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Old 09-16-2013, 11:08 PM   #15
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If you have the five gig data plan the hotspot on your iPhone is free. If you're on a plan with less than 5 gig or the unlimited they will charge you $20 extra and put you in the 5 gig plan.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:25 PM   #16
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Sorry Sharon. I have a Samsung Galaxy on Verizon and each carrier is different. I have friends that have the Galaxy with 1 gig on Verizon and their phone can serve as a hot spot.

I don't know the ATT rules.
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:06 AM   #17
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I have had several hotspots over the last few years and i travel a lot for work. Verizon was the best in most populated areas, ATT was good on the east coast and better then Verizon in some places too. Sprint was the worst prior to them getting the new LTE after I don’t know. I was going to add it to my iPhone but ATT wants to take me off the unlimited plan to do that and i have four phones so it will get expensive. Now to my point, I went to Walmart and they have pay as you go hotspots, I got one of those and it is working good for general web surfing, playing in this site and others like it and Facebook. It doesn’t do well with streaming movies from Netflixs or HBO because your paying for the data as you go. What I like is I don’t use it that much and the date does not expire so I can renew when it gets low and I use it in areas with no wifi. It is cheaper this way and I don’t have a contract, so that is another option you can look at. There is also a site which will give you the hotspot free but you need to leave your wifi open so others can use it and they and you have commercials and pop ups that come up as a trade off for the free data. I didn’t go that route I did Walmart.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:28 AM   #18
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I have the 3 gig plan for seniors with ATT, which I have never even got near to using so I guess it is 5 gig and free, all I know it is $20 more- about $85/month vs $65 normal
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:48 AM   #19
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Keith, how much is the data?
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I'm glad this subject came up as I have a few questions.

First, I have NO real choice but to finish out my 2-year contract with AT&T. Got 15 months left on it.

I am upgrading to ATT's hotspot data plan mid-October. Will cost $30 more than I'm paying now.

I have an iphone 4s which I'm loving. When I finally hit the road, I don't expect to be overly thrilled with ATT -- had I known then (back in January) what I know now, I would have gone with Verizon and same iphone.

I've got a neat little Asus windows 8 laptop that will likely be all I shall tether to my iphone. Anyway, iphone 4s is 4G, but I don't expect I'll see much connection with 4G on the road, especially west of the Mississippi. I'm thinking of getting a Wilson Sleek 4G to boost signal, which I assume will make the whole experience of tethering laptop/iphone a better experience. I would prefer NOT to mess with an outside antenna. So, think I'll be ok with just the sleek and it's baby indoor antenna?

Thx -- Sharon
While the aluminum coated insulation might reduce signal strength, I doubt it would completely eliminate the use of a hotspot. I can use mine in an overhead compartment lined with reflex insulation as long as there is a useable signal outside the trailer.

That said, and in partial answer to Sharon's questions - the combination of the Sleek & a good outside antenna is impressive. I have a 4G Sleek that can be switched between AT&T & Verizon and a Wilson 301133 Trucker Antenna. The difference between the hotspot alone & the combined amplifier & antenna is 21db, a huge increase.

I know you didn't want to mess with an outside antenna, but the one that comes with the Sleek is not an "indoor antenna". It needs to be separated from the Sleek a good distance to work properly, and needs sit on a metal ground plane (a 6" diameter disk would do). It is designed to attach magnetically to the roof of your vehicle, which won't work with fiberglass. Unless you find a way to get the antenna outside (and on a ground plane) you won't get the full advantage of the Sleek.

I'll also agree with others - Verizon provides far better coverage in rural areas than AT&T. I have both - an AT&T iPhone & a Millenicom hotspot for data (running on the Verizon system). After travels throughout the US, while I have found locations that were only served by AT&T, there were far more that were only covered by Verizon.
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:08 PM   #21
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Jon, thanks. I get it -- I need an exterior antenna. I visited your blog and saw you had yours permanently mounted. Did you buy your Wilson trucker/RV antenna with the mounting kit?

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Keith, how much is the data?
You buy a prepaid card of what you want, you can get 5 gig which expires or 3 gig when doesn’t expire for around 30 bucks. Also they send you coupons once your in the system sometimes so you can buy extra cards and just keep them until you need them. I get one in my computer bag and when I run out I just scratch if off and activate it. I have had it about six months and I am on my second card. I did the ‘Go Big” card the first time because I had no idea how much data i used a month that was a mistake because I forfeited about have the data in the time period, now I just go the no expiration amount. The initial purchase of the card I got on sale and a combined coupon so it was under 50 bucks. Then I just purchased the prepaid cards just like if you had a prepaid phone.
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Yes. It came with the version of the antenna I ordered (#308433), but if you order just the antenna, it is also available on the Wilson website - A Wilson Electronics 3 way mount (#901104). You will also need an adapter to connect the antenna to the Sleek - Wilson #971119.

Again, I'm not saying you will need the Sleek & outside antenna, but if you plan to get off the beaten path, together they will often give you a useable signal where the phone alone won't.
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Thanks keith. I am on a "share everything" verizon plan and started with 2 gigs. Once i went full time rv my usage rose so increased to 4 gigs. This month i may exceed that. Every 2 gig raise is about $10.
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Thanks keith. I am on a "share everything" verizon plan and started with 2 gigs. Once i went full time rv my usage rose so increased to 4 gigs. This month i may exceed that. Every 2 gig raise is about $10.
Thats pretty good, I didn’t want a contract but when I had a verizon card it worked well.
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ATT limits hotspot service to mobile share data plans. Also it is a contract, so no turning it on and off as needed. But every time I asked about it the terms have changed, but I think it means Sharon would need that data plan.

Now an iPad data plan can be turned on and off as you need it. I wonder if you could get a similar plan on a data card or hotspot? Possibly even from Verizon.

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Old 09-17-2013, 08:58 PM   #27
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OK, I bought the Wilson Sleek booster, Wilson RV/trucker antenna kit, and male-male adapter to connect the antenna to the Sleek.

One thing has me puzzled. Jon, you said you could "switch" your Sleek so it works with both Verizon and ATT? Is that tricky? I naturally bought the Sleek advertised for ATT, which, BTW, cost a few bucks more than the one advertised for Verizon. Is there REALLY a difference between the two ... and how do you make your Sleek swing both ways?

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