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Wifi Hotspots Vs Satelite Internet

Mar 10, 2019 11:29AM PDT

Hi everyone,
I've been doing a lot of searching over the past few weeks about wifi hotspots. I've never had one; I've never had the need for one. The reason I'm searching about them is they were mentioned by a friend of mine for my mother who lives in the boonies and the only thing available to her is HughesNet satellite Internet. She currently has it and it's quite expensive, restrictive, and very slow. The only cell phone provider that gets a signal where she is would be Verizon.

So I was thinking, what about a Verizon hotspot? I've read conflicting reports on this. She does not use much data at all. In fact, I'd be surprised if she would use 1GB. She just does normal browsing. She is not used to being able to steam, etc as you really can't with satellite internet anyway. The satellite Internet bill is up to $59.99 a month for slow service; painfully slow. Given Verizon gets a good signal there, would a wifi hotspot be an alternative? She does not own a cell phone but was thinking if she did, it would obviously have to be Verizon..but for right now, she's still attached to her landline.

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Normal browsing is now data hungry.
Mar 10, 2019 12:31PM PDT

I used a few web page size tools and I'm picking the number of 0.25 megabytes for web pages today.

Hit Yahoo 4 times and that's a megabyte. In a month it would be too easy to break through 1GB and we didn't even watch a video on YouTube.

Videos on say 1080p exceed 1GB per hour.

My cheapest cell plan is Unreal and I use their GSM AT&T towers. https://www.androidguys.com/featured/opinion/unreal-mobile-review-cheap-cell-phone-plan/ agrees with my findings. It slows down as I hit the stops.

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You're on the right track
May 30, 2019 8:32AM PDT

A Verizon hotspot would be a good option. I'd go with a good modem, maybe the Verizon Global Modem USB730L ($80), and pricing starts at $20/month for data and you can add 2 GB of incremental data for $10 more ($30/4GB, $40/6GB etc).

If the increased speeds and consistency make you/your mom want to use more data. I recommend you check out Blazing Hog Wireless. They are a Verizon reseller and can offer unlimited Verizon data for $100/month. If you go directly through Verizon they cant offer you this deal.

Post was last edited on May 30, 2019 8:36 AM PDT

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