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Thoughts on Hot Spot vs: Samsung G5


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Got a 7 year old USB 727/CradlePoint 500. (Verizon) Works OK. 6G for $60. Have the printer on the router, and a couple of laptops. DW has a G2 on a plan with 2G data for $60. (a promo plan off contract in October) (no hot spot) She sometimes is at 2.1 G a month and Verizon gives her a credit and does not charge her for a overage. I am always under my 6G, usually 3-4G.

 

My USB 727 is one account and my DW has her account. Total is $62 for USB 727 (6G) $67 for DW phone (2G) $130 total.

 

Since the USB is 3G and that is going away, I am considering getting a Samsung G5 and using it for a hot spot and combining the two accounts. Right now there is 10G for $80 with line access, $15 for her phone since it is paid for and $21+$15 for the G5.

 

That is $80+$15+$21+15 which is $131 (plus some tax) a month for 10G with the DW using her G2 and me buying a S5 and using it for a hot spot and a phone.

 

Your thoughts are appreciated.

 

Jim

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I use a Note 4 for my hot spot and am very pleased with the speed etc. I would suggest at least looking at

a Note 4 vs the Galaxy 5. I have found that I am very happy with the larger size. I use it for lots of texing and internet

stuff a lot more then phone calls but when I do make and receive calls I put it on speaker and sit it down. Good Luck

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I use a Note 4 for my hot spot and am very pleased with the speed etc. I would suggest at least looking at

a Note 4 vs the Galaxy 5. I have found that I am very happy with the larger size. I use it for lots of texing and internet

stuff a lot more then phone calls but when I do make and receive calls I put it on speaker and sit it down. Good Luck

A matter of opinion. I prefer the smaller size of the G5...use my tablet for the other things.

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I had a 727 and a 5 G plan for years that worked wonderfully and I never came close to using that much data in a month. I now have a 290 4G modem and a 30 gig plan and I struggle to stay within 30 gigs each month. My habits haven't changed much and I have no idea where those 30 gigs go. I am not complaining, but functionally not much has changed. My point is that when you switch to 4G plan on more gigs.

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dzwiss: That is why I like routing through a router that tracks bandwidth usage. I can see the usage and which computers or devices are using it. In my case the router is a Pepwave Surf SOHO, but WifiRanger routers and some Cradlepoint routers will also track the usage. Once I know which one is using it I can investigate further

 

With 4G ads fully load, including those annoying video ads.

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dzwiss: That is why I like routing through a router that tracks bandwidth usage. I can see the usage and which computers or devices are using it. Once I know which one is using it I can investigate further.

The app "MyVerizon" on my phone also tracks usage by device to pinpoint problem areas.

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My Verizon gives some very useful info. Looking at my usage, I can tell that the modem is by far the largest user of data over all other 3 devices. Looking deeper, it gives a breakdown of types of usage by volume. It turns out that my biggest user of data is my email and news. Aha, I had been checking my email a few times per day by going directly to yahoo and checking each of my three accounts. Also, after signing out, it would open the yahoo news page, which I would peruse a couple times each day. As of late, this page would have many videos running on it without clicking on a particular article. Well, this month, I decided to use the mail app on my computer, instead of signing into yahoo each time I check email. So far this month my usage graph is way behind the days in period graph. It looks as though yahoo news and yahoo mail were the culprits. I wonder if I was downloading all of my stored emails each time I signed in?

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