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Old 06-18-2022, 10:09 AM   #2283
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I would like to add:

My Blade phone does NOT have the option in Developer Mode to turn on USB Tethering Mode. It is simply not there. When I look at the date of production on the phone it is 06/2020. It is an old phone I just got. Maybe that it is. I did update the software as soon as I got it up and running, so….
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Old 06-18-2022, 02:37 PM   #2284
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That is very odd. I just drove through there 2 weeks ago and had good connection all the way up to Los Alamos and then Colorado. I wintered 1 hour south of ABQ and had issues with the small town (and everyone in the town with any internet all suffer together...Starlink is the first ray of hope for the whole town), but Los Lunas was always very strong....That is where they are putting in a huge data center for Facebook and have HUGE fiber running through the area.

Do you have no cell and no data directly from the phone itself? That seems really odd.
I can make calls but no data at all. I'm now in Gallup NM. and the same problem. I'm using the newer Blade Phone.
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I can make a call. I have no data at all. I'm in Gallup NM now and the same problem. I'm using a newer Blade 5G phone.
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Old 06-19-2022, 12:00 PM   #2286
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I would like to add:

My Blade phone does NOT have the option in Developer Mode to turn on USB Tethering Mode. It is simply not there. When I look at the date of production on the phone it is 06/2020. It is an old phone I just got. Maybe that it is. I did update the software as soon as I got it up and running, so….
No developer mode here, either. On the new phone that I purchased just to use on Visible, I think I found it at SETTINGS: HOTSPOT: USB TETHERING. Out of curiosity I just checked my older Galaxy S8 android phone and I found the tethering mode by going to SETTINGS: CONNECTIONS: MOBILE HOTSPOTS and TETHERING.

But I found the internet had less drops and pauses when I set the new phone up as a hotspot and had the Beryl router connect through wifi instead of having the phone tethered to the router.

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Old 06-19-2022, 04:52 PM   #2287
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I can make calls but no data at all. I'm now in Gallup NM. and the same problem. I'm using the newer Blade Phone.
I know you are pretty good with the tech, but it does sound like either MOBILE DATA got turned off or the setting for connection type (4g,4g+,5g) got set to 5g only in areas that don't have 5G. You're the first that I've heard has absolutely no data, so I would suggest you really dig around the phone settings to see what may have accidentally gotten switched. Sometimes it's a little thing that we then
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Old 06-19-2022, 04:57 PM   #2288
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I would like to add:

My Blade phone does NOT have the option in Developer Mode to turn on USB Tethering Mode. It is simply not there. When I look at the date of production on the phone it is 06/2020. It is an old phone I just got. Maybe that it is. I did update the software as soon as I got it up and running, so….
The setting in Developer Mode is only for a "Default USB configuration". The phone typically ask what you want to do....charge, data, USB tethering etc.

The only thing this does is avoid having to select what you want when the phone is first plugged into the router. It should automatically work with a data or file transfer setting, but CHARGE ONLY may simply have the phone not listen for data and not work.

If you see the option in Developer Mode of "Default USB configuration", you can choose something other than charge only, and test and is if it works when plugged in. PandS is correct about how and where to turn on the tethering. There are some Widgets for changing settings like this as well, if you search the app stores.
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I would like to add:

My Blade phone does NOT have the option in Developer Mode to turn on USB Tethering Mode. It is simply not there. When I look at the date of production on the phone it is 06/2020. It is an old phone I just got. Maybe that it is. I did update the software as soon as I got it up and running, so….
To turn on developer mode on the blade X1, you go into setting menu, "About Phone", and then tap "build" 5 times. Then back out to settings, under system, develop will show up.
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Old 06-22-2022, 11:27 AM   #2290
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Hotspot with antenna connections?

I know it's not certain that I can get my Visible SIM working in a hotspot, but does anyone have positive experience with one that has antenna ports? I'd like to try an external antenna.

