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Old 09-22-2018, 08:54 AM   #15
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Did you see the recent thread about a rig which got stolen in Memphis?

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f224...ss-183556.html

Hopefully an infrequent event, but worth considering as a risk factor IMO.



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Old 09-22-2018, 08:57 AM   #16
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Excellent, good to know!
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:08 AM   #17
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I am, admittedly, a wannabe phone geek. For those who do not follow such things, the whole landscape of mobile data is about to change significantly. 5G technology is on the immediate horizon.

Both Verizon and AT&T are about to introduce 5G in selected markets in a few days (October 1). Everyone needs to be aware of this upcoming change before investing in any hardware that may become old technology within a year. We were thinking about upgrading our android smartphones, but have decided to wait until we can get a 5G compatible device.

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Old 09-22-2018, 11:06 AM   #18
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We just finished a six month AS trip out west. My wife and I both have ATT. Coverage was pretty spotty throughout. At Pinnacles, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and a few others, there was perfectly good Verizon coverage, no ATT at all. We wound up buying a Verizon hotspot and are considering switching. On the other hand, we went up the East Coast to Acadia and Fundy and had great ATT coverage.

Whether this plan is a good deal will depend on where you are going.
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Old 09-22-2018, 11:17 AM   #19
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I just got off the phone with ATT and they at first knew nothing about the new plan. After pressing them a bit, they tried to send me to a department that sets this up. It is closed on the weekends!

Guess I'll call Monday.
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:28 AM   #20
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I am, admittedly, a wannabe phone geek. For those who do not follow such things, the whole landscape of mobile data is about to change significantly. 5G technology is on the immediate horizon.

Both Verizon and AT&T are about to introduce 5G in selected markets in a few days (October 1). Everyone needs to be aware of this upcoming change before investing in any hardware that may become old technology within a year. We were thinking about upgrading our android smartphones, but have decided to wait until we can get a 5G compatible device.

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The rollout of any of these new generations of gear runs out over a *long* time. Most people recycle cell phones (and even modems) fairly quickly. I doubt we will see real 5G service at the typical rural campsite for quite a while. Even then, it's all backwards compatible. If the "old stuff" does the job now, it will do the job then.

So - no need to panic. Certainly if you are out shopping for a modem next year, look for the feature.

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Old 09-23-2018, 11:35 AM   #21
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I just got off the phone with ATT and they at first knew nothing about the new plan. After pressing them a bit, they tried to send me to a department that sets this up. It is closed on the weekends!

Guess I'll call Monday.
Thanks, it will be interesting to see if they confirm just how limited this plan is apparently.

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I read somewhere that the hotspot will be available for purchase and installation into older Airstreams. I think "professional installation is required". That might be a little, but only a little cheaper than a new trailer.


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I read somewhere that the hotspot will be available for purchase and installation into older Airstreams.
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If you could post a URL link to that source, Al, it would good for everyone to know.

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Turk123 do you have an update from AT&T?
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The 'smart' stuff is not enough for me to want to retrofit mine if it was an option.
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The 'smart' stuff is not enough for me to want to retrofit mine if it was an option.
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A typical modem from the cell phone company is in the ~$150 range. Install of an external antenna on a trailer normally costs something if you have a dealer do it for you. If the magic box comes in below $300 installed, it would be a pretty competitive option for data on the road.

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Old 09-25-2018, 09:11 AM   #28
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I just got off the phone with a knowledgeable ATT rep, and we discussed the plan offered. She had to "look it up" as it is new.

The Unlimited Adventure plans are the same as the old unlimited hotspot plan from a year ago except at $10 higher. It gives you unlimited data but with restrictions. The ATT website that shows the new plans does not show the limits.

The first 22GB is genuinely at the fastest speed capable for the network you are near. There is no restriction at all. Once you reach the 22gb monthly usage, the hotspot will adjust to a "shared" status and will provide full speed if possible, but if traffic is high, it may drop to 2G speed. They still provide you with as much data as you want, just possibly at lower speeds in some areas.

I am grandfathered in with my current unlimited hotspot that I purchased before the March 2017 deadline when ATT removed that plan. Those getting in under that date enjoy the unlimited plan described earlier at $22/month.

That plan I have to say was very good. Even when over the limit, we sometimes had excellent internet. And certainly enough to handle the text transmitted to the trailer to change temps or close an awning. Remember, you still can use your cell phone plan and it's data plan separately from the hotspot. Always defer to your cell plan when in the trailer and use the hotspot for special needs.

The new AS plan is tied to the new late 2018-19 Classic model. You cannot get the plan for an older existing trailer.

If you have a "Premium account" with ATT, (I don't know what this is) they offer this same plan for $50/month as a hotspot. Verizon has this all beat right now with their unlimited plan I believe. The ATT rep knew this and said she would be reporting this to the higher-ups.

My existing hotspot plan can be transferred and used on the AS hotspot at my lower rate of $20/month. We use my hotspot in my truck when we take Maddie with us, so we may keep both.
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