Imagine my surprise - Internet plan!
I just discovered something about my AT&T cellular plan that makes me, well, thankful that I signed up when I did. My plan is "Unlimited". Before you guys jump in and say it gets throttled past 10Gb or 22GB, it doesn't. It gets network managed according to the towers it is using.
I had a long conversation with an AT&T rep yesterday about this plan. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning.
Many years ago (more than 10, I believe), I saw an article on the internet that said that the AT&T hotspot was going away and to sign up before March even if you think you would not need it. At $20/month is sounded good, and I did sign up for the AT&T Unlimited Plus plan. Several months later, AT&T canceled the plan; well, they tried. Back then, AT&T did not have the legal terminology worked out and what we signed up for was not cancellable by AT&T. Cancellation by AT&T was not written in the contract. I was grandfathered in.
I purchased a Netgear hotspot from AT&T and have not used it much over the years. Until now. With AT&T canceling the Airstream plan several years ago and me signing up for one more year and getting it, I had another year to figure out what I was going to do when we got back on the road. That's when I remembered my hotspot plan. So I did some digging and called AT&T about the plan I bought so many years ago.
The gentleman on the phone said what are you worried about, it's unlimited. I just wanted to know if it was 22Gb for the four devices or each line. He kept saying why do you care, it is unlimited. He then stopped me and said he signed up for the same plan years ago and he used 360GB last month alone! He said back then the towers were far and few between and the chances of network congestion were great. It will slow you down in those circumstances but will share the speed of the tower. Today we have many more towers and your devices (iPhone) use up to three towers at once with speed in the 50-75 Mb down speeds. He told me not to worry about the then 22GB limit as it is not throttled but networked managed. At today's speeds, you'll be fine!
Imagine my surprise!
Is this plan available today? No. It is not a solution for those who need internet while they are traveling and or working on the road.
I just finished a PM that I reached out to one of the members here with the question "Can I use the SIm from the Netgear hotspot in my Peplink router. He thought I could. That would give me the antenna on the roof and better exposure to the towers. I will be trying this later today.