I already have a 2x2 MIMO flat panel antenna, purchased for a T-Mobile home router which I abandoned. It's not as good as a directional antenna for clear line of sight but I'm often camped in forested areas. A flat panel might work better in those circumstances, and certainly is better than no external antenna at all.

I'm currently using a GL-AR750S-Ext (Slate) connected to a Motorola One 5G UW purchased from Visible. With a good signal, it's great, but it does better outdoors in some locations (if it works at all), suggesting that an antenna mounted on a pole would be better.

Ideally, the modem/router I get would do well with 5G but $799 for a Nighthawk is a joke. I'm looking for something at a much lower price but I don't know if such a thing exists.
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UPDATE No Data

I looked over all my settings and found my airplane mode had been turned on and my mobile data had been turned off. All by accident or gremlins. My data is working now. Thanks gsgriffin for your help.
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I looked over all my settings and found my airplane mode had been turned on and my mobile data had been turned off. All by accident or gremlins. My data is working now. Thanks gsgriffin for your help.
Glad you got it figured out. I've made many posts about something not working only to find a day later that I flipped a switch or had done something obvious. It happens to us all. Glad it is working again for you.
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For those coming here for the first time and jumping to the end, you skipped a lot of stuff. Some good. Some bad. A lot could be a waste of time, but you are here because you are interested in a simple solution for UNLIMITED internet for $25/month.

Here is a summary of the thread to hopefully help get what you need to know without having to read it all. If you have the strength and courage of William Wallace….read it all!

(Pages below are only if you are using the default settings for the number of posts per page)
First 5 pages are mostly people saying, "Yes, I want to see that option"
Pages 5-15 were discussion using Jetpack or Pepwave and using different phones (and people still interested) and porting problems (I still don't recommend that you port your number)
Pages 15-60 have discussion about other services, other set-ups, and a lot more complaining that it didn't work and a lot of happy people that is all worked easily following the POST #10. Some tangents and then getting really confusing as to who was talking about what.
Page 60-67 - Uuukkk. Just some banter about the thread getting too long and my desire to try to help those coming in later not be consumed by 1,000 different options and systems and configurations. If the option on POST #10 doesn't work for you, feel free to search the IRV2 site and find a thread that offers different setups and configurations. Many other discussions. Doesn't help this thread to start new topics on different equipment. Please feel free to start a new topic outside of this thread in the forum category.

1) The "solution" is on POST #10. There is an attached Google Doc that is kept up to date and gives a very specific list of equipment to purchase and disclaimers about the service to help set your expectations. The setup will work off of 12v USB in your RV and will allow multiple devices to all be connected to a hotspot. We run this while driving and stream our music on Pandora or Spotity the whole time. Doesn't need 120v to run anything. Please understand that this configuration is suggesting you buy their cheapest phone (get a new phone number for it) and leave it running constantly as your internet service.

2) The service is called Visible (now there is Yahoo, also owned by Verizon and appears to be exactly the same service). It is owned by Verizon and using their towers. Though unlimited internet, the speed fluctuates depending on area or time of day. Some have been using it for a long time and have enough speed to stream TV almost all the time. Others have used it in different areas at different times and NOT had enough speed. If you are looking at this as a permanent solution for your home or stationary RV, there is no way to tell if it will be good in your exact position, but the cost to try is fairly low.

3) If this solution is not the best setup for you, feel free to search for other threads on IRV2 that discuss higher cost and different configuration options. Search for "load balancing" or "high availability" or "redundancy". Plenty of other options. You can still add Visible to those other options. This thread configuration is not about those variations. Many use this setup to stream Netflix or Hulu and can do so all month long without worrying about limits. PLEASE...read and understand the disclaimers on the POST #10 doc before you move forward.

4) Many have had a good and bad experiences using it around the country:
Rough start, but now glad
Followed POST #10 and went well
Setup and running in 30 minutes

Porting problems
Not good service
Not great speeds
Great Speeds

5) Visible doesn't ship to PO Boxes

6) There was a 5Mb download limit, but that was removed. Some experience very high speeds at times. Others stay lower. Most (but not all) seem to be able to stream most of the time (which is the main purpose of unlimited internet for most). Some getting very high speeds. Page 15.

