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Title: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on April 04, 2017, 02:48:28 AM
AT&T is offering unlimited 4G LTE mobile data for $20 per month.  This is a standalone plan, you don't need any other AT&T or DirecTV service.

It's called Connected Car Unlimited and uses a ZTE Mobley device that plugs into a car's OBDII diagnostic port and turns the car into a mobile hotspot.  You're guaranteed 22 GB per month at full 4G speeds, after that you can be throttled if there's network congestion.

The Mobley doesn't access any data from the port, it only uses it to get 12 volt power.  If your car (motorhome?) doesn't have an OBDII port there are enterprising souls on Ebay selling AC and cigarette lighter adapters.  Or you can just connect +12 volts and ground directly to the Mobley.

AT&T says the Mobley is free with a 2 year contract, but there's a $45 setup charge.  Or you can buy it outright for $99 without a contract and they'll waive the setup charge.  I ordered mine last week, it arrived at my house 2 days later and works as advertised.

https://www.att.com/devices/zte/mobley.html#sku=sku7700323 (https://www.att.com/devices/zte/mobley.html#sku=sku7700323)

Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Tom on April 04, 2017, 03:12:56 AM
Lou, please let us know how the coverage and below-dash reception is. I'm tempted to can my t-mobile 'backup device/plan for this one, and I'd still save $10/month..
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on April 04, 2017, 03:18:54 AM
Unfortunately, I don't have any vehicles newer than 1996, which is when the OIBII port was introduced, so I'm not using it below the dash.  But coverage shouldn't be any different than a cell phone sitting on the center console.

AT&T's 4G LTE coverage map looks pretty good:

https://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html?selectedTab=coverage&subSelection=data (https://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html?selectedTab=coverage&subSelection=data)

I've only tried it in one location in Los Angeles so far, but I will be taking it out to various sites in the next couple of weeks.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Tom on April 04, 2017, 03:21:30 AM
Thanks Lou. I'd probably put it in a cabinet above the driver; I can easily get 12V to it there.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: John From Detroit on April 04, 2017, 06:38:08 AM
My T-Mobile Mobily does indeed send data from the port to my phone's "Motion" app.

Just so you know.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on April 04, 2017, 07:18:57 AM
I have the Mobley sitting at my mail forwarder's, waiting for us to settle someplace long enough to have it sent on. I've already activated it on the $20 unlimited plan, and it should make a nice alternative to our $60 250GB and unlimited phone AT&T Homebase plan. For less than $10, I'll be making my own USB power cord for it, so I can use the Mobley with either 12-VDC, 120VAC, a USB battery pack, or pretty much any other USB port. Or actually plugging it into an OBD2 port as intended of course.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: captcosmic on April 04, 2017, 08:22:46 AM
Excellent option. I see Best Buy has them on Ebay with in store pick up for $79.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AT-T-ZTE-Mobley-4G-LTE-Wi-Fi-Hotspot-Black/322460240268?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D40130%26meid%3Dbf164cc93879486e94d1c149888845dd%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D282092487869
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on April 04, 2017, 08:49:19 AM
My T-Mobile Mobily does indeed send data from the port to my phone's "Motion" app.

Just so you know.

That's a different critter, John. The AT&T Mobley only uses the OBD2 port for power. It has no connections to the OBD bus.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: rls7201 on April 27, 2017, 08:52:02 PM
Just hooked up my ZTE Mobley yesterday. Have a USB power supply from Ebay. I'm seeing 15-20mbps down and 8-10mbps up, depending on the time of day. I live on the north side of K.C.MO.`Several set up options. Factory set to shut off every 30 minutes. Can be changed to never shut off. Settings for SSID, password, VPN, etc.

Richard
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: demag88 on April 27, 2017, 09:59:13 PM
 Works great in new england
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: PopPop51 on May 02, 2017, 01:47:23 PM
AT&T's web site is showing the Mobley as out of stock online, and not in any stores in my area.
Best Buy doesn't have it in any stores within 250 miles of Orlando, and "shipping not available".
Per their online chat's guy with the fractured grammar:
Steve: Hello! How may I help you today?
Paul: Hi Steve. How soon will ZTE Mobleys be available again?
Steve: Hi Paul, thank you for visiting AT&T! My name is Steve, and I would be happy to assist you with your request on that device.
Steve: I was checking
Steve: and I can not tell you an exact date, however we usually restock all of the items every 30 day of the month, so you can check that the 1st day this month so you can be sure you can take it.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: 8Muddypaws on May 02, 2017, 07:13:53 PM
Reading through the terms & conditions made things as clear as mud.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Tom on May 03, 2017, 08:29:43 PM
Gee, thanks Russ  ???
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 03, 2017, 08:51:09 PM
Reading through the terms & conditions made things as clear as mud.

What points do you need clarified?
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: 8Muddypaws on May 04, 2017, 05:42:17 PM
#1.  Who qualifies?  DIRECTV customers in good standing.  Since I'm thinking of canceling DTV I would not.
#2.  Overage charges?
#3.  They talk about 5 devices, then 10 devices,  then an ancillary device which would be a separate account.  Never do they define what an ancillary(?) device is.
#4.  Additional charges and fees. 
#5.  At what point does it throttle your bandwidth?
#6.  At what point are there additional charges for going over 22 GB?
#7.  Haw can they call it unlimited in light of #2, 5, and 6?
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 04, 2017, 08:09:31 PM
#1 Anyone that passes the credit check qualifies. There is no requirement to be a DTV subscriber. In fact, I'm a Dish subscriber.
#2 My actual bill for the Mobley is about $22.50, including all fees and taxes. I can't be more exact, since I also have an AT&T Homebase 250GB plan on the same account.
#3 The Mobley only allows 5 devices to connect to it at one time.
#4 If you purchase the Mobley outright, there are no additional activation charges. On contract, there is a $45 activation fee.
#5 Your bandwidth is never "throttled". After 22GB, if the tower you're on at the time is congested, your service may be dropped to a lower priority until the congestion clears up. I've yet to see this happen, or if it did, the slow down was no more noticeable than any other service on a busy tower.
#6 There are no additional charges for overages. The plan is really unlimited.
#7 They can call it unlimited because there is no limit on how much data you can use. Under certain conditions, using that data may be slowed down somewhat though.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on May 04, 2017, 08:18:11 PM
What Dutch said.  I think you're looking at the wrong plan.

On the AT&T ZTE Mobley page (https://www.att.com/devices/zte/mobley.html#sku=sku7700323) scroll down until you see:

Quote
2. AT&T Connected Car Unlimited Plan: U.S. only. Consumer and Individual Responsibility Users only.

Eligibility: Requires eligible vehicle, eligible aftermarket device and new or existing AT&T wireless account.

Data Restrictions: After 22GB of data usage on vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot in a bill cycle, for the rest of the cycle AT&T may slow data speeds on vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot during periods of network congestion.

Pricing: $20 per aftermarket device monthly plan charge (3 aftermarket devices on plan results in $60 monthly plan charge).

Devices: Sold separately.

Limits: 3 aftermarket devices per plan.

Hotspot: Connects up to 5 Wi-Fi capable devices per vehicle hotspot. Devices connected to vehicle’s hotspot use data from your plan. Once a device connects, it will automatically reconnect and use data from your plan unless hotspot is removed from returning device settings or hotspot password is changed. Performance varies based on number of devices connected and other factors.

Video Streaming: Plan includes Stream Saver, which allows you to save data by streaming higher definition video at Standard Definition quality (about 480p). AT&T will activate it. Check your account online to see if active. You may then turn it off or back on at any time at att.com/myatt. Stream saver will not recognize all video content. Ability to stream & video resolution vary, and are affected by other factors. Restrictions apply. See att.com/streamsaver for details.

International: Wi-Fi hotspot functionality not available outside of U.S.

General Wireless Service Terms: Subject to Wireless Customer Agreement (see att.com/wca). Services are not for resale. Credit approval and deposit may apply.

Other Monthly Charges per Line: May include taxes, fed. & state universal svc. charges, Reg. Cost Recovery Charge (up to $1.25), gross receipts surcharge, Admin. Fee, & certain gov’t assessments which are not gov’t req’d charges. Pricing, promotions & terms subject to change & may be modified or terminated at any time without notice. Coverage & svc. not avail. everywhere. You get an off-net (roaming) usage allowance for each vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot. If you exceed the allowance, your svc(s) may be restricted or terminated. Other restr’s apply & may result in svc termination"

My bill last month was $20 plus $3.34 in taxes and fees for a total of $23.34 for 83.43GB usage.

