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Old 02-19-2015, 08:03 PM   #1
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Toss me your WIFI ideas...

We are Canadian and traveling in the USA means hefty internet and roaming charges when we use our phones. My $1000/weekend bills have been staggering, so clearly using our existing phones and data are not an option.

However we will be travelling and blogging through the US and aim not to rely on the McDonalds free wifi to get by.

What options do we have to get wifi access in the States, when we don't have US phones?

Anyone with experience in this?
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:32 PM   #2
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When you get to the US, get some pre-paid phones. Fifty bucks gets you a nice data package.
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:55 PM   #3
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This is what is CURRENTLY working for me and may not work for you...

I have a netzero mifi hotspot. It is a no contract. Cost me $23 including taxes for 1 GB per month and I can add more GB. I normally use the free wifi at the park but it goes down and I use the 1 GB in short order. I have gone thru 1.09GB since 1 day ago when I reset the meter on my laptop. In January, I had to buy an extra GB to get me thru the month while the park's wifi was down. I seriously think that they are using a signal jammer at the nearby airport (civilian and military use it). But living in Roswell may make me over suspicious of the Government. My daughter recently bought a no contract Straight talk mifi because she has a hard time connecting reliably to her park's internet. I think she is getting a little better rate than me. I cannot use the Straight Talk in Roswell as there is not antennas for it to run off of. NM sucks for cellular connection so we will wait until we head back east to find a cheaper solution.

The no contract wifi is cheaper than getting Verizon (your best bet for the most complete coverage) but no one plan will cover 100%. Until we stop traveling and settle back down in a mobile home park, it looks like we (Das Mel & I) will be running multiple no-contract hotspots. Once we get parked again, we will get broadband internet via a local cable company.

There is no one single solution for what you want to do. It all depends on how much money you have to spend, how many GB you need and where you will need wifi at. But I do think the no contract is what you need to be looking at since you will only need it for a short length of time and the contract plans have a hefty cancellation penalty.
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I have the "no contract" Straight Talk phone with everything unlimited for $45/mth. I selected this phone over a year ago because I knew I could unlock it and have been using it as my mobile hotspot. My data needs are a tad bit on the extreme side since I get all my TV, radio, and comms over the internet while I'm out on the road. I would guess my usage is about 10G/mth when traveling.
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How do you deal with Straight Talk's "throttling" after two or three gigs???
Lorna- at least here, Straight Talk uses the Verizon network.
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In Roswell, Straight Talk was using the Sprint towers. Then the Sprint towers shut down one day and never went back on line. Roswell had a lot of pissed off customers. I think Das Mel had service last time she was here though. So Straight Talk may have contracted with another carrier. Roswell is bad for cellphones. What works on one side of town doesn't work on the other. And the town is simply not that big.
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Roswell kinda has a reputation as a place with anomalies! ;)
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No, just mostly morons who can't drive, think or work. Can't hardly wait to leave this place. Only 199 more days until we leave. So much to do, so little time (and money).
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I'm a Canadian who is currently in the states. My phone is unlocked so I picked up a SIM card and $50/month package for Net10 wireless (Tracfone, essentially). It's been working fine so far, except for the occasional dead spots throughout the country.
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If you can find a clear internet WiFi hotspot that may work for you. they were bought out by sprint I have ones and be up to sell
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