Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-04-2008, 01:34 PM   #21
Rivet Master
 
Southwestern , Ohio
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,669
Thumbs up A satisfied Verizon customer

Quote:
Originally Posted by Blevi View Post
I get the feeling from the responses so far that the Verizon users seem to be satisfied. For those of you using Verizon (and maybe it doesn't matter which service vendor) are you using the USB port or a PCMCIA Card? Verizon is recommending the USB UM150 with the 3G (faster downloads).
Blevi,

I have Verizon wireless internet and am currently paying about $60 a month. I am using a Verizon USB720 USB interface with either my laptop or desktop at home.

I am frankly amazed by the extent of Verizon's EV-DO Rev A broadband coverage. As I write this I am about 12 miles outside of Ely, MN, on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and have 3 bars of broadband coverage on the built-in antenna, indoors.

I also had broadband coverage in Bisbee, AZ, out back of beyond in the other direction.

(By comparison, at home in Ohio I have to use a Wilson Trucker antenna on the roof to get the same signal strength!)

Bottom line is that I am very happy with my Verizon wireless Internet. 'Tain't cheap, but you get what you are paying for.

See you down the road,
Nuvi
__________________

Nuvite-F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 01:38 PM   #22
2 Rivet Member
 
Blevi's Avatar
 
2009 27' FB International
Omaha , Nebraska
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2airishuman View Post

start with POST 27 in this thread and read, it's all very current from that point on...

including the links to evdo resources, the cards, amplifiers and plans...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f451...tml#post506564


2air'
Thanks 2air...this indeed is a good thread...don't know why I didn't see it when I searched. Based on what I've seen here, Im leaning to the Verizon USB Um150 card and getting a booster antenna if I need it (probably will). Still keeping an open mind as I won't order it for a few days yet. I want to be on the road during the 30 day trial period.
Bob
__________________

Blevi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 03:09 PM   #23
Rivet Master
 
maccamper's Avatar

 
1974 29' Ambassador
1966 20' Globetrotter
Central , Illinois
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 682
Images: 4
Verizon Wireless reportedly in talks to buy Alltel

Quote:
Originally Posted by moosetags View Post
We use Alltel's Axxces with QuickLink Mobile software. We have used it all over the lower 48, and it has worked very well. The only problem that we have run into was in northwestern Maine where the cell equipment is not up to date enough the transceive data packets.

We use one of our cell phones wired to our notebook computer to make the connection. This service costs $25 per month for unlimited use. You must have an Alltel cell phone to use this service.

Brian
Adding to the mix is this news story that Verizon Wireless is reportedly in talks to buy Altell CNBC: Verizon Wireless in talks to buy Alltel: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Just no simple "one size fits all" solution to the wireless/Internet access quandry while away from home.

nancy mac
maccamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 04:04 PM   #24
2 Rivet Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 29
I use sprint for my connection. $99.00 mo and not limit on service. You can leave it connected 24 hrs day if that is what you want. I has worked everywhere I've ever been. It does have a 2 yr contract.
rceptex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 04:16 PM   #25
3 Rivet Member
 
Fairbanks , Alaska
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 237
Get Verizon, with a Booster...that's what we did. I work online... so I needed a good "system". PM if you want to know also how we now have a 24/7 hotspot in our rig...
__________________
Liz and Chris -- Follow our Full Time Adventures on http://www.gypsymoments.com

Visit my new Airstream renovation blog here:
http://www.AirstreamLoft.com


gypsychris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 04:18 PM   #26
More than one rivet loose
 
thecatsandi's Avatar

 
Currently Looking...
Los Alamos , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,756
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrchinup1 View Post
If Verizon is working for Michelle then it can't be that bad. I'm not sure there is anyone on this site that has done as much traveling as her.
I think artstream has me beat.
__________________
Michelle TAC MT-0
Sarah, Snowball

Looking for a 1962 Flying Cloud

thecatsandi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 04:38 PM   #27
Rivet Master
 