Hopefully the Mobley will be back in stock soon.  I suspect the demand turned out to be a bit more than AT&T anticipated.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: BoonDocker Bob on May 04, 2017, 09:07:18 PM
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AT&T is offering unlimited 4G LTE mobile data for $20 per month
  AT&T can offer it at $10.00 a month ...
I am an OTR truck driver and believe me when I say , their service SUCKS potatoes  !
Although the price is not that low , I STILL use VERIZON . At $80.00 for UNLIMITED everything , and with MUCH better coverage than AT&T or US Cell or Boost , or T-Mobile ....
And NO contract  :-*

( and FWIW  - I only use the 4G and cell in the truck ... when I go camping ... THAT cell stays SHUT OFF , unless an emergency arises - which , so far has not happened - thank God )
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 04, 2017, 09:29:50 PM
We've been up and down the east coast from upstate NY to Florida and back, with no loss of AT&T signal even while underway. We do have a Max Amp RV cell booster on board though, that finds signals even where other boosters don't. Nor do we have a contract for our AT&T Mobley unlimited data plan. As a backup, we do carry a Verizon Jetpack flashed to a grey market $5/mo 3G only plan just in case we do find an AT&T dead spot someday.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: BoonDocker Bob on May 05, 2017, 08:34:07 AM
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just in case we do find an AT&T dead spot someday

Come out to the "true" midwest , or further west and you WILL find plenty of DEAD spots for AT&T  ...  LOL    ;D
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Ernie n Tara on May 05, 2017, 08:34:48 AM
The problem seems to be that it is "not available" anywhere. Has anyone found a source that has any today?

Ernie
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 05, 2017, 12:38:18 PM
ABC Warehouse still has the Mobley listed, but I would check first to see if they still actually have them in stock.

AT&T 6934A ZTE MOBLEY (http://appliances.abcwarehouse.com/warehouse/Zte-Mobley)
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 05, 2017, 12:42:23 PM
Come out to the "true" midwest , or further west and you WILL find plenty of DEAD spots for AT&T  ...  LOL    ;D

As long as AT&T works in the places we routinely travel, I'll stay with them at the prices they're currently offering. If we should happen to pass through the "true midwest" sometime and our Max Amp doesn't get the job done for some reason, our Verizon 3G service will likely be adequate for the time we'll be there.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: RLSharp on May 19, 2017, 07:54:39 PM
Has anyone found a supplier for the ZTE Mobley the last week or so. I have searched the Internet for the last week with no luck.

R
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Tom on May 19, 2017, 08:02:06 PM
I'm ready to buy, so I'm interested in responses.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on May 19, 2017, 08:55:37 PM
I'm ready to buy, so I'm interested in responses.


X3.  Currently have unlimited 3G Verizon Mifi which works pretty well, but this would be a nice fill-in when AT&T is available
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 20, 2017, 08:45:44 AM

X3.  Currently have unlimited 3G Verizon Mifi which works pretty well, but this would be a nice fill-in when AT&T is available

We're doing it the other way around now. We're using the $20 AT&T Mobley 4G/LTE unlimited plan full time, and only using our $5 Verizon 3G unlimited plan as a fill in if we hit a bad AT&T area, which hasn't happened yet. Or when we want an easy to carry portable service at the beach, etc.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on May 20, 2017, 08:56:23 AM
We're doing it the other way around now. We're using the $20 AT&T Mobley 4G/LTE unlimited plan full time, and only using our $5 Verizon 3G unlimited plan as a fill in if we hit a bad AT&T area, which hasn't happened yet. Or when we want an easy to carry portable service at the beach, etc.


Well ya Dutch that's what I meant. Why use 3G when 4G's available?  ::)


Generally we've found fair-good AT&T coverage but on the fringe Verizon is definitely better. Here at our sticks house for example there is zero AT&T or Sprint coverage yet we routinely use our Verizon phones, and mifi data runs at about 1.2MBPS, not bad for 3G.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 20, 2017, 09:22:57 AM

Well ya Dutch that's what I meant. Why use 3G when 4G's available?  ::)


Generally we've found fair-good AT&T coverage but on the fringe Verizon is definitely better. Here at our sticks house for example there is zero AT&T or Sprint coverage yet we routinely use our Verizon phones, and mifi data runs at about 1.2MBPS, not bad for 3G.

Since adding our Max Amp RV cell booster, we haven't found anywhere yet that we don't get good AT&T and Verizon signals. We don't have any Sprint or T-Mobile devices anymore, so I can't comment on their signals.

I agree, anything over 1Mbps is good on 3G. I've even streamed Amazon Prime movies to our TV on 3G with no buffering.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: LarsMac on May 20, 2017, 09:39:42 AM
Come out to the "true" midwest , or further west and you WILL find plenty of DEAD spots for AT&T  ...  LOL    ;D

Yup. I live in one of those.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Larry N. on May 20, 2017, 10:04:07 AM

Well ya Dutch that's what I meant. Why use 3G when 4G's available?  ::)


Generally we've found fair-good AT&T coverage but on the fringe Verizon is definitely better. Here at our sticks house for example there is zero AT&T or Sprint coverage yet we routinely use our Verizon phones, and mifi data runs at about 1.2MBPS, not bad for 3G.

So much depends on where you are. Down near a Scout camp 75 or so miles SE of Denver, AT&T service is available, but no other carrier is receivable. I actually use Consumer Cellular, but it runs on the AT&T network, and the spots in our travels where service disappears are scarce, though it does happen, especially in a place like Yellowstone where no one has service.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Terry A. Brewer on May 20, 2017, 04:19:40 PM
Since adding our Max Amp RV cell booster, we haven't found anywhere yet that we don't get good AT&T and Verizon signals.

Try it at our cabin in Northern Idaho...I had a Max AMP and had to send it back as it wouldn't work even with the phone inches away. Gord sent me different antennas and amps and nothing worked.

I have an old 3G Wilson amp and it works sometimes.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 20, 2017, 07:38:18 PM
Try it at our cabin in Northern Idaho...I had a Max AMP and had to send it back as it wouldn't work even with the phone inches away. Gord sent me different antennas and amps and nothing worked.

I have an old 3G Wilson amp and it works sometimes.

I must have gotten a good one then. We've gotten good 4G signals in places our previous WeBoost either got 3G only or nothing.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on May 25, 2017, 01:48:35 PM
Has anyone found a supplier for the ZTE Mobley the last week or so. I have searched the Internet for the last week with no luck.

There's a guy on Ebay Amazon selling new Mobleys for $180 compared to AT&T's out-of-stock $100 price.  Good old American free market in action.

Still, it might be worth the extra cost to get grandfathered in at $20 per month.  I hear the promotion ends in July - after that it's likely going back to the regular $40 per month for new signups, which is still a bargain.

About the Mobley's wifi range, I used it in the company's Toyota FJ Cruiser and left it plugged into the ODB II port when I checked into the motel last night.  I had no problem reaching it from inside the motel room.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jeff on May 25, 2017, 11:43:00 PM
Lou you got me going at 179 but the lowest I found was 289 and 299 a few minutes ago.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on May 26, 2017, 12:01:25 AM
Lou you got me going at 199 but the lowest I found was 289 and 299 a few minutes ago.


Seems like this started at $100; I'm loosing interest quickly. Going to try and swing by an AT&T store to see what they have to say about ordering now and being grandfathered. Otherwise, will have to live with the unlimited Verizon 3G I have at $5/mo.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jeff on May 26, 2017, 09:25:46 PM
Lou corrected me. It was $179 at AMAZON.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jeff on May 26, 2017, 09:26:52 PM
FYI ATT shows them backordered until June 19th or so.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on May 26, 2017, 09:40:22 PM
FYI AZTT shows them backordered until June 19th or so.

I called AT&T today and they could not confirm when, or even if, the device would be available. The representative told me there is an inside rumor that AT&T may discontinue the program for new subscribers, strictly a rumor. She also stated that representatives were aware of the devices being sold on eBay and other nonofficial locations, and that some of those devices are found to be incompatible with the AT&T system as they are re-flashed non-AT&T devices. I didn't get the impression she was trying to dissuade me from buying from AT&T as they don't have it anyway.

When I questioned whether there was a way to get locked in to the current program while waiting for a device, she unequivocally stated that was not possible. She said she was however not aware of any planned termination of the current plan, although since there are no devices available for said plan she said it's all pure speculation at this time.

She said she was aware of how popular the device was with RVers before I mention what my interest was.

