Selecting your ideal cellular carrier and plan can be an overwhelming adventure, especially for RVers who need to replace a home internet connection while being mobile.
This guide is here to help you do that, and is a living document that we'll keep updated as each of the four major carriers change around their plans and offerings.
Included in this guide:
- Video: Selecting Cellular Data Plans
- Comparison Chart
- Understanding Verizon, AT&T, Sprint & T-Mobile based Plans
- Plan Guides
- Recommended ‘Smart’ Combinations of Plans
- Other Bandwidth Tips
This guide is focused on finding the best options for keeping a nomadic household online. We are only interested in data that can be shared with your laptops and other gadgets, not just consumed on a single phone or tablet. Data that is “unlimited” but throttled to super slow speeds isn’t particularly interesting for this comparison either.
Most nomadic households also need a voice line or two as well, so we do factor in voice somewhat into our analysis. But the focus here is on data. Lots and lots of glorious data!
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- Our book: The Mobile Internet Handbook
- Our app: Coverage? overlays the cellular carrier's coverage maps so you can better plan your travels around connectivity.
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We do offer limited personalized mobile internet advising sessions where we help you come up with your ideal mobile internet setup based on your unique goals, travel style, internet needs and budget.
We start with an online interview and then a 1 hour private video conference call, followed up with a customized written report with a shopping list for the products and services that we think will best meet your needs.