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Old 01-07-2010, 04:51 PM   #29
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Bill beat me to it with the SKYPE call. But this does assume you'll have internet service or can access the internet via your phone.... the whole reason for this exercise.

I've got a 3/4G Sprint USB card that I use with my laptop and the walltop in the AS. I can use my USB extension cable to relocate the card to the best spot for coverage. With this in mind you can relocate your "antenna" and then run SKYPE.

I'm know for running down the road with my headset on talking on SKYPE to Sweden or Australia.

FYI once you start using SKYPE your cell phone will begin to sound like a tin can .... with a long string.
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:03 PM   #30
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Another thing to do is update the roaming capability on your phone (add new cell towers to its list). I have a BB w/Verizon and if you dial *228 option 2 it will update your phone with the new cell towers. Verizon recommends doing this once a month or so. Not sure what number other providers use, but I'm sure they all have #s that update the system. Been FTing for 6 months now and never had a problem. Also connect my phone to the 'puter for the internet connection. Cheers
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:25 PM   #31
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Hi jdalrymple,

I have a question for you...

Have you used this Wilson Kit?

https://www.unwiredsignal.com/?pn=Wi...s&p=1036&c=206

I was looking into purchasing one of these babies, but I wanted to see if any one had good feedback on these and how well they work...

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:36 PM   #32
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Nothing like traveling around in one - just think - when we are all in our "Airstreams" they can't read our thoughts...

Sorry - I couldn't resist...
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:32 PM   #33
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We spent three months in south-central Florida this winter with very poor Verizon signal to the phone. The laptops both worked just fine (not excellent but totally serviceable) with Skype calls. We paid for calling out only, $3/month, since we already have in-call number on cell-phone.

We never received calls, only "missed calls" and voice-mails. So we would return the missed calls whenever we had time. Sort of like an answering machine setup really.

Driving up I-95 last week from Okeechobee Florida to Chapel Hill NC we had signal almost consistently. Used Skype to call some folks. Never lost a call, and didn't pay for use of any Verizon minutes.

Pretty cool!
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:50 AM   #34
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Verizon wireless. Only in Ocate, NM and Death Valley, CA did we not get service. We've been full timers in our Bambi since the Fall of '06 and are in eastern Tennessee at the moment with two bars. Verizon also powers our laptop. LakeArcher@AOL.Com or 510-295-5553.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:53 AM   #35
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Verizon wireless. Only in Ocate, NM and Death Valley, CA did we not get service. We've been full timers in our Bambi since the Fall of '06 and are in eastern Tennessee at the moment with two bars. Verizon also powers our laptop.
Just a heads up. Anyone with Internet access can see your e-mail address and phone number. Good or bad.
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:20 PM   #36
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On a related note, I like using my Verizon aircard with a router (or you can buy the card with the built in router). It allows me to locate the aircard for the best possible reception in fringe areas while using my laptop where it is convenient. On several occasions I've located the aircard/router in windows, outside on a table, etc.

Prior to setting up the router, I walk around with my Verizon cell phone and locate the best signal in weak areas. Setting up the router/aircard in this area usually gives faster service.
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Thankyou, again, all, for your replies. I did end up going out to 2 mobile homes in the rurally located park and was able to muster up 1 bar with my cellphone. I was able to get online via the phone, too. I no longer had dsl as I shared it with a friend who'd gotten rid of it in late october 09, so I had gotten a data package on my lg vu cellphone. I was online in this manner until I bought the iPad 3G and got it up and running in early may!!! Love the thing...
Anyhoo, AT&T tells me that even with one bar, I can connect via iPad.
As far as fhe mobile home search goes, it continues. The 2 I looked at, I didn't end up wanting to buy, though I did almost buy the latter one, but backed out at the last moment.(but at least I learned how to buy a home!).
Btw, I wasn't able to get on any boards, including this one, as my cell didn't either connect to boards, or I wasn't able to reply on boards even if I was able to view their contents. It is a dream to type on this iPad as opposed to the cell. They keyboard is as large as the pc's.
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:17 AM   #38
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On a related note, I like using my Verizon aircard with a router (or you can buy the card with the built in router). It allows me to locate the aircard for the best possible reception in fringe areas while using my laptop where it is convenient. On several occasions I've located the aircard/router in windows, outside on a table, etc.

Prior to setting up the router, I walk around with my Verizon cell phone and locate the best signal in weak areas. Setting up the router/aircard in this area usually gives faster service.

How did you hook your card to the router? I am looking to do the same thing with mine.

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Just a heads up. Anyone with Internet access can see your e-mail address and phone number. Good or bad.
Actually, anyone with internet access and 20 bucks, can find his name, address, age, and probably a whole bunch of other stuff just using the phone number. My point: It is probably just not worth worrying about.

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ATT advertises that they cover 98% of the PEOPLE in the United States; Verizon advertises that they cover 98% of THE United States. There's a big difference between the two claims. Verizon covers roughly twice the land area of ATT. ATT concentrates more on populated areas and less on rural locations. If you're wandering in the wilderness, Verizon is the way to go.
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We travel in our Airstream about 1/3 of the time, and visit some rather remote places. For instance, we are in northern Wyoming right now, and we live in a rather unpopulated area in the Florida Panhandle. We have found that Verizon works best for us everywhere we have traveled. We also use one of our cell phones to tether to a lap top to gain broadband internet access. We are dependent upon daily internet access to run our business.

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We've were with Verizon a few years back. The old plan gave me service where ever I could get a signal, even if it wasn't Verizon (no roaming charges either). Problem was when I went to upgrade an old analog phone to digital, Verizon pulled the plug on my plan and the national service only was free if I was on a Verizon network.

Needless to say that was a downgrade in my opinion so I went with a new carrier in St. Louis at the time, US Cellular. They are what is called a "super regional" carrier. No nationwide network, but on the other hand agreements with many many carriers. What that means to me is 48 state coverage, and where ever there is a signal I have service. I also have a triband phone which means there is the ability for me to roam to analog service. Believe it or not, especially off the beaten path, it's still out there.

So keep in mind that if the big boys out there can't give you the coverage you want or are way over priced, check out some of those regional carriers. You may end up getting a lot more coverage per dollar spent.

Now if it is data you want, then it's a different story and the nationwide carriers will tend to provide you better service and speed, although that service various from city to city.

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