So, congratulations to those who got theirs, the rest of us will have to wait and see.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on May 27, 2017, 12:12:53 AM
Scott, as of right now the AT&T web site is letting you pre-order the Mobley and, more importantly, sign up for the $20 per month plan.  Apparently AT&T is scrambling to meet the demand and has another batch of the Mobley devices on the way.

https://www.att.com/devices/zte/mobley.html#sku=sku7700323 (https://www.att.com/devices/zte/mobley.html#sku=sku7700323)

Yesterday the web page was aborting with an "out of stock" message after you selected the Mobley, now you can proceed all the way to checkout.   A definite improvement.

Get them while they're hot!
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on May 27, 2017, 12:46:51 AM
Scott, as of right now the AT&T web site is letting you pre-order the Mobley and, more importantly, sign up for the $20 per month plan.  Apparently AT&T is scrambling to meet the demand and has another batch of the Mobley devices on the way.

https://www.att.com/devices/zte/mobley.html#sku=sku7700323 (https://www.att.com/devices/zte/mobley.html#sku=sku7700323)

Yesterday the web page was aborting with an "out of stock" message after you selected the Mobley, now you can proceed all the way to checkout.   A definite improvement.

Get them while they're hot!


Thanks for the update. How quickly things change, obviously the info I received was completely wrong. Just placed my order, just doesn't seem like you can go wrong with unlimited 4G for $20/mo. Shame we don't have AT&T service at the sticks house or I could cancel the cable which we use only for internet. Would be a nice savings.


Bummed I won't have it for our trip leaving on the 1st - will have to make do with 3G off our Verizon mifi
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Dreamsend on May 27, 2017, 01:53:19 AM
Your vehicle has to be "on" -- in at least accessory mode for the Mobley to be active according to ATT site.  So if you have a truck and trailer, and want internet at midnight for example, don't you need to go turn the truck on?  Seems like this would be great for Class A etc., but not so much for trailer set up.

What am I missing cause this device/plan is sure attractive?  Linda
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on May 27, 2017, 03:36:39 AM
All the Mobley needs is a source of 12 volt power.   Ebay and Amazon have numerous AC, 12 volt and USB custom adapters available.  It's become a regular cottage industry.

With these you can use the Mobley anywhere.   Mine lives in my trailer using a 12 volt cigarette lighter adapter and draws very little power.  Another option is to get the USB power cord and run it from a USB phone charger plug-in cube, a USB port on a computer or a USB pocket battery like you'd use to charge a cell phone.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Dreamsend on May 27, 2017, 06:24:15 AM
Thank you Lou.  Seems simple enough.  I think I need one of these for later.  But before I leap, could someone help me understand some basics.  Being all wired up in S&B, the mobile side of Wi-Fi is still confusing to me so.. . . .
1.  Can I use the Mobley even though I don't have any other ATT mobile acct.?

2.  My main communication will be Verizon, at whatever their main plan offering will be a year from now.  Likely 22GB with 10 GB hotspot as it is now.  If I add a Mobley, do I end up with 2 networks -- only connecting to one or the other at a time?

3.  I need internet access for a computer, a Kindle, and possibly my Blue ray DVD player for streaming on the big TV screen.  I could use Chrome cast for streaming I guess.  So how does all this relate to use of my phone (with data and hotspot capability) and the Mobley?  How does it all come together?  Are all of my wireless devices on one network and active all the time?  Is the data usage per connected device if so?  i.e., if I access say 1 GB of Netflix on my computer and stream it through the Blue ray, is another 1GB charged due to the Blue ray usage?

Hate to be so dumb, but . . .mobile com is the last mystery I need to solve.  TIA Linda


Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Ernie n Tara on May 27, 2017, 06:37:34 AM
1 yes

2 you have two hot spots

3 multiple devices up to 5 or 15 depending on who you believe work on each

Ernie
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 27, 2017, 07:24:07 AM
The Mobley only supports 5 total devices. That number can be split between primary and guest connections, but the total is still 5. The only way to use it for more devices is to connect a router to it, either one of the few that can use the USB connection, or one of the routers with "WiFi as LAN" capability.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 27, 2017, 07:29:49 AM
Your vehicle has to be "on" -- in at least accessory mode for the Mobley to be active according to ATT site.  So if you have a truck and trailer, and want internet at midnight for example, don't you need to go turn the truck on?  Seems like this would be great for Class A etc., but not so much for trailer set up.

What am I missing cause this device/plan is sure attractive?  Linda

Most vehicles have live power at the OBD2 connector all the time. That's why the Mobley has several timed power down settings that can be selected to ensure it doesn't run the battery down after the vehicle is shut off.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Dreamsend on May 27, 2017, 07:50:39 AM
1 yes good deal!

2 you have two hot spots
yes, I know that.  But what does that mean?  Let me show how how unfamiliar I am so I can hopefully get a clear explanation.  To me, the hotspot is like my wired modem and router.  Modum connects via cable (DSL) to the Internet and then sends data via WIFI to whatever device I want to use, i.e. computer, kindle, etc. I see it as the hotspot does the same thing but without the initial cable into the modem - it's all wireless.  I will have 4 total wireless devices (or 5 with a Mobley), so the number of devices is not of concern to me.  Is this a correct understanding?  And if so, I need to understand how to manage the two hotspots.  So, wouldn't this be like having two networks, as I don't want WIFI running on the Verizon phone and on the Mobley at the same time.

Do I simply turn-off WIFI on one of the hotspots?  Is it that simple?  And, can anyone confirm that you don't get charged double data for using your phone or Mobley as a hotspot and then accessing the data via another device, such as the computer?  I ask because, I have read that double data charges happen due to the fact that the mobile providers want you to use the MOBILE device exclusively for content and not stream (?) to another device.  Maybe this is old policy, but I'm asking anyway. 

Smartphone (with hotspot)  Which I've been using for just a month now.  Never needed one before.
Mobley (hotspot)
Computer
Kindle (a mobile device)
Blueray/DVD

All I want to do is have internet access on the computer, the Kindle, and get Netflix/Amazon via the Blueray which could be HDMI to the TV.  If I get or have a Smart TV, then I probably don't need the Blueray, but I don't understand the ins/outs of how to get the content I want to the TV, but that is the next set of questions.  Do I have to have a Chromecast or similar to do it wirelessly?

Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 27, 2017, 08:01:46 AM
Linda, each of your devices can only connect to one WiFi source at a time, and will only use data from that source.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on May 27, 2017, 12:10:50 PM
Get them while they're hot!

Lou, thanks again for the heads up. What a ride, this went from they're available, to they're backordered, to they may never be available to you can pre-order to.... I placed my order yesterday and it has shipped with an ETA 2 days before we leave on our trip!  :)

I'm exhausted!
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jomo on May 27, 2017, 12:25:16 PM
I was told by AT & T yesterday that they are discontinued.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on May 27, 2017, 12:32:42 PM
I was told by AT & T yesterday that they are discontinued.

Yup, I was told by AT&T that it was a rumor they were discontinued. Apparently the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing  ::)
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jomo on May 27, 2017, 12:39:43 PM
Does the motor home actually have to be turned on even if you have it hooked up to a 12 volt adapter?
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on May 27, 2017, 12:43:45 PM
Does the motor home actually have to be turned on even if you have it hooked up to a 12 volt adapter?

No. These were envisioned as something you would plug into your car and leave, creating a "connected car" cell hotspot. All it uses the OBD plug for is power. With a USB adapter not only does the motorhome not have to be on, you don't even need a motorhome.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jomo on May 27, 2017, 03:17:59 PM
AT&T said you have to have OnStar.  Is this true?
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on May 27, 2017, 03:25:43 PM
Some OnStar vehicles provide a mobile hotspot on their own, if yours doesn't getting a "third party device" like the Mobley to provide the hotspot is the other option.

In other words, no.

Go to the AT&T Mobley web page I linked to above.   AT&T seems to have trouble keeping all of their representatives up to speed on the Connected Car Unlimited plan.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on May 27, 2017, 03:49:54 PM
yes, I know that.  But what does that mean?  Let me show how how unfamiliar I am so I can hopefully get a clear explanation.  To me, the hotspot is like my wired modem and router.  Modum connects via cable (DSL) to the Internet and then sends data via WIFI to whatever device I want to use, i.e. computer, kindle, etc. I see it as the hotspot does the same thing but without the initial cable into the modem - it's all wireless.  I will have 4 total wireless devices (or 5 with a Mobley), so the number of devices is not of concern to me.  Is this a correct understanding?  And if so, I need to understand how to manage the two hotspots.  So, wouldn't this be like having two networks, as I don't want WIFI running on the Verizon phone and on the Mobley at the same time.

