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Old 04-17-2019, 06:11 PM   #1
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Internet on the road

I am trying to find the best source of internet available while on the road. I have a Sprint Drive that offers unlimited gigs for $30 per month BUT its for my car and my car has to be running.
If anyone knows of a source of internet or wifi for a 20 year old (1999 Featherlite Vogue) I would sure appreciate some help and input.
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I have a Samsung smartphone and Verizon service. Wife and I each have Unlimited internet service which provides us with a 24/7 Hotspot on each of our phones. Our smart TV's, laptops, even our home thermostat are hooked into the internet via the Hotspot.
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I have a VZW JetPack on the Prepaid Unlimited Data plan for $70/mo. It is truly unlimited data. No throttling. I've been over 50 gig/mo for the last few months.
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Old 04-18-2019, 01:14 AM   #4
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Check out the Mobile Internet Resource group. They have lots of info answering your question.
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:22 AM   #5
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NetBuddy has a $60/month unlimited plan using the ATT network in addition to the mentioned VZW plan. And FMCA offers an unlimited Sprint plan to its members for $50.
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This is what I did and still use. In Need of Internet Then see post #14 in the same thread.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Can't your Sprint Drive be used with a power adapter like the Mobley? Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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RRR, How is that working for you? Could you use it to replace DSL at home, and be able to stream movies? Thanks
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Well it is good enough for the most part. We get some slowdown at time, but I never ran a speed test to confirm speeds.

As far as use at home it shouldn't make any difference. We talked about trying it at home but we have a semi-disabled son and that would leave him without anything when gone. The other reason is that we still have a computer here from my wife's work that is still being used for remote work and it needs a solid internet connection.

FYI I just was notified by AT&T that the rate is going up another $5/month.
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Thanks RRR I have been on the internet nearly all day trying to understand as much as I can. I am starting to think the Verizon deal is probably best for us. I have heard of reception issues with AT&T where we live. The big thing that has me concerned right now is that Verizon limits Video to 720p. I don't think I would care to much on the road, but at home it kind of is counter productive to the TV's we have purchased in the past few years.
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Thanks RRR I have been on the internet nearly all day trying to understand as much as I can. I am starting to think the Verizon deal is probably best for us. I have heard of reception issues with AT&T where we live. The big thing that has me concerned right now is that Verizon limits Video to 720p. I don't think I would care to much on the road, but at home it kind of is counter productive to the TV's we have purchased in the past few years.
Half the stations in my area broadcast at 720p. Your TV will easily convert to 1080. As for 4K, it takes at least 20Mbps and I can't tell the difference on my 55" LED 4K set. I can, however, see the difference on 65 and 75" OLED/QLED sets at Costco.
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Half the stations in my area broadcast at 720p. Your TV will easily convert to 1080. As for 4K, it takes at least 20Mbps and I can't tell the difference on my 55" LED 4K set. I can, however, see the difference on 65 and 75" OLED/QLED sets at Costco.
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Just an addendum to what I said above about 720p: My 4K does have a better picture than my previous Samsung 1080 TV, even though broadcasts have not changed. A 4K TV does some upconversion of 720/1080 to 4K which provides a better picture. When I said I couldn't tell the difference, I should have said, it is hard to tell the difference when I have streamed 4K video. A better picture, sure, but not enough to justify maxing out my 20Mbps DSL and experiencing occasional buffering. But my point is 720p video still looks great up to a 55" TV, but larger TVs will upconvert and still look good.
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I have a VZW JetPack on the Prepaid Unlimited Data plan for $70/mo. It is truly unlimited data. No throttling. I've been over 50 gig/mo for the last few months.
We have Verizon for our 2 phones and can add a jetpack for $20 per month with unlimited data.
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