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    Rural internet provider

    I am moving to a location without cable or internet. We are looking into a dish but I dont want to give up the internet until the cable company decides to come into the area. I know of Hughes net, phone and DSL but what do all of you that dont have cable use for a provider. Approximate costs would be greatly appreciated if o you want to share.

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    Re: Rural internet provider

    My family uses WildBlue satellite internet but I don't recommend it at all. It completely sucks. It is only minimally faster than dial-up. When our contract runs out in a month, we are going to switch and get one of the internet deals through a cell phone company.



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    Re: Rural internet provider

    Might be a dumb question but can you somehow get that to be wireless? We have been wireless in the house for years and not being plugged in or having to carry a card would be nice. I havent heard much good about the satellite providers.



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    Re: Rural internet provider

    I know people around here are going with cell phone comapnies.



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    Re: Rural internet provider

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Might be a dumb question but can you somehow get that to be wireless? We have been wireless in the house for years and not being plugged in or having to carry a card would be nice. I havent heard much good about the satellite providers.
    you can have 5 wireless connections with the mifi products from cell carriers



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    Re: Rural internet provider

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Might be a dumb question but can you somehow get that to be wireless? We have been wireless in the house for years and not being plugged in or having to carry a card would be nice. I havent heard much good about the satellite providers.
    I know Verizon has a "card" that you plug into your computer that is wireless. Obviously the signal reception in your area would determine how good the service is. FYI, I do not have the service but have looked into it for my mom because VZW has a cell tower less than a mile from her house.



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    Re: Rural internet provider

    mifi? we have verizon right now. is that something they could do.



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    Re: Rural internet provider

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    mifi? we have verizon right now. is that something they could do.
    just browse Verizon's website. It will show you every service they offer.



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    Re: Rural internet provider

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    mifi? we have verizon right now. is that something they could do.
    Verizon Wireless - Mobile Broadband - Products



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    Re: Rural internet provider

    You can get wireless routers to plug a verizon aircard into that will allow you to have a wireless network via verizon.

    Two options:
    Verizon MiFi-Works well, up to 5 computers signed on at once.

    Verizon Aircard (or Mifi) plugged into a wireless router. Cradlepoint makes a router (available at best buy) that runs off of cable/dsl modem, or the aircard/mifi.

    I have mchsi, but have the router as a backup and plug the wireless card in when medicom goes down.



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    Re: Rural internet provider

    I use Verizon. How it works is they assign you a cell number, and instead of having a phone you have a small device which operates as the "phone" and antenna. I use a laptop and take it pretty much everywhere as nationwide, their network is far superior to everyone else's.

    I signed up for unlimited data, and two year contract at $60 per month. I've had it for two years and have been happy. The only negative is that there isn't enough bandwidth to download video or large files with ANY kind of speed. While disappointing, it's offset by the portability.


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    Re: Rural internet provider

    Quote Originally Posted by usedcarguy View Post
    I use Verizon.

    I signed up for unlimited data, and two year contract at $60 per month.
    I also use Verizon and pay the same monthly amount. However, I have a 5 GB monthly allowance. Verizon really socks it too me when I exceed 5 GB.


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    You guys are great. Thank for all the info. looking for all the info I can absorb.



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    Re: Rural internet provider

    I'd stay away from Hughesnet. I lived in a rural area north of Ames and that was really my only higher speed option. Cable and DSL were not available. Prairie Inet (line-of-sight) couldn't reach me in the valley. It was faster than dial-up but it was expensive and unreliable. It was very frustrating when my wife was taking online classes. I have no experience with verizon's wireless internet, but I know there is no unlimited plan (5 GB is the top). If DSL is available I'd certainly put that on the top of my list.



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    Re: Rural internet provider

    I have Wildblue dish & am enrolled at the lowest level of speed for $50 per month. It is a lot faster than dial up. I live in a very rural, low populated area and I would be interested in other options, but I doubt that the cell phone programs would be feasible here. The local town ( 10 miles away) has put in fiber owned by the local muni but I live too far away, which sucks. Anybody in my position using the cell phone technology?



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