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Old 27-06-2015, 10:51   #16
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Re: Live aboard a cat on the intracoastal waterway?

I am currently using a Sprint MVNO (reseller) and get 60gb of data for 89.99 The name is "Wireless n wifi". You have to call them if you are interested. I also have an AT&T pay as you go hotspot as a backup and pay 50 bucks a month for 5gb

I am trading futures and it doesn't require a LOT of data; just a steady connection. I have it set up on a cradlepoint router thats has "failover" feature so if I lose my main connection it goes to the next one. It is a pretty good setup for me because I'm about 12 miles from the Sprint tower; I get a good steady signal unless it starts raining.

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Old 27-06-2015, 11:53   #17
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Live aboard a cat on the intracoastal waterway?

Originally Posted by TacomaSailor View Post
"I have ATT and I have had much better coverage in our area than others on Verizon. I am a heavy data user and keep a plan of 30gb or better. Definitely can be done here in south Florida!"

We do the AT&T 4GLTE thing here in San Diego (liveaboard in a marina) and pay $150/month for 10Gb which includes one iPhone, an old Motorola flip phone, and an ATT Unite mobile hot spot.

AT&T tells me that 30Gb would cost me $288 per month with the same three devices.

Is that similar to what you are paying?
That would be about what I pay. I actually have 7 phones on my plan so pay around $350/mo. 5 iPhones and two androids. Two of the phones are on the upgrade plan so cost about $50/mo. The rest are paid for. I jumped from 20 to 30gb a year ago when they had a special deal going on and it cost no extra. And I also get a 15% discount from my employer as part of a large corporation.

We do have very good coverage with Ookla speed test showing an average 20+Mbps download speed whenever I test it. My cell phone coverage map shows our boat is typically within one mile of at least three 4GLTE towers.

I am curious about your 30Gb monthly usage. I use 12 - 15 GB every month and never stream a single movie and very few Youtube of Vemo video. I do a lot of online research and reading. Does your 30Gb allow you to watch any real movies, e.g. NetFlix?

No I could not afford to stream. An HD show on HBO uses about 800mb for one hour! Netflix uses a much better compression so it wouldn't be as bad but I save my data primarily for work. I login 8-10 hours M-F and use Remote Desktop to work on a desktop in my office in Colorado. I use probably 2-300mb a day to do that if I remember not to to move large files across to my laptop from work! Then subsidize with wifi where available. I will usually reserve 15-20mb for myself and the rest goes to the other data users on my plan. A couple of those are very low data users.

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