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Any Advice on Mobile Hotspots?????? I need Help!!!!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

As we are starting to travel again, I am wanting to be able to take my laptop along and get online while we travel. Of course, if we would just upgrade to an I-Phone on our cell plan I could do it, but I hate to get into a 2 yr contract and add another $50 or so to my cell phone bill every single month.
Sooo, I have been looking into mobile hotspots that I could take along. It would involve buying the gadget that is the hotspot but then I could only activate it when we are traveling but I am wondering how well they work. Does anyone out there use one???? Can you give me any insight into which is best.
I am looking at a Verizon or Internet on the Go or another brand that lets you pay only for the amount of data you use, but it charges you $4.99 a month and then 20 cents per megabyte.
Any thoughts?????
I tried using the data card back in early 2003 and it was just in it's infancy at the time and I could not get reception most places then so returned it and got my money back. Now I am wondering how far things have advanced and what kind of reception I would get as we will be staying in campgrounds that are not always right on the beaten path and in large metro areas.
Any information anyone can give me is appreciated. Maybe a new phone is the answer and not the hotspot but I need to make a decision pretty quickly as we leave on our trip in under 3 weeks!
Thanks Spark family.
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    I am interested in this topic, as we may be doing something like that in the future, but not for a year or so.
    3168 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    Try checking with Best Buy Mobile. They might know the answer to your questions. I have Verizon too and they seemed to have a lot of answers. I need to know about this too since I'll be travelling with my laptop this summer too.
    I know when I go places with my phone it picks up a lot of the wi-fi spots and am wondering if my laptop will too. I need to ask since I'll be leaving in 2 weeks.
    For my phone Verizon has the most reliable signal because I live in a "dead zone" no other provider will even pick up the signal. Strange thing since there are cell towers not too far from me. Who knows.
    Good luck!
    3186 days ago
    You might want to go into the store of whatever mobile phone network use, and ask about it. Most companies (like Verizon) will sell you a hotspot adapter. Or go to Best Buy and see what they have to say. They can give you answers, and it won't cost anything.
    3187 days ago
    3187 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8603687
    Sorry this is way over my head.I have heard many use Wi Fi in chain stores or restaurants,just a thought.I hope you will tell us what you end up doing,I am very curious,since I am not puter savvy.Best wishes,happy travels! emoticon Diana
    3187 days ago
    I go to Denny's, Panera's, Wendy's and the library in our area for free wi-fi. On my vacation I found many motels in Ohio had wi-fi. Sorry, I've never tried a hotspot.Hope you find just what you need.
    3187 days ago
    We have Verizon but I have never traveled with a laptop
    so I have zero experience. Maybe someone else knows.
    Good luck!
    3187 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Well, Pat, given that I thought you were looking for info on one of two things: either where to find potential problem areas on you mh OR really swinging places to go IN your mh ... I'm not the person to ask:)

    Where ever you go, have lots of fun:)
    3187 days ago
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    I'm no tech pro, I'm not even a tech amateur, but since I live on an island full of trees, hills, and cell tower isolation, I hear hands down that Verizon is the most reliable and worth the extra money. I signed a contract with T-Mobile and wish I would have paid the little extra for Verizon. Hindsight is 20/20.
    3187 days ago
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