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  1. Awww.. thanks for the kind words, Jules! Here's also a guide that goes over the differences between hot spotting off a smartphone, using a mobile hotspot device and routers: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/cellular-devices Setting up a hotspot device is pretty easy, basically purchase it, subscribe to a data plan that meets your needs, turn it on and connect your computers to the network it creates.
  2. You have a difficult challenge here. You have high bandwidth but critical needs (working remotely, video conferencing), but only setting out for a 5 week trip (at least to start). So it's not likely worth the effort to invest in a high end setup (such as the video above, which is also the setup we essentially use). Unless you are committed to a longer term adventure. Also keep in mind, National Parks are not known for having much connectivity. Here's our specific guide to your scenario - Part Time / High Bandwidth Needs
  3. The Netgear MIMO antenna has not been updated, there's not a newer model - still the same one. If you're using a hotspot device with T-S9 ports, it's a great option. For it's price point and not needing installation - it's a great value and performer. And there are also many other approaches to antennas in all sorts of form factors and price points. Relevant Links: Netgear MIMO Antenna Selecting Cellular Antennas - Cherie
  4. Here's our top pick data plans guide - constantly updated with the options, use the 'Routers' filter to narrow down the options for your router. Top Pick Data Plans Both T-Mobile and AT&T offer 100GB plans now for $50-55/month. - Cherie
  5. StraighTalk primarily sells smartphone plans, which aren't authorized for use in routers.
  6. Here's our guide to resources for researching in advance for expected connectivity in your RV travels: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/travelplanning
  7. Absolutely... the guide I linked to above goes over why boosters can result in lower data speeds in many situations. Especially with a 4x4 MIMO device like the M2000. View the 'MIMO vs Boosters' video within.
  8. No, it does not have antenna ports. It can be used with a booster, but a booster only covers some of T-Mobile's frequency bands and is not alway optimal for data performance. More on boosters: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/boosters
  9. Thanks for the mentions of the resource center Since your focus is on video streaming (which is very data intensive), here's our specific guide to that with some tips - including using screen casting to mirror: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/tv - Cherie
  10. This is just one of the many many 'global SIM' companies out there, similar to Skyroam, that gives you easy international access. In the US, the data pricing gets.. well, there are better options.
  11. That's the fine print.. but as we updated in the article and latest video: "Updated: We have multiple reports of the $40 surcharge not being charged. " And indeed, the plan STILL hasn't shown up on their postpaid site, but it is on their prepaid. And plenty of people have gotten the plan by calling in or going to a store. It is a limited time offer (no disclosed end date), so if you want the plan be sure to snag it. - Cherie
  12. Thanks for sharing our article. For clarity... you do NOT have to use the new M2000 mobile hotspot device to get this plan. You only need that if you want access to T-Mobile's 5G coverage. And it is available for 50% off if you sign up to pay $7/mo extra for 2 years. If you're good with LTE coverage, there are plenty of other compatible devices, even some with B71 support. - Cherie
  13. In the free video in the below guide, we share about modem specifications and how they impact performance. At the end, we show head to head comparisons of several generations of Verizon mobile hotspot devices as an example: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/lte-modems By the way, we also have Visible vs Prepaid vs Postpaid testing results available in our Visible review: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/visible
  14. Visibles plans are still available with unlimited on device data, unlimited mobile hotspot capped at 5 Mbps for one connected device (but rarely enforced) and video throttled to 480p. They're a great value, and one of our top pick data plans. Here's our full review: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/visible
  15. I would recommend a different router/modem for use with that plan. A couple months ago T-Mobile started blocking the Telit Cat-18 modem used in Peplink and Cradlepoint routers from their flat rate unlimited plans, including 3rd party reseller plans. The service that Rene has discussed here is just a typical 3rd party reseller selling bulk rate unlimited plans - and this reseller has been around a while. There are many others out there like them. To answer the original question of this thread - there should be no risk in dropping smartphone lines from a prepaid account that has a grandfathered unlimited Jetpack line on it. Of course, if you reduce the number of lines to a single line, you will lose your multi-line discount. - Cherie
  16. Network management and throttling is an often confusing subjects. Here's our full guide to "unlimited" plans and what is currently out there: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/unlimited
  17. The old gUDPs (grandfathered unlimited data plans) haven't been able to survive the transfer of liability process in a couple of years now. They'll just revert to a 2GB plan and you'll lose the unlimited data component, never able to get it back. However, these plans continue to just work as unlimited high speed hotspot data if you put them in a Jetpack or router. So if your goal is unlimited hotspot use, you could consider that. However, keeping your phone number or porting it out is very difficult while still keeping the plan. For more on these plans: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/gudp And for all our news on 5G, including Verizon's most recent new plans: http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/5g/
  18. Thanks for the links folks .. truly appreciated Video conferencing is possible, but it's a tough one to setup for - because you need fast & reliable download AND upload speeds. And a LOT of data. I see our video streaming guide has been posted, but that one is focused on streaming things like Netflix. Which is download focused. We have another guide specific to Video Conferencing and Broadcasting. And because this question is also about working remotely - I'll link to our resource collection appropriate for those setting up for this, which also includes the Video Conferencing Guide: Working Remotely over Mobile Internet
  19. We stayed in Fredericksburg for a month late last year (lovely area!). We found that during the week, any of our four cellular carriers worked fine with our roof mounted MIMO antennas. But during the weekends when the crowds exploded, almost all carriers ground to a halt. We were able to get Sprint usable during that time with a directional MIMO antenna to our 8000 hotspot. - Cherie
  20. We have no reports of AT&T taking action for high data use or use of the Mobley plan in hotspot devices or routers.
  21. Thanks for the sweet comment about our Mobile Internet Resource Center! Right on the front page we actually have some brand new videos out on these exact topics - current best data plans, the truth about unlimited data plans and TV & Video streaming. Between those, you should gain a lot of knowledge.
  22. To address the original question as to which is best - hot spotting off a smartphone, or using a Jetpack - here is our guide to the pros & cons of both approaches: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/guides/mifijetpack-usb-modem-or-smartphone-hotspotting/ And for the above mentioned video & guide on MIMO vs Boosters, you'll find that here: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/guides/understanding-and-optimizing-cellular-signal/
  23. Exciting times for sure! We published yesterday our reality check for how Starlink can play a role in an RVer's mobile internet setup - and timeline: https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/satellite-internet-update-starlink-is-exciting-but-reality-check-needed-for-rvers-and-cruisers/
  24. In some locations Sprint is fine.. even better than the other carriers if they're saturated. All depends on where you are traveling and how important internet access is to you. For us, they're a back-up option (we're using the Calyx unlimited plan - http://www.rvmobileinternet.com/nonprofit). Our primary are AT&T and Verizon. - Cherie
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