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Old 08-26-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Internet in the boonies...

I am thinking about getting the Verizon 4G mifi to have internet since Verizon coverage is real good where I am, but wondering what others without cable use?
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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We have the Verizon MiFi and used our our recent trip to the East coast and back to So Cal. We use it while home instead of paying for another service . I'll rate on a scale of 1 -10 around a 4.5. Its slow and loses service all the time. Not sure what else out there thats better but I'm looking myself.
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I have a Verizon Pantech UML290 "Air Card" for $50/mo for 5G/mo. Pretty fast most of the time.



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Old 08-27-2012, 04:17 AM   #4
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:44 AM   #5
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We use the Verizon 3G mifi card and have had pretty good luck all over the country. We originally looked into the 4G card but the 4G coverage isn't nearly as good as the 3G. At the time it didn't seem worth the additional cost due to the limited service areas. There are times when the 3G card is a bit slow, especially at peak cell phone usage times.

You might ask the Verizon people whether the 4G card will switch to 3G if 4G is not available. If it's strictly limited to 4G service it's not going to be of much use in the boonies.
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We use the Verizon 3G mifi card and have had pretty good luck all over the country. We originally looked into the 4G card but the 4G coverage isn't nearly as good as the 3G. At the time it didn't seem worth the additional cost due to the limited service areas. There are times when the 3G card is a bit slow, especially at peak cell phone usage times.

You might ask the Verizon people whether the 4G card will switch to 3G if 4G is not available. If it's strictly limited to 4G service it's not going to be of much use in the boonies.
I live a a rural mountain community and the only WiFi available is the Verizon (or ATT) cards. As 4G is not here my card operates in 3G and peak times can be tough. Good luck.
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You have to remember that lots of areas will have no or a weak signal. No signal means no Verizon and no mifi. Usually a weak signal wil really slow down the data connection.

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Have used it from Colorado to Maine to Florida. Only no reception in Bar Harbour Maine and the Badlands of South Dekota. Works good everywhere else.
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It is possible but I do not know of a cell wifi that does not fall back to 3g.
If you have 4g in the area that is great, 3g is OK, watch for what they call throttling if you use it a lot (they have been known to slow people to a crawl, someone won in small claims court in CA against AT&T on throttling).
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Get the Verizon Five Spot. It is only 3G. It never loses a connection and works everywhere Verizon has 3G. The newer Mi-Fi 's are both 3G and 4G and are supposed to switch back and forth between the two. They do not! They are always losing a connection. I know because I have a new Mi-Fi and went back to my old trusty Five Spot.
Look at the reviews on the Verizon Wireless website for each. The newer units seem to be improving, but 3G is the norm rather than 4G.
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We use Millenicom (Advanced plan, 20 gigs for $59/mo, no contract) which is Verizon 3G. Works fine nearly everywhere in the country, but we also have a high quality antenna/amplifier system so we can pull in a signal in weak and marginal areas.

In the south and west Texas boonies, however, ATT is pretty much your only option. Because we do gate-guarding down there for part of the year, we also have an ATT 3G/4G Hotspot device (and a 2year contract- thanks, ATT!). And I have to agree with the above poster, the change from 4G back to 3G rarely works without dropping the signal, and sometimes it will stay "stuck" on a pitifully weak 4G and ignore a robust 3G.
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I have the pantech verizon 3g aircard as my 'go to' connection - but have 4g on htc thunderbird, and motorola xoom tablet...

weak 4g is a recipe for drops
If I see 3 or more bars I will stay on 4g, but any less and I always block out 4g as the switching technology is not quick enough to not be dropped

but your boonies and mine may be defined completely differently ! cell service is still required !
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Just traveled 10,000 miles with the MiFi. Worked fine of you had cell service, but most of the "boonies" we were in-NO SERVICE!
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We have been running down the West coast from Wash state to California and found the Verizon signal very good, with weak signal only thru the mountains heading into NCal. A lot of areas are 4G, but its not a make or break thing for us. We also bought the MIFI from Millenicom which we can stop and start up as we need. Because both DW and I use our own laptops, the MIFI made the best sense for us.
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