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Old 10-02-2011, 02:09 PM   #1
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pay as you go wi-fi

does anyone have any sugestions for getting wi-fi for three months while wintering in south.Keith
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:10 PM   #2
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Several places I have traveled have local wi-fi providers they you can buy by the month, week, or day.
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:13 PM   #3
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Check with both Verizon and ATT. They may have what you want.

On this 6 week or so road trip we are just using whatever the campground offers. Many were free, varied quality. At Thousand Trails outside of San Diego now. While they charge for the servce (28 bucks for 2 weeks..) it has been fast and reliable.
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Check with both Verizon and ATT. They may have what you want.

On this 6 week or so road trip we are just using whatever the campground offers. Many were free, varied quality. At Thousand Trails outside of San Diego now. While they charge for the servce (28 bucks for 2 weeks..) it has been fast and reliable.
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:20 PM   #5
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Buy a Virgin Mobile card at Wal-Mart for $79 then get a months worth of service when you need it for just $20....
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:23 PM   #6
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I second the Virgin Mobile Air Card, as long as Sprint has coverage where you will be staying (Virgin uses Sprint networks). I have used one for the last three years and pay my $40 per month when I am out and then don't pay while I am home. Works pretty good as long as you are in an area that has coverage.

I found that Verizon, Sprint and AT&T have subscription only service so you have to sign up for 2 years (although Verizon you can unsubscribe it you do it within 30 days and only pay for what you used).

I also use a Cradlepoint modum for a hot spot so we can have more than one computer online at the same time.
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:40 PM   #7
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As soon as you find out Kieth give me a shout.

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I purchased the Virgin Mobile air card and found it wasn't compatible with my laptop. I lost track of how many techs I talked with trying to get it to work, they even had me put it in my desktop to make sure it wasn't the card (worked in the desktop).
Finally returned it for a refund, it took a month for them to refund the money I spent upfront for air time.... Out of all the techs I talked with only one was in the good old USA and spoke English fluent enough to understand.
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Been using the Virgin Mobile Card on and off since they offered unlimited bandwidth. Just reactivated it after lying dormant for 6 months. No issues and still have the unlimited bandwidth for $40.00 a month.
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We have been on the road for over 210 days and have not had a problem getting free internet at most campgrounds. Of course some are better than others. I thought about paying for an air card and decided with all the McDonalds, etc.. offering free wifi that I didn't need the extra monthly payment. It has been a good move.
But if I was going to be in some place for months I would have to have internet available. Some campgrounds have a internet provider you can pay for. Check with the campground before buying the air card, because without good phone service the aircard is useless.

In todays world having the internet in a campground is almost a must! I personally would rather have good wifi than TV.
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:49 AM   #11
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Is it .5mbps down?
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If you have a smartphone, you can probably tether it into your laptop and get what you need for no more than you are paying now.
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If you have a smartphone, you can probably tether it into your laptop and get what you need for no more than you are paying now.
I'm tethered with a blackberry with 115.2kbps download speed which is good enough.

Tmobile offers it free with their plans.

Its all we would need if not work needing at least 1mpbs down for work. Once the carriers can guarnantee 1mbps down, then I'll buy their plan. Right now we rely on our rougewifi device to pull the networks that are a distance away in closer.
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