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Old 10-30-2012, 08:07 PM   #1
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Some one point me in the right...

I have been shopping around....and shopping around ...and around and around...looking for the best way to get the internet to the tow truck without paying a fortune..and be able to travel.
Verizon has a deal called a jet pack. But we do ALOT of interneting -- Netflix and photos. I know there are topics about this, - my eyes are tired but if someone would tell me the very best without a question- the kind of provider they use? ...or something?
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:18 PM   #3
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Where have you been Bill?
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:20 PM   #4
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Thankyou...I will read up on it now. Thanks.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:21 PM   #5
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Where have you been Bill?
...working my AS off! ha!
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:23 PM   #6
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I have been doing airbrushed stained glass --so far two churches and one recent restaurant about to open. Check out the video...sorry about the elevator music.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:37 PM   #7
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Nice! and creative. I like. Hows the food? I missed seeing you on my trips to Boise City and Copper Breaks.
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They are not open yet, but there are several Mexican food joints here in Altus...so I have no idea about this place.
Going back. This wifi Ranger deal is like a ipod touch where you get wifi options, but alot of them are locked and you have to get a password. Unless you find one that is unlocked and you can join.--Like McDonalds right?
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:55 AM   #9
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I have been shopping around....and shopping around ...and around and around...looking for the best way to get the internet to the tow truck without paying a fortune..and be able to travel.
Verizon has a deal called a jet pack. But we do ALOT of interneting -- Netflix and photos. I know there are topics about this, - my eyes are tired but if someone would tell me the very best without a question- the kind of provider they use? ...or something?
No one can tell you the "very best without question". For them, yes, for you, no.

I use Verizon and have since 2007 and overall have found it works very well for me. I tend to use in the range of 3 to 6 GB a month and until this year, when they eliminated it, had unlimited service. Now in the winter when I use it most, the 5 GB for $50 a month may or may not get me through. I may have to curtail my use some.

The mifi from Verizon is a nice little unit. Great range, had an antenna input which I find to be critical in the remote areas I go into in the summer in Montana.

So, that works for me, for you... who knows.

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Old 10-31-2012, 01:39 PM   #10
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"Millenicom.com" is a Verizon and Sprint reseller. Some of the plans use the Verizon network and others use Sprint, so you need to ask them which devices use which networks.

We have the 20Gb Hotspot plan for $69.99, which uses the Verizon network and has no contract. However there are some upfront device purchase and setup fees.

There are a couple of "unlimited" plans, but I think those are on Sprint; and I believe they throttle usage at 50Gb's.

We went with Verizon, because we have Verizon phones and they seem to have the best nationwide coverage. However, if you camp mainly in Sprint areas, one of those plans may work better for you.
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I'm cheap....I travel with a laptop and use the wifi at McDonalds, ChicFilA, Paneras, local libraries, etc
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I'm cheap....I travel with a laptop and use the wifi at McDonalds, ChicFilA, Paneras, local libraries, etc
I am too! Use an iPhone and iPad for GPS, voice, e-mail and whatever. Never have a problem.
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Free WiFi for WAN works in commercial campgrounds (e.g., KOA) and in town near McDonalds and Starbucks, but there is no free WiFi When boondocking.

Also, tethering to a smartphone works in remote locations, for short periods (e.g., annual two-week vacation, or occasional long weekends); but costs skyrocket with heavy usage. That's when a mobile broadband plan works best.

Probably, the best thing to do is try free WiFi to see if it fits your needs (see note below). Then, if necessary, upgrade to tethering if you have a smartphone or cell modem. And, if all else fails (especially, if you boondock frequently), investigate a mobile broadband plan (e.g., Millenicom | High Speed Wireless Broadband).

Note: As a starting point, SEARCH this site for "WiFi for WAN" to locate recent posts regarding WiFiRanger, CradlePoint, PepWave Surf-On-The-Go (SOTG) and other WiFi solutions that will improve WiFi reception in commercial campgrounds, etc.
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I have mounted a Wilson 4G-v Cellular Signal Booster in the Airstream, and instead of putting a cellphone in the cradle, I put my Verizon Jetpack in it. Works WONDERFULLY! I have also installed a WiFi Ranger Sky for whenever there's a free wifi hotspot nearby that I can tap into...

The Jetpack is 5GB and then $10 per gig over that each month ($50 base monthly fee). I can even leave it on while I am towing and pickup full wifi signal in the tow vehicle. 5GB is a lot, but not if you're streaming videos from Netflix.

I just spent a week in South Dakota pheasant hunting and was able to work remotely with ease for three hours daily, no glitches. The Wilson improved my signal from three bars to five bars.
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