1) 7G free is insane. Who and how do you sign up?
I used my Batelco hotspot-only phone
in the Bahamas
and never exceeded my 5G allowance - but I never streamed anything - with my and the admiral's computers
. But I paid $40/mo; extra gigs were $10 up to 5 - and a 15G was 70/mo, on 4G or LTE bandwidth, where available (some areas, not, but at least, if you can see a cell signal, you're on the air).
That failure to exceed my limit in the Bahams has led me to ignore my ...
2) If you're a geek (most aren't) you can put this together cheaply, and then program it to work for you, or, if you're not, and want the very best customer service you could possibly ask for, instead, you could buy for under a quarter-boatbuck, the islandtimepc.com WiFi setup. I have mine atop my mast
is one of several shown; different strokes, etc.), and routinely would connect, under way, as much as 7 miles out, and my preferred stations in the Marsh Harbour area were 6, 8 and 12 miles away, respectively. But that goes back for 10 or more years; open spots are becoming more challenging to find. However, see Xfinity...
So, WiFi high-powered adapter and antenna rigs (over POE, so just a single
ethernet cable) work, and still work. But, as noted, open sites are less frequently found.
Except... I'm now in a marina, on a ball, along with all the other triple-rafted folk, and the marina WiFi is trampled. But I use the strongest visible Xfinity signal, as my MIL, who lives 3 miles from here, is a Comcast sub, and I thus have her login. Works up and down the east coast
, or wherever Comcast/Xfinity is found.
That said, and I won't go into it here, because that's not the question asked, I'm working on a data plan-based free (if you ignore the data plan) cell phone
involving Google's hangouts, previously Google
Talk. So, it goes both ways; I can get WiFi signals into the boat, and log my phone
on, and call out over Hangouts; I expect I can use my phone, as I do in the Bahamas
(data only phone, but hangouts are data, not cell calls), for WiFi and phone calls...
So, I use my WiFi nearly exclusively here in the US, but my data phone in the Bahamas.