Do I simply turn-off WIFI on one of the hotspots?  Is it that simple?

Yup.  Turn one off while the other is on.  You'll have to set the devices to use the Mobley's hotspot, just like you did when you set up your phone's hotspot.

The difference is the ethernet cable delivers one network at a time to your computer, while a WiFi connection often sees several different networks (hotspots) at once.  You have to tell the device which hotspot to use so it can ignore the rest.

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And, can anyone confirm that you don't get charged double data for using your phone or Mobley as a hotspot and then accessing the data via another device, such as the computer?  I ask because, I have read that double data charges happen due to the fact that the mobile providers want you to use the MOBILE device exclusively for content and not stream (?) to another device.

Nope, you won't be charged extra.  That's exactly what the Mobley is designed to do - stream data to another device.  Besides, the Connected Car Unlimited plan is truly unlimited data with no extra charges, just the possibility of being "de-prioritized" (not throttled) after 22GB if there's network congestion, i.e. you'll be the first to be slowed down if there are too many people trying to use the cell tower.   Then the speed will come back up once the demand eases.

Phone hotspots charge extra because the phone's data plan isn't really "unlimited" ... the phone company just knows you won't use very much data on the phone itself, so there's no need for them to set an arbitrary limit.

But using the hotspot is a whole different deal ... computers and DVD players use a whole bunch more data than the phone, so they limit how much data you can use through the hotpot.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Tom on May 27, 2017, 04:07:30 PM
Ordered my Mobley this afternoon, although it took three tries to get the order accepted. It's currently showing a ship date between June 16-23, 2017.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Ken & Sheila on May 27, 2017, 04:42:53 PM
Ordered my Mobley this afternoon, although it took three tries to get the order accepted. It's currently showing a ship date between June 16-23, 2017.

It only took me 2 tries. Although I had to re-enter my date of birth several times to get it to "take".
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Tom on May 27, 2017, 05:51:15 PM
You obviously have the magic touch Ken  ;D
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: PopPop51 on May 27, 2017, 07:22:23 PM
Ordered mine this afternoon. The entire process went smoothly. Order confirmation received. Don't expect to get a shipment notice until sometime after the holiday.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on May 27, 2017, 07:32:13 PM
I think this forum is singularly responsible for the global Mobley shortage  ;)
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 27, 2017, 07:53:06 PM
I think this forum is singularly responsible for the global Mobley shortage  ;)

The Mobley deal is all over pretty much all the RV related forums. :)
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: RLSharp on May 28, 2017, 08:08:31 PM
All the Mobley needs is a source of 12 volt power.   Ebay and Amazon have numerous AC, 12 volt and USB custom adapters available.  It's become a regular cottage industry.

Another option is to get the USB power cord and run it from a USB phone charger plug-in cube, a USB port on a computer or a USB pocket battery like you'd use to charge a cell phone.

Lou,

Am I right in assuming that the Mobely USB Power Cord requires an OBD II plug or receptacle on one end and a USB plug on the other end. If so, how does one use a cigarette lighter adapter to power the Mobely? What is the voltage range acceptable to the Mobely? I dug through my junk box and found several USB phone charger plug-in cubes with voltage outputs varying all over the place. I am confused about the options to power my soon to arrive Mobely. Thanks for any help you can give me.

R
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on May 28, 2017, 08:47:40 PM
Richard, the Mobley takes +12 volts on Pin 16 and ground on Pins 4 and 5.  The USB adapters convert the USB +5 volts to +12 volts.  Current ranges from 2.5 ma at idle to 280 ma while transmitting at full power.  I presume the upper voltage limit is 13.5 - 14 volts, the same as a car's electrical system.  Less than 11.5 VDC will start the shutdown timer to avoid discharging the car's battery.  This can be disabled in the setup menu.

The Mobley has a male ODB II connector to plug into the car's female OIB II socket. It just takes power from the socket, there's no connection to the car's data buss.

Before my ODB II socket power adapter arrived I just used a couple of small female spade terminals on a 12 volt DC wall wart.  One spade fit nicely over the Mobley's male pins 4 and 5, the other I cut in half to fit on pin 16.

If you're interested, there are numerous Mobley threads on the Howard Forums mobile phone board:
http://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php/378-Data-Cards (http://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php/378-Data-Cards)


Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Terry A. Brewer on May 29, 2017, 12:41:44 AM
Richard

This is what I used...http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-Adapter-for-AT-T-ZTE-Mobley-OBD2-LTE-Wi-Fi-Hotspot-20-unlimited-data/252924247536?_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Dd5ee501f68524907bb4cac4de074b598%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D13%26sd%3D252848130883&_trkparms=pageci%253A43c46569-4431-11e7-9859-74dbd180ccd9%257Cparentrq%253A52b7ea7915c0ac8077b01a44fffd1b62%257Ciid%253A1
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 29, 2017, 07:51:43 AM
I used a USB 5V to 12V converter assembly and an OBD2 female socket to make my own Mobley adapter. Just two solder connections and it was done. Both items were found on eBay with a total cost of $3.85 including shipping...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1Meter-DC-5V-to-DC-12V-Step-UP-Module-USB-Converter-Adapter-Cable-2-1x5-5mm-Plug-/122505977568?hash=item1c85ecdee0 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/1Meter-DC-5V-to-DC-12V-Step-UP-Module-USB-Converter-Adapter-Cable-2-1x5-5mm-Plug-/122505977568?hash=item1c85ecdee0)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/262864520851?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/262864520851?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

The photo shows the Mobley adapter connected to a USB battery pack.

The second photo shows the 120VAC adapter I made from a spare 12-volt wall wart and a free salvage yard OBD2 socket.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: RLSharp on May 29, 2017, 09:17:10 AM
Thanks Lou, Terry and Dutch. My Mobely is suppose to arrive tomorrow. If I can find my OBD II port on my motor home, I will use that until I get the Mobely hooked up to either the cigarette lighter outlet or a 110 VAC adapter. Thanks again for the information. R
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 29, 2017, 09:56:34 AM
What year and make chassis is your coach built on, Richard?
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: RLSharp on May 29, 2017, 12:02:52 PM
What year and make chassis is your coach built on, Richard?
Dutch, Our coach is a 2013 Itasca Sunstar 35B built on a 2012 Ford F-53 chassis. R
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 29, 2017, 12:22:36 PM
Dutch, Our coach is a 2013 Itasca Sunstar 35B built on a 2012 Ford F-53 chassis. R

Ok, then your OBD2 port should be on the right side of the steering column, possibly attached in a relatively easy to reach location if Winnebago followed Ford's body builder instructions. Otherwise, it may still be attached directly to the steering column, but higher up under the dash where it's hard to see. It also has a plastic cap on it that makes it even harder to find. If you can't locate it, try taking a picture up under the dash near the steering column. Post the photo and we may be able to help you spot it. One giveaway is that it has a loop in the excess cable that's provided for relocation. I moved mine out where it's easily accessed.

On edit: This Ford SVE bulletin may help you locate the OBD2 port:

F53/ F59 OBDII Diagnostic Connector Location (https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas/non-html/Q-178.pdf)
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: LindaSue on May 29, 2017, 09:16:26 PM
I just tried to order - AT&T is out of Mobleys - again. I will keep trying - too good of a deal to pass up. Thanks for all the info on this!
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: kdbgoat on May 30, 2017, 09:37:34 AM
I just tried to order - AT&T is out of Mobleys - again. I will keep trying - too good of a deal to pass up. Thanks for all the info on this!

Same here.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Dreamsend on May 30, 2017, 02:27:07 PM
Same here.

Hi Guys
I just ordered one right now.  Went through fine, no delays, no hang-ups and I got an order confirmation email.  But shipping date is sometime after June 19, I think is what it indicated.  I did have to resort to using my desktop computer, as the order site worked screwy when I tried to order through use of the Kindle. 

One thing, I'm not an existing ATT mobile customer, so I had to sign up for Connected Car Unlimted (the $20 per month fee) and I purchased outright without the contract.  Maybe new customers have it easier??. . ?? . .??  Linda
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on May 30, 2017, 05:24:22 PM
Timing could not have been better. Leaving in 2 days on a 6 week trip and today received both the Mobley plus (from eBay) the USB adapter. Latter wasn't supposed to arrive for another week.


