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Old 03-21-2007, 06:50 AM   #11
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When I first got my software & cable from Motorola, after I got it all set up and logged on for the first time, I noticed that the connection went through Verizon as opposed to Alltel (my plan provider). As my Alltel plan is pretty much a no-frills basic package, I suspected that I would get charged for using a service by Verizon (like access fees or roaming charges).
I immediately logged off and waited until my free nights & weekend minutes started, logged on for 10 minutes and noted the date & time I logged on. Then, I went to my local Alltel office and had them look at my account to see what if anything I had been charged for that date & time (I feared the big bill, too).
Alltel's answer was: "NO CHARGE". I performed the same experiment during prime peak hours and received the same answer, so I continue to use this method today despite the slow 14.4 speed. For the most part, I can work around the slow speed as a trade-off for free, unlimited internet.
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:55 PM   #12
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I like to use Wild Blue. I used it last year while on the road out west. i was able to get dsl speed anywhere I wanted. It was alittle costly $300 for the dish and modem, $125 for the install (they insisted on doing. wich was good all i had to do was point where I wanted it and it was there in 15 minutes.), and $65 a month. I found it worth the $$$ for I was allways able to stop and work when I needed. I have to be able to have my work with me in able to be able to keep the $$$ coming in.
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Old 04-04-2007, 07:47 PM   #13
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I also bought a wireless router and hooked it up to my satellite modem and I am able to connect all 4 of my computers. That way I was able to use my 2 desktops or my to laptops. I can sit in the middle of Wyoming and surf like I am in a house.

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Old 04-04-2007, 11:01 PM   #14
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See I think that's where the confusion comes in on their part. They aren't sure if I am using Q2N, 1X, or EV-DO. To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure either.
Well, if you are dialing up to Netzero then you are just using plan minutes, or free minutes... If you are dialing up #777 then you may be on one of Verizon's networks.... at that point it should ask you which net you want to use...and only the quick-2-net is going to be free or cheap, and that will only connect at 14.4k... You are not on Verizon networks if you are dialing an ISP's number...you only get charged data fee's when dialing #777....

If you click on National Access which is their 1xrtt net, then you will have much faster speeds, up to 288k and an average around 100k++ which twice as fast as a 56k dial-up...this is the one they try and nail you on. To get on their EVDO you would have to have a phone capable of EVDO (my new phone is, but I haven't tried it yet....don't wanna get nailed for $$ either)...
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:53 AM   #15
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My phone is capable of EVDO but I disabled it using menu 0000000 and network select. It EATS batteries to be on EVDO, especially in a spotty area like mine where it will hunt. My old phone was the same way switching from analog to digital. 4 hours of doing that constantly and my battery was a goner.

I've never tried the 777 thing....I know some people manage to do it for free, but it comes at a huge risk that I'm not willing to take.

As for dialing my own ISP....sometimes I think I know more than Verizon. The most intelligent sounding person I got was with tech support, not customer service meaning he spoke English and knew what I was talking about without flipping through some flowchart in front of him. He is the one that said it would be free.
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:05 PM   #16
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I'm using the EvDO air card and it's everything I dreamed it would be. My company pays $69/mo and despite hearing some horror stories about bandwidth capping from Verizon, I have never had a complaint from them about my rather heavy usage. I don't do file trading, but Second Life and internet radio fairly often on the connection with no issues.
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:39 PM   #17
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That's interesting to hear because I sure have heard plenty of horror stories. The connection is unlimited in terms of time of connection, but is capped in terms of actual bandwidth usage or something like that. Either way...I sure can't afford $70 per month for service that can't keep pace with my $20 per month 3mbps cable at home and I don't even have a laptop. It was easy to tether my phone to the desktop, but a wi-fi card would be a bit more tricky.
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:10 PM   #18
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Actually, a USB WiFi external unit like I use is simple enough...just pop it into a USB port....

I've looked at the Air Card, and if push comes to shove I'll get one...I'm already on Verizon now, so I'd only have to pay $59 per month...but right now I've got a free connection at the campground via my WiFi and it's been working great (and free) for 9 months now!!
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