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Old 04-16-2009, 11:29 PM   #15
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William, I have used Verizons Broadband service for several years now. I have the "Air Card", a usb device not much bigger than a jump drive. I have been VERY happy with it.

I am currently workamping where I get free internet, and the coverage for Verizon here is non existent for Broadband anyway, so I was able to put the service on "Vacation" hold for 6 mos.. no charge for 6 mos, and no change in contract.

It is almost as fast as DSL, but it does have limitations in fringe areas. I am really surprised.. this is the first area I have been in where it plain does NOT get any signal at all. (I have to have a roof antenea for my cell phone here too!)
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:19 AM   #16
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Hey guys, it's me, I have been full timing now since Thurs, April 2nd...I am loving it and learning a lot! First thing you learn, your laptop battery dies really fast LOL

The first 13 days I spent dry camping in the desert, an excellent and necessary experience. I was used to tent camping, but weeded out many unnecessary things I had brought along. I am now headed, from CA to Escapees. I left on Tuesday and have had some good luck boondocking and wanted to share. Last night and tonight, I found small towns, the first in AZ (Eloy) now in TX (exit 138) where the smaller motels allow you (and truckers) to boondock in their lots. It is well lit, seems safe enough and plenty of traffic. I use the ice machines and soda machines and the front desk folks are okay with a cup of coffee in the morning. I am soooo stoked, I feel so safe here. Last night I "camped" outside a motel 6 and tonight a super 8. Escapees is a day and a few hours away as I had to deal with really high winds in AZ and NM, but TX is proving to be an easy ride. There speed limit is 80mph, there is no way I am doing 80 towing my Scamp!! I had one good scare with sway in the wind, but managed it well. Feeling really good about all this so far, loving my Scamp and living quite comfortably.

Just wanted to give you all a quick update and will be back when I get near Escapees and have full hookups, miss you all, except, now, I am one of you
Congratulations on your big step. You will find a wealth of good proven information at escapees for your travels and safety on the road. Remember, there are no victims, only volunteers. Pick up a couple of quality matched key locks for the trailer hitch, one locks the lever down and one to lock one of the safety chains to the tow vehicle. Also splurge for the lock that fills the ball socket when the trailer is unhitched. Another basic is a locking club that fits across the steering wheel. High visibility of course. Those simple steps eliminate 97% of the opportunistic thefts and will give an element of security when you are asleep in the trailer. Also be sure to buy a simple low cost 12 ga like a Mossberg with the 20 inch barrel, loaded with 00 buckshot for security in the trailer. Keep it out of sight but easily reached when you are in bed. The police understand that it does not look radical and why it is there. The 00 is accepted as that is what they use. It is effective and defensible in a court of law. Your own self confidence that you exude because you have prepared wisely will deter many would be thieves. Have fun and enjoy an independent life on the road as many of us do.
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:07 AM   #17
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Gina...Thanks for the quick reply re. Verizon Mobile Broadband service. I've had Verizon for my cell phone for several years and it has served its purpose....mostly...I do run into quite a few areas where there is no usable signal but this is no problem for me cause the main use is to call my daughter now and again....she gets a little ansy when I haven't called for 2 or 3 days...I bring a computer with me when I travel but use it mainly for navigation with a gps. I'll call Verizon tomorrow and see what this is going to cost. Thanks again.

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Old 04-17-2009, 06:49 AM   #18
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If they quote you $59 for 5gb be sure and ask how much the tax and other charges will be. I didn't even think about it and it added $20 a month.

I just got mine a couple of weeks ago so can't tell you how well it works away from home.

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Gina...Thanks for the quick reply re. Verizon Mobile Broadband service. I've had Verizon for my cell phone for several years and it has served its purpose....mostly...I do run into quite a few areas where there is no usable signal but this is no problem for me cause the main use is to call my daughter now and again....she gets a little ansy when I haven't called for 2 or 3 days...I bring a computer with me when I travel but use it mainly for navigation with a gps. I'll call Verizon tomorrow and see what this is going to cost. Thanks again.

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Old 04-17-2009, 02:34 PM   #19
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I wouldn't spring for the full data service PLAN at $60/month and a service contract; instead I would get the Mobile Broadband Connect FEATURE for $60/month OR $2/day when turned on. Same data limits (5GB/month). Might be a slightly different daily limit but it is high enuf for normal internet use, just not a lot of music or movie download.

If one is a Full-Time RVer, it wouldn't make much difference, but for those who only travel a few weeks a year, it will save some bucks.

