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Tom Hoffman

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Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« on: February 29, 2016, 04:56:39 PM »
We use to have the 30G for $130 per month from Verizon but since my wife took a permanent job for awhile, we let it go.

We were wondering who had the best plan for max Gigs for the dollar currently.

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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2016, 05:28:20 PM »
You can buy a LG K7 phone for $49 from MetroPCS:

https://www.metropcs.com/phones/details/lg-k7/610214644626::Black.html

Then get their unlimited talk text and data plan for $60 per month and a hot spot is included on the phone:

https://www.metropcs.com/cell-plans.html
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2016, 05:39:49 PM »
Tom,  We will be going back to Yuma next fall and will need it there,  How many devices and what kind of down load speed can you expect in town?

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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2016, 05:42:51 PM »
Just read their  $60 plan includes up to 8G data,   far from unlimited....
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2016, 06:16:39 PM »
I just tested it and got 4 mbps here in Orlando. I don't know what the speed would be in Yuma. I have a bunch of devices. Where did you read about the 8 gig cap? Everywhere I looked it said unlimited.
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2016, 06:39:25 PM »
Follow the link you provided, go down to the bottom and go down to New Features to Extend your Data, look a little further down on the left side under Mobil Hotspot click learn more
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2016, 07:02:15 PM »
Everywhere I looked it said unlimited.
Don't know if it applies here but I think Sprint's "unlimited" plan is in fact unlimited data, but speed throttles after some certain amount used
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2016, 07:08:48 PM »
Follow the link you provided, go down to the bottom and go down to New Features to Extend your Data, look a little further down on the left side under Mobil Hotspot click learn more
Well that is hiding it well. I only have the one gig plan for $30 a month since that is more than I ever use.
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2016, 07:27:43 PM »
Don't know if it applies here but I think Sprint's "unlimited" plan is in fact unlimited data, but speed throttles after some certain amount used

Well, that kinda defeats the idea of Unlimited don't it...  If you can't get much to work, you can't use much...
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2016, 08:00:13 PM »
Don't know if it applies here but I think Sprint's "unlimited" plan is in fact unlimited data, but speed throttles after some certain amount used

I don't remember for sure but I think that is the same deal with my T-Mobile plan. 
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2016, 09:32:52 PM »
I just tested it and got 4 mbps here in Orlando. I don't know what the speed would be in Yuma. I have a bunch of devices. Where did you read about the 8 gig cap? Everywhere I looked it said unlimited.


This is just pure .... read the small caracteres with your glasses !
Your unlimited dowload is for music and there is a Maximizer system for data...
IMO, any plan with a limit of 8 GIG/month is pretty good for a WI-FI Hotspot; I often used a 6GIG/month for $50 and it suited me well.
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2016, 09:44:50 PM »

This is just pure .... read the small caracteres with your glasses !
Your unlimited dowload is for music and there is a Maximizer system for data...
IMO, any plan with a limit of 8 GIG/month is pretty good for a WI-FI Hotspot; I often used a 6GIG/month for $50 and it suited me well.

When we were camped in Yuma 14'-15' 6 months we had 30G per month, and some months I went over it, It was for both my wife and myself.  Minimum of a gig a day.  Never could figure out why we used so much, we didn't down load movies or play games,  I did a lot of reading and the wife did social stuff when not at work.  Very perplexing...

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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #12 on: February 29, 2016, 10:02:51 PM »

This is just pure .... read the small caracteres with your glasses !
Your unlimited dowload is for music and there is a Maximizer system for data...
I have no clue what you are talking about.
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2016, 08:47:56 AM »
The real question here is who has good service in the area(s) you will frequent. Both coverage and performance can and will differ widely among the major networks. For example, if a carrier has no or limited coverage, the plan is worth nothing. And if the carrier has numerous customers but few towers (radios), each one will be saturated and performance will suck, especially if you are a heavy consumer of bandwidth.

There are sites that try to evaluate cellular performance by area, though it is a moving target. Here are some for Yuma:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/arizona/1871288-yuma-az-cell-phone-reception.html

http://www.cellreception.com/coverage/az/yuma/page1.html

MetroPCS does provide service in the Yuma area, so maybe they are a contender. I believe MetroPCS runs on the T-Mobile network, but that doesn't mean the performance is the same as T-Mobile's own plans. As a re-seller of T-Mobile's bandwidth, they may have accepted some limits of the amount of data they can use at any given place or time to get a lower price.
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2016, 09:50:53 AM »
 ;D I have Cricket; which has phones with hotspots for as cheap as $19.99 if you change form a different carrier. I have the Kyocera Hydro which is waterproof up to I meter for 30 minutes. I pay $70.00 for 10 gbs; they don't roll over; so use them up.  8) They USE the AT&T network and have fairly good coverages. Go to their WEbsite and check it out. Don't know if it's the best but the grapevine says they may offer 20 gbs.  ;D
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2016, 10:21:43 AM »
because of the checker board of signals we get in the Rockies, we have a a bit of data on each service. 4 gigs on sprint, 5 gigs on TMO, 10 gigs with Cricket and a $5 a month unlimited 3G Verizon hotspot.

