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Old 10-09-2016, 05:57 PM   #15
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Folks, I have one question.

How did our forefathers and mothers exist with out a phone hooked to their body?

Wow!

Just a thought.
They existed, and they died young.
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Old 10-12-2016, 10:46 AM   #16
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Get the Home unit that you can connect your land line phone to and you can take it on the road with you.

Get their cellphone and they charge you an extra 10 a month for each cell phone and all u its share the minutes.

Check it out and you will save a bundle and everyone in the family can have a phone. They do not deduct minutes for the phones in your plan calling each other.
Has anyone tried consumer cellar hotspot
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They existed, and they died young.
Well, for one thing they made their own decision on either purchasing a quart or gallon of milk. Today, they stand in front of the milk and call home - Honey, should I buy a quart or gallon of milk.

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Old 10-12-2016, 11:40 AM   #18
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We have T-Mobile and notice their LTE coverage has been getting better every year. There are still several areas where they don't have coverage and we use a straight-talk hotspot using Verizon coverage for those areas.
Even Verizon doesn't have coverage everywhere, when we were in Big Bend TX, there was no Verizon coverage, but we were able to use ATT coverage based on our T-Mobile account.
Last week while camping at Land Between the Lakes in TN, our Verizon wouldn't work in some spots, and our T-Mobile wouldn't work in some spots, but both had coverage in many spots.
I notice that our phone that has LTE band 12 picks up better than the one that doesn't in our home.
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:45 AM   #19
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Cell phones are nice accessory. But, many of us lived quite nicely without them for most of our lives. We do have "voice mail" and "texting" on our dumb cell phones. I really dislike the intrusion of the phone ringing or beeping at me. Therefore the phone is mostly off. I turn it on when I want to know if anybody tried to contact me or I feel the need to contact somebody. I'm not a SLAVE to the phone or the internet.
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Cell phones are nice accessory. But, many of us lived quite nicely without them for most of our lives. We do have "voice mail" and "texting" on our dumb cell phones. I really dislike the intrusion of the phone ringing or beeping at me. Therefore the phone is mostly off. I turn it on when I want to know if anybody tried to contact me or I feel the need to contact somebody. I'm not a SLAVE to the phone or the internet.
I have an AT&T iPhone & a Verizon hotspot. Since I'm on the road for 5 - 10 months of the year, paying bills, etc would be a problem without the internet. I'm also not a "slave" to it, but I sure appreciate the freedom it gives me to travel.

As to the phone, one advantage of AT&T over Verizon is I find lots of places without coverage so no one bothers me! (although it does bet better year by year).

While I average less than 20 minutes per month on the phone, I still need it at times, if for nothing else to look up camping locations in unfamiliar areas.
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I turn it on when I want to know if anybody tried to contact me or I feel the need to contact somebody.
Interesting technique. If everybody did that, we wouldn't have any use for phones of any description.
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Interesting technique. If everybody did that, we wouldn't have any use for phones of any description.
It would be a much quieter world.
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Old 10-12-2016, 12:20 PM   #23
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I have an AT&T iPhone & a Verizon hotspot. Since I'm on the road for 5 - 10 months of the year, paying bills, etc would be a problem without the internet. I'm also not a "slave" to it, but I sure appreciate the freedom it gives me to travel.

As to the phone, one advantage of AT&T over Verizon is I find lots of places without coverage so no one bothers me! (although it does bet better year by year).

While I average less than 20 minutes per month on the phone, I still need it at times, if for nothing else to look up camping locations in unfamiliar areas.
Yes, about once a month an internet connection is useful, most of our bills are auto pay so we don't have to worry about them on the road or at home.
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Old 10-12-2016, 01:30 PM   #24
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Has anyone tried consumer cellar hotspot
I doubt it will work very well in a cellar

I use a Moto G (customer purchased) with Consumer Cellular (AT&T network). It acts as a WiFi or USB-connected hotspot (tethering) and works very well as long as you are in the AT&T service area and not a real heavy user. No need to carry a separate device. I used to have the hotspot sold at Walmart but the data cost with Consumer Cellular is very competitive. I am sure Verizon at $45/month (plus taxes and fees no doubt) is nice, but total cost for me, including two lines and while using mostly WiFi for data, is only $32.30 to $37.58 and even with a month of heavy LTE data use (but not streaming for sure!) the bill total was still only $55.67.
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Old 10-12-2016, 03:02 PM   #25
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We find our iphones very helpful in travel.

First is the Allstays app to find campgrounds. A must have.

Then there are the weather apps. We are big hikers and its very helpful to see what 50% chance of showers means by checking current radar before hitting the trail. When the rain is 50 miles away and moving away it gives us confidence to venture further afield.

We find Apple maps/GPS to be very helpful in highway navigation. And the DW loves to check out the next Starbucks up the road.

Email keeps me in touch with my customers are lets me respond to enquiries in a timely manner. Someday when I retire this feature will be unnecessary.

Sometimes I even download free topographical maps for backcountry hiking. That way the phone's GPS shows me where I am even when there is no cell coverage. Occasionally its handy to know how far along you are on a trail or how far it is back to the trailhead.

The phone's altimeter apps are fun too. How high are we now and is that why I am panting?

Most importantly the phone's camera takes much better pictures than all the digital cameras I have owned over the years. It even puts the GPS coordinates on each image for easy cataloging, sorting, etc. My fancy Canon camera still comes along on trips, but usually stays in the Scamp.

Bottomline, some of these uses need a nearby cell tower, but many do not. OTOH, I almost never make telephone calls.

We do carry a cell signal booster with a roof mounted antenna that can turn one signal bar into three. Its helpful, but not a miracle worker.

Occasionally we even tether our laptop to a phone for connectivity when longer typing sessions are needed. I also carry a bluetooth keyboard for the phones, but usually forget to use it.

We are on AT&T and find it usually works well.

YMMV, john

PS. Image below is from Grand Teton National Park last week.
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I find the internet a real life extender. Today we were at the Rocky Mount Museum and one of the re-enactors mentioned the battles of cowpens and kings mountain and I was able to lie here in our little trailer and learn about the battles. The phone and it's internet connection is an extension to knowledge just like Jim Clears post on Motivation I referenced in another post. Life is short and anything that permits learning is great.The phone and its connection to the world's store house of nowledge...wow.
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I had T-Mobile and my daughters have AT&T. We often found T-Mobile had no service while AT&T did. My daughter turned on Pandora on her iPhone and we traveled from South Texas to Disney World in Florida without any loss of service from AT&T. We only had sporadic service with T-Mobile on the highways and cities. The next year we traveled from Texas to Disneyland in California with the same results. AT&T had service while T-Mobile was sporadic. Camping at State Parks in Texas gave us the same results. AT&T had service while T-Mobile didn't. When our contract ended with T-Mobile we switched to AT&T and have had great results. We just traveled 3000 miles and always had service on the road and at the State Parks, while others didn't.
My wife has the iPhone 6 and I have the 6s. We both have the same coverage. In my opinion there isn't a difference between the phones. Sometimes her iPhone 6 will have better signal than my 6s.
AT&T cost a little more but we figured what good is it to save, and have no coverage. Hope this helps.
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AT&T cost a little more but we figured what good is it to save, and have no coverage. ..
Note that Consumer Cellular uses the AT&T network and is probably less expensive for light users. I do get good coverage with Consumer Cellular (AT&T) but my experience with it is mostly limited to east of the Mississippi.
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