Mobile WiFi On The Road

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Shirley K.'s Comment
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I've seen threads about this, but none that seemed conclusive for what I'm looking for....I would like a non-contract aircard/mobile hotspot option for on the truck. My phone/service provider (StraightTalk) doesn't allow me to use it as a hotspot. They offer a hotspot plan, but it is not good when roaming. Maybe that's the best I'll find, but I'm hoping for "everything everywhere you can get a signal with no commitment" sort of plan.

Your experiences?

Scott C.'s Comment
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I have a prepaid plan with verizon. I started with the 1gig $45/mnth plan. My phone is an older Moto G. Works good for hotspot. Only 3G, so not super fast. I ran out of data last month, so I upgraded to 2.5gig $60/mnth plan. So far, so good. I would usually have a signal, even when my trainer wouldn't with Sprint.

RedGator's Comment
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Ive bought both a Verizon mifi and a Straight talk wireless router straight from Walmart. My Verizon was a contract which i bought out bc i found them to be horrible and their customer service lacks. The ST worked well and its prepaid wifi. Plans range. They all go off the cell network so just like you dont have service everywhere neither is Internet.

Hudsonhawk's Comment
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Verizon nust changed their plans I get 12 gigs a month for about $140.00

It's worth it to me. I couldn't live without the interweb.

Kieran L.'s Comment
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Best I've found is T-Mobile. They have an unlimited data plan with 5GB of high-speed 4GLTE data plus unlimited music streaming through all the popular music streaming services (Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Apple Music, Rhapsody, Slacker, etc.) which doesn't count towards your 5GB high speed limit, for $40 a month. The same plan with only 1GB of 4G high speed (but still with the unlimited music streaming) is only $20 a month. If 5GB isn't enough, they have an 11GB version of the same plan for $70 a month. Also, their high-speed data service works all across the USA, Canada, and Mexico. I haven't found anything that beats T-Mobile for value.

As an aside, before trying T-Mobile, like many others I also had really terrible customer service experiences with Verizon in the past, not to mention they are way overpriced on everything. I refuse to ever deal with Verizon again personally.

Ride2BFree's Comment
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Best I've found is T-Mobile. They have an unlimited data plan with 5GB of high-speed 4GLTE data plus unlimited music streaming through all the popular music streaming services (Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Apple Music, Rhapsody, Slacker, etc.) which doesn't count towards your 5GB high speed limit, for $40 a month. The same plan with only 1GB of 4G high speed (but still with the unlimited music streaming) is only $20 a month. If 5GB isn't enough, they have an 11GB version of the same plan for $70 a month. Also, their high-speed data service works all across the USA, Canada, and Mexico. I haven't found anything that beats T-Mobile for value.

As an aside, before trying T-Mobile, like many others I also had really terrible customer service experiences with Verizon in the past, not to mention they are way overpriced on everything. I refuse to ever deal with Verizon again personally.

T-Mobil is BS. I got a great plan with them unlimited fast data. But it's on their servers only Many places in the U.S. They have no coverage. They don't even give you an option to pay for roaming. After 50 mb of roaming they lock out your data. For OTR driver T-Mobil is not an option. I'm stuck with them and now need to get additional phone or hotspot device to have data in more places.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Scott C.'s Comment
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I travel with 6 kids on the road full time in our RV. I have a Sprint Hotspot $55/mo. which is unlimited and no throttle cap! Some places in the US, Sprint doesn't have service so I purchase an unlimited no throttle service through OTR Mobile which uses AT&T towers at $60/mo.. We use close to 900GM per month and it never slows down. Both are great for streaming Netfix and Hulu. My boys run xbox live and I'm getting on average 30 download speeds and 10 up.

I know WeBoost can improve the signal as well x 32. It's a little pricey at $400, but you can find coupons online and it takes me from 1 bar to 3 bars in rural places.

So between the 2 hotspots, I'm up and running for just over $100/mo., but if I had to only choose 1, I'd go with OTR Mobile as AT&T has better coverage in the US, especially in the North West and Midwest where my sprint hotspot doesn't work. Sprint does work good on the East coast.

Happy Trails!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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