Ironically, had to drive away from our house to test as we have no AT&T coverage there. First test came in at 21 Mbps down and 8.5 Mbps up. Ya baby.  8)
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Tom on May 30, 2017, 06:49:39 PM
Finally got around to ordering a 110V adapter for the Mobley. It shipped almost immediately, and arrives next Monday. Meanwhile, the Mobley has shipped and arrives tomorrow. Like Scott, great timing for our departure next week.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Dreamsend on May 31, 2017, 12:20:24 PM
Whoa!  The Mobley ordered yesterday just showed up on my porch!!  Guess they really want that new acct activated.

So a little help please.  Could someone point me to the adapter choices needed to use this in my house and drop cable internet.  I have computer, modem, router, kindle and blue ray.  Where does the Mobley plug in?  Any powered USB port on the computer?

Not ready for this.  Just barely over the worse of a bad asthma attack/infection and not 100% with it yet.  Linda
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on May 31, 2017, 12:44:10 PM
The Mobley is a wi-fi hotspot.  If you currently have a wi-fi router, it will take it's place, all you have to do is tell your devices to use it instead of the router.

It's designed to plug into the ODB II socket in your car.  A quick search for Mobley on Google, Ebay or Amazon will turn up many entrepreneuers selling power adapters with an ODB II socket on one end and an AC adapter, cigarette lighter plug or a USB plug on the other end.

It just depends on how you want to use your Mobley.  The USB cord is the most flexible but is more expensive by the time you include an AC or cigarette lighter USB phone charger.  It lets you power the Mobley from your laptop's USB port, making it fully portable.  If you're just going to use the Mobley in your RV, the cigarette lighter cord is less cost, as is the 120 volt AC power cord if you're going to use it in your house.

Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 31, 2017, 01:06:04 PM
Lou, I've never seen the On Board Diagnostics port called an "OIB" socket. It's always been the OBD(I or II) socket as far as I recall. Has something changed I haven't heard about?
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on May 31, 2017, 01:10:16 PM
Nope, just a typo from my fat fingers.  It uses an ODB II socket.  Sorry about that!
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Dreamsend on May 31, 2017, 01:13:04 PM
Thank you Lou.  You covered very well all my options; much appreciated.  All the devices listed are wireless, and I also have a printer that is set to operate wirelessly currently and I think the Mobley could handle that as well.  Won't have a TT for a year yet when the fulltime plan kicks in, so I was looking to use Mobley in my residence if possible for now.  I was kinda playing "the lemming" and following what many of you savvy tech guys are doing by acquiring the Mobley while the plan is available.

It will be interesting to see if my s&b data needs can be met via the Mobley.  ATT has good coverage here in the city, and given the nature of the neighborhood, the demand on towers should not experience severe overload too often it seems to me, but then, I'm waaayyy less than competent in the mobile communications arena.  Again, sincere thanks for everyone's input on this topic.  Linda
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on May 31, 2017, 01:18:24 PM
Linda, just keep in mind the Mobley's internal router is limited to 5 wireless devices. If you have more than that, there is a workaround using either Wifi or a USB feed from the Mobley to feed an external router but it gets complicated.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Bob T on May 31, 2017, 03:17:14 PM
Interesting, I am trying to order and would have delivered to a US address but Best Buy does not give option for delivery.
Just option to pick up from store and it seems that no stock anywhere.
Could this be because I am connecting from Canadian location?
Bob
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Heli_av8tor on May 31, 2017, 03:51:23 PM
I ordered from the ATT.com site yesterday choosing the "no contract" option. The process went smoothly. The expected delivery was stated as June 20 - 27.

However, this morning I got an email that it has been shipped.  :)

Tom
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Dreamsend on May 31, 2017, 03:56:15 PM
Hi Bob T

The Mobley requires ATT Connected Car Unlimited Plan which is only available in the U.S. currently. See

https://www.att.com/devices/zte/mobley.html#sku=sku7700323
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Howard R on May 31, 2017, 04:02:26 PM
I tried to order the other day on the ATT site and it wouldn't take the order ... I declined the optional insurance, don't know if that had anything to do with it though. 
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on May 31, 2017, 04:32:23 PM
The ATT.com site https://www.att.com/devices/zte/mobley.html#sku=sku7700323 (https://www.att.com/devices/zte/mobley.html#sku=sku7700323) is currently accepting online orders as a new customer with June 1- June 5 shipping dates, down from the June 17-21 dates a few days ago.

Apparently AT&T is still scrambling to meet the demand.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Tom on May 31, 2017, 06:14:10 PM
The Mobley arrived today. Not bad for something that wasn't in inventory! Waiting for the AC adapter to arrive Monday.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Bob T on May 31, 2017, 07:27:01 PM
Hi Bob T

The Mobley requires ATT Connected Car Unlimited Plan which is only available in the U.S. currently. See

https://www.att.com/devices/zte/mobley.html#sku=sku7700323
Thanks Linda

I understand that, actually, I just spent about 45 minutes in a chat with a senior supervisor on the AT&T chat page. 
Since I would only be using this while travelling in the US, I would be fine getting the Mobley.

Where it might not work like I want it is the throttling after the 22GB mark.  Speed is reduced to 1258Kbps which is alright for basic surfing, basic email but not fast enough for streaming.  We don't tend to stream now so that may not be an issue at all. 

I am assuming that the AT&T towers in populated areas (like most other large carriers) are always busy, so what constitutes congestion?  Would the Mobley always be throttled for the balance of billing period once the 22GB plateau is reached?  I honestly don't know, just asking the question.

Has anyone had it long enough to experience throttling?  Is it slow and for how long.

Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on May 31, 2017, 08:08:41 PM
We've been using an AT&T Homebase since February plus a Mobley for the past month or so, with both subject to deprioritizing at times. While we do sometimes see slow downs during peak usage times in higher density areas, I've never seen our speeds drop below 3-5 Mbps minimum. And then only for fairly short periods of time. Even when we're not subject to deprioritization we sometimes see slower speeds on heavily congested towers, just as we did with our previous costly Verizon 4G/LTE plan.

Keep in mind, the Mobley is subject to "deprioritization", not "throttling", for the balance of the cycle after the full speed 22MB is used. But keep in mind, that's not a full time reduction, just something that can occur during excessively busy periods, with a return to normal speeds when the congestion clears up. I think you'll find that AT&T's towers are not as busy as you might think even in larger cities. And in testing, I haven't had any problems streaming video content using our 1-3 Mbps Verizon 3G service, so that 1258Kbps (1.258 Mbps) may not be as much of a problem as you think it will for the short times it occurs.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jeff on June 02, 2017, 12:27:06 AM
And Dutch compared to VZW who throttled my Jetpack to 600K (Which they call 3G!) at 10GB until the next billing cycle it is a real deal.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: rls7201 on June 02, 2017, 11:47:54 AM
I've had my Mobley for about a month and decided to try using it over my wired home network. I just happen to have a few Linksys WRT54g routers with DD-WRT software installed. So off to the Internet I went to see how to setup a wireless bridge. Low and behold, it works. I had been using a Google 5mbs introductory offer for home internet. Now I have approx. 17 mbs AT&T Internet at home.  ;Ds:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/reuse-an-old-router-to-bridge-devices-to-your-wireless-network/ (https://www.cnet.com/how-to/reuse-an-old-router-to-bridge-devices-to-your-wireless-network/)

But wait! There's more. "You get 2 for only twice the price"  8)

While sitting up the bridge, I got thinking, why not defeat the 5 device limit and share the internet when out in the MH. So off to the Internet again to see how to set up a repeater. For those unfamiliar with the WRT54G router, it has a 12 volt wall wart. So it can be powered by the MHs 12 volt system. After making a few "fat finger" mistakes, I got the repeater working also. One caveat to using a wireless repeater is the reduction in speed by about ½. I do have the WRT54G set up with an outside antenna and the router power turned up from 23mW to 71mW.
If you're out camping and see "95bounder" as a SSID, come knock on my door and I'll share the internet with you, at ½ speed. ;)
http://lifehacker.com/5563196/turn-your-old-router-into-a-range-boosting-wi-fi-repeater (http://lifehacker.com/5563196/turn-your-old-router-into-a-range-boosting-wi-fi-repeater)
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on June 02, 2017, 08:20:36 PM
And Dutch compared to VZW who throttled my Jetpack to 600K (Which they call 3G!) at 10GB until the next billing cycle it is a real deal.

