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Dependent Internet & phone or divorce?
April 22, 2013
10:02 pm
Denise M. Stephenson

Seriously, it’s driving us nuts!  We have had Sprint when they had unlimited data and we used pdanet which worked great but then we were in 5 states up in the northwest and had no service at all – phone or internet.  We were at a Sam’s Rally and a Verizon Rep told him that we could get same package with Verizon and have a hotspot!  So we thought, okay, better coverage and we bought a Iphone.  Well, in one week, we were getting messages saying we had used up 1/2 of our allowance.  Long story short, the first bill (which was only for 2 weeks was almost $1000.  They said we had used 12 GB.  

Yes, we do use the internet a lot, and download games, books, pics, etc.  We have a laptop, desktop, ipad and 2 smartphones.  As of now, we have pageplus but we have no internet unless we are at a park which stinks because theirs is usually terrible!


I tried and suceeded in jailbreaking iphone and got his phone to be a hotspot, allthough when the battery died, so did the service and I can’t figure out how to get it back, but it wasn’t very fast and frankly, his phone is now always here at the motorhome.  He thinks I can fix anything on the computer because like most hubbies, he has not patience.  We need unlimited internet, phone service!  Some people have told us to get satellite internet but won’t you still need a provider?  And is that still gonna be on a limited plan?  Can you get internet through your directtv?  Please help!  I’m having surgery next week, and we really got to get this fixed.  I’ve looked at tmobile and others but I get so confused.  I really liked pdanet when we had our Samsung Epic 4gs but the phones kept breaking down because the plug in for the charge would wear out!  HELP!!!!!

April 24, 2013
10:06 pm
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There is no perfect answer for Internet while traveling. We had satellite when we first hit the road in 2003 – it was the best option then. Not now. It’s still limited, and it’s slow. Verizon is definitely the way to go now … and to use park Wi-Fi when you can find it.
$1,000 for 12 GB is excessive. Most plans today offer overages at $10/GB which would mean $120. We have an unlimited data plan on our Verizon Droid Razrs – so FoxFi/Pdanet is a great option for us.
If I were in your shoes, I’d check into They have a 20GB/mo plan for $70. I believe it uses Verizon, but you’d need to check on that.

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