Can I Get Wifi On My Truck?

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Sid V.'s Comment
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I used to game also. I've tried hotspots, I bought a separate router from att, I've tried truck stop internet and none of them were strong enough to handle gaming.

The only thing that I could find that worked was truck stop internet where you literally had to go into the truck stop to use it, otherwise the signal is too weak from the parking lot.

Anyways, if you find something that works, let me know.

Rick S.'s Comment
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I've looked into that Jet Pack and I don't think it really serves any purpose that your cell phone can't do. It's just a hotspot. I have to use my phone for Internet full time at my house and I looked into it but couldn't find any advantage to it. If you wanted to use Verizon's cell service for Internet but didn't have a phone, that Jet Pack is what you would use. But if you already have a Verizon phone just use your phone as a hotspot for your laptop.

Jetpack (and similar devices) are dedicated hotspots. ATT is the only phone provider that uses separate channels for voice & data (so it's the only network you can talk & surf at the same time).

I use ATT for phones - and a "pay as you go plan" for my JetPack. It performs better for "pure data" (overall), than hotspotting a phone, and handles multiple devices simultaneously, better than a phone will.

That being said - a lot of this is purely a financial matter. If you have an "all you can eat" plan on your phone - USE IT (though most plans will clamp speed after a certain amount of data).

Verizon has better data connectivity nationwide, than most other providers.

Rick

Chris M's Comment
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I've looked into that Jet Pack and I don't think it really serves any purpose that your cell phone can't do. It's just a hotspot. I have to use my phone for Internet full time at my house and I looked into it but couldn't find any advantage to it. If you wanted to use Verizon's cell service for Internet but didn't have a phone, that Jet Pack is what you would use. But if you already have a Verizon phone just use your phone as a hotspot for your laptop.

I have a desktop computer in my truck, hooked up to my TV, and I have a jetpack. Reasoning is that Verizon throttles your wifi hotspot after 15gb per month. So I can connect my computer to my jetpack, use the 15gb, and then still have my phone to use as a Hotspot for another 15gb if needed.

ATT is the only phone provider that uses separate channels for voice & data (so it's the only network you can talk & surf at the same time).

Rick

That's actually not true. I have Verizon and I can talk and use the internet at the same time with no problem.

Rick S.'s Comment
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That's actually not true. I have Verizon and I can talk and use the internet at the same time with no problem.

My bad - the newer 4GLEt network allows this on most phones now.

One of the reason I dumped them for ATT years ago. My verizon rep told me only 3% of users need to talk & surf - I'm one of those 3%.

Haven't looked into it lately - I stand corrected.

Verizon nationally (on average) has better data connectivity and bandwidth than other providers.

Rick

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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I get 15gigs a month with att.and just using it to do my banking stuff eats a lot of that up.I checked into that router and it costs 249 to sign up and another 200 a month. Pretty pricey. Though I can use my phone for most of it I hate the small screen. I've been trying to find some place to use my laptop to get more gigs but haven't seem to explain to att service . They seem to go deer in the headlight look. I tried to get a tech guy on the phone but he said he didn't know of anything that would work. I'm going to keep checking to find something that will work and won't deflate my banking account.

Raptor

Jamie's Comment
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I personally use straight talk, which the phone I got used Verizon. Prepaid monthly. "Unlimited Data", but they look into not after 65gigs. Over all it's not bad, but can be spotty at times depending on the area.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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You use up 15 gigabytes banking. You must be running the New York stock exchange out of your truck. Lol

I get 15gigs a month with att.and just using it to do my banking stuff eats a lot of that up.I checked into that router and it costs 249 to sign up and another 200 a month. Pretty pricey. Though I can use my phone for most of it I hate the small screen. I've been trying to find some place to use my laptop to get more gigs but haven't seem to explain to att service . They seem to go deer in the headlight look. I tried to get a tech guy on the phone but he said he didn't know of anything that would work. I'm going to keep checking to find something that will work and won't deflate my banking account.

Raptor

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Having the jetpack along with your phone as your hotspot will allow for more data, as the plans provide x amount of data per device. Once you eat through the amount of data provided without throttling, you can then use the other device for the same amount of data at good speeds. Nearly all plans say unlimited data, most are not unlimited without some kind of throttling, reducing connection speeds, which would suck for gaming.

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