7) Some long ago had problems porting their phone number, but I haven't seen that post in a long time. I switched my neighbor over to Visible just to get a new phone, and it took PagePlus 10 days just to release her number so Visible could activate it. Could be a problem with your previous carrier as well as Visible.

8) Like any cellular service, some get bad support or service. Others had great support and service. Their tech support is only through a chat....no phone to call. Again, reduce your odds of needing to use their support by following the doc on post #10

9) At this time, you can only have one phone and service per account. Little pain in the butt. I opted to create 4 accounts for 4 phones using different emails and payment methods. Not ideal, but I created my own Party Pay. $25/line/month=$100/month for 4 phones each with unlimited data. Phone for me, my wife, full-time internet, and my daughter.

10) This is not a super high-speed service. Many have compared and contrasted the speed using a standard Verizon or AT&T network. This option will most often be slower. Sometimes much slower. If having the highest speed possible is your need, see the header at the top about searching for other threads to help you get what you need.

11) There are discussions about using the SIM chip in Jetpack or other mifi devices. Some worked. Some worked for a time. Seems like some have been using it for a long time. No clarity or certainty. You can try. Just first need to activate their SIM using their App on phones that work with their app. Not all phone are compatible...which is why the instructions on post #10 are suggesting you just get their cheapest phone and not worry about compatibility and avoid tech support.
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12) Some discussion about the WeBoost signal amplifier to increase your cellular range around page 13-15 (BTW...don't purchase the WeBoost unless signal strength is a common problem for you…adds a lot more work and expense)

So, the skinny....service is great for some and working to their needs and downloading 150-280 GIGs!!!!! a month. Others tried for a short while and could never get acceptable speeds.

Following the instructions on post #10 , most everyone (if they purchased the recommended equipment and followed the instruction) found it easy enough that they didn't need outside help. Some (even myself at times) have had issues with their support chat. Some loved it. Some were ready to kill. I would continue to recommend doing post #10 exactly so you take the cleanest route and most likely won't need their support. Any variation could force you to use their support chat. Hit or miss. Often people try to save $6 and not get a new 12V USB power adapter and then waste a lot of time wondering why it doesn't all work….hint, the power supply you have is not giving you 2.4A output….REQUIRED for the setup.

Some have tried variations. If you live on the internet 24/7 and require high availability all the time, try looking up user "DocJ" and send him a private message. He has options for those that need load-balancing or redundancy. This option and thread is not that. This is a simple option for those that aren't bothered by slower speeds at times but really benefit from a lower monthly cost all the time and want the option of streaming as much as they like, and don't want to try to buy various pieces of random equipment to build a system they don't understand. post #10 is doing that for you and saving you the trouble.

I should mention lastly that if you only need to connect up a single device (only a TV or only a computer….not both at the same time), you could skip everything on post #10 and just buy a phone from Visible for cheap. All of their phones have the HOTSPOT available for at least single connection by default….which is nice since most other providers want more money just to turn that on.

In the end, please read slowly and carefully the attached doc on post #10. If it doesn't seem right for you, I will encourage you to continue the search on IRV2 for other options. This thread is already too long to start new ideas or configurations. If you have an experience to post or questions on the configuration of post #10 , please continue to use this thread as many are still following and glad to help you with the configuration on post #10.
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Just wanted to add... I've seen some folks getting their Visible service shut off for not using the service in a "Visible compatible device". Looks like Visible may be cracking down on folks.
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Just wanted to add... I've seen some folks getting their Visible service shut off for not using the service in a "Visible compatible device". Looks like Visible may be cracking down on folks.
It should be noted that the instructions in POST #10 utilize an approved Visible device and so if you follow POST #10 you won't run afoul of any Visible compatible device rules. So you would be safe following POST #10 because POST #10 describes a method to share devices that is largely undetectable (or at least seemingly not a concern) by Visible.
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