Wifi At The Truck Stops

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Wilson's Comment
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Well I would like to hear from those of you that have rented wifi time at the truck stops. How good was your service? Did your pages load quickly? Were you able to watch You Tube or anything similar without it stopping to buffer??

Anyway..... [rant on]

I can't believe the quality of the wifi at these truck stops. Granted, I've only tried two so far, but I am beginning to believe it will NEVER be any more than that. I rented a 24-hour block yesterday and I couldn't even get the IP to resolve. Hence, NO INTERNET. So giving them the benefit of the doubt that perhaps I wasn't parked close enough to the building, I tried again today at a different truck stop. Whoopee!!! I found a parking space right next to the building! I got all signed up and paid for another 24 hours. I can't believe this rip off! A simple web page takes about 3 minutes to load (or more). Here I thought since You Tube eats up my data from my phone hotspot, I would be slick and just rent the wifi. Almost NOTHING works. How in the world can they call this "high speed Internet"?????? Bah!!! I just can't believe this. How do they get away with a scam like this?????

[/rant off]

I feel better now.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Eckoh's Comment
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That is why i will never change my cell phone plan.. I have one of the very old Verizon plans that has true unlimited internet, no speed throttling or anything.

Jason B.'s Comment
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That's not good. How much did it cost?

Jopa's Comment
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How good was your service?

My experience is that it's not worth the money ... more than once I'd go back to the counter to get a refund (not much money, maybe $2.50 for a very limited time) and they would quickly become aggravated with me - "You need to call the 800 number for support - we can't do anything for you ,,,"

"Yes you can, you can give back my money you just took for a service you are not capable of providing, that's what you can do ..."

After a few dirty looks, and because I can be very obnoxious (but you TT people NEVER saw that side of me, right?) they would usually give me my money back ... bottom line, I never found truck stops to be worth the trouble ... now free WiFi at place like Wendy's is usually better (and the cost is right) unless the Windy's is integrated into a truck stop in which case they aren't allowed to offer free WiFi 'cause it cuts into the truck stop's action ...

Jopa

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Jared McClure's Comment
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You're better off just finding a Denny's or McDonalds that has free wifi, as their speeds tend to be better than the truck stop wifi. And from what I've noticed, even the Denny's and McDonalds in the truck stops typically offer free wifi.

Jason B.'s Comment
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Has anyone tried the wireless internet in there truck? I am looking into it monthy doesn't seem bad but the initial cost of a new satalite seems to be about $1200

Mr. Smith's Comment
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Has anyone tried the wireless internet in there truck? I am looking into it monthy doesn't seem bad but the initial cost of a new satalite seems to be about $1200

the other day I was at the red light and saw wifi on the side of the buss... I thought. Hmmm. so I tried to connect. It was visible on the wifi list but couldnt connect because the light turned green and I was too busy paying attention to what was going on instead of the wifi. But I too am interested in the "In Truck" situation.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Has anyone tried the wireless internet in there truck? I am looking into it monthy doesn't seem bad but the initial cost of a new satalite seems to be about $1200

That's not the way to go. Just go with Verizon or AT&T. Unless you need Internet 100% of the time without exception and you're willing to pay a ton of money for it.

Wilson's Comment
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That's not the way to go. Just go with Verizon or AT&T. Unless you need Internet 100% of the time without exception and you're willing to pay a ton of money for it.

Yup. That's what I thought. And that's what I have; Verizon. I get a 4G+ Internet connection using a wifi hotspot with my phone. It's really wonderful. It is the problem of things like You Tube eating my data like there is no tomorrow that I am trying to remedy.

The free wifi at certain locations *is* an alternative when it presents itself. The free wifi at our Melton terminals is always pleasant, as well.

At least I got to rant a little.....

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Why not just pay the $20/month with Verizon or ATT & buy the jetpack or whatever it's called? That gives you high speed internet on its own line, not shared with the cell phone, & you have when & where you want.

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