It sure is, Jeff! Even if AT&T did slow me down for an hour or two now and then, I'd still be a happy camper at $20/month... ;)
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Lou Schneider on June 03, 2017, 12:58:15 AM
The only place I encountered throttling was at The Palace Station hotel in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago.  Just west of I-15 at Sahara Ave.  I was there mid-week and the speed slowed down during commute times (go figure).

Even so, I was getting 1.5 - 2 Mbps, fast enough to watch SD streaming video.   And it went back up to 10 Mbps later that evening.  Maximum download speed I've seen is 24 Mbps in the little town of Brawley, CA.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jomo on June 04, 2017, 06:59:38 PM
I am bummed.  I ordered mine on the 27th and it was to be shipped by the 19th.  I now see an email from AT&T saying they cancelled it because they can't verify my identity.  I tried to reorder today without any luck.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on June 04, 2017, 07:40:47 PM
Yep, that's really a bummer, Jim. When I ordered mine, I got a notice to call them. I had to answer a series of questions based on info in my credit report to prove it was really me. I passed the test ok, but I was a little surprised at the requirement since I was adding the Mobley to my existing Homebase account.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on June 04, 2017, 07:50:11 PM
The only place I encountered throttling was at The Palace Station hotel in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago.  Just west of I-15 at Sahara Ave.  I was there mid-week and the speed slowed down during commute times (go figure).

Even so, I was getting 1.5 - 2 Mbps, fast enough to watch SD streaming video.   And it went back up to 10 Mbps later that evening.  Maximum download speed I've seen is 24 Mbps in the little town of Brawley, CA.

Mid 20's is what we typically see, Lou, with forays into the 30's at times. I have seen low 40's a couple of times though, when we were really close to a tower at quiet times.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jeff on June 04, 2017, 08:45:51 PM
I also had an order cancelled because they couln't vetify my ID. ATT had done 3 hard credit checks but I got it ordered by going in to an ATT store. That was Friday and it is due Tuesday.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: PopPop51 on June 05, 2017, 09:40:37 AM
Got mine up and running last evening. Works like a charm.
Mid-20s are common.

A security suggestion for those not used to setting up home networks. Once connected to the Mobley:
1. Log into the administrator app http://192.168.1.1 using the default id "attadmin"
2. Go to "Settings" --> "Main Wi-Fi Network" and change the network ssid and password to something not meaningful or personally identifiable. This will cause the Mobley to reset and come up with the new ssid and will require the new password, which will kick you off, so be sure you've written down your new ssid and password so you can log in again.
3. Log into the administrator app again using the default id "attadmin" then go to "Settings" --> "Advanved" --> "Administrator" and change the admin password to something other than "attadmin", preferably something not meaningful or personally identifiable, and again be sure you've written the new admin password down first.
This will provide decent, minimal security against unwanted users logging into your network.

To prevent a network dropout every 30 minutes,  Log into the administrator app again (using your new admin password), go to "Settings" --> Advanced" --> "Power Save" and change the drop-down selection to "No Time Out".
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on June 05, 2017, 09:57:35 AM
Good advice, Paul... I'll just add that if you don't see the "No Time Out" choice in the drop down menu, you may need to wait until your Mobley updates to the latest version 1.0.1 software. It usually only takes a day or so, depending on how active you keep the device. Mobley's received directly from AT&T should arrive with the correct version already installed.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jomo on June 05, 2017, 04:50:00 PM
Jeff, I took your advice and went to the store today.  They were able to get it ordered for me and I got a text this afternoon saying that it was already shipped! 
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on June 05, 2017, 05:07:19 PM
So far I love mine but I have found one irritating thing: every so often it just shuts off (especially if it's not being used but sometimes when I am). Lights go out just like it was unplugged. (I have an OBD to USB adapter that I use.)


Unplug it, plug it back in, and everything is fine, for awhile.  ???
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Heli_av8tor on June 05, 2017, 06:05:19 PM
I received my Mobley last week and tried it out over the weekend of camping.
Mine shipped with the 1.0.1 firmware so didn't need to update.

However, it took me some time to find the timeout menu. You have to be on the PC version, not the mobile version of the website that loaded on my iPad.

So far so good.

Tom
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Tom on June 05, 2017, 06:42:01 PM
Good explanation by PopPop51.

Interestingly, my AC adapter came with some detailed instructions (2 pages) for admin on the Mobley, and the author claimed no credit; He gave full attribution to an FAQ post by Mexican-bum on Howard forums.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on June 05, 2017, 07:39:43 PM
However, it took me some time to find the timeout menu. You have to be on the PC version, not the mobile version of the website that loaded on my iPad.

Bingo! Thank you. I had not bothered to go in to the online setup menu. Sure enough, it was set by default to timeout.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Dreamsend on June 06, 2017, 07:03:43 AM
Hi All

I think I have the my Mobley network set-up in my S&B.  Using a USB adapter, I have it powered through my desktop.  Have connected the desktop and the Kindle wireless so far.  It says my signal strength is -98 to -100 dBm.  Is that gonna work?  Going to try connecting the printer and the Blue Ray now. 

I left the original password and network name the same as supplied, but will go back and change them once I think all is connected.
Linda
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Ken & Sheila on June 06, 2017, 09:51:20 AM
I also had an order cancelled because they couln't vetify my ID. ATT had done 3 hard credit checks but I got it ordered by going in to an ATT store. That was Friday and it is due Tuesday.

I was concerned about using my Americas Mailbox address, but I had no issues and I received my Mobley yesterday in my forwarded mail. Up and running. Speedtest here in Port Townsend, WA was  26 down and 5 up. A little better than Verizon.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on June 06, 2017, 06:49:48 PM
Hi All

I think I have the my Mobley network set-up in my S&B.  Using a USB adapter, I have it powered through my desktop.  Have connected the desktop and the Kindle wireless so far.  It says my signal strength is -98 to -100 dBm.  Is that gonna work?  Going to try connecting the printer and the Blue Ray now. 

I left the original password and network name the same as supplied, but will go back and change them once I think all is connected.
Linda

 Your -98 to -100dBm signal strength is fine, Linda. My Mobley is sitting at -100dBm right now, and I'm seeing speeds in the mid to upper 20-30Mbps range.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Ernie n Tara on June 07, 2017, 07:57:01 AM
What exactly is involved in the program you must belong to for this? AT&T phones or?

Tx,

Ernie
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on June 07, 2017, 08:13:47 AM
What exactly is involved in the program you must belong to for this? AT&T phones or?


Nothing required. The "Connected Car" Mobley is the only AT&T service I have
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Ernie n Tara on June 07, 2017, 08:26:31 AM
I had a fairly strenuous argument with AT&T sales person yesterday who asserted they simply would NOT sell me one unless I belonged to their club, and I'm already a customer with a hot spot on their system. I strongly asserted that most of the people I knew had one were Verizon customers. Didn't help!

Ernie
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Dreamsend on June 07, 2017, 08:41:30 AM
What exactly is involved in the program you must belong to for this? AT&T phones or?

Tx,

Ernie

No special requirements.  You simply sign up for the mobile plan called "connected car plan" -- that's the 20$ monthly fee for service. In that sense, it's just another mobile phone service.  You purchase the Mobley plug in outright or pay for it monthly under contract.   It's been simple enough that even I could handle it!!!!

I streamed Netflix all afternoon/evening yesterday without any trouble.  Streaming right now too.  Speed tests are ~ 12 down and 8 up.  Not great but typical even using wired internet at house.

More details at ATT Mobley web page.  Easy info and very straightforward.

Just read your other post.  Go to the Mobley internet site and sign up.  There is no club.  Make sure you and rep are talking apples to apples if you speak again. -- At&t Connected Car Plan is all you want. 
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on June 07, 2017, 08:44:38 AM
Scott is correct, there's no requirement to have any other AT&T service to get a Mobley and the $20 Connected Car unlimited plan. As it happens, I did have a pre-existing AT&T Homebase rural service plan, but that never even came up until after I received the Mobley from AT&T and had it activated.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jeff on June 07, 2017, 09:06:24 AM
I ended up with a $25.00 "setup fee" because I didn't have an accout and went into the local AT&T store to activate the unlocked version I bought before returninng it and getting one from AT&T.


What I have learned is that  almost all AT&T sales people know nothing about this program!
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jeff on June 09, 2017, 07:53:54 PM
I am learning that if you want to find anyone who knows anything about Moberly ask for the Connected Car Support Group.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Dreamsend on June 10, 2017, 11:07:49 PM
Question.  I've been using the Mobley with a USB adapter plugged into  port on my desktop -- there are 3-4 empty USB ports to use for this.  What I find is that I have to leave the desktop powered on to power the Mobley.  I thought the USB ports would stay powered even if the computer is off -  am I incorrect about this?  Or could it be that only some ports will stay powered?  I don't like leaving the desktop powered on constantly and don't want to have to do this to use the hotspot.

