2020 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally - April 20 - 26, 2020 - Sevierville/Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!

Members Login
Username 
 
Password 
    Remember Me  
Post Info TOPIC: Unlimited data plan-keep it or drop it


RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 143
Date:
Unlimited data plan-keep it or drop it


We are about realize the full-time dream after two years of planning/prep. I have studied the excellent books and information provided in this forum and am grateful for your shared experiences. Based on the latest discussions, we will initially invest in hardware to pull in cell service based data and take wifi as it is available.  I plan to purchase the weBoost Drive 4G-X when available to pull in the signal and a AT&T Unite Pro to produce a wifi hotspot inside the bus.

Here is what we have:

2 - iPads wifi only

1 - iMac Desktop

1 - iPhone 4 on a 2GB data plan

1 - iPhone 6 on a grandfathered unlimited plan

My current data usage on the unlimited plan is less than 1GB a month and I am considering ditching it and bundling data. Is it worth keeping? If I could transfer it to an iPad with cell capability, I could see the value in keeping it, but not a phone.  

Also, with my planned set-up, is there any benefit to adding a router like the wifiRanger GO without the external antenna system?



__________________

USAF Retired 2010. Began full timing June 2015. 2007 Allegro Bus 40QSP with 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland TOAD. Our blog: keepingupwiththejonesrv.blogspot.com. 



RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 258
Date:

Your data usage is going to go way up on the road. That is a perfect personal hotspot. IMHO, I would keep it.

Jim

__________________

Jim & Diana

2007 Colorado 31 RL  5th wheel

2008 F350 Larait SRW 6.4L Diesel, crew cab, long box - PullRite Superglide 15K hitch

Follow us at:  http://www.exploRVistas.com



RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 198
Date:

Many on the road would love to have an unlimited plan. Why don't you keep it initially and then make a decision regarding it after you find your routine of usage on the road. Many say CG wifi is so unreliable, and you will likely want the security for banking etc of your own personal internet etc.

Like Jim says IMHO I'd keep it, at least initially, you might be very glad you did.

__________________
Breathtaking Alberta. Her Mountains Draw You But Her People Bring You Back


RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 115
Date:

Howdy Howdy Gpndavid,

I can't say one way or the other about keeping your unlimited plan, but I can agree with Diana & Jim.

When we're in the s&b our monthly usage was between 3 to almost 5 gig per month. So that's what we were looking for (5 gig) to go on the road FT. The lowest we could get thru our carrier ( Verizon ) at that time was the Jetpack MIFI with 10 gig. So, that's the way we went and I also remember telling the Verizon folks "we will never use that much". The response from the Verizon folks " well if you do, you also have 2 gig you can use on your new Iphones".  Now after being FT since this past Thanksgiving, we have had to use the Iphones to finish out 2 different months. I wouldn't have believed it, but most people do use more, much more ! Just saying !!!     



__________________

Larry & Brenda Burton + Skeeter the Toy Poodle

FT'in since Thanksgiving 2014

2006 Newmar Scottsdale 32' for sale or trade for at least

a 40' DP of same value.

 

 

 



RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 679
Date:

Keep in mind two things about the unlimited iPhone plans:

1) AT&T is currently throttling usage after a few GB (ie. they slow your speeds down). This SHOULD be changing very soon with the new FCC rulings and lawsuits pending.

2) The unlimited data is on device only - you can't use it to as a mobile hotspot to get your other devices online.

As such, would recommend switching to an AT&T Mobile Share plan with your iPhones and Unite Pro (great hotspot). Unless you think you'll be able to use a LOT of data on device, then the unlimited plan may be worth keeping. Just attaching an HDMI out cable into a TV could make your iPhone a nice media player for Netflix and such once/if AT&T drops the throttling.


A router? All depends on your needs and how many devices you're trying to connect up. With just one computer and two iPads, and only one internet input source (AT&T hotspot) it may be overkill.. unless you decide you need a WiFi as WAN device to bring in outside WiFi sources too.

www.rvmobileinternet.com/overview is our overview article that talks about this stuff, if anyone is interested.

- Cherie



-- Edited by Technomadia on Sunday 15th of March 2015 04:50:41 PM

__________________

Cherie (and Chris) / Our blog: Technomadia.com

Full time since 2006 as Gen-X 'technomads' (technology enabled nomads)

RV Mobile Internet Resource Center (unbiased information by RVers for RVers)

zephyr_pixel.jpgRV: 1961 GM 4106 Bus

Toad: 2009 MINI Cooper



RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 143
Date:

Thanks all for the sage advice. The new AT&T Share plan with rollover should work well for us based on our current and projected usage. Unlimited data sounds good, but it's just a phone...no tethering..no hotspot. Oh well...
Chris/Cherie, Your books are great reference materials and I appreciate your continued inputs to help folks. I hope to share some vino around a campfire with you guys one day. I'll bring the box!

