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Mobile Wifi hotspots, options and experience?

I am plotting a trip to a part of the US with poor internet and bad cell coverage. One location where I will be staying shows as within AT&T's 4G LTE data service area. A recent trip to SF demonstrated some limitations of my current cell data plan, which is Straight Talk month-to-month (sublease on AT&T network, shows signs of being stepped on by AT&T in terms of speed and responsiveness for data). Straight Talk excludes tethering altogether and has a non-4G data puck available. Given my negative experience with ST data in SF, I am looking askance at the ST puck. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Apr 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Is there something like a MiFi that will accept a SIM?

I'm looking for something like a MiFi that will accept a SIM. [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Feb 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Mi-Fi router / prepaid mobile data in Philadelphia

Upcoming trip to the US; smartphone and pre-existing 2G US number. Does it make sense to get a pre-paid Mi-Fi router? [more inside]
posted by bokane on Sep 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Tell me your unlikely-yet-successful wireless plan sharing situations!

In-laws? Old roommates? craigslist? I'm trying to save some money here! Plus bonus snowflake question about tethering/MiFi options! [more inside]
posted by leemleem on May 17, 2012 - 6 answers

MiFi for a month

Short-term MiFi strategy. Will this work? [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Apr 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Shouldn't 3G speed be 3G speed regardless of the device?

When do device capabilities determine 3G possibilities? I have two 3G devices, one is consistently nearly 2.5x faster than the other. Is this normal, or is something wrong? [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar on Jan 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Hawaiian 3G Hotspts

Best Pay-As-You-Go 3G data option for a Canadian visiting Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Jan 5, 2011 - 1 answer

portable wifi?

Work will be buying me a portable hotspot device. I don't know much about them except that I'd rather not install any client software. So...hivemind...what is my best portable wifi option?
posted by toastchee on Aug 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Experience with Sprint / Nextel MiFi?

Experience with Sprint / Nextel MiFi? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Sep 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Turn an AT&T laptop connect card into a wi-fi hotspot?

About six months ago, I saw a cool device. You could plug your AT&T USB 3G "laptop connect" into it, and it would generate a local wi-fi hotspot (similar to the Verizon MiFi). I've since purchased the AT&T card, but I can't find the device anywhere. Was I imagining things? Does such a device exist? It'd be very, very useful. Thanks!
posted by mickmel on Aug 28, 2009 - 6 answers

Using a Time Capsule to extend a Verizon MiFi's wifi network?

Is it possible use an Apple Airport Extreme base station or Time Capsule to extend a Verizon MiFi's wireless network? [more inside]
posted by ewagoner on Aug 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Can you hear me now? No? Good!

Working out a situation where I would have an iPhone on Verizon's data network and wondering if anyone has tried this or is currently doing it. Further details inside [more inside]
posted by genial on Jul 22, 2009 - 10 answers

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