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Old 07-09-2013, 08:22 PM   #29
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I missed the part where you use an ethernet cable to connect. Makes sense. I was thinking more along the lines of a cell phone booster (something else I am interested in getting)

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I agree. I have unlimited data with Verizon and now that in have an iPhone 5 it works really well.

I still like the WiFi option as two sources are better than one.
With unlimited data (something I don't think is even available up here), a phone booster to ensure a good signal might be just as good, no? You could just set up to use your laptop or tablet via with the phone as a hotspot. Is this option slower than a good wifi connection?
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I missed the part where you use an ethernet cable to connect. Makes sense. I was thinking more along the lines of a cell phone booster (something else I am interested in getting)

With unlimited data (something I don't think is even available up here), a phone booster to ensure a good signal might be just as good, no? You could just set up to use your laptop or tablet via with the phone as a hotspot. Is this option slower than a good wifi connection?
Jim, I can't argue with your logic. My 4G iPhone 5 is blazing fast and seems as fast as WiFi. I tested the speed and was amazed at its performance. You could certainly get by with a phone data plan alone although in done areas it might be 3G or slower speeds--in which case you will wish you had WiFi.

Regarding WiFi, I don't want to pay $20 for cell phone data tethering or jailbreak my phone for free tethering. And, my cellular data does not work in Canada. I've been getting by with text messaging and WiFi and it is a PITAbit it is something.

Regarding cell phone boosters, Wilson makes antennas, boosters, of various sorts for extending both phone and data range. So far my phone has been working really well on its own. What I have found is that in a marginal area my cell phone runs through battery life fast trying to stay connected by boosting output power. Using a cigarette adapter to charge it keeps it topped off. A booster could be a real help in a marginal 4G area.

I do believe in overkill and redundancy for communications. It seems like cheap insurance that could save a life in an emergency. I'd rather be the only one with phone service than one of many without..
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We have a Wilson cell phone booster with external antenna. We typically use it for boosting our 3G hotspot. 3G seems fast enough.

When we're home in the summer we often have guests. It's not unusual for 3 people to be using 3G at once. It typically tests out at 1-2 mbs.

Of course 4G is blazing in comparison but for most apps 3G is just fine.
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Regarding WiFi, I don't want to pay $20 for cell phone data tethering or jailbreak my phone for free tethering.

Regarding cell phone boosters, Wilson makes antennas, boosters, of various sorts for extending both phone and data range.
Does not using your phone as a wifi hotspot just draw on your data plan? I have used this a few times, and had no extra costs.

On another thread I pretty much got the same recommendation. I am going to talk to Wilson to help decide what is best for my application.
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We have a Wilson cell phone booster with external antenna. We typically use it for boosting our 3G hotspot. 3G seems fast enough.

When we're home in the summer we often have guests. It's not unusual for 3 people to be using 3G at once. It typically tests out at 1-2 mbs.

Of course 4G is blazing in comparison but for most apps 3G is just fine.
I don't have the test equipment to evaluation antennas on these bands.

Can you cite the model number of the Wilson and when the opportunity presents itself, test it with a Verizon 4G,Ike an iPhone 5?

I have been researching this and the LTE frequencies are a bit out of the normal 850-900Hz and 1800-1900MHz bands. These can be as low as about 747MHz and 1710 to about 2170MHz.

So while voice and 3G data could be fine, 4G may not work as well. I have not even begun to look into trying to make my phone work in Canada--that could be significantly different.
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Does not using your phone as a wifi hotspot just draw on your data plan? I have used this a few times, and had no extra costs.

On another thread I pretty much got the same recommendation. I am going to talk to Wilson to help decide what is best for my application.
It would draw on your data plan. This is one reason I bought a used iPhone 5, so I could keep the unlimited data. I do wish I never left AT&T. I had a corporate discount and could use data and phone at the same time. I am not happy that Verizon has not fixed that with LTE.

Talking to Wilson is a great idea. I was thinking about asking them about their recommendations for Verizon's 4G. I want to put this setup on my boat so my phone will stay charged when I'm offshore (near coastal distances). I'd like a similar set up with a Yagi antenna. I would be thrilled to get a signal across Lake Ontario. Based on my success in Canada near Niagara (bareback), a booster could work real well over long water paths.
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In four days at the Escape rally I burned through 3/4 of my data plan. That was by tethering my MacBook Air to my iPhone as a personal hot spot. If I had just accessed FGRV through the phone app, I would have used much less data, because the app sends less data to the smaller device.
And, as the Old Bag pointed out, if I didn't access FGRV, I could spend more time paying attention to her.
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Data and Voice.

I have a Samsung S3 it is capable of doing data and voice simultaneously.
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And, as the Old Bag pointed out, if I didn't access FGRV, I could spend more time paying attention to her.
Wimmin brains, eh!
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Data and Voice.

I have a Samsung S3 it is capable of doing data and voice simultaneously.
You are on AT&T?
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Verizon Voice and Data

Conrad.

We're on Verizon. If I'm talking to someone on the phone I can simultaneous go out to an internet site, actually access any app on the phone. I rarely have a need for this but at times it's handy.

I don't know if the phone has always had this ability. Pleasantly the phone regularly up dates with improvements and extended abilities.

In addition to the continuous Application updates, there have been at least 3 virtually automatic updates of the Anroid operating system since we purchased the phone (less than a year). We were surprised in Newfoundland one day to have the Android green guy appear on the phone announcing an upgrade and installing it while in Canada.

As you know the smartphone is a marvelous tool, and probably our most used, and not just for phone calls though Verizons $12 a month Canadian rider with unlimited minutes did encourage a lot more road calling than we would normally do.

On top of regular phone improvements, I'm continually accidentally stumbling across phone features that make it evermore useful. Expensive, yes; Useful, definitely.
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Conrad.

We're on Verizon. If I'm talking to someone on the phone I can simultaneous go out to an internet site, actually access any app on the phone. I rarely have a need for this but at times it's handy.

I don't know if the phone has always had this ability. Pleasantly the phone regularly up dates with improvements and extended abilities.
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I find it a bit frustrating at times. Also if I want to tether I lose my iPhone 5's voice. Verizon is pushing shared data and MiFi. I don't want to give up my iinited data. I can add another phone line for $10 and may do that at some point.

With family texting, texting is free in Canada. I dropped that and use google voice for free texting. Also texting is free between iPhones.

So my thoughts are to use roaming for emergencies and to seek out wifi hotspots for texting. I'm often at friends aces with wifi which allows free texting. This explains why I have a emphasis for WiFi.
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We haven't tethered yet but it may be useful in the future. Mostly I seem to work on the phone these days except for writing our newsletter.

As to data usage we each have 2 gigabytes and have not exceede that level. On our hotspot between us and visitors we between 5-10 gigs per month.
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I have a 10 inch tablet which I tether to my phone. it makes browsing so much nicer. and of course typing simple messages and the like as well. for real stuff my computer can tether to my phone as well. When I was a boy we had to use a landline on a modem at 3 k bits per second. :-)
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