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Old 11-12-2016, 12:43 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by WyoFree View Post
Hi Martin,

My carrier is AT&T and Iíll be using a MacBook Pro 13Ē. If Iím reading youíre post correctly, I can buy the Alcatel Linkzone and get WiFi on the highways and byways of Americana?

Where does the internet come from, does t-Mobile offer internet service? I went to the Alcatel website and must admit couldnít make heads or tails out of it. It showed AT&T for phones but iPhone wasnít listed. A Mac wasnít listed either but it works on yours, so Iím a little confused? A natural state for me by the way!

With your setup can you use ďMapsĒ that comes with Mac as a GPS?

Iím fascinated with this and interested in hearing more!

I don't know why you went to Alcatel website. That's not the link I gave. This is a hardware/service solution from T-Mobile. I don't anything about AT&T. So forget everything about looking up Mac's, PC's, phones etc. It doesn't matter the device. When you buy this unit from T-Mobile (or as I said I got mine free with a new acc't) you activate an acc't for this unit. I think they have 2 or 3 levels of data you can buy, but like I said, my $20/mo. acc't was more than enough and all my online channels Netflix, Hulu & Amazon are free to download through it too. What this battery operated, wireless unit does is, is it links up to the T-Mobile towers just like your phone does. The difference is, this unit is a hub of sorts. You create a network on it named blah, blah, blah, with a password. When you turn on the unit the unit hooks up to the T-Mobile tower, and then with whatever device/computer you have, you'll see that network available in your wireless network settings. Select that wireless network you created, enter the password and BAM...you are now hooked up to the internet whether your driving, camping or whatever as long as your in an area of course that T-Mobile has a signal. It's juts like your phone. The other beauty of this is, is that up to 15 different devices can hook up to this network at one time. I haven't tried it yet, but it probably also can work as your local network too.

I haven't taken the next step concerning MAPS so can't comment on that.

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Old 11-12-2016, 02:34 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by WyoFree View Post
Hi SouthernDad, I know my iPhone has this feature but never used it. This uses your plans bandwidth right? Have you used it when underway and it worked well?

And Maps works just like a GPS right?
I've used it when traveling in the car and it worked fine. I'm one of those that are under the grandfathered "unlimited" plans from AT&T so I am not really sure how much data that I use but it did work well.

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Old 11-14-2016, 02:55 PM   #17
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To the OP:

The only native mapping app that runs on Macs is Garmin's Basecamp. It is, however a gigantic pain in the rear to get it to work as you might think it should work. It ain't a well polished app.

I'm not sure how so many of the responders got so confused between iPads, iPhones iMacs and MacBooks but they did.

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