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Old 08-23-2009, 06:15 PM   #1
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I'm getting things together to head out next month for a month long trip. It has been a nightmare to figure out what one needs to make this a long term lifestyle, which is my plan. The learning curve is great, as I am a complete novice. The biggest concern I have is reliable internet access, anywhere I park. What is the best recommendation in that arena? Advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-23-2009, 07:01 PM   #2
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Hi Bethm and welcome to IRV2 and the RV lifestyle.

Internet on the road is a major topic by itself and I encourage you to search the site for internet and review what has been said before. Basically the choices are satellite, cell phone and wifi. I won;t try to address the pros and cons of each here - that is best done in a separate message specific to that question.

Meanwhile, here is one previous discussion to get you started.
Wireless internet for fulltimers

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Old 08-23-2009, 07:11 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum!!

We use campground WIFI when available, but have found that far too often it doesn't work, or they want an unreasonable price for it, or BOTH!! Our most reliable internet connection is my Verizon cellhone. I "tether" it to my laptop via Bluetooth (or you could use a USB cable) and use the Verizon Mobile Broadband service which runs apx $1.66/day. IF we are somewhere with reliable WIFI, I can "remove" the Boradband feature from my voice account to save the $1.66 per day/$49 per month. Broadband use does not count against my minutes, and the only limitation is that I cannot exceed 5gb per month. If you don't do a LOT of streaming video, 5gb is way more than you will use. I am a heavy user and have never exceeded 2gb per month. Sprint and other carriers have similar data services. The basic requirement is a compatible phone and voice service.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:18 AM   #4
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Welcome to iRV2. We are glad you found us. As to your question on Internet access I can't help you much. I use WIFI but like AFChap said, it is not reliable in many cases. Post often and tell us what you decide on.

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bethm, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. Let us know your specific questions in forums fitting them. Take care, have fun and keep us posted.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:50 AM   #6
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Thank you so much for all the great information. In reviewing all that was sent to me, I decided to go with the Verizon Air Card to best accomplish my needs. These forums are terrific as I learn what I don't know in this new adventure. Ya'll are absolutely terrific! Happy trails to you all.


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