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AT&T mobile broadband for residential use

Discussion in 'AT&T Wireless Forum' started by Jenra, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. Jenra

    Jenra New Member

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    I live in very rural Western Massachusetts and have been using WildBlue satellite to access the Internet. I have line of site to the AT&T cell tower in Shelburne Falls Mass and get 4 bars on my ConsumerCellular cell phone (uses AT&T circuits) outside my house.

    With a Wilson amplifier, antenna, etc I should be able to get a great connection to AT&T broadband without the lengthy latency delays experienced with satellite. The claimed download speeds are about the same, 1.5 mbps. AT&T offered me a $50, 5GB download package with a 24 month contract and a 30 day trial period. A MiFi for an extra $50 is what I need for my RV travels.

    It all sounds great to me, but I don't know... what I don't know! Has anyone had experiences with AT&T that I should be wary of?

    Thank you in advance,

    Jenra
     
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    ComicalMoodyDan Gold Senior Member
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    5GB of data isn't very much.... I could blow through that in a few days easily. I think most of us who use the internet at least somewhat decently could use that little amount of data up very quickly. The over usage charges after hitting the 5 GB limit are sky high as well. Wireless broadband cards are NOT meant for a home internet replacement with their low data caps and high over usage charges.
     
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    Jenra,

    If you can get a Verizon signal where you are at, check out Millenicom's Mobile Broadband service. They offer you a 20 GB allowance for $59.99 per month (no taxes or fees added on top of that) and no contract. I know a lot of people who are using this in rural locations for their home internet - I've had a Millenicom account for years with no complaints.

    This plan can be found here:
    Millenicom | Wireless Broadband Plans

    Millenicom also offers a 50GB Sprint plan, but it doesn't look like Sprint covers your area.

    As Dan mentioned, 5GB with overages is very dangerous - I would stray away from that if at all possible.
     
  4. Jenra

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    Millenicom's Mobile Broadband service seems ideal! They cover neighboring Shelburne Falls, MA but not my location in Colrain, though they don't show an actual coverage map.

    Do you know which carrier's lines Millenicom's Mobile Broadband use in my area? By example I know ConsumerCellular uses AT&T lines for their cellular service but does not offer broadband, although AT&T does and covers my location.

    Jenra
     
  5. Jenra

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    On re-reading your post I see you said 'if I get Verizon' to check out Millenicom's Mobile Broadband. Verizon doesn't cover my area even for cell phone service. We used to have CellularOne cell service which came in with a powerful signal. Once Verizon bought them out this area literally went dead for a Verizon signal, so we switched to ConsumerCellular knowing they used AT&T circuits from which we now receive at 4 bars outside our house. 3 to zero inside.

    Jenra
     
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    If you want good coverage in your house as well . The Maximum Signal amplifier Sphere system such as the one we gave away here on Wireless advisor last week will do the trick.

    Maximum Signal :: Maximum Signal Amplifiers :: Home/Office Sphere Wireless Amplifier

     
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