I'd like input on the best means of obtaining laptop internet access while on an expedition trip. We tried the AT&T broadband internet card last time along the Gulf Coast, and found it horrible. Coverage was poor along the coasts, the contract was restrictive, the costs exorbitant, and while they advertised 4G service, customer service was zero-G. I looked at Net Zero, and their coverage area is minimal. So, when paddling along the coast or down a river, any other suggestions on what is the best way to maintain communications capability by laptop?
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Posted by: nickjc on Oct-17-12 12:21 PM (EST)
They seem to have the best rural/coastal coverage here in the PNW. I imagine $/MB is going to pretty similar across the carriers though. What are you using the laptop for?
Use of laptop|
Posted by: thistle on Oct-17-12 2:22 PM (EST)
Email, internet research, maintaining blog
It's a big country|
Posted by: booztalkin on Oct-17-12 12:31 PM (EST)
And there is a lot of it where there is poor or no cellular service.
Posted by: suiram on Oct-17-12 12:33 PM (EST)
Is not bad
Satellite Internet |
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-17-12 4:35 PM (EST)
is common in Northern Maine and Northern Ontario, Labrador and Newfoundland.
As an AT&T subscriber on the Gulf Coast|
Posted by: Reefmonkey on Oct-17-12 5:29 PM (EST)
I am shocked, simply shocked to hear you say service is terrible! It only took me three times to get this page loaded on my iPhone, and it has only told me that it couldn't connect with the internet network 6 times today! Some people are so demanding!
If My Smartphone is Any Indicator...|
Posted by: Kudzu on Oct-17-12 6:19 PM (EST)
Verizon is the thing to have. The NC coast (where I've gone anyway) is covered. My buddy's mountain house is ONLY serviced by Verizon.
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-17-12 8:28 PM (EST)
I have Verizon. Its only good for travel. I live in a dedicated dead zone.
Coastal Cell Coverage |
Posted by: seadart on Oct-17-12 7:43 PM (EST)
If you are planning a real expedition on a sparsely populated coastline cell coverage is going to be poor no matter which carrier you use. The systems are not designed to support on water calling and service to outlying areas. If you are serious you probably need to look into satellite.
I travel for a living|
Posted by: trvlrerik on Oct-17-12 8:03 PM (EST)
I started with Alltel, when Verizon bought them the service and coverage got even better. I have an Android smartphone that allows up to 4 users to have a wifi hotspot with pretty good speed as long as 2 people are not streaming movies. Coverage is exellent in USA and western Mexico. Great coverage in Canada within 300 miles of Great Lakes, otherwise if you are not near a major highway not great. Unlimited data package runs around 200 a month.
Living on the gulfcoast|
Posted by: Pirateoverforty on Oct-17-12 8:48 PM (EST)
Look into C-spire. They are focused on MS, AL and the FL panhandle. Frequently they work fine where nothing else even has one bar. I don't know about TX, LA or south FL
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Posted by: thistle on Oct-18-12 8:55 AM (EST)
The gulf coast |
Posted by: Cliffjrs on Oct-18-12 11:23 AM (EST)
represents the poorest states in the country. It only stands to reason business has not followed there.