Can I use a USB to AC wall adapter plug to get power to the Mobley?  Hope I don't have to get a totally different adapter cable!

BTW -- cancelled my wired internet service for a net savings of $35/mo here in the S&B.  Should've been more savings but of course now I pay more for just cable TV because I'm not bundled anymore.  TIA. Linda
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Sun2Retire on June 10, 2017, 11:50:59 PM
I thought the USB ports would stay powered even if the computer is off -  am I incorrect about this?  Or could it be that only some ports will stay powered?

Can I use a USB to AC wall adapter plug to get power to the Mobley?


Some computers the USB stays hot, some not.


You can use the Mobley with any USB plug. Right now mine is plugged in to a cigarette lighter adapter, earlier it was plugged in to a 120V wall USB adapter.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Dreamsend on June 11, 2017, 01:46:39 AM
Thank you Scott.  I'll pick up a 120v wall plug for the USB while out for errands today.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: PopPop51 on June 11, 2017, 08:07:00 AM
Make sure that the USB port you're using is providing enough power.
It's not just a matter of USB 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 or 3.1. When it comes to power delivery the USB specs provide for three different types of port: A "standard downstream" port, a "charging downstream" port, and a "dedicated charging" port, each with different max-amperage specifications. And to make it even more confusing, some adapters provide more amperage than the specs call for. 
See this article for details: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/115251-how-usb-charging-works-or-how-to-avoid-blowing-up-your-smartphone (https://www.extremetech.com/computing/115251-how-usb-charging-works-or-how-to-avoid-blowing-up-your-smartphone)
I've had issues trying to run the Mobley on a cheap 120V USB 2.0 adapter, but no problems with the wall wart that comes with a Kindle Fire or my Surface Book's USB 3.0 ports.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Ken & Sheila on June 14, 2017, 10:08:22 AM
I'm in Wrangell,AK. Both Verizon and AT&T have only 3G coverage, but Verizon speed test showed 1.0MB down, while AT&T was 3.96.
For most things I do I see no delays with AT&T.

ken
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Howard R on June 17, 2017, 11:58:48 PM
What I have learned is that  almost all AT&T sales people know nothing about this program!

They don't make this easy, I'll say that.   ::)

After another attempt to order online, in which I got further than last time, they apparently didn't like something.  Gave up and went to an AT&T store for a second time.  First time they claimed no knowledge of such a deal and/or I wasn't clear in what I wanted.   ???

Thanks to you Jeff, Lou and others I knew what to ask for.  Surprisingly the young lady who greeted me said, "Yes, I think I know what you're after, let me look."   :)

While looking on her tablet she asked the store manager if he remembered the plan.  He came over and I repeated what I was looking for and he says "No we don't have that and it would be a lot more than $20" ... so maybe I was a little firm  ;D ... but polite ... when I replied ... "Yes you do, and no it's $20."

My sales gal agreed with me and kept looking.  Manager type retreated and disappeared.  Shortly she found the plan and I was signed up and good to go, they will be shipping to me.

MADE MY DAY !!  I won one for a change!   ;D ;D ;D ;D

Howard
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jomo on June 24, 2017, 08:45:16 PM
After going to the AT&T store and having them order this for me, I got my device and thought I was in good shape.  However, they simply added the device but not the connected car plan.  So, I have the device but it is simply sharing the data that I originally had for my phone.  They now say to get it fixed on my account, I have to be on a conference call with OnStar, which I don't even have a car that uses OnStar.  Has anyone else had this problem or had them question your onstar service in any way?
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Jeff on June 27, 2017, 11:05:01 PM
JOMO call AT&T and ask for the Connnected Car Support Group.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Bob T on June 29, 2017, 06:40:30 AM
I used a USB 5V to 12V converter assembly and an OBD2 female socket to make my own Mobley adapter. Just two solder connections and it was done. Both items were found on eBay with a total cost of $3.85 including shipping...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1Meter-DC-5V-to-DC-12V-Step-UP-Module-USB-Converter-Adapter-Cable-2-1x5-5mm-Plug-/122505977568?hash=item1c85ecdee0 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/1Meter-DC-5V-to-DC-12V-Step-UP-Module-USB-Converter-Adapter-Cable-2-1x5-5mm-Plug-/122505977568?hash=item1c85ecdee0)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/262864520851?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/262864520851?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

The photo shows the Mobley adapter connected to a USB battery pack.

The second photo shows the 120VAC adapter I made from a spare 12-volt wall wart and a free salvage yard OBD2 socket.

Dutch

How long did it take for your parts to arrive?
I look and it says estimated delivery between July 13 and August 22. 
Not sure they are updating the information.

Thanks

Bob
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on June 29, 2017, 06:49:44 AM
Dutch

How long did it take for your parts to arrive?
I look and it says estimated delivery between July 13 and August 22. 
Not sure they are updating the information.

Thanks

Bob

As I recall, Bob, both pieces arrived in about 10-12 days. Getting them from my mail forwarder added another 2-3 days though. The date spread from China is because they use a very low cost shipping system using bulk containers. It depends on just how fast the next container fills up and ships out, but I've never had anything from China take more than 2 weeks...
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Bob T on June 29, 2017, 07:58:49 AM
Thank you very much
Will have to time this carefully,  they won't ship to Canada so I will have to have shipped to an address in the US and have it held for my next visit.
Going to try and pick up the Mobley today, stop to an AT & T store, if that doesn't work, will order online and hopefully receive while here.

Have a great day everyone.

Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Bob T on July 22, 2017, 08:18:26 PM
Just wondering if any other Canadians have tried to order this hot spot and service from AT&T either online or through their customer care?

I spent 2 hours today either on the phone or online trying to get this completed.

Started on the phone, talked to one girl and having major trouble hearing her so she said hold on and she would fix.  Well, I somehow went back to their system and when I didn't push any buttons got connected to their cellular division.

Then tried again, got someone that was to connect me to their connected car department, got connected to another gent and could barely hear him again, (not my phone because the person that transferred me I could hear perfectly).  He took my number and said he would call me right back.  Haha, that never happened.

Then tried online, got everything filled in, billing address here in Canada, ship to address in up state NY but now asks for Social Security Number.  Well, I have no idea what to enter as we don't have SS numbers here.

Now back on to the phone, get a lovely gal in the right dept and she says she can help.

Well, we get credit card info, ship to address, bill to address, birth date etc all done and now the system says need SS Number.  She talks to supervisor and they both are at a loss as to what to do.  Now I have been on the phone with her for an hour and she starts saying we are looking when the line disconnects.

Today, if I were to have any luck at all, it would be bad.

Has anyone from this side of the border been able to order and if so, can you give me some guidance please.

Thanks very much

Bob
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: taoshum on July 22, 2017, 09:23:06 PM
Just wondering if any other Canadians have tried to order this hot spot and service from AT&T either online or through their customer care?

I spent 2 hours today either on the phone or online trying to get this completed.

Started on the phone, talked to one girl and having major trouble hearing her so she said hold on and she would fix.  Well, I somehow went back to their system and when I didn't push any buttons got connected to their cellular division.

Then tried again, got someone that was to connect me to their connected car department, got connected to another gent and could barely hear him again, (not my phone because the person that transferred me I could hear perfectly).  He took my number and said he would call me right back.  Haha, that never happened.

Then tried online, got everything filled in, billing address here in Canada, ship to address in up state NY but now asks for Social Security Number.  Well, I have no idea what to enter as we don't have SS numbers here.

Now back on to the phone, get a lovely gal in the right dept and she says she can help.

Well, we get credit card info, ship to address, bill to address, birth date etc all done and now the system says need SS Number.  She talks to supervisor and they both are at a loss as to what to do.  Now I have been on the phone with her for an hour and she starts saying we are looking when the line disconnects.

Today, if I were to have any luck at all, it would be bad.

Has anyone from this side of the border been able to order and if so, can you give me some guidance please.

Thanks very much

Bob


I'd guess you will have to go to an ATT store....???  They want the SS number so they can get a credit report/credit check.  Equifax, Transunion or some such place.  There must be an equivalent system in Ca?
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Bob T on July 23, 2017, 06:36:54 AM
I certainly understand them wanting to do a credit check if they were billing me monthly but they will be debiting my credit card.
How much more secure can that be?
Anyway, headed towards the NY Finger Lakes area today for a couple of weeks. Hopefully get this resolved soon   

Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Alfa38User on July 23, 2017, 09:32:39 AM
Bob T wrote:

Quote
Well, I have no idea what to enter as we don't have SS numbers here.

