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#1 drumminmama

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Posted July 01 2014 - 12:23 PM

While Cassidy and Kerouac, and their spiritual, itchy-footed heirs, could take off and depend on the post office and the random pay phone, that's not the best option in the text message era.

So, as just a discussion, how do you choose to stay in touch/ get information when traveling?
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Posted July 01 2014 - 12:36 PM

My scenario will be needing to get texts and calls and emails for work gigs while van dwelling.
I will also be running a business on the road.

Going to a wifi area isn't a good option. I'd have to make hanging in one spot a job between appointments.
I'd rather hang in the cool campground/friends property/ someplace that isn't a Starbucks.
Even a public library is a place I shouldn't be 20 hours a week.

Sure, some campgrounds will have access, but not all.

And there's also the desire side. Not a need, but very nice. I'd like to surf the net before dropping off to sleep.

So,I'm thinking keep my cell/data plan, which will cover very light use of data.
But my tablet is wifi.

I can hotspot the phone, get a hotspot from a cheaper company...or?

What are other options?

Library/other public wifi
Minimal data use monthly
Hotspot via existing plan, paying more for data
Hotspot from less expensive wireless company

And?
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Posted July 01 2014 - 04:16 PM

I'm kinda in the same boat, but at the same time, I don't want to have to earn more money to supply something I only want to use once a month.... I'm planning on just stopping at a hotspot during travels for updates along the road (if something awesome happens) to check emails, etc.

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Posted July 01 2014 - 04:20 PM

The last time I went on a decent road trip was all around Germany, Austria, Czech and Poland. We had a motorhome and calmed at camping spots. Every spot had wifi opportunity, you just had to pay for it at the front counter for the night. That's what we did anyway with our phones and iPad plus a friend had a MacBook.

Also throughout Europe it's good to know McDonalds usually provides free wifi and this also helps.

When we go out camping we aren't all old school with no technology. We bring our technology with us, especially music.

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Posted July 01 2014 - 07:45 PM

I'm kinda in the same boat, but at the same time, I don't want to have to earn more money to supply something I only want to use once a month.... I'm planning on just stopping at a hotspot during travels for updates along the road (if something awesome happens) to check emails, etc.


Will you be working?
I'll be taking clients through services like Zeel and I use thumbtack. Plus my booking is online, so I need those notifications.

Being connected keeps me traveling!
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Posted July 01 2014 - 08:16 PM

We used McDonalds, motel parking lots, many librarys.....
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Posted July 07 2014 - 10:39 AM

Hmmm.... Looking like hotspotting might do... Off to investigate options.


Eta: I read this a while back and promptly forgot it.
http://lifehacker.co...erywhere-you-go

It makes me interested in the Karma device and service, but the coverage is spotty. But in larger towns and cities, I'd be covered. And that's where my need to get appointment notifications are highest.

Also, it's no contract, and you can buy in advance. You are buying GB of data, not a contract that is the gate to GB of data. They don't expire. It's like rollover minutes.
I could buy in advance, a little at a time, pay the$10 rate per GB (buying 10GB)

So while it is an expense, it isn't an automatic expense. I could ration it.

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Posted July 20 2014 - 12:07 PM

I've always used hotspots and Wifi in bars and cafes. I've always used a laptop for my business so being connected is essential either on the road or in one place for any amount of time.

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Posted July 20 2014 - 12:21 PM

use your cell phone as a modem ... i did it with a shitty phone that cost about 10 bucks, much better than using the internet on the actual phone.

Can't give exact instructions cuz it was a few years, it required a tiny bit of hackery and setting up the laptop to use it like a modem. With smartphones it's much easier though, you can set them up as a wifi hotspot you can use.
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Posted July 22 2014 - 12:03 PM

if you have the money look at toshiba satellite laptops no need for a modem or anything just hooks up to the sats
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