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Obviously you are always near larger cities.  Try being in Birch Bay, WA, or Monroe, WA, or at the Timber Valley Co-OP in Sutherlin, OR, or .....

I would love to be able to stream - but in reality it just isn't possible to be sure that you have that ability all of the time.

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Oh, we still have our reciever and portable dish. We are on pay as you go anyway. But ever since we got the Verzion pre pay we been streaming. And most times we are near major cities due to my work. We like streaming much better also. So much better selection. And verses cost, it is less money. We saving $100 or better a month streaming. 

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29 minutes ago, Barbaraok said:

Obviously you are always near larger cities. 

We are often totally away from any cell service at all. 

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Not so.....I’ve been in extreme remote areas and with a cellular booster and high gain yagi antenna I’ve never not had service with one of my hotspots....Tmobile, AT&T or Verizon......yup, you got to have choices in provider

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I'm guessing you don't boondock far off highways in the West.  I'm less than 30 minutes away from areas with absolutely no service on any carrier.  For those trips we download at home to play later.  Saves on the cell usage too.

 

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Just got back from a week in SE Utah. My Verizon phone displayed this big capital R where it should say 4g, and a capital H above the two little arrows that flash when you're actually getting data. A dire warning comes up and tells me I'm roaming, and  I'll be billed through the roof for every megabyte of data I use. 

Soo.. I knew roaming applied to foreign countries, but not the continental US.  I texted Verizon and was told no, I won't be charged for that.  I better not be.  Then why do they still display these ominous warnings??? It's not like I'm on the Mexican border picking up a tower in Juarez.  Who's supplying the roaming service?

R means roaming, but I never did figure out what the H was.  The hotspot wouldn't work, I had to use my phone.  Very slow on any kind of videos.  Definitely no streaming.  I need my  dish!!

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The roaming "warning" is provided by the phone as a user protection feature.  The phone doesn't really know your carrier's policies.  It used to be that rural carriers would rape roaming users with charges over $1 per minute.  So phones had to be able to warn you.  Currently, I believe all Verizon plans have free roaming, though they will cancel you if you roam excessively and constantly.

Lack of a good connection is common all over the West.  We always download a bunch of TV shows and movies to the devices before leaving.  If streaming breaks, we watch the stuff that's local on the computers/tablets.

 

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