Sure ya do, we call it a SIN number  (Social Insurance Number). But... it is not supposed to be used for that sort of thing. I have used it a couple of times in USA to simply facilitate the form filling needs and they seemed satisfied although I doubt they got any credit info as a result. I am not sure they will be able to charge a Canadian debit or credit card either. I had to open and use an American bank account and credit card in US$ to get that "privilege".

taoshum wrote:

Quote
They want the SS number so they can get a credit report/credit check.  Equifax, Transunion or some such place.  There must be an equivalent system in Ca?

There is indeed, Equifax comes to mind but Americans do not seem to have access to the Canadian version, don't know how  or just don't try. Walmart has refused me a credit card several times for just that reason.

Try buying gasoline at the pump in USA using a Canadian (or American) credit card. They usually ask for a ZIP code for the billing address of the card. Canadian postal codes, not surprisingly,  don't work!!

As a Canadian, how are you planning on using the Mobley ??  They seem to require a 2 year contract and that would be quite expensive for even a 5 mo./year snowbird like me. I would sure like to get away from the cable company for my internet access down there!!!
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: jims94vmx on July 23, 2017, 10:32:42 AM
  Do you know if this can be used for WIFI calling?  I currently use Verizon.....some places we have camped do not have verizon signals but get Att. 

Thanks

Jim H
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Alfa38User on July 23, 2017, 11:53:31 AM
What do you mean by WIFI??   This unit is used with the ATT cellular network and not Verizon's  network.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: jims94vmx on July 23, 2017, 01:36:58 PM
when you connect to the unit with your cell phone,  wouldn't the phone then be using wifi?  hence wifi calling???

Jim H
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: taoshum on July 23, 2017, 02:08:42 PM
  Do you know if this can be used for WIFI calling?  I currently use Verizon.....some places we have camped do not have verizon signals but get Att. 

Thanks

Jim H

Yes.  That will work fine.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Alfa38User on July 23, 2017, 02:56:27 PM
Can this unit be used to make/receive telephone calls by connecting a cell phone with WIFI capability or is it strictly data (as used on a tablet/pc, smartphone etc.) 

If so, then this might be cheaper than even a prepaid phone like ATT or Tracfone.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Bob T on July 23, 2017, 04:17:46 PM

"Try buying gasoline at the pump in USA using a Canadian (or American) credit card. They usually ask for a ZIP code for the billing address of the card. Canadian postal codes, not surprisingly,  don't work!! "


If you're buying gas and zip is asked for, a trick I was told was to just enter the numbers of your postal code followed by 2 zero's.
Works every time for me.

"As a Canadian, how are you planning on using the Mobley ??  They seem to require a 2 year contract and that would be quite expensive for even a 5 mo./year snowbird like me. I would sure like to get away from the cable company for my internet access down there!!!"


I have spoken with AT &T supervisors. They assure me I can get with no contract if I purchase the unit. I am thinking I will hold service for 4-5 months, then put on hold. When I need again, they have told me I can re-instate service BUT I will have to purchase a new SIM card for $25.00.

My intention is to have this billed to my US Visa card so, their fees are secure.

Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Alfa38User on July 24, 2017, 11:04:25 AM
Thank you Bob T.

No contract makes this an interesting proposition, I will look into that when I go south next fall. Heh heh, they used to give away those SIM cards for prepay phone use and no service charge to set it up via the internet!!

Was there anything said about using it with a smartphone with wifi to make/receive calls too?

I have tried other versions of the + 00 trick but never got it right. I guess any series of 3 numbers + 00 should work. (A gas station operator had given me the trick). My answer was to change the billing address on my USA Visa card to my Florida address and have never had a problem since.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Bob T on July 24, 2017, 12:56:47 PM


Was there anything said about using it with a smartphone with wifi to make/receive calls too?



I never thought to ask that question.

Not sure if this info is of any use to you but when we were in Florida in April, one morning I had real good connection to the park wifi so I called home to my daughter using face time.
Worked pretty well. Only connection I had was the wifi and I used an iphone 5.

Bob
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on July 24, 2017, 10:16:59 PM
We've been in a few areas where our Verizon smart phones were getting marginal service, but we could easily use the VOIP app on our phones with our AT&T/Mobley WiFi service instead for voice calls.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: taoshum on July 24, 2017, 11:07:25 PM
BTW, the $20/mo for unlimited data turns out to be almost $25... a 25% bump to pay the fees and taxes.  Just so you know the "rest of the story" with no surprises.  So, of course, T-Mobile, just cut an ad saying that the price on TV ads is the real price including fees and taxes... so there ATT!
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: NY_Dutch on July 25, 2017, 09:42:32 AM
My Mobley plan total cost is $22.32 including taxes. Tax rates vary with your location of course. When T-Mobile can compete with AT&T on coverage and price, I'll give them another look, but not now...
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: jackquontee on July 25, 2017, 12:27:00 PM
My monthly bill is $22.01, which includes taxes.
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: RLSharp on July 25, 2017, 12:56:59 PM
My monthly bill is $22.01, which includes taxes.

Mine is exactly the same-- $22.01.

R
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: taoshum on July 25, 2017, 11:36:16 PM
I guess it costs more to have service in this state, etc:



$20.00
Unlimited Data
$20.00

Surcharges & fees
$3.67
Administrative Fee
$0.76
County Sales Surcharge
$0.50
NM State Sales Surcharge
$1.16
Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge
$1.25
Bill total
for Jul 18 - Jul 18, 2017

$24.34
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: RLSharp on July 26, 2017, 10:28:30 PM
I guess it costs more to have service in this state, etc: $20.00 Unlimited Data $20.00 Surcharges & fees $3.67 Administrative Fee $0.76 County Sales Surcharge $0.50 NM State Sales Surcharge $1.16 Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge $1.25 Bill total for Jul 18 - Jul 18, 2017 $24.34
and I thought that New York was bad! R
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: jims94vmx on July 28, 2017, 04:04:50 PM
  Stopped into a local ATT store and they had no clue about the program.  Said i could get a free unit and pay 20 bucks a month but it is not unlimited.  I told them to google it and the forums and they were still sticking to their story.  Guess i should just look to online......

Jim H
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Bob T on July 28, 2017, 06:03:55 PM
I am currently in Buffalo area and went into a corporate AT&T store yesterday.
It took the gent some time but he finally called someone, got the information required and got me signed up.
Even on the paperwork that they generate it confirmed unlimited at $20.00 per month.

Got order confirmation by email yesterday and tracking number last night.

Now just waiting.

Will be a godsend because the park Im in has the worst wifi I have ever had.

Hopefully soon everything will come together and we can get reliable communication with the family  at home.

I think that going to a corporate store as someone else in this thread mentioned is probably the key to success.

Good luck.

Bob
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: Bob T on August 03, 2017, 11:58:14 AM
Mobley delivered yesterday, connected and is fantastic.
Actually as fast or faster than home service.
Thanks to all for posting their info and answering questions.
Special thanks to Klaas for your assistance.
Bob
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: SMR on August 07, 2017, 02:33:10 PM
can anyone provide a link for the usb adapter- I want to order one this week and also get the mobley oordered

thanks
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: LarsMac on August 07, 2017, 03:21:14 PM
can anyone provide a link for the usb adapter- I want to order one this week and also get the mobley oordered

thanks

There are a number of them on Amazon.
Just enter mobley in the search field
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: RedandSilver on August 07, 2017, 03:58:06 PM
Everytime in the last week that I have checked at ATT&T they show the Mobley out of stock.   :'(
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: ferfer on August 07, 2017, 06:21:13 PM
We ordered:

 https://www.amazon.com/PeraltaProducts-bundle-Mobley-Hotspot-Unlimited/dp/B072R1SCKW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1502147920&sr=8-6&keywords=att+mobley

Covers all bases.

Jennifer
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: SMR on August 07, 2017, 07:42:18 PM
thanks- now I just need to the mobley
Title: Re: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE for $20 a month
Post by: DutchEagle on August 07, 2017, 07:56:20 PM
Mobley delivered yesterday, connected and is fantastic.
Actually as fast or faster than home service.
Thanks to all for posting their info and answering questions.
Special thanks to Klaas for your assistance.
Bob

Great to hear Bob, I sold out the other adapters within a day. :) more on the way.