TBRich's Avatar

 
2006 19' Safari SE
Tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 4,610
Images: 64
I think most plans are about $60/mo with a 2-year contract...mine is...from Alltel...and I chose Alltel only because that's my cell phone carrier...you usually get a bit of a break if you use the same service. You are most likely not going to find service without a contract involved. I am on a Mac and use the UTStarcom UM150 USB card. (I think there may be a newer version of this card out by now.) I've been pretty happy with it, though there are times the signal is not great, depending on how far out in the boonies you get or if you are in a bad reception area like in a canyon or behind a mountain. Happiest when I can get an EVDO connection. I have not used a booster antenna with it (yet), and that would probably help at those times.
__________________
TB & Greg and Abbey Schnauzer
AirForums #21900 . Membership Chair & PastPrez, 4CU/WBCCI
#3954
Travel Log: AZBambi...On the Road Again
TBRich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 08:55 PM   #28
1 Rivet Member
 
fr8gal's Avatar
 
1971 31' Sovereign
Seattle , Washington
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 18
Images: 3
Bob,
I have been on Sprint for many years. A couple of years ago I upgraded to a Blackberry, keeping with the Sprint service. Total per month for the Fair & Flexible plus the Blackberry package is 90.00.

I can tether the phone to my laptops (dell, sony) as use as a modem. The software can be downloaded, free, from either Sprint or Blackberry to a laptop.

Where we camp here in WA state, I usually have the only working cell phone, thus, over the years most of our camping group has switched over to sprint.

At our camping spot, I have Internet Service using the blackberry tether/usb, and am able to check emails, read the newspapers, even download tunes to the IPOD.

This is not a commercial for Sprint, believe me, their Customer Service stinks, just my expirience.
Brgds:
__________________
fr8gal
fr8gal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2008, 09:47 PM   #29
Rivet Master
 
Bambi_Bandit's Avatar
 
2008 27' International FB
1964 19' Globetrotter
1955 26' Cruiser Overlander
Austin , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 604
Images: 12
I have ATT 3G and Sprint

In my travels, I found to have dual coverage the best as where one doesn't have coverage, the other one most likely will.

I use a Palm 750 with PC connect plan from AT&T and use it as a tethered modem AND to access the Internet from the phone. That way, if I want to check the weather or e-mail, I can do it from my phone OR my PC...

I also use sprint EVDO thru a reseller:

Wireless Internet

The reason I LOVE them is that no contract, no tax, $49.99 per month and $35 activation for the equipment. You don't buy the equipment, they give you a Franklin USB modem that has the drivers for both PC and MAC right on modem. You can use it from both Mac and PC back and forth no problem. It uses EVDO rev A and blazing speeds, and Sprint does not have a bandwith limit like Verizon and AT&T have. Check the fine print on this....

I end up using the Sprint / Meillenicom one more than AT&T, but have used AT&T on occasion where no coverage for sprint....

Kevin
__________________
Kevin & Prim Li
Bandit the Siberian Husky (RIP) & "G" the Min-Pin (RIP)
Cosmo the Custom 2008 27FB Intl CCD
Maxwell the 1964 Globe Trotter
Name TBD the 1955 Overlander
WBCCI # 6155
AIR # 6155

2nd love - 2006 28' Safari LS
1st love - 2004 19' CCD Bambi
Bambi_Bandit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2008, 12:03 AM   #30
Rivet Master
 
SilverRanger's Avatar

 
2005 19' Safari
1968 24' Tradewind
Rural , Delaware
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,476
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blevi View Post
Based on what I've seen here, Im leaning to the Verizon USB Um150 card and getting a booster antenna if I need it (probably will).\
Bob
I use the Verizon USB 720 air card along with a Wilson amp w/external antenna. As Artstream said, their coverage is expanding so well I seldom need the amp anymore. I've been to Georgia to upstate New York, and many points in between, within the past ten months and the EVDO Rev. A broadband coverage has been very impressive. I'm paying $53 per month (total) for unlimited. I prefer the USB card over the PCMCIA card because it allows you to place the antenna near a window, which is important when you're shielded by aluminum. You may want to try it for a while before investing in an amplifier. Sometimes all I need to do is use an external antenna to increase the signal strength. Which ever card you get, make sure it has a connection for an external antenna. I understand that some don't.

