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Old 10-08-2020, 12:32 PM   #1415
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Yes, there are multiple reasons for maybe splurging and getting something beyond the cheapest phone possible:

1. Probably faster LTE modem.

2. In many cases no 1-connection limit in hotspot mode.

3. Most mid-line and above phones these days support eSIM which makes it easy and inexpensive to purchase data on-the-fly on an alternate carrier if you do find yourself in a VZ domestic roaming area for an extended time (an infrequent-if-ever occurrence for most, but possible) or if you need temporary service in Canada, Mexico, or any other international location. eSIM allows for maintaining backup service for little or no recurring cost per month.

So instead of buying a new cheapie phone maybe look at a used unbranded Pixel 3/4 or iPhone and bring it to Visible. You might not spend much more but end up with a much more flexible setup.
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Old 10-08-2020, 09:27 PM   #1416
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Yes, it was an iPhone 6s we have on Visible. My iPhone 11 Pro MAX is still on Verizon, so it worked on roaming.
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Old 10-09-2020, 10:42 AM   #1417
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I don't imagine I would, but just out of curiosity...


Is the iPhone 6S being talked about a plain, low memory, ordinary 6S or does it have to be some variant that makes it cost more than $75? 'Cause if it's a bone stock, basic 16 GB 6S, it might be worth getting one to see if it works significantly better than the Blade A7 Prime I'm using...
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Old 10-09-2020, 07:19 PM   #1418
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Mine is a 6S with 64GB of memory. It was originally used on Verizon.
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I don't imagine I would, but just out of curiosity...


Is the iPhone 6S being talked about a plain, low memory, ordinary 6S or does it have to be some variant that makes it cost more than $75? 'Cause if it's a bone stock, basic 16 GB 6S, it might be worth getting one to see if it works significantly better than the Blade A7 Prime I'm using...
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Old 10-09-2020, 10:28 PM   #1419
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6s 16Gig former Verizon

6s also. Been streaming for 3 months solid. Weak cell signals will drop out occasionally, but otherwise ok.
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Old 10-11-2020, 08:49 AM   #1420
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Quite happy with Visible. They said my old Samsung S7 would not work but it did with the SIM from the ZTE Blade they sold me. So contact Ed support, they gave me a dummy IMEI then sent another SIM via FedEx.

Thought that was silly having only a sim in the FedEx envelope but whatever, it works.

Now setting up a remote camera system at my new home using cellular.
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Old 10-11-2020, 09:34 AM   #1421
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Thought that was silly having only a sim in the FedEx envelope but whatever, it works.
Visible is working on eSIM support, which would be great for a number of reasons. They haven't provided a date but said that it was in testing and hinted it might be available by the end of the year.
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Old 10-11-2020, 11:31 AM   #1422
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Iphone 6s here also with Visible.... works perfect for me.
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Old 10-12-2020, 09:13 AM   #1423
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Griff couple things i would add for the advanced user:

I setup the android phone to automatically tether upon connection. In the event of a power outage i would have to do the tether again. This eliminates this need.

You have to enable developer options on the phone most your clicking many times on the build number under about option in settings.

Then you goto to system ---developer options---USB default config----USB tethering

this automatically starts USB tethering upon connection or in my case loss of power to the device.

My motorhome already has inverter for 120 volt power to many plugs so having the 12volt version of the power pack would not be needed in most uses for myself.

On my version hotspot is see about 25 meg with this configuration it seems to average around 10meg on the same towers. I would definitely say a very good alternative solution for hotspot
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Old 10-13-2020, 11:58 AM   #1424
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cheaper Router?

Hi Folks,
I purchased a ZTE Blade from Visible. Cheapest option at the time.
Tried to use an old travel router I had laying around. Seemed to be partially bricked so gave up after a couple of hours.
Instead of the Router recommended by the OP, I went with the cheapest router made be the same manufacture that claimed tethering support.

Reasons I wanted to try it...
1 Cost. Only $20.00
2. Power - Seem like the router recommended by the OP was designed for a larger area. My coach is barely the size of a hotel room, so the cheapest travel router should be able to handle the space. This of course reduces heat and saves on battery life. This was a larger consideration than the cost.
3. Simplicity.

Here is what I purchased from Amazon:
GL.iNET GL-MT300N-V2 Wireless Mini Portable Travel Router(Mango)
I didn't include the URL because it was WAY to big.

Results:
The ZTE phone has not gotten more than 2.5Mbs at my home or one camping trip. Might be usable. My Verizon iphone SE only gets about 4.3Mbs at home, so I am not surprised it is lower.
The Mango router set up easily. Tested it with two devices connected wirelessly. Performed nicely.


I will update if anything turns out different that what I have represented above.
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I'm having problems with my GL-Net AR450S router. Connect to Visible is OK, connect to my laptop via ethernet is OK. All the other Devices in my network connect then drop, then connect again etc. I can't get any devices to stay connected wirelessly. I haven't changed anything.
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Is your tethering turning itself off? I had an issue with the ZTE phone that I got from Visible and just did a factory reset and it is working good now.


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Is your tethering turning itself off? I had an issue with the ZTE phone that I got from Visible and just did a factory reset and it is working good now.
I use my ZTE phone "tethered" by WiFi because of the same issue.
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Old 10-17-2020, 04:06 PM   #1428
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I'm having problems with my GL-Net AR450S router. Connect to Visible is OK, connect to my laptop via ethernet is OK. All the other Devices in my network connect then drop, then connect again etc. I can't get any devices to stay connected wirelessly. I haven't changed anything.
This is a common symptom of the amperage input to the device being too low. Perhaps using a lower powered input (not the one recommended on POST #10) or the one you are using is beginning to fail. The symptom you stated is exactly what I and others have experienced with "under powered"
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