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Old 04-05-2013, 06:16 PM   #15
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I still have an older MiFi on Verizon with an unlimted data plan. Information does appear at 3G speeds.
I had the same "unlimited" plan with a USB 720 air card, but Verizon unilaterally eliminated the unlimited plan and made it a 5 GB a month maximum. Not only you can't get the unlimited plans any more, but they took them away from those of us who had them. They did it sometime last summer. You may just be operating under the 5GB limit so have had no reason to suspect it. But they did announce it in all of their literature and billing. BTW, they did reduce the cost by $10 a month for 5 GB of data.

You say, they can't do that: well, they did.
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Sorry to disagree. My MiFi unit is still on an unlimited plan as I purchased it outright at the time of acquiring it. The current bill shows that this unit has the unlimited data plan. The monthly charge has stayed $59.95 plus taxes and fees sinc the beginning.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:52 AM   #17
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I had the same "unlimited" plan with a USB 720 air card, but Verizon unilaterally eliminated the unlimited plan and made it a 5 GB a month maximum. Not only you can't get the unlimited plans any more, but they took them away from those of us who had them. They did it sometime last summer. You may just be operating under the 5GB limit so have had no reason to suspect it. But they did announce it in all of their literature and billing. BTW, they did reduce the cost by $10 a month for 5 GB of data.

You say, they can't do that: well, they did.
If you upgrade your equipment, they do away with the unlimited data. As long as you keep using the old equipment, they don't. At least, that's how it worked with me. I kept using the old USB air card until it died, and had no choice but to upgrade the equipment.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:39 AM   #18
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Thanks for the info. I have an old AT&T unlimited plan. Transferred over to my iphone UNTIL I tried to make it a mobile wifi hotspot. Then AT&T wanted me to change to a 5gb plan. I declined, told them I would shop around. They told me that no one had a plan like I wanted/expected. I will have to make a change before June. Exploring my options.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:30 AM   #19
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Thanks for the info. I have an old AT&T unlimited plan. Transferred over to my iphone UNTIL I tried to make it a mobile wifi hotspot. Then AT&T wanted me to change to a 5gb plan. I declined, told them I would shop around. They told me that no one had a plan like I wanted/expected. I will have to make a change before June. Exploring my options.
If you can get the coverage, check out Sprint. I believe they still offer a true unlimited plan.

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:29 PM   #20
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Well, Verizon told me that they had eliminated the unlimited plan when I still was using the USB 720 I had. They said I could still pay them the $60 a month, but any usage over 5 GB would cost extra. And they also said they would change me to a $50 a month 5 GB plan so why would I want to pay $60 for what I could get for $50? I am only going on what they told me, and sent me letters on.

Then my USB 720 died and I got the MiFi, still on the $50 / 5 GB plan.

So, try going over 5 GB and see if they charge you, or reduce your speeds to a crawl. That is another way they force you to a different plan, automatic speed reduction.

And sometimes it is hard to get a good picture of what they are doing, not just Verizon but any of the companies. I still like my Verizon but did not like the plan changes that I was forced to make.
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Having Sprint service for my personal smartphone and AT&T for my "mifi" and Verizon for my work smartphone, I would not recommend Sprint for reliable data service in camping settings. It's generally fine in/near civilization, but out in the woods I've found the other 2 to be more reliable.
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For over thirteen years I have driven on the interstates across the USA from Indiana to Phoenix and back. The best coverage has always been with Verizon.

I tried the AT&T service with a 3GS iPhone shortly after they came out. I tried all manner of things working with AT&T to make operational service inside my homes on the far east edge of Phoenix, my home in Santa Fe and my condo in Bloomington, Indiana. After nearly nine months of failure, they relented and cancelled the contract without penalty.

When I drove cross country on the interstates, I would have service with the existing Verizon phone (usually a Blackberry at that time) but none with AT&T.

Maybe the fact that I have had the same cell phone number with Verizon since 1988 has some impact on my relationship with them.
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Having Sprint service for my personal smartphone and AT&T for my "mifi" and Verizon for my work smartphone, I would not recommend Sprint for reliable data service in camping settings. It's generally fine in/near civilization, but out in the woods I've found the other 2 to be more reliable.
Thanks DKB. Good to know.

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Old 04-07-2013, 11:26 PM   #24
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We have also found Verizon to work almost everywhere.
Another one to look at is Millenicom which uses the verizon network. Might be a bit cheaper if you use more than 5 GB a month, no contract.
The general consensus on various RV forums is that Verizon offers the best coverage in more remote areas. ( Sprint and ATT won't even work where I live)
Your mileage may vary
We've been very pleased with both the Millenicom service and our Pepwave router.
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Evidently just a question of budget and availability. We found the Verizon Jetpack worked at one campground at 4G speed for about $100/mo.
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Not a thread heist... just nocturnal wandering....

Gee, I wonder how much worse could it be for the gubamint to re-regulate these guys?

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Not a thread heist... just nocturnal wandering....

Gee, I wonder how much worse could it be for the gubamint to re-regulate these guys?

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About like it was when they deregulated the airlines, I guess.
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I sure hope that some kind of arrangement can be made. It seems to be getting tougher and tougher to provide wifi at campgrounds while staying under the radar of the illegal-download police.
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