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Old 01-16-2012, 06:02 AM   #1
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Laptops, i-phones, i-pads etc. Which have your found to be the best for you to stay connected on the road and which service seems to work better? Thanks for your input

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Old 01-16-2012, 06:08 AM   #2
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We use our laptops... Can't count on wifi service at CG's ....Bought and use ATT MiFi

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Old 01-16-2012, 06:23 AM   #3
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We use laptops, smart phones and tablets. We have Verizon MiFi and smart phones, Sprint phones with hot spots, and ATT tablets. We also use a Wilson cell antenna and booster for low signal areas. West of the Mississippi, we have found Verizon to have the best coverage and service, both voice and data. East of the river, Sprint seems to have a slight data edge where we have traveled with voice equal with Verizon and Sprint. ATT, for us, is pretty much useless once we leave the immediate area of cities. You will still find some areas with no cell coverage and carrier performance will vary depending on where you are. We have even found a few campgrounds where the WiFi was the best choice.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:24 AM   #4
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Bout the same with us, have our laptop and cellphone (dumb phone), Verizon wireless for both. Never missed anything except in Yellowstone, nothing worked there.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:22 AM   #5
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Hi All, We have noticed that it has been getting more difficult to hook up with Wifi. We have the Verizon MiFi Hotspot we bought it with a small HP Computer from Verizon a couple of years ago to connect where free Wifi would not work. Worked fine although our usage was limited by the 250 MB in our plan we were able to get Free Wifi in many places. This past Fall we have noticed more secure locations I suppose that many former locations have been warned about dangers with open Wifi so now have only Secure.
We are now about to get a 4 0r 8 gig plan and a Tablet to use as a Hotspot. We hope this will work. The Computer with Internet access has become very important for us.
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We use Android, laptops, a Verizon air card and a Cradlepoint wireless router.

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We are now about to get a 4 0r 8 gig plan and a Tablet to use as a Hotspot. We hope this will work. The Computer with Internet access has become very important for us.
We purchased a 4G LTE Xoom tablet and 2 GB/month data plan from Verizon and it works great. Since we use our motorhome for short trips once or twice a month and vacations (not fulltimers) it was a cost effective answer for us. (The 2-year data plan is $30/month.) We do not have smartphones with data and are not interested in getting them.

The Xoom tablet is android based and has a hotspot, so we can connect with our laptops, iPad, etc. So far I am very pleased with this solution.
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I use Starband Internet By Satellite so now I have internet wherever I am. Tried the internet by phone bit and got tired of playing the reception game.

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Seems the system of choice is Verizon but...We are Sprint and have never been without service or WiFi. We travel with a Asus Desktop and Dell Lap top and two Ipad2's. With Delorme GPS we're never lost and if we are I am too ashamed to ask and don't really care.

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Using Verizon with Android, PDAnet App to tether to laptop. DW just got a Kindle, now I'll have figure out a wireless setup.
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We use C-Spire Mi-Fi. We have the 3GB plan at $29.95 per month. Works well for us right now.
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Ed-Sommers - Can you give me any more information on the internet connection you use and why you chose it? Been trying to find out some more info on other connections than mi-fi since with most you are only allowed so much for data usage, usually 5gb. I know we use about that with just the cell phones and I am not even on mine that much right now, so adding in the laptops, kindle and whatever else we get we would use up the amount your allowed for most mi-fi in the first week or so.
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We use the Verizon mifi. 2 laptops, kindle, and wireless printer all connected. We don't come close to using 5 mg unless we update the GPS. It took 3 mg all on it's own last time. I'm thinking we'll find a hot spot to update next time.

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