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About The Mobile Internet Handbook Your Guide to staying online while exploring the world offline.
For anyone thinking of exploring a mobile lifestyle, figuring out how to best keep online while exploring the world offline becomes critically important.
The book is written for the non-technical internet surfer to the high-tech geek - we strive to balance using every day language and examples to explain complex topics, while keeping things technically accurate.
This book is meant to be a primer to the foundation of mobile internet as a US based nomad, and complements the more in-depth guides, product overviews and constantly updated resources here online.
Our goal is to make this stuff comprehensible so you can enjoy a thrivable life on the road with a minimal of technical frustrations, and still able to afford the fuel that propels your adventures!
You Might Be Wondering...
The mobile industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, but this book edition was written to be high level and evergreen.
This edition takes the book back to its roots - more of a handbook-sized overview rather than the comprehensive, overwhelming and quickly outdated standalone resource that prior editions of the book had become.
This edition focuses on explaining the basics, helping you assess your needs, and laying the foundation for continuing research. To go further, we’ve provided links to accompanying guides on this website that are much easier to keep current with the latest options and go into more depth.
Most of the basic guides are completely free, and some also contain more advanced and member-exclusive content that goes even further.
It has been 2 years since the last edition of this book was released - and a lot has changed. If you're still in your research phase, then we definitely recommend starting out with the 5th Edition.
However, the 5th Edition is also a brand new approach to the topic, focused more on the foundations of mobile internet. It does not go into details on the specifics (such as products & plans) - and is more focused on what to keep an eye out for when shopping.
If you already have a solid foundation on your needs, understand the challenges of mobile internet and the basics of the options - then you might prefer to skip ahead to our more in-depth guides and product specific overviews.
You can also get yourself up to speed in our free 2017 Year End Wrap-Up and other past annual wrap-up here: Major Industry Updates
We now offer our Mobile Internet 101 to walk our members through our in-depth content and host regular webinars and Q&A sessions.
Mobile Internet is Constantly Changing Keep current with free periodical update summary guides:
New releases of The Mobile Internet Handbook are made as needed to keep it fresh - and in-between we publish in-depth articles summarizing the major shifts in the industry.
Check out: "Industry Updates" to catch up on major changes since the last edition.
This Book is Written to Answer Questions Like:
The right solution is not the same for everyone. There are so many variables - such as your budget, how much connectivity you need and your desired travel style. Whether you are just getting started or updating your existing setup, we explain the options in clear everyday terms. We include current pricing information and spell out the pros and cons of each option.
Mobile connectivity allows many people to successfully work from the road and home school! The question is, what are you going to require to get your job done? This book will help you figure out if the realities of mobile internet will mesh with your goals.
No single solution is going to provide an always on affordable connection that allows you to be completely mobile. This book gives you a real world perspective on each of the options, and discusses the technical challenges travelers are up against.
Not everyone will need all of the options. Some may need a simple setup and some may need to make some serious compromises to balance affordability with reality. We break it all down, explain the pros & cons so you can decide for yourself what you need to live a thrivable life on the road.
All of the carriers offer unlimited plans.. but many come with limits. We explain why those limits impact mobile travelers the most, as we're seeking home internet replacements.
Who is this Book for?
US based RVers, Cruisers, and Nomads
This handbook is geared specifically towards US based RVers, cruisers, and nomads –
whether full-time, seasonal or those on extended excursions.
From Non-Techy types to Geeks of Any Level
It's written in clear easy to understand language with a minimum of 'techno babble' - ideal for those not comfortable talking with technology to fellow geeks.
Travelers Who Want to Stay Connected while Mobile
If you are setting out to explore the vast expanse of the USA for a prolonged period of time and want to remain connected while doing so, we’ve written this book for you.
The Goal of The Mobile Internet Handbook + MobileInternetInfo.com
There Are So Many Ways to Connect
The goal of The Mobile Internet Handbook is to give you the tools, knowledge and perspective to make the best choices for your unique situation.
The Book Goes Hand in Hand with the Online Resources
The book links to the living guide for further research on the current options.
Unbiased Information. No Ads. No Sponsorships.
We do not resell any mobile internet equipment or service plans, we are not sponsored by any company we cover and we do not accept any third party advertising.
We are funded by our readers and members (thank you!) so that we can strive to provide unbiased information to help you find the solutions that will work best for your adventures.
Ready for More? Go beyond the book with Membership or a Library Card
Most of our content is online these days, as it changes so often. Thus, the book is kept simple and to the point to stay more 'evergreen'.
Our online library takes the book MUCH further with deeper content and constantly updated information. It's a full library online with in-depth guides, a classroom, product reviews, videos and much more! This resource center is designed to be a one-stop knowledge base of everything mobile internet related for RVers, cruisers an nomads.
Much of the basics are offered for free in each guide, if you'd like full guide access - consider membership.