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Old 08-15-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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Best Mobile Internet

Hey guys, I've been poking around and haven't seen any recent reviews/feedback on the best mobile internet options.

I'm about to start full-timing and need to figure out the best mobile internet options.

What are people here using? Do you use a booster to get a better signal when out of town?
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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Lots of threads on the subject. My long term solution is a Verizon Mi Fi. $60 a month and works most everywhere.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:05 AM   #3
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Lots of threads on the subject. My long term solution is a Verizon Mi Fi. $60 a month and works most everywhere.
Ditto.


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Old 08-15-2013, 11:06 AM   #4
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I think the first question you need to ask yourself is "Where will I be primarily be camping?" This will determine if your best solution is connecting to free WiFi or using a cellular data network. There are different products available for each. You may find you need to use both.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:18 AM   #5
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It really comes down to network and where you are located at. I chose Verizon and use a MiFi device. Cost is $50 a month for 5 gigs of service a month. Typically not camping, I use 1 gig a month. My greatest use was on the road where I used 3 gigs.

From what I have checked out, AT&T has the fastest 4G service but unfortunately that level of service is pretty limited which is why I chose Verizon whose 4G service coverage is much larger. My connect speed in 4G areas is 13-17 gig. Verizon's 4620L MiFi unit, which I use, is especially attractive since it produces a WiFi signal in a 100 ft radius. That's about 3 times the ability of most cellular/Wifi devices. This allows us to keep the unit inside the trailer, but get a good WiFi signal sitting outside in the campsite. There is also an aftermarket battery available that provides about 8 hours of power, compared to 4 hours for the standard battery for most WiFi devices.

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Can anyone say how much basic Internet usage you get for the fee? I am thinking email and stuff like checking the Airstream Forum, but not watching Netflix movies or downloading massive files.

When you're on the road with the Verizon package, for example, what would be your average sort of use?
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Basic data plan for Verizon starts at 5GB per month.

As long as you're not streaming video (a full-length movie can run 2GB all by itself), downloading GPS updates (usually run about 3GB for Garmin) , or listening to Pandora all day every day, the basic 5GB should be enough.

You can set up your account to give you e-mail or text warnings that you've gone 50%, 75%, 90%, and 100% of your allowed data.

If you are a heavier user, you can get a 10GB plan for $80 per month from Verizon.
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We have the smallest data package...5GB, does that sound right?

We do email, Airforums , news pages, etc.

Plenty for us. We don't download or stream movies, tv programs, etc.

We are longtime and loyal Verizon customers.


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I've had pretty good luck with the Verizon MiFi. I also use the Wilson cradle booster with an external magnetic mount antenna. Relatively inexpensive at Best Buy and no holes need to be drilled. I find the wifi signal is degraded inside the AS, so with the booster (Cradle Boosters | Store | Wilson Electronics) I can usually go from 3 bars to 5. I also bought the slightly larger antenna, also cheap about $20 on Amazon and that helps a bit too. Easily transferable from AS to TV. Keep in mind that just because you have 5 bars doesn't always translate to a faster connection especially in rural areas. Many factors affect speed.
There are better antennas like the Wifi Ranger, but way more expensive and installation is permanent and can be a hassle.
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I've had pretty good luck with the Verizon MiFi. I also use the Wilson cradle booster with an external magnetic mount antenna. Relatively inexpensive at Best Buy and no holes need to be drilled. I find the wifi signal is degraded inside the AS, so with the booster (Cradle Boosters | Store | Wilson Electronics) I can usually go from 3 bars to 5. I also bought the slightly larger antenna, also cheap about $20 on Amazon and that helps a bit too. Easily transferable from AS to TV. Keep in mind that just because you have 5 bars doesn't always translate to a faster connection especially in rural areas. Many factors affect speed.
There are better antennas like the Wifi Ranger, but way more expensive and installation is permanent and can be a hassle.
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Remember that these are two separate means of downloading data. The Wilson boosters amplify a cellular signal. The WiFi Ranger amplifies WiFi. You have to decide which (or both) is right for you.
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Thanks for all the feedback. I'm leaning toward getting a Millenicom Unlimited. They said it will run off Sprint (but I think it can roam on Verizon?). Then I can hook it up to a small router in the trailer to share with my other devices (Cradlepoint Wireless Router)

Seems like that could be a good set up. That or a MiFi from Verizon. But my work is online and I'm worried about how much bandwidth I'll use, the Verizon looks like it can get expensive real quick if you use a lot of data.

Anyone used the Millenicom?
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But my work is online and I'm worried about how much bandwidth I'll use, the Verizon looks like it can get expensive real quick if you use a lot of data.
Something you might consider…

If you're concerned with data usage for work, you might want to get two separate accounts/devices, one strictly for work and one strictly for personal. The work account can be written off as a business expense if you're self-employed, or reimbursed as an expense if you have clients. If you have a boss that you're working for on salary or wages, have HIM provide the work account rather than doing it out of your own pocket.

Chances are, if you can do that, your personal wireless broadband account can be at a lower cost with lower base usage allowance.

But if you use your personal broadband account for work, you'll never be able to separate out the business expenses on your tax deductions.
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In the Mac arena, a software update can be several Gbytes whenever a major upgrade is released. Otherwise cruising the web is pretty modest on data usage.

I use Verizon and have an unlimited data account for my iPhone as I buy the latest hardware outright and thus maintain my existing contract which goes back to 1988 with them. My wife, two of her daughters, the MiFi, and several iPads share a 10Gb data plan with unlimited texts and voice. Seems to work okay.

My experience driving from Phoenix to Indianapolis more times than I can count over the last ten years is that Verizon was there. I had an additional side affair with AT&T when the iPhone came out and I was able to break the contract due to lack of reception at my three homes: East edge of Phoenix, Santa Fe and Bloomington, IN (a big 10 university town).

When we are really remote, I have a sat phone in case of an emergency. I have used it once when our motorcycle group of old riders had a rider go down in a remote area.

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Thanks for all the feedback. I'm leaning toward getting a Millenicom Unlimited. They said it will run off Sprint (but I think it can roam on Verizon?). Then I can hook it up to a small router in the trailer to share with my other devices (Cradlepoint Wireless Router)

Seems like that could be a good set up. That or a MiFi from Verizon. But my work is online and I'm worried about how much bandwidth I'll use, the Verizon looks like it can get expensive real quick if you use a lot of data.

Anyone used the Millenicom?
You need to make absolutely, positively sure that it'll work well with Verizon. As a long-time Sprint customer, I'm currently waiting for my ETF to dwindle to the point where it's not worth waiting longer to switch.

I experience this most often in the DFW metro area where we live, but have duplicated it in Austin and in other cities, never mind rural coverage: Start loading map or website on my personal phone with good signal, (Evo 4G LTE), get frustrated, take out my work phone (Droid Razr on Verizon), unlock, start app, tell it to load the same map/traffic data/website and get the result on the Verizon phone first.

AT&T's "faux G" hspa+ on my partner's Galaxy S2 is similarly superior, and the Evo is always pleasantly fast on wifi so I'm confident it's the network, not the device. Avoid Sprint and Sprint-hosted MVNOs for data.
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