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Walmart's "Internet On The Go"


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#1 QuiGonJohn

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:49 AM

I have been looking for a mifi option, mostly for when my wife & I are out in our RV. I recently found out about TruConnect and then this version of TruConnect called "Internet On The Go" through WalMart.

 

The pricing of the data, when they started was very good and I was really leaning towards this.
But then I see just back in May, they reduced the value of this deal, decreasing from 4GB to 3GB for the same $45. So now I am not so sure.


It is still a pretty good deal, and I may do it, but I am concerned they may change the rates again and make it even less of a good deal. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.


BTW, I am only interested in the "no expire plans", not the "30 day plans". Which they really soured those, cutting the $45 level in half.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:43 AM

We have been using a Verizon MiFi for 4 years and currently gives 5GB for $50 or 10GB for $80. Once or twice a year I look around for a better option and seems most are either less quality or higher cost.  The really good dollar deals and the unlimited usage usually limit your speeds.

 

Depending on where you travel, there is a provider called Boingo that provides Wifi at airports and similar locations. They have agreements with many other providers and you can get an unlimited plan for $9.99 a month (they cut your speed if you use a lot).  Teingo Internet which covers many state parks is one of their partners.  We had it for a while but then ended up not staying anywhere near one of the hotspots for several months.


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:51 AM

Briarhopper, have you ever looked at this plan from Walmart.  It is supposed to be on Sprint's network.  What I like is that there is no monthly fee.  Just buy the device, $79 plus tax, pay for the data, (I'd get the 3gb for $45).  Then you just use it and when the data gets low, you top-up.  It seems like a pretty good choice for us, who only take weekend trips about once every 4 to 6 weeks, and maybe a couple times a year, slightly longer road trips, of 2 weeks max.


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 12:43 PM

We've been using 4-7 GB per month so the $45/3GB would cost us more at a slower speed.  Sounds like it could work for your purposes though.  It may be a bit of a hassle to add airtime per some reviews on Wal-Mart's website.


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 09:00 PM

Just back from a 2 week RV Trip through the Southeast and I thought I would update on my experience with Walmart's "Internet-On-The-Go".

 

I bought the device early in the morning on 9/12 and plugged it in to charge it, once I got home.  At that same time I went online to their website to activate it.  Later in the afternoon, I figured it was fully charged and tested it, the 3GB I bought was applied and I was able to get the internet.  We left home (Southeast Florida), on 9/13 and traveled up Florida via the Turnpike, then I-75, up through GA and Atlanta, then into the mountains NE of Atlanta, then into NC up toward Asheville, then Chimney Rock, then over to Asheboro, then further east to Warsaw, NC.  After that we headed home, back towards Fayetteville, NC, then down I-95 to South Florida.

 

We were able to get internet almost every time we tried while on the interstate highways.  We were not able to get it at the campground we stayed at outside of Blairsville, GA and also at the campground we stayed at just east of Chimney Rock, NC.  We were able to get it at all other stops.

 

We used it as much as we wanted and needed to.  For the whole trip we used about .4GB of data, less than half a gigabyte.  So it seems this device and plan is a good fit for our needs.  We will be home for a couple weeks, then we are taking a long weekend trip to Tampa, (in the car, not the RV), and we will probably take it on the road with us.  After that, we are camping in the RV for a weekend in early Nov, and will take it again.  Most likely, after those trips, we will still have between 1.5GB and 2GB left.

 

As far as the refills, we signed up for Auto-Refill, so I can't report on how well that works.  But since the initial activation/being able to actually use it, went pretty smooth, I imagine the Auto-Refill will go just as smoothly.


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