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Old 09-13-2008, 10:07 AM   #1
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Know this has been covered several times but I've never seen this service mentioned so thought I'd start a new thread.

Product & Service Autonet Mobile

Service is called Autonet. They offer 2 monthly plans per their website - 29 and 59 bucks a month depending on how heavy your use is. I understand the router costs about 500 bucks up front. Sounds pretty good but has anyone actually used it?

For the conspiracy theorists: I know absolutely nothing about this company and am not connected to them in any way. This is being posted for info only since I thought it might be of interest. I'm particularly interested in seeing if anyone has used this service and what their experience has been.
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Old 09-13-2008, 11:04 AM   #2
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It uses cell towers by the looks of it ... you can get a Verizon set up for about that price less the $500.00 as their usb stick it about $50 or less depending.... Although with autonet you can hook up more than one computer... Which I doubt anyone here really needs to do....


and I'll be damed when my kids are older if I'm gonna let them sit in the back on the computers while on vacation.....

I didn't have it. so why do they need it.... I know I'm a mean dad... But I want my kids to think for themselves and play out side...
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Old 09-13-2008, 11:08 AM   #3
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I tried Verizon - it stunk - and you cannot get a monthly plan for I-net only for 29 bucks a month.
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But if it uses cell towers It's gonna be the same a Verizon, unless they have a deal to piggy back other cell companies?????? And $500 for the hardware is steep... Unless you are always on the road...
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Old 09-13-2008, 11:22 AM   #5
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I have a Verison air card that my company foots the bill for. They pay $59 per month for unlimited use. I have used the card many times and have been very satisfied with the service.
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Old 09-13-2008, 11:42 AM   #6
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that may be unlimited for business or you're grandfathered but for new/personal, it has limits.

if you can bluetooth from computer to phone, you can do a month to month for the aircard price. or so they say, i was also told i could do data transfer but when i went to sign up, that was grandfathered too and no available, at $20. a month no less!.
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:34 PM   #7
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...They pay $59 per month for unlimited use...
there are NO unlimited plans, and there haven't been any.

sprint's limit is now 5 gb too, and much of the recent reporting suggests they ALL will be using tiered pricing soon.

originally the V plan was called unlimited, but in the fine print said...

'those exceeding 5 gb/ month would be terminated withOUT notification'...

NOW that plan has dropped the 'unlimited' wording completely and the automatic cut-offs too.

instead it's referred to as the 5 gb plan. IF a user goes over that limit they are charged 0.25$ per 1 mb? over, i think.

V also now has a lower priced plan (39$) with a 50 mb limit which is plenty for JUST email.

the o.p. link IS using cell towers, and as always the coverage maps largely determine what vendor is ideal 4 each of us.

a V card (in a mac) can be used for 'multiple computers' either by apple sharing or my plugging a router INTO the mac...

a V card can also be used with some wireless routers (direct plug in) to create a local V hotspot...

the V card continues to amaze me at how well it works and how available signals are...

tweak the coverage/signal with a wilson amplifier and antenna for even better connections.

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We had Verizon, dumped it (at a large $175.00 charge) since so many areas have free
wi-fi (pizza joints, etc.). Most RV parks have wi-fi now.
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tweak the coverage/signal with a wilson amplifier and antenna for even better connections.

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Hey, tell us more about that, which ones are good and what's the setup etc.

I use a V card ans it's great but sometimes slows in fringe areas
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Hey, tell us more about that, which ones are good and what's the setup etc.

I use a V card ans it's great but sometimes slows in fringe areas
hi bob

this is the vendor i purchased from, but others have the stuff now.

3Gstore.com

here is their antenna and booster section...

Booster-Antenna.com

i've got the big 'trucker' antenna on the 'stream and a small magnetic one for the truck...

the wilson amp is as mobile as the laptop.

these threads cover this info in more detail...it's good stuff!

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...rds-42538.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f452...ter-37656.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...5&postcount=27

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Old 09-13-2008, 02:21 PM   #11
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As a matter of fact I am a fulltimer. I tried Verizon a year or so ago when they had a supposedly try it for a month free. Kept the unit for 27 days and during that time I had exactly 2 days when I was able to get good I-net service. Spent 5 days right next door to Charleston, SC and during the entire time I was there doubt I had 3 hours when I had even marginal service. To make a long story short I turned the stuff back in and after assuring me at the start that there would be absolutely no charge if it was turned back in before the month was up they then sent me a bill for 73 bucks. I called and talked to them and was told it would be taken care of but instead they turned it over to a collection agency - I told them that for the first time in my life I would not pay the bill and I haven't. As far as I'm concerned Verizon stinks and given my experience I have trouble believing some of the claims I hear from people about the great service. Don't get me wrong - I'm well aware that there is not 100% country wide coverage. But 5 days next to a city as big as Charleston and virtually no service - something is rotten in Verizon Land.
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We use Alltel's aircard...it's been pretty go for the most part (without a booster, etc)...there have been a few places where it didn't work well or we had a weak signal, but that's going to happen here and there. Generally, when we can get a cell signal, we can get a broadband signal as well. We have unlimited use...and as far as I know that has not changed since I signed up.
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We had Verizon, dumped it (at a large $175.00 charge) since so many areas have free
wi-fi (pizza joints, etc.). Most RV parks have wi-fi now.
We had Verizon, too. We dumped it when my PC laptop died, and when I went to get a new card for my Mac, they refused to give me any kind of trade-in or discount on the new card (unlike all the discounts they offer to suck you in!)....the new card was close to $300. I decided to pay the $175 early termination charge, and I don't regret it for a second....a lesson learned! There are many places that offer free WiFi....restaurants, libraries, and even the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce office! There are also places, like $tarbuck$, that offer WiFi for a niminal fee....the advantage there is that they are found everywhere!

I would love to have WiFi in our Airstream like we have at home....but, currently the providers just want too many $$$$ for it.

Thanks for starting this thread, Al - K4GLU....I was hoping there might be something new out there!
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Best to use wifi when possible (little to no cost) and/or most libraries have computer access - best for paying bills online (don't use wifi to pay bills} Works for Me.
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