__________________

USAF Retired 2010. Began full timing June 2015. 2007 Allegro Bus 40QSP with 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland TOAD. Our blog: keepingupwiththejonesrv.blogspot.com. 



RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 143
Date:

WeBoost is showing price of $999.99 for the Drive 4G-X. Not sure it is worth 3X what the Drive 4G-M costs.

__________________

USAF Retired 2010. Began full timing June 2015. 2007 Allegro Bus 40QSP with 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland TOAD. Our blog: keepingupwiththejonesrv.blogspot.com. 



RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 195
Date:

Mitch sez STOP.!!!! (and read CAREFULLY!)

Gpndavid wrote:

Thanks all for the sage advice. The new AT&T Share plan with rollover should work well for us based on our current and projected usage. Unlimited data sounds good, but it's just a phone...no tethering..no hotspot. Oh well...
Chris/Cherie, Your books are great reference materials and I appreciate your continued inputs to help folks. I hope to share some vino around a campfire with you guys one day. I'll bring the box!


 

Yeah, I thought I wouldn't need MY AT&T unlimited plan anymore.

Absolutely glad I kept it.

Before we sold S&B we lived through Hurricane Sandy, and our Copper/DSL was down for 5 months (until they finally put FIOS- fiber in).

We survived on that unlimited data plan.

Remember one thing. YOU ARE GRANDFATHERED. (AT AT&T) , you CAN upgrade your phone (if its a year old or more), but you CANNOT EVER go BACK once you go off the unlimited data

Right now I wish Cheryl had an unlimited data plan on her account too, but she doesn't.

 

And when we got on the road, we did buy the millenicom (now defunct) verizon 20GB data plan.  VERY GOOD.

 

Since the boondocking rally in Arcadia (started Feb 8th),we've STILL been here (see our blog).. because of a broken weld on our PinBox.

 

In Feb, we used about 36 gig between the two accounts.

... I knew there was a reason I wanted to upgrade the OS on my android tablet, but why when not on CG wifi?!)

Oh, yes, we do have a wifi-ranger Go, and definitely recommend it, especially with the new software upgrade.

And yes, we do tether (see junefabrics.com, as well as as foxfi.com)

For years I used pdanet (junefabrics)  until foxfi came along (and these are some of the only android programs I've ever paid for!)

about 2-3 years ago I did need to physically tether to one pc, but since foxfi, all has been quite good, and very few complaints from carrier (but I do do a *data# every few days or so to log my usage).

Yes, sometimes (after 8-12 GB) AT&T slows down, but I've found in all those cases, rebooting the phone helps, and resets it.

And the advantages of the WFR-GO let you keep everything on one internal network (in case you share files/documents with each other and tablets and local wifi printers.

We will likely retire my Samsung Galaxy S II (yes a 2!) that has actually dropped off a scaffold 30 ft in the air during retail store construction) and survived (because of the Otterbox defender case- which did die!), and convert it to a T-mobile (walmart) backup hotspot.

So yeah, data is as important to us as it is to Cherie and Chris (at technomadia).

Again.. IMHO, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't screw yourselves and get rid of the grandfathered AT&T PLAN

Mitch B.

 

 

 



__________________

--------MitchB----------

The formerly silent and lurkier half of CherylbRV, but now on his own ID, and now ONTHEROAD...

 



RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 33
Date:

Keep in mind I am not full time...

We were on the grandfathered Verizon unlimited plan and pretty much between, tablet and two phones only using on a high month about 5GB of data. We changed the plan to the everything plan. We saved almost $70 and opted for the 15GB plan with the two phones and tablet. We still average 3-4GB now but included in the plan is Mobile Hostspot so we will be using that for laptop use when on the road.

It's enough for us at this point and if it changes in the future we can upgrade the plan anytime for more data. Will get a better feel for what is needed when we take our month long trip in September.

Good Luck!

__________________

______________________________________

Jay & Jazz

Along the Way with J&J

Our Facebook

1994 Fleetwood Tioga (Lady T)

Page 1 of 1  sorted by
 
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.

Tweet this page Post to Digg Post to Del.icio.us