On another note, the only place I was shut out was in Almonte, Ontario while at the Region 2 rally a couple of weeks ago. IF a signal was even available, it would have cost about 70 cents per minute for international roaming charges. Fortunately, I was parked about 40 feet from someone who had satellite internet and who was kind enough to share it with all interested via WiFi. With several users sharing the bandwidth, it was a bit slow but more than adequate for e-mails. If I recall, the system they were using required a hardware investment of approx. $1,200, and $70 per month for the service.
__________________
2005 Bambi
1968 Trade Wind
2007 Ford F250 4x4 Crew
WDCU
SilverRanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2008, 05:21 AM   #31
Rivet Master
 
ZoominC6's Avatar
 
2004 30' Classic Slideout
Colleyville , Texas
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,529
We've gone to VERIZON from AT&T and are using the USB720 device with connections for both USB ports for the strongest signal. So far we've been pleased and have used it from the passenger seat of the TV while motoring down the highway. We'll give it a good test when we take the Grands on an Alaska cruise next month.
HAPPY TRAILS
__________________
In dog years, I'm dead!
ZoominC6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2008, 05:48 AM   #32
3 Rivet Member
 
redstart's Avatar
 
1998 34' Limited
ont , Ontario
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 228
Images: 3
Are there any Canadians out there who can chime in with what air card they use? I'd like to know if there are any options that don't involve interntational roaming charges while traveling in the U.S.

THanks
redstart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2008, 09:21 AM   #33
3 Rivet Member
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Brea , California
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 139
I used the verizon card with good success for around three or four years. It started out at around $60/ mon. went down to around $50 with unlimited access. I don't have it now but I think that a limit has been set on new plan holders but I don't have affirmation of that. If so it is large. I was transferring about 5 MB at a time and for me it was not bad.
Glenn G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2008, 09:47 AM   #34
Gator1
 
Gator1's Avatar
 
2006 25' Safari
San Antonio , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 45
Very happy with Verizon

I've been using Verizon for about a year and a half now. Anywhere there is even the smallest signal I can get connectivity. Pricing varies but can be reduced if you have other phones with Verizon and/or take advantage of some of their discouts (military, govt, teacher, etc) dig through the web page, you might qualify.

I'm typing this now from by desk deep inside a cinder block and steel building - 4 bars and super fast.

Jim
__________________
Jim Gompper
WBCCI #5228
2006 25' Safari FB
Gator1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2008, 01:22 PM   #35
2 Rivet Member
 
magna1111's Avatar
 
1978 31' Excella 500
Eureka , California
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 35
Blog Entries: 1
What connector to tether a palm?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bambi_Bandit View Post
In my travels, I found to have dual coverage the best as where one doesn't have coverage, the other one most likely will.



I use a Palm 750 with PC connect plan from AT&T and use it as a tethered modem AND to access the Internet from the phone. That way, if I want to check the weather or e-mail, I can do it from my phone OR my PC...

I know in the "old days" of cell service you could tether your ;palm for a modem, but I use sprint and my palm and according to them, you can no longer do this,
How do you do it? Where did you buy the connector?
I wish I could just use my palm instead of buying another device or two.
Thanks


I also use sprint EVDO thru a reseller:

Not sure How evdo is different than wireless? Their page just has a form requesting my info, no info on what they offer

Wireless Internet

The reason I LOVE them is that no contract, no tax, $49.99 per month and $35 activation for the equipment. You don't buy the equipment, they give you a Franklin USB modem that has the drivers for both PC and MAC right on modem. You can use it from both Mac and PC back and forth no problem. It uses EVDO rev A and blazing speeds, and Sprint does not have a bandwith limit like Verizon and AT&T have. Check the fine print on this....

I end up using the Sprint / Meillenicom one more than AT&T, but have used AT&T on occasion where no coverage for sprint....

