Affordable Alternative to ATT iPad?

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thejohnfist
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Affordable Alternative to ATT iPad?

Post by thejohnfist » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:46 am

Started using the AT&T iPad plan a while back, works great except that I'm in an AT&T dense user area. Anytime there is an event at the local school, my internet plummets to being borderline unusable.

Previously I was using Sprint and never had this issue, but it's tough to find a Sprint supplier at a reasonable price.

Tmo isn't available in my area, and Verizon seems to be overpriced as always.

Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations? I'd like to try Netbuddy for Sprint but they won't sell it monthly or without the hotspot unit that I don't need. :/

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Re: Affordable Alternative to ATT iPad?

Post by swwifty » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:53 am

thejohnfist wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:46 am
Started using the AT&T iPad plan a while back, works great except that I'm in an AT&T dense user area. Anytime there is an event at the local school, my internet plummets to being borderline unusable.

Previously I was using Sprint and never had this issue, but it's tough to find a Sprint supplier at a reasonable price.

Tmo isn't available in my area, and Verizon seems to be overpriced as always.

Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations? I'd like to try Netbuddy for Sprint but they won't sell it monthly or without the hotspot unit that I don't need. :/
All the "cheaper" mobile carriers are just reselling ATT/Tmobile/Verizon.

If you have Verizon cell service, or know someone that has it, you could do some testing before committing to their service.

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Re: Affordable Alternative to ATT iPad?

Post by thejohnfist » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:29 pm

Yeah I have good Verizon and Sprint coverage in my area. Most Verizon resellers want north of $100/mo which seems absurd to me.

There's a few more affordable options for Sprint, but none seem to be monthly.

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Re: Affordable Alternative to ATT iPad?

Post by swwifty » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:35 pm

thejohnfist wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:29 pm
Yeah I have good Verizon and Sprint coverage in my area. Most Verizon resellers want north of $100/mo which seems absurd to me.

There's a few more affordable options for Sprint, but none seem to be monthly.
I thought Verizon had an unlimited plan again that was around 70 bucks a month? Maybe I'm dreaming, but I got mine a while back when they had their $65 a month unlimited plan.

Is the issue with AT&T frequent enough that it warrants ditching them?

thejohnfist
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Re: Affordable Alternative to ATT iPad?

Post by thejohnfist » Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:44 pm

I think it might be a band issue. I'm going to try locking out B30 but not sure if that's possible without getting a usb adapter for my modem.

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Re: Affordable Alternative to ATT iPad?

Post by BillA » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:11 am

thejohnfist wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:44 pm
I think it might be a band issue. I'm going to try locking out B30 but not sure if that's possible without getting a usb adapter for my modem.

Yeah their TOS spells it out clearly... next! lol
"After 50 GB of data use on a line in monthly bill cycle, data reduced to 2G speeds for remainder of bill cycle. Subject to this QoS policy, tethering at 600 Kbps & video streaming at SD quality (about 480p)."

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Re: Affordable Alternative to ATT iPad?

Post by Didneywhorl » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:00 pm

CalyxInstitute.org Sprint service, pay a year at a time. $500 First year gets you a device included
LTE noob, for sure. Learning though.

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