Been out of the mobile loop for a very long time - still using a flip phone! Anyway what carrier is the best for getting Unlimited 4G data on a laptop (if there is such a thing)? I am looking at Sprint as they have Unlimited Data and maybe there's a way to tweak that into a laptop connection (as that plan only has 5GB of Mobile Hotspot). Are there any other options besides the big carriers? I took a look at Republic Wireless but it seems like a gamble given the high base prices of the phones. Thanks!
In case if you are been out of the mobile circle for a very long time still utilizing a flip phone. Anyhow what transporter is the finest for getting Limitless 4G data on a laptop in case there is such a thing? They were amazing bestessays writers. We are looking at Sprint as they have Limitless Data and maybe there's a way to nip that into a laptop construction as that strategy only has 5GB of Mobile Hotspot.
Update 4: Revolution after all!
After spending the day browsing the web and the mall at what all the options were I was about to go back to my car when I bump into yet another stall for Aio Wireless. Apparently this was an AT&T network backed unlimited talk/text/data plan for 55$/mo. I didn't know AT&T was back on that unlimited bandwagon but I've been satisfied with their voice calling for years so I decided to jump the gun on this one. I get 2GB of 4G speeds then it will throttle to yet some unknown speed for the rest of my unlimited data.
Got this phone to go with it (ZTE Overture):
It was on sale for 75$ and according to them they will unlock the phone after 4 months of consecutive payments on the no contract plan. 75$ for a 4G LTE enabled phone that will unlock in 4 months was too good to pass up even if I cancel after the 4. I decided to jump on the modern smartphone bandwagon... (btw have 7 days to return it with 25$ stocking fee if I totally wuss out or find something better making my total loss 100$ which wouldn't be too bad in the unlikely case)
My baby is charging on my desk right now plugged into my other computer. I found it funny how I have now joined the throngs of people who have a square brick on a desk lying around randomly around the house. I remember going to a party and just seeing those damned smartphones everywhere taking up every electrical socket in sight!
I'm still in shock and I will retain my flip phone for a while longer as I ease in and trust this new phone won't break, prematurely run out of battery, or have bad call quality in emergencies etc... I tried the 4G web browsing and was just shocked how google, google maps, email, and all that just came on instantly. I suddenly had a mini computer in the palm of my hand. I will need a night or two to absorb this fact fully :p
Overall I don't know what to say yet. It's still all very new to me and I need to look up the manuals to even figure out how to do 10% of the things on there. Good god lots of apps. My flip phone in perception has just gotten downgraded to an emergency survival calling device.
Get data usage monitoring app
Get megacity and bad hotel to play around with while waiting in line
Install other apps
Heh yeah from looking into it further T-moblie is usable but the throttle after you hit your cap is 2G which looks to be dialup or double dialup so it will work at least (just not very promptly). This would be very usable if web designers didn't insist on using modern design techniques and time warped themselves back to web bandwidth limitations circa mid 90's. Sprint 4G being bad too is just embarassing but I guess those were the consequences of it's business model (as ideal as it is!).
Your dream would be nice indeed!
Sounds like your best bet may be to buy a used GSM phone on eBay or craigslist and use it on the T-Mobile network. They will have the cheapest *usable* plans. Even Sprint's 4G network has performed poorly in my experience and those I've talked to.
Update 3: Returned the phone upon learning Sprint's 3G network is unusable. The service won't improve as all resources are being poured into creating their 4G networks. It's gotten so bad because of Sprint selling too much of their network capacity to smaller carriers that nobody can even do basic voice calling in some spots. It's like that 10$ a month gym that's always sweaty and packed with people.
The dream will have to wait for more infrastructure!
Requirements of the great mobile dream:
50 GB/month usage capacity
Sustained download/upload of 400 mbps (50 kB/sec) (possibly more for google maps?)
Price at 30$ month
No charges for tethering to laptop / creating mobile wifi hotspot / using other devices / etc...
Available anywhere with a 3G/4G connection (no more hunting for wifi) - ideally universal
Haven't opened the box yet - just did more research - now I'm thinking of upgrading to the LG Optimus F3 for the 4G/LTE capability and dual core processor + games. Target has this for around 130$ so I'd just be doubling the price and I'm thinking it may be worth it.
On the other hand though I've been reading that Sprint and any other provider that uses Spring (Virgin Mobile in this case) throttles down to DIALUP speeds after 5.5 GB of data usage on their unlimited plan in which case I may just return the phone and wait till it dips to 30$ or craigslist similar models.
I looked at my options and wanted cheap unlimited data. This left only T-mobile GSM phones or Sprint and 2ndary carrier CDMA phones. Virgin Mobile did indeed have the cheapest at 35$/month for 300 anytime minutes and unlimited messaging and data which is perfect for me.
T-mobile had GSM phones which could be used worldwide but then I'd have to find an unlocked ($$$ for Android 4+ phones) or dedicate to a contract (Don't want to marry when I haven't even seen in person). T-mobile also ran 50$ a month. The other big carriers didn't have cost effective unlimited data options.
My plan is to try this out. I got a ZTE Awe at Target for 60$ today (they were even 19$ Black Friday - if only I knew :p). 60$ and 35$ no contract plan is perfect as I can withdraw with minimal cost and craigslist the phone away for half price. Even if I don't like the service I hear people have been using the ZTE Awe as a glorified wi-fi web browser (in which case if I knew about this as well I would've bought 2 during Black Friday). It's an Android 4 phone for 60$ and despite there being cheaper offerings from Virgin Mobile (Kyocera's at 30) I wanted the big screen.
The only disadvantage of the ZTE Awe is the fact it is only 3G and not 4G. That's alright though as 4G isn't even in my area yet and once I get into the whole mobile flow I can 'upgrade' to T-mobile. Even with 4G unlimited plans all carriers limit it to the first X GB/mo and charge a premium for more 4G data. I can jump on the 4G bandwagon once it matures into the mass market price point.
Thanks for the recommendation!
Yeah, nobody offers unlimited data these days. A common plan will offer about 5 gigs of data. Verizon is recognized as having the best performance & fewest dropped calls. AT&T is a good 2nd choice. If you want to go down market, you can get Virgin Mobile. They resell Sprint's network, so not great coverage but more generous plans.
Good luck upgrading from a flip phone to the smartphone world! I'd love to hear what your observations are!
Last night I met Ray, the CEO of Blue Octopus Matrix at a Silicon Vikings event where I spoke on a panel about the impact mobile is having on social as we know it.
We were chatting before the event started, and Ray whipped out two Android phones running a network sniffer app created by his company, which showed in a very striking visual manner the latency and speed differences between AT&T and Sprint LTE 4G networks.
The verdict: Sprint -- at least in Palo Alto CA that day -- was horrible. But it's not in just one location that I've noticed this -- a friend with a Sprint iPhone5 and I did a SpeedTest when we were in the DC area last week. I was getting 31mbps on my AT&T iPhone 5 and he was getting 0.3mbps on his Sprint iPhone5.
Sprint might be offering unlimited data. But the pipe that serves that data appears to be about the size of a straw.
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