Kevin
why does this forum say my message is too short, I have to add three words? So extra words here, Oh, I get it, I quoted them and answered in their quote, thus forum thought I did not type.
__________________
be different, be daring, go natural
http://www.itssimplynatural.com
magna1111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2008, 01:43 PM   #36
_
 
. , .
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 8,812
Quote:
Originally Posted by magna1111 View Post
...Not sure How evdo is different than wireless?...
the basic explanations are here...

Evolution-Data Optimized

What is EVDO?

and here along with great resources on the gear and coverage and plans...

What is EVDO : EVDOinfo.com

they also have a good q&a forums...

cheers
2air'
__________________
all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
2airishuman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2008, 02:16 PM   #37
3 Rivet Member
 
Midamrail's Avatar
 
1975 Argosy 26
Villa Ridge , Missouri
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: 1964 24' Tradewind
Posts: 162
Images: 19
We use the Verizon broadband card with our MacBook Pro at home and on the road, as we live in the boonies where the only other options are dial-up or satellite. Ben also has one for his work PC. We've been very pleased with the Verizon card, including the coverage area and reliability. It's also extremely handy on the road while we're in the truck, as we can research campgrounds and other things while we're on the move.

I would highly recommend staying away from the USB-connected cards and using your ExpressCard slot instead. The USB cards are far more prone to falling out or being bumped out than the steady Express cards.
__________________
Both Alex, my Argosy, and I are kids from Versailles, Ohio!
Midamrail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2008, 02:58 PM   #38
2 Rivet Member
 
magna1111's Avatar
 
1978 31' Excella 500
Eureka , California
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 35
Blog Entries: 1
By Jove, I've got it!

After reading these posts, I found June Fabrics PDA Technology Group
It is a link to software that is called Pdanet.
Within minutes, I have internet connection in my AS, running from the palm sync usb cable to my laptop.
It is costing me an extra 15 dollars a month for Sprint Vision, unlimited internet. Now, cross my fingers that it works on extended networks, going to Yreka to park her on the 23rd. I do get cell phone service there, not sure whos incharge of the network.
I love this forum!
Will read about EVDO soon, have to caulk for a few hours.
__________________
be different, be daring, go natural
http://www.itssimplynatural.com
magna1111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2008, 02:01 PM   #39
2 Rivet Member
 
Stephen Mick's Avatar
 
2006 28' International CCD
Austin , Texas
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 93
Images: 1
As a follow-up…

A few weeks ago, I picked up a Sprint Wireless USB Card (Sierra Wireless Compass 597). Once it was set up in the Sprint store to work with my MacBook Pro, I took it out on a trip to Colorado. We spent a week traveling between Denver, Glenwood Springs, Salida, Winter Park and Steamboat. In each location, and in most places in between, I was able to connect easily and at decent speeds.

I just received my first billing statement, and they've got me down for "Unlimited MB" monthly for $59.99/month. Now, I know they may change my unlimited to 5GB at some point, but I knew that going in.

So, again, to recap… Sprint service seems strong, even in mountainous areas. I think I'll keep it.

--SM
Stephen Mick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2008, 04:37 PM   #40
Rivet Master
 
richinny's Avatar
 
2011 34' Classic
Westchester Cty.NY , / Miami FL
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,122
do you know what your MB usage actually was?
__________________

__________________
Ricky
2012 F150 Super Crew 5-1/2' bed Ecoboost 4x4 3.73 elec. lock diff. Propride hitch
give life. kidney & pancreas transplant 9/9/06
Ingrid-my unofficial '"World's Oldest Streamer" 1909-2008 R.I.P.
richinny is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Christmas Cards...... 05ModPod Our Community 15 12-07-2006 04:42 PM
Free wireless internet Poprivet Computers, Internet & Satellite 41 09-12-2006 11:56 PM
Christmas Cards azflycaster Off Topic Forum 9 12-05-2005 08:38 PM
Wireless internet? krowsea Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 9 08-20-2004 11:17 AM
wireless internet lmbando Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10 11-06-2003 12:10 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.