BTW, as I recall, it's possible to lower the taxes on your bill by arranging to sign up for it in a lower tax area -- Join the Yahoo group and do some archive searching; there even used to be a link to the various tax zones.

Here's more on MBC, including the phones that support it:

http://b2b.vzw.com/productsservices/wirele...ndaccessconnect

You also have to have a way to connect your computer to your cell phone, USB cable or BlueTooth, but you don't use a data card.

As I understand it from reading the Yahoo Internet by Cell Phone group, only the phones in the *left*-hand list qualify for the $2/day feature -- The smart- and PDA-phones in the right-hand list are on monthly rates. In the Rate Table, the daily rate applies to the right-hand column.

The Rev A specs only result in faster UPLOAD speeds; downloads are the same for Rev 0 and Rev A.

Most Full Time RVers were reporting best non-city (away from population centers and interstate highways) cell coverage was from either Verizon or Sprint, but a lot depends on where YOU travel.
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Old 04-17-2009, 05:29 PM   #20
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I don't have any advise. I just want to give you a You Go Girl!!!!!! cheer.
I love reading/hearing about women fulltiming, or RVing solo. It's empowering.
See you on the road...
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:57 PM   #21
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Same data limits (5GB/month)
The broadband service is unlimited.. not 5g. BUT.. if you read the fine print, they do get a little annoyed at file sharers, webcam servers and frequent movie downloading.

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Verizon's fine print for the so-called 'unlimited' broadband service plan with a data card indeed specify 5GB/mo, in fact the Data Plan now carries the 5GB name -- All of Verizon's broadband services now have that limit, as do other major carriers, like Sprint and AT&T.

You may find that in the contract they printed as part of your service agreement when you first signed up. If you look at the table of examples in the VZW link below, you will see that they are all keyed to 5GB (And you'll notice that they didn't put movies in the table).

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/c...+broadband+plan

I did notice that VZW now offers the data card plan on a month-to-month basis as well as one- and two-year contracts.

Here's the fine print for Sprint:

"Data Usage Limitation (Mobile Broadband Cards, USB Modems, Embedded Modems and Phone-As-Modem): The amount of data transmitted over our network is measured in kilobytes (K, megabytes (M or gigabytes (G. Sprint reserves the right to limit throughput speeds or amount of data transferred; and to deny, terminate, modify, disconnect or suspend service if usage either exceeds (a.) 5GB/month in total, unless specified otherwise or (b.) 300MB/month while off-network roaming. 1024KB equal 1MB. 1024MB equal 1GB."

AT&T comes right out and calls theirs a 5GB Plan:

http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-ser...nnect-plans.jsp

I would find the 5GB limit to be a bummer were I still a Full Timer because I would like to watch a movie or two by downloading from Netflix or one of the networks and I would quickly exceed the limits.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:30 PM   #23
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don't know what ta tell ya Pete.. that is not my plan and my contract has no limits stated. however, it does list the restrictions I stated above.

here is my plan.. had it for several years. Long enough that I am no longer ON a contract.. I am month to month


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I think Mike has the same plan I do.. Mike, have they ever argued about your usage?
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:21 AM   #24
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if you are looking at long life for a laptop battery charge, you may consider one of the Netbooks. I recently purchased the Acer Aspire One d250

[b]The DISADVANTAGE is that it does not have a CD drive, but with jump drives and SD cards, it is hardly missed. I did have to get a small USB CD drive to load in the Office app.. it didn't like being copied to a jump drive for installation. Thats the only issue I had with loading software.. all else I had installed from my jump drive easily.
Monica, good for you and your initiative. Good luck and safe travels.

Gina, Monica and others don't forget your venerable old iPod as a storage device, if you own one. It's also a mini hard drive if you have it configured as such.
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Gina, you may have been grandfathered in -- The 5GB limit is something they came out with only a couple of years ago, probably because of abuse and agreement between the carriers to not overload the trunking networks.
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:53 PM   #26
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Although, you do have to wonder how someone can abuse an unlimited contract...

I think Gina's contract probably isn't offered anymore though, as you say, to save "bandwidth."
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you guys in the states have it pretty easy with the data card interent. It just came out in canada last year! it seems like we are always a few years behind with the technology, probably because we don't have the population to support it. I feel like i might be getting the shaft cause my contract has me at 500 mb per month! (luckily its only 30 bucks) ohh well, i suppose the technology will catch up eventually! Mine certainly isn't as fast as dsl, but hell, i'll take what i can get at this point!
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Good for you. I've been following your postings on the other thread. It appears that there are good people willing to help, which is nice to know. With regard to staying in the motel parking lots: While I am presuming that you asked for permission first, has the response always been positive?
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