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Old 08-14-2020, 10:28 AM   #1
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Unlimited options now that ATT has dumped everything

Hello all. My family and I are getting Ready to start full time and Iím trying find an unlimited hotspot option. We would need a halfway descent connection for homeschooling and streaming movies for entertainment. We plan a on traveling all over, some urban, some rural, some middle of no where boondocking. I understand that we wonít have service 100% of the time, Iím just hoping for something that would work most of the time and not break the bank. It seems several popular services were using the ATT network and recently they have all been kicked off that network. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 08-14-2020, 11:44 AM   #2
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Verizon is offering $40 "unlimited" data. I have Verizon but do not use the new plan.
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Old 08-14-2020, 01:20 PM   #3
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I have 4 phone lines of Version “unlimited” that I have had for a couple years. It isn’t unlimited. Sure you can use all the data you wish but after 15 gigs on each line it’s throttled.
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Old 08-14-2020, 02:40 PM   #4
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Other options may include Sim Cards for your phone. These could be local depending on country of travel. Why do I say this. Because of people who travel have different destinations. Especially international travel.

Then you have to weigh the download speeds of satellite vs tresterial signal paths. Neither work with heavy tree cover and depending on your destinations. I have see where people have to hike miles to a hill to capture a signal.
Satellite is expensive but gets you the best coverage provided your signal is not blocked.

Check out the yachting community or the sailing community on the internet. They suffer the same internet questions, But their geographic areas are extremely different from just north America. Milddle of the Pacific or Atlantic or other global issues.

Your milage will vary with plans costs and coverage no matter what you choose. Expect zero connects and outstanding service with each plan no matter where you stay dependent on who you subscribe to.

One other option is to get more than one plan. It is no more expensive than one night per month at a RV resort. So splurge and get the best of both worlds on the road.
Happy trails and good luck with your decision.
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Old 08-14-2020, 03:46 PM   #5
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Right now because of so many at home and the remote learning, cell providers are not a good option. I use tmobile One (which is not offered anymore) and have their 4g Truly unlimited plan with 4g data. I have hit 90gb in a month, with no noticeable slowdown. It was great till covid hit now it is not very good, slow and sometimes just does not work. Thank god i got a backup plan with the resorts wifi. I am looking into Starlink by Elon musk, its a satellite internet but is currently in beta, it should be out fully this fall. It does not require a standard dish at this point, just a small saucer shaped antenna on a pole, like a tv antenna.


There really is not a good solution at this moment. Satellite is expensive and you have the dish that you have to lug around, and some wont install for a mobile installation. And as I've mentioned cell is not a good option right now.
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Old 08-14-2020, 05:02 PM   #6
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I have to echo what lewy64 said. A couple of months ago I thought I was intent on having a hotspot for our travels. I contacted ATT and Verizon (the only 2 I want to use) and neither had a true unlimited plan. Verizon would sell me one they termed "unlimited" but it throttled back after 15gig if I remember correctly. They also mentioned that so many are remote working and distance learning that not only were their networks running full tilt, they didn't even have any JetPacks to sell me.
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Old 08-14-2020, 06:43 PM   #7
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And trust me, when you reach that 15G limit you might as well turn it off until the next cycle starts as it becomes slower than dial-up.
We fell for that BS, just prior it was a 25G limit and the Saleman didn't bother to inform us of the recent change, just kept saying "Unlimited, Unlimited".
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Old 08-14-2020, 09:15 PM   #8
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There are currently no truly unlimited data plans available from any of the major carriers at this time. I am 90% sure you can still find some corporate resellers via ebay that have access to grandfathered unlimited plans but they are not competively priced. In addition you have to really pay attention to the fine print to determine exactly what you are getting. In other words buyer beware.
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I have seen some ads recently for Nomad Internet. I think they use AT&T's towers and they advertise unlimited. I cannot vouch for them as I am on an unlimited AT&T grandfathered plan from 20 year ago. It seems they and other companies are starting to enter the market to fill this gap. Just make sure and read the fine print.
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Old 09-29-2020, 04:01 PM   #10
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Check out gotw3 dot com they aren't cheap but comparable to my US Cellular home internet service. Will probably try them once we get our 3121RL.
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Old 09-29-2020, 06:27 PM   #11
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We have two rural RV home bases (one in Kansas and one in New Mexico) and used to work for Fish and Wildlife in the boonies. Verizon was the only provider that consistantly worked, that said, we never tried streaming and frequently used all our "unlimited" usage.
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Old 10-23-2020, 02:44 PM   #12
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I use the following MOFI cellular router with UBIFI unlimited data plan no throttling for $99 a month. There is a waitlist to get onto the UBIFI Plan. I connect to WIFI with a Cheap $99 TP-LINK Antenna that reaches out to about 3/4 of a mile and will pickup almost any WIFI signal. My TP-LINK is connected to my WAN port on my MOFI router and anytime the WIFI drops off or is bellow the specified amount the router auto switches to pure cellular. The router isn't cheap but it's rock solid and FAST and worth every penny!! I use dual WIRENG cellular antennas that can pickup cell towers miles away.

I did a ton of research and this is by far the fastest I could come up with. I'm getting an average 30down and 30up from this setup but your looking at about $1,000 investment including the long range cell antennas.
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Old 10-23-2020, 03:21 PM   #13
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Thanks for the info Bob! Do you locate a tower and aim your WireEng antennas every time you make camp? I checked out Ubifi and maybe I'll get on that wait list (hope to go fulltime next year).
I use a single WireEng for my booster at my house, in the cellular black hole of eastern NC, on a collapsible flagpole and it works very well. Hopefully the house will sell quick so we can go fulltime. We use US Cellular home internet here but their coverage footprint isn't great, so I may swap it out while house sells.
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Old 10-23-2020, 03:34 PM   #14
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Any time Rip!!

I use the dual antenna setup and the LTE Speed coverage Map App to locate the fastest tower near me then aim, test and enjoy all that unlimited Cell data!! If you choose to go that route you can buy the Pre-Configured router directly from UBIFI and save a ton of pain but it is a little more expensive. I configured mine myself but I did IT for 12 years. Your welcome to PM me and I'll help if I can.
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Old 10-23-2020, 04:45 PM   #15
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I just checked my Verizon speed 80.7 down 18.4 down. That’s 4G LTE.
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Old 10-23-2020, 05:08 PM   #16
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That’s an average and distance to cell tower makes a big difference . As I don’t choose to camp next to a cell tower and usually rely on picking up cell signal at a distance that’s great speed!! I get 80down and 25up when I’m close to a tower.
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Just as a side note...If you choose to go with external antennas, try to make sure you look for MIMO antennas. They allow Multiple In/Multiple Out like your cell phone. Typically, the speed will be much better than with a single channel. Boosters only use a single channel and can hurt your speed and bandwidth if you have a reasonable signal to start with. There's some really good info explaining how this works on Mobile Internet Resource Center and Techno RV.
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We don't full time, but on week days my wife is teaching her 4th. grade class in our trailer, via Zoom video conferencing. We purchased the portable hotspot device T9 Franklin from T-Mobile. The device was $84.00 and the monthly service charge for the most data (22GB) is about $85.00. So far it gets 5 bars all the time, you can hook up to 15 wifi devices on it (Our friends who were with us in their RV, and whose wife was also teaching her class used it at the same time my wife was), and it has a built in rechargeable 2450 mah battery. Works great for your smart TV when you want to use it for Netflix or other programming. So far it is working out great.
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