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Visible works great while streaming oldies music. Back to the 60's...
 
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Have you looked into Visible's plans? $25/mo, unlimited data + hotspot.
Yeah I looked at Visible and right now It's my second choice. Visible throttles everyone, everyday but it's just a little bit at a time. I read you will get throttled by Verizon because Visible is on their network. I'm still studying Visible but the fine print said the internet speeds will slow down.
 
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Visible works great while streaming oldies music. Back to the 60's...
I could easily use up 20 GB of data a day. OK, I couldn't find any data limits written in the Visible plans. This is great! The problem still is I use loads of GB's and Visible is still on the Verizon network and I haven't read anything that states the Verizon network doesn't choke during peak the peak prime time hours between 6pm to 1am.
 

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Here's a quote from T-Mobiles home and business internet page and what I've been reading about home internet and business is disturbing. You can get wireless satellite, cable and cell tower service and use all the GB's you could possibly ever need. These home internet carriers do limit your usage but you would most likely never come close to using it all. My old home internet provider had a data limit but the limit was so damn high it was like having no limit at all.

To do this, T-Mobile is launching new plans with buckets of high-speed data for business locations where the network does not yet offer unlimited broadband. Business customers in those areas can now choose plans with 100GB or 300GB of high-speed data per month for $50 or $70 per month respectively. They’ll get unlimited 600 kbps data afterwards, or they have the option to add more high-speed data at $2 per GB.

What's disturbing is these home internet companies expand their networks out constantly so they don't have to throttle people at lower data speeds.

Our wireless internet data carriers won't expand their networks so us consumers won't have to be throttled. No they don't have to build new towers but only add to them so the signals stay strong during peak hours. These carriers keep telling us "It's Peak Hours And High Usage Times" so why don't they fix it? They can boost signal output during peak hours then lower it if they have to during none peak hours. We can't do anything about getting more data because as they say, "If We All Do It Nobody Can Do Anything About It".

I'm finding out that T-Mobile is messing with the home internet market. Sounds like they are possibly wanting to enter the home internet market with their "Internet Freedom" campaign. In 2015 they did create the "Binge Go" free streaming network and they give it to all their T-Mobile account holders.


 

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Not for nomads, travelers, gypsies, tramps, or thieves, et al., way down in the web page, buried in a long paragraph, it is written thus:

"For use only at location provided at activation."

My physical address in the RV park, which was created by the township, is known to T-Mobile as a post office box. They won't allow me to go past the address check. Worse than the Nevada DMV.
 

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Not for nomads, travelers, gypsies, tramps, or thieves, et al., way down in the web page, buried in a long paragraph, it is written thus:

"For use only at location provided at activation."

My physical address in the RV park, which was created by the township, is known to T-Mobile as a post office box. They won't allow me to go past the address check. Worse than the Nevada DMV.
No, I didn't see that at all.

I'm in Nevada too and am definitely interested in how you got around the DMV. I'm in a house right now but will have to go Nomad in a couple of years. I read writings and looked at You Tube Vids and they all say to go to a campground in Pahrump for 30 and you will because a legal resident of the state.

If I have to deal with the Nevada DMV I without a doubt want to know how to do this :)
 

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I am only a half-time or so traveler, but one of the adjustments made when we began this level of travel 15 or so years ago is that everything is not the same on the road as in the sticks&bricks.

Trying to make it so resulted in much wheel-spinning and endless loops of frustration, requiring much more of our attention than we wanted to allocate in this way.

It is possible to adjust to changes, less of this and more of that, and being open to it can bring joy and peace in new ways.

My two cents. ☺️
 

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Only issue with Visible is that in the unlikely event you need tech support, well, gawd help you cuz it's terrible!
I've had excellent customer service from Visible, the few times I've had to contact them. Granted it's via on-line chat from their website, but that isn't difficult and the people there were competent and friendly. One time they even volunteered to have a voice call as that would make the support session go faster. You do have to be comfortable with the on-line chat method, of course...
 

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I have both T-Mobile and visible T-Mobile invisible before 8:00 in the morning are both great I get 25 to 30 mags download after 8:00 is Stanley goes down until T-Mobile no longer works but visible still works so I can stream Netflix Amazon acorn and all the other streaming services that I have I live in the middle of the desert I don't move that much but so far visible seems to be a better way to go to have internet 24/7 in my location which is in the middle of desert in snowbird West RV Park that might change if I start moving around a lot but right now I'm staying steady and it works a lot better than T-Mobile did that's my two cents worth I hope it helps some of you I pay $30 a line for T-Mobile and $30 for visible so price wise is the same
 

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If I have to deal with the Nevada DMV I without a doubt want to know how to do this :)

I didn't "get around the DMV", I decided that being a full time "nomad" wouldn't work for me. Not into lying to government entities. Having a home base, even if it is full time just for the coldest months of the year, to come back to anytime, is a comfort.

The RV park is laid back on vehicles, trailers, RVs, tents, etc., but does have limits on personal behavior.

As of this month, I have been a resident in the RV park for seven years. I am the second longest resident. the longest resident came only a couple of months before I did.

My mail is addressed with a unique physical address, the USPS has provided a common on site mailbox with individual boxes and several parcel lockers for the RV park. The address is specific enough for 911 emergency services to locate my RV in the park, in case of.
 

