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post Jul 19 2012, 04:09 PM
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I'm hoping that some of you with more experience can give me a hand.

My wife and I camp about 2 months per year. We use iPhones, an iPad, and a laptop on the road. We are fairly heavy internet users (but no big downloads like movies), and are tired of flaky/non-existent CG wifi, so I'm thinking about how to fix that. Since our current cell contracts are about to roll over and we'll be getting new phones anyway, I'm wondering if hotspot capable phones will be the solution, or if there another way to go that's better.

I'm thinking we can just use the new phones to feed the pad and the laptop. We can continue to use CG wifi when it's good, but use our own when it isn't. We need to have the new phones anyway, so this seems better than a stand alone hotspot device, especially since we only need it for limited periods, so it would be hard to justify buying and paying a contract fee for another device. Am I missing something, or does that sound reasonable. A contract with enough bandwidth shouldn't be an issue.

While I'm at it, I assume Verizon is more likely to have good service in typical rural areas, but is that the case? We currently have AT&T but will probably switch, partly due to local issues where we live.
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jan-n-john   Best Internet Solution Using Cell Service   Jul 19 2012, 04:09 PM
Lindsay Richards   Which cell phone provider do you have and what are...   Jul 19 2012, 05:59 PM
jan-n-john   Which cell phone provider do you have and what ar...   Jul 20 2012, 07:23 AM
Denali   Our current ATT contract is up about the same time...   Jul 20 2012, 09:53 AM
Denali   If you compare their coverage pages, Verizon has t...   Jul 19 2012, 06:00 PM
joez   We have Verizon MiFi, Sprint smart phones with hot...   Jul 19 2012, 06:32 PM
Lindsay Richards   Consider getting a WiFi antenna to increase your u...   Jul 19 2012, 07:28 PM
DXSMac   I have had Verizon since 2009 and have been happy ...   Jul 20 2012, 09:07 AM
Lastrick   We have been using a Verizon MiFi device for over ...   Jul 20 2012, 08:11 PM
Denali   ...We used our Droid Bionic as a hotspot a couple ...   Jul 21 2012, 09:45 AM
DXSMac   We have been using a Verizon MiFi device for over...   Jul 21 2012, 10:26 AM
Denali   Ok, what is the difference between MiFi and my ce...   Jul 21 2012, 12:44 PM
jan-n-john   The MiFi is a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. You can co...   Jul 21 2012, 01:23 PM
Denali   My question is, what if anything does a stand alo...   Jul 21 2012, 04:09 PM
Lindsay Richards   I think Verizon is your best bet. The 5 gigs shoul...   Jul 20 2012, 08:48 PM
jan-n-john   I think Verizon is your best bet. The 5 gigs shou...   Jul 21 2012, 09:46 AM
rbrumfield   You may want to take a look at this company if you...   Jul 22 2012, 03:34 PM
BJMA   I have Cincinnati Bell Wireless. CBW is a little d...   Jul 26 2012, 05:51 PM
Lindsay Richards   Which app are you using?   Jul 26 2012, 06:23 PM
BJMA   Which app are you using? one is called FoxFi, b...   Jul 26 2012, 08:42 PM

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