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I will be in the US in Juli/August. Now my question: is there an affordabel way to go to the Internet - “on the road”? Maybe a Prepaid solution …

We’re on tour in CA. Motorhome, campgrounds …

I really appreciate your help

Tom

Additional question :o): Which Motorhome rental is the best? Also in an affordable way …


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Hmmm… Some private campgrounds will have internet access, but a solution might be to get a wifi brick to tether to from one of the major cell carriers. Cell coverage for Verizon and AT&T is pretty wide spread, but no one carrier has complete coverage so depending on where you go there may not be any coverage. There are also wifi hotspots within most cities because of Starbucks available for free. Most hotels offer wifi or wired internet access also should you happen to need one.

These links might be helpful: http://www.wifirents.com/

http://www.wififreespot.com/rv.html

http://www.allstays.com/Campgrounds/Internet-campgrounds.htm

http://www.whenwerv.com/campgrounds_destination/internet_access_rv_parks.jsp

http://www.bmi.net/menu-get-connected/mbb-internet-1.html?cct_info=1|25499|3113291658|58423221|1774245501|b|6054849261|tc||g|||&cct_ver=3&cct_bk=mobile%20internet%20wireless

This is an unknown as far reliability, but an option non the less: http://agent.hughesnet.com/?mid=el91316earthlink


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I love my Verizon MiFi card. It was about $150 to buy and get activated and $50 per month with 5GB of bandwidth per month.

If I were you I would look into how you might rent one of these from a Travel Agency or such.

It has much better coverage than my AT&T iPhone so you would be more likely to be able to connect.

If you don’t know what a MiFi card is here is a brief description:
Size of a thick business card with one button and one usb port

Push the button when the card is “not” tethered to Mac or PC and you have a personal WiFi hotspot that will accommodate 5 computers simultaneously.

Put the usb cable in and connect to a Mac or PC and now you have an individual gateway to the internet. No sharing when tethered.

Another Option*
If you had an iPad with 3G you would be connected (kinda).

Now depending on how deep into the woods you travel you may or may not have cell service anyway so you might just be forced to enjoy the scenery and get on broadband in towns. I know as my back fence is on the National Forest boundary in Northern California. I have only had DSL at my home for 3 years and 5 miles west of me is no high speed for 140 miles until you reach the coastal region.

Dale Josephson
Dale Josephson Consulting
Apple Developer & Support

P.S. one other option albeit a bit pricey is rent a motorhome with a satellite dish that is equipped for broadband. Then you just need a campsite with a clear view of the southern sky.

On May 20, 2011, at Friday7:23 AM, TomP wrote:

I will be in the US in Juli/August. Now my question: is there an affordabel way to go to the Internet - “on the road”? Maybe a Prepaid solution …

We’re on tour in CA. Motorhome, campgrounds …

I really appreciate your help

Tom

Additional question :o): Which Motorhome rental is the best? Also in an affordable way …


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THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
This is far more than expectet …

Sorry for the delayed answer. We have had a few days off.

I think it is enough, if I have access from campgrounds or within cities. There is no need to go to the internet out in the woods.

I will read your informations carefully and then come back with some more questions.

Tom


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