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I've had excellent customer service from Visible, the few times I've had to contact them. Granted it's via on-line chat from their website, but that isn't difficult and the people there were competent and friendly. One time they even volunteered to have a voice call as that would make the support session go faster. You do have to be comfortable with the on-line chat method, of course...
I'm so glad your experience was better than mine. Fortunately I have only had to deal with Visibles "customer service" twice. Once when I started 1.5 years ago because the switch took a few days longer than it should have. The second time was last month when I tried to change debit cards and their system wouldn't accept my new debit card. After going back and forth about four times I finally gave up.

I have no complaints at all about my phone service having true UNLIMITED DATA for a measly $25 a month though!(y):)
 

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I am only a half-time or so traveler, but one of the adjustments made when we began this level of travel 15 or so years ago is that everything is not the same on the road as in the sticks&bricks.

Trying to make it so resulted in much wheel-spinning and endless loops of frustration, requiring much more of our attention than we wanted to allocate in this way.

It is possible to adjust to changes, less of this and more of that, and being open to it can bring joy and peace in new ways.

My two cents. ☺️
I'm not out in my van yet so I have some time to look around and find some answers in which I have to some extent.

I didn't "get around the DMV", I decided that being a full time "nomad" wouldn't work for me. Not into lying to government entities. Having a home base, even if it is full time just for the coldest months of the year, to come back to anytime, is a comfort.

The RV park is laid back on vehicles, trailers, RVs, tents, etc., but does have limits on personal behavior.

As of this month, I have been a resident in the RV park for seven years. I am the second longest resident. the longest resident came only a couple of months before I did.

My mail is addressed with a unique physical address, the USPS has provided a common on site mailbox with individual boxes and several parcel lockers for the RV park. The address is specific enough for 911 emergency services to locate my RV in the park, in case of.
I wouldn't mind holding up in an RV park during the winter but I will be in a van and me in a van not wanting to go out in the heat isn't going to get it. Wouldn't be bad in an RV but a small van, no way. There's places in the hills that only get to 79 to 80 degrees during the summer and that's a where I would be headed for 5 months.
 

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I will say this. The research you're doing now and the input you're getting from others will help the lurkers that read but don't post.

For you it's a good learning curve. But since you're a few years out, I imagine most things on the Mobile Internet front will have changed by the time you're on the road.
 

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I will say this. The research you're doing now and the input you're getting from others will help the lurkers that read but don't post.

For you it's a good learning curve. But since you're a few years out, I imagine most things on the Mobile Internet front will have changed by the time you're on the road.
I'm finding out how these data carriers are messing with our streaming. Did you know that years ago the data carriers were charging the streaming web sites like Hulu and Starz and if any streaming service didn't pay they would throttle the streaming companies.

When the data carriers couldn't charge the streaming services anymore by law they started to throttle it's customers who used these streaming services. So if you purchase lets say 50 GB of service from the data carrier the customer would only get a little over 50 hours on the streaming service because they use 1 GB an hour.

I will use 15 or more GB's a day.

I'm trying to get to the bottom of this streaming mess but I'm not fully ready to write about the how's and why's yet.

I also found AT&T's streaming site. They used to have a streaming site also that they gave away free to their customers but spun it off into a separate streaming and satellite service. I don't know yet if their phone customers can still get free internet T.V. but I will try to find out. It's called "DirectTV Stream". This streaming service was created in 2020 but just opened up this year in 2021.

 
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It's really going to evolve over the next few years fairly significantly. The perfect answer for today will be different then. But it is good to keep tabs on companies and their tendencies. It'll give you a leg up on understanding what to expect in the future.
 

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Here's a website on the speeds everyone needs to get decent video. Some internet carriers will slow your speed to .05 mbps and a few streaming sites are good with this but the optimal speed you need is 3.0 mbps to get standard definition and is the standard with all the other streaming sites.

Verizon bumped up their throttle speeds to 3.0 mbps.

https://www.lifewire.com/internet-speed-requirements-for-movie-viewing-1847401
 
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I'm on Verizon and I get constantly throttled even with unlimited. I use generally just a bit more than an hour of youtube vids a day.
 

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I'm on Verizon and I get constantly throttled even with unlimited. I use generally just a bit more than an hour of youtube vids a day.
Right now I'm looking at "T-Mobile" because they have "Binge On" which is their T.V. streaming service. You have to pay the T.V. service like "Sling", "Hulu" and others but the Binge On T.V. streaming service is FREE with a T-Mobile phone account.

Lots of people here are liking "Visible" which is a Verizon piggybacker. If you are in the city or town that where the towers get congested alot then your screwed.

I'm just interested in watching T.V. and using the internet once in awhile to research and socialize some.

P.S. To use Binge On you have to sign up for a T-Mobile account and their partner streaming sites and you get unlimited streaming without using your paid for data. If you stream from a non partner site you get 3X more GB but you use your paid for GB.
 

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Right now I'm looking at "T-Mobile" because they have "Binge On" which is their T.V. streaming service. You have to pay the T.V. service like "Sling", "Hulu" and others but the Binge On T.V. streaming service is FREE with a T-Mobile phone account.

Lots of people here are liking "Visible" which is a Verizon piggybacker. If you are in the city or town that where the towers get congested alot then your screwed.

I'm just interested in watching T.V. and using the internet once in awhile to research and socialize some.

P.S. To use Binge On you have to sign up for a T-Mobile account and their partner streaming sites and you get unlimited streaming without using your paid for data. If you stream from a non partner site you get 3X more GB but you use your paid for GB.
Thanks for the additional info.

I don't like most TV and mostly binge educational videos,, so I go to youtube. Hulu and such don't interest me, but it's cool you're providing info that might fit right into the niche many other people like.
 
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