-on is no longer available so if I ever cancel it I can't get it back.

Wife has a smartphone with Wind. She doesn't have the US option yet, but they offer unlimited US Voice/Data/Text for an extra $15 a month. I'm planning on adding that option once the camping season starts and we increase our cross border time. I know they also provide hotspots, but I don't know if the $15 US add on is available for the hotspot. You can try checking with them.

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Old 03-17-2014, 10:25 AM   #3
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I have the Verizon Jetpack hotspot which acts as a wireless router. I bought it at Walmart in the states and pay month to month for internet. We can hook up our iPads and computers with great success.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:28 AM   #4
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I made a trip to Rochester for a funeral. The Rogers add on was $8 a day for BlackBerry service and data. I opted for a text/phone weekly plan $20 / week and used wifi to access at rest stops and McDs. I too am travelling to the US and Goshen and looking at the same options myself. My Rogers Business plan is the same huge price for minimal data. How bad is the WIFI in Goshen?

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Old 03-17-2014, 10:59 AM   #5
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Walmart has an exclusive deal with T-Mobile for their WiFi hotspot device. It is pre-paid, no contract, okay to skip months for up to a year, and supports up to 5 computers or tablets at a time. It's very fast when 4G is available (using it now), but gets slow on the older data formats it supports in some areas.

The regular rate is $35 per month for 3.5 GB. The deal through Walmart is the same $35 for 3.5 GB, but you get 2 months of usage time. To get the deal, you must purchase the T-Mobile hotspot device at a Walmart store. When you go to pay for air time, the device is automatically recognized for the 2 month deal.

Check T-Mobile's coverage map, to see if it includes your travel areas.
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:03 AM   #6
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You may want to check out Travel Free from USA Roaming Fees - Roam Mobility.

They are a Cdn company that offers a mobile internet device at a very reasonable price (as low as 6 cents/Mb). They are available at Future Shop, London Drugs, Staples and others.

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