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Internet for RV

Hello, I have an RV in which I will be moving from city to city.
Is there any internet providers that provide a wireless modem with a SIM card in it for wifi?
My data plan is only 6gb and I'll probably eat that up in like 10 days.
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Get a cellphone family data plan or a plan that allows multiple data devices so you can share a large pool of data. Use 1 SIM in a standalone 4G modem. If you are moving from city to city, your only choice is Rogers/ Telus / Bell. Pick your poison.
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Just get a Rogers Infinite plan. There are currently three plans

30 Gig - 80$
35 Gig - 85$
50 Gig - 125$

I am sure Bell and Telus will have similar plans

Just turn on the hot spot in your phone. It is infinite data. After you use up your data bucket, you will get 512k speeds. Yes, it sucks, but you will still be able to get email, use google maps.
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telus 25gb endless data for $45
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sexyj wrote: telus 25gb endless data for $45
Link please? I could only find 30GB for $80 and 35GB for $85.
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mrtin905 wrote: Starlink?
Not yet, as Starlink can only operate from a fixed location at this time. Though that restriction is expected to be lifted in the future.
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ChinpokoMon wrote: Not yet, as Starlink can only operate from a fixed location at this time. Though that restriction is expected to be lifted in the future.
Is it an artificial restriction or a technical one? How are they going to know you are on the move? Is there a GPS in the equipment? (Probably)
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alpovs wrote: Is it an artificial restriction or a technical one? How are they going to know you are on the move? Is there a GPS in the equipment? (Probably)
From the official FAQ:
Starlink satellites are scheduled to send internet down to all users within a designated area on the ground. This designated area is referred to as a cell.

Your Starlink is assigned to a single cell. If you move your Starlink outside of its assigned cell, a satellite will not be scheduled to serve your Starlink and you will not receive internet. This is constrained by geometry and is not arbitrary geofencing.
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NEMESIS_2008 wrote: Hello, I have an RV in which I will be moving from city to city.
Is there any internet providers that provide a wireless modem with a SIM card in it for wifi?
My data plan is only 6gb and I'll probably eat that up in like 10 days.
The Three Robbers have pay-per-use wireless internet plans for this. For example, Bell extracts $60 for 5GB, with prices rising on a sliding scale up to $150 for 50GB but only $3/GB thereafter. This is considerably cheaper than tethering rates on cell phone plans, not to mention the $1000/GB overage fees charged by parts of the oligopoly.

Starlink is arbitrarily geofenced against mobile use. The satellites have been programmed to only communicate with devices they expect to see in a given area.
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CCorbu wrote: Get a cellphone family data plan or a plan that allows multiple data devices so you can share a large pool of data. Use 1 SIM in a standalone 4G modem. If you are moving from city to city, your only choice is Rogers/ Telus / Bell. Pick your poison.
Does this actually work? I tried last summer by putting a Bell SIM card from a phone into a ZTE 4G hotspot from Bell. The card was recognized by the modem, showed a strong signal, but would not connect to the network. Suggested to me like an artificial limitation intended to prevent doing what you are suggesting. Perhaps other carriers are different.
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crawford wrote: Does this actually work? I tried last summer by putting a Bell SIM card from a phone into a ZTE 4G hotspot from Bell. The card was recognized by the modem, showed a strong signal, but would not connect to the network. Suggested to me like an artificial limitation intended to prevent doing what you are suggesting. Perhaps other carriers are different.
You could always just stick the sim card in a spare cellphone and turn on the hotspot. Leave the cell phone plugged into the power.

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