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Old 12-20-2011, 09:06 PM   #15
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Well, I'm sending this from a laptop using a PCI card as a "dongle" for Verizon broadband. I won't brag about the "plan" I'm on because it came with me from my old account on Alltel when it was bought out by the big V. I will say I have unlimited data, though. I am hoping that I can transfer this plan straight over onto one of the Novatel units that I buy from a third party. If I can (and initial examinations suggests it should work) I'll be good to go with my laptop and my iPhone and perhaps a Kindle as well. Stay tuned for further developments!

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Old 12-20-2011, 09:33 PM   #16
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Old Plans

Those old plans are worth their weight in gold. After five years I finally had to abandon my Sprint plan. It gave me unlimited data, tethering and able to stay in a family plan. The data option was an extra $10/mo.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:49 AM   #17
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There was an interesting article in the paper, USA today I think, that unlimited data is a thing of the past and all those folks with unlimited plans are going to see throttling, again a reduction in speed, at about 2.5 gbyte data use point. The article said at about 5 gbytes of use you will think you are back on dial up. Remember these are the same folks that gave us the cell phone industry. They have rooms full of people trying to figure out how to get more of our money.

We go over 5 gbytes and we pay 5 cents/ Mbyte or $50 for each additional Gbyte. My understanding is that a typical movie download is about that size making for a very expensive nights entertainment. Raz
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:25 AM   #18
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We have not seen any throttling on our unlimited account with Verizon. We rarely go over 5 gigs and typically don't download movies.
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:09 AM   #19
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Another option is to use a WiFi Ranger router. This router has inputs for an external WiFi network, a USB slot for a cell modem, and a RJ45 (Ethernet) connector that can be used with a WiFi amplifier system, or, if you are in an area long enough to purchase cable or DSL service.

The advantage is a stronger local WiFi signal than the typical Hot Spot, and, if you are in a campground (or parked outside the local McDonalds) you can pick up their WiFi & retransmit it on your own WiFi network. If you have a bunch of devices you only have to change the router connection rather than each device when connecting to the campground WiFi.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:12 PM   #20
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I installed a "Virgin Mobile - MiFi 2200" for my brother at his house. He had no other internet options that he could afford.

They have three laptops and an old desktop with a WiFi adapter.

He's been using this as his only internet source for over a year now, and his only complaint is that when his daughter downloads too much data in a given month, they exceed the 5GB cap and the speed slows down for the rest of the month.

But, he says it still beats Dial-up, even at the reduced speed.
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:16 PM   #21
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Mifi update

If we want Internet it's Verizon mifi or dial up. In our rural location that is all there is right now. For the first time we exceeded our 5 GB data cap by over 500 MB costing us an extra $27 on top of the $60/mo. flat fee. We are always very careful to monitor our daily usage via the data provided by Verizon so when we found we were over, it came as quite a shock. Maggie spent about half an hour with a very nice young man at Verizon to review our usage (She's better at that stuff than I am). It turned out there were no anomalies ( other than we were over). He did knock a few bucks off the bill, which we thought was a nice thing to do. He also revealed that the data that Verizon provides for us to track our usage is not current and in fact could be a day or so behind. Mystery solved. Raz
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:28 PM   #22
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If a Verizon signal is available in your area, you might want to take a look at Millenicom. Their Advanced plan uses the Verizon network, is 3G, and provides 20GB per month for $59.99 including all fees & taxes and no contract.

You do have to purchase the usb modem from them & they have a start up charge, but if you typically use over 5GB per month, it can be a good deal. If you only need the service part time they allow a couple of months vacation, or you can drop the service & restart anytime for $19.99. I used Millenicom throughout the west & found coverage in most areas, and everywhere that the Verizon coverage maps showed a Verizon signal.

As I noted in the post above I have the USB modem plugged into a router, however if you only need one connection, it could be plugged directly into your computer.

Some of their other plans are on other networks.
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:36 PM   #23
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Verizon usage

Earlier in the thread I had commented that we use 5Gigabytesper month on Verizon 3G...

That was the case a year ago. For the last 12 months we've been using 10Gbytes per month. Since we have an unlimited plan, we rarely look at our usage. I will say that Verizon never seems to throttle our data rate.

It also turns out that here in Central FL Verizon now has 4G service in our small town of 3700 people. Time to upgrade..
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Norm, I have the same plan you do, including the Cradlepoint router. We also use it at home and on the road because it's so convenient to have unbroken net access.

However, we have noticed that on weekends we do get throttled and speeds drop so low we can't load a web page for several hours at a time.

We just adjust our online schedule, since the convenience of being able to jump in the truck and go at a moment's notice without worrying about depending on wifi or buying another plan is worth it to us.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:16 AM   #25
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Throttle

We leave our router on continuously. Sometimes I find the speed slows down so I simply unplug the power cord, replug it in and I'm back to regular speed.

I think what happens, though I have no proof, is that while it's sitting there unused it get's switched to a slower speed line. When I repower it I'm back to normal.

I believe this to be the case because it will happen early in the billing month as well as late. Early in the billing month we are no where near our "potential" throttling point.

I also find sometimes just clicking refresh brings a page back that seems slow.

How's the new rig?
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Jon, thanks for the tip on Millenicom. We are with Verizon until mid summer. As they won't "shut things off" at 5Gb and we can't use the data they provide to reliably predict our usage, I am not feeling real warm and fuzzy about staying with them after our contract is up. Since the "free" internet is really paid for by advertising and more and more of our data use involves downloading that advertising, it will become almost impossible to stay under a 5 Gb data limit. We will certainly be looking for an alternative. Thanks again, Raz
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We leave our router on continuously. Sometimes I find the speed slows down so I simply unplug the power cord, replug it in and I'm back to regular speed.

I think what happens, though I have no proof, is that while it's sitting there unused it get's switched to a slower speed line. When I repower it I'm back to normal.

I believe this to be the case because it will happen early in the billing month as well as late. Early in the billing month we are no where near our "potential" throttling point.

I also find sometimes just clicking refresh brings a page back that seems slow.

How's the new rig?
We leave our router on continuously, too, Norm.

Sometimes we can unplug and reset and get an increase in speed. Sometimes not. Also, just connecting and disconnecting also helps.

However, we are in a fringe area and maybe atmospheric conditions play a part, too. But it's a lot more fun to complain about Verizon!

We are crazy about the new rig. There are some small issues we're fixing, but that's normal. We are so thrilled to finally have our egg that we still sometimes can't believe it's really OURS!

Thanks for asking!
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Oops

I should have mentioned that our son gave us a Wilson signal booster that our air card sits in now. This also seems to help. It has a small magnetic antenna that just sits on one of the metal cabinet supports.

It would probably work even better if I put it on a small metal plate.

We are leaving FL Monday heading north to one of the COE parks on Lake Seminole on the GA border and from their a slow drift west.
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