It's right around $100 a month.

 The Cricket is $65 with hotspot and auto pay and has unlimited 2G after the LTE data bucket.

The 4GAS/TMO is 17.41 and comes with Binge on and like the Cricket unlimited 2G after.

The Sprint cost me $10 a month and is split between a Freedompop hotspot and a RingPlus Phone.

The Verizon unlimited 3G hotspot came from Mobile-Solutions and cost $5 a month.

That's all four carriers for coverage but none of them do roaming.

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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2016, 05:46:33 PM »
When we were full timing, we used Verizon Air card.  Not sure if that will work for you, but we never lost service anywhere.  All through Canada and across the USA multiple times.  Loved it!
We still have Verizon and by far, the best coverage out there.  Heck, if you can't use it all the time, it is useless, no matter what you pay for it!

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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2016, 06:29:58 PM »
When we were full timing, we used Verizon Air card.  Not sure if that will work for you, but we never lost service anywhere.  All through Canada and across the USA multiple times.  Loved it!
We still have Verizon and by far, the best coverage out there.  Heck, if you can't use it all the time, it is useless, no matter what you pay for it!

That's not the point, the point is, who has the best volume of data available for the best $$$.  When we were in Yuma last year we had decent coverage and reception with Verizon using a WiFi Hotspot with 30 Gigs of data a month for $130 per month. 

I was trying to find out if any one was offering anything remotely like that now. 

Now Verizon want in excess of $200+ for 30 gigs.
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2016, 10:03:08 AM »
best price does no good if you have no coverage.  we had to add a Verizon jetpack because our t mobile has no signal when we get away from big cities. 

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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2016, 11:15:22 AM »
When we were camped in Yuma 14'-15' 6 months we had 30G per month, and some months I went over it, It was for both my wife and myself.  Minimum of a gig a day.  Never could figure out why we used so much, we didn't down load movies or play games,  I did a lot of reading and the wife did social stuff when not at work.  Very perplexing...

Tom,

We had the same issue with our 32 gig plan.  We actually went several gigs over a few months ago.  My solution was to turn off the MiFi when not using it like at night.  There was all kinds of downloads and backups going on when I was not using it between the three IPADs and the laptops.  It was not an issue of others using it.  It was unattended data usage at night.  This month I am way under on usage.  Just turn off the MiFi when not using it.
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2016, 12:07:03 PM »
When we were camped in Yuma 14'-15' 6 months we had 30G per month, and some months I went over it, It was for both my wife and myself.  Minimum of a gig a day.  Never could figure out why we used so much, we didn't down load movies or play games,  I did a lot of reading and the wife did social stuff when not at work.  Very perplexing...

Hi Tom,

I have a 30gb AT&T plan(which they mysteriously upped to 35gb for free out of nowhere), and it also includes rollover. I pay $189 a month.

When I first started full-timing I found that I was somehow using data after hours, even while sleeping. Data usage always seems higher in high speed LTE areas as well.

Two tricks I have found that seem to work well for reducing data usage:
 - If you are in a highspeed area, you will use more data. You can turn off LTE on many phones, limiting yourself to 4g which would use less data, but still be fast enough for most things.(videos may be lower quality, but they also do not completely download before you've decided you are not going to watch the whole thing)
 - put your unused devices on airplane mode, or turn data off completely at night.
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2016, 06:17:51 PM »
Thanks for the tip about shutting off the data at night, seems obvious, but I never did it.  Will pay closer attention when we go back.
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Re: Best WiFi HotSpot Plan currently?
« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2016, 07:40:00 PM »
We use a Verizon Jetpack hotspot with a 20GB/month 4G/LTE data plan at $100/mo. Overages are billed at $8/GB, so we also have a secondary Jetpack hotspot configured for 3G only unlimited data at $5/mo that we use for non-speed critical applications to minimize our overages. Combined with our new MaxAmp Mobile RV cell service amplifier/repeater, we've already found we had service in a couple of prior "No service" areas in the Adirondacks.
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