Mi-Fi router / prepaid mobile data in Philadelphia
September 2, 2012 5:10 PM Subscribe
Upcoming trip to the US; smartphone and pre-existing 2G US number. Does it make sense to get a pre-paid Mi-Fi router?
I've got a T-Mobile number on my parents' plan, but it's 2G only and doesn't come with any data. I left the US before the advent of mobile internet access, and have only been back for short stretches since. My wife and I will be visiting the US for her first trip in late September. Mostly this will be a fun, time-away-from-the-internet deal, but it sucks not to have access to Google Maps or any other online services when I'm carrying around my amazing sweet-ass smartphone.
I don't get back to the US often enough to make it worth the hassle to change my mobile subscription plan, and my phone isn't compatible with T-Mobile's data network anyway. Right now I'm looking into the possibility of getting some kind of prepaid mobile data plan and a Mi-Fi router, and just carrying those with us on day trips.
Does this make sense? I will be fine with spending $50 to $100 to get access to Google Maps and restaurant listings and that sort of thing for the duration of our three-week trip, especially if I'll be able to pop the SIM card out of the router and take it back to China with us. Does anybody have any recommendations for services (Clear/Verizon/whoever) that offer good coverage in Philadelphia and NYC? Speed is not even a huge consideration here, though naturally it'd be nice.