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Old October 9th, 2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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I live in western Livingston County (border of Fowlerville and Gregory), pretty much out in the sticks/farm country. My house is 6 years old near a main road, but there's no cable out here. Been here for about a year and a half and use satellite for TV and an AT&T mobile hotspot for internet(through cell towers). It works decent but costs a lot; $50 for 5gigs of data, plus $10 per gig over that. It's usually $80-90 a month for just internet, and we don't stream movies or Netflix, no gaming, just normal computer use. Looking for something cheaper.

A coworker recently moved about 8 miles away and got Frontier DSL and is very happy with it. Unlimited data, good speed, $30 a month, no contract.....but I called and they don't offer it where I live for some reason.

Any suggestions what to look into? I'm not the most IT savvy guy around, so there are probably options out there I'm not aware of.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 01:54 PM   #2
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AT&T DSL not an option? Fittergirl and her husband live by you, and they can only get a Sprint hotspot.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 02:04 PM   #3
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Walmart, Internet On The Go. Pay as you go, no contract. $80 Mifi device. $10 for 500m of data.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 02:24 PM   #5
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AT&T DSL not an option? Fittergirl and her husband live by you, and they can only get a Sprint hotspot.
Yeah I think they're about 2 miles south of me. We initially tried a Verizon hotspot because that's who our cell phones are through, but it didn't work well at all. We switched to AT&T because they said they had a tower a mile away. It works well, just costs a lot.

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Walmart, Internet On The Go. Pay as you go, no contract. $80 Mifi device. $10 for 500m of data.
That's twice the price of what we have now
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Dish Network has the best deal. It is a separate dish/account from any TV satellite you may have. Previously we used Verizon Mifi and paid $50 for 4GB of data. If we went over 4GB they charged an arm and a leg (I once got a bill for over $100 for the month). With the Dish Network we get 20GB for $40, and if you go over you don't get charged extra, your speed just slows.

PM me if you want to go this option, as I would love to receive $50 for referring you. It is a newer option and about a year ago it was only available if you called direct (not through a dealer) and asked for a specific service. It was available everywhere, but they hadn't trained most of the dealers on it yet.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 02:33 PM   #7
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We have the same rip off bs mifi as you do i hate it.

Two houses down is where every company ends and I live on a busy road

Dish net work just came out with high speed that they can use off the dish of some thing like that. I just called about it 2 days ago and that's the best awanser they give me

But other the the mifi we can't get any thing elese
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Old October 9th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #8
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Hmmm..... I pay $10 for data that we use up in about 3 weeks. So about $15/month.
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Hmmm..... I pay $10 for data that we use up in about 3 weeks. So about $15/month.
It really depends on your data usage. But it doesn't take much to burn through 1GB.
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Dish Network has the best deal. It is a separate dish/account from any TV satellite you may have. Previously we used Verizon Mifi and paid $50 for 4GB of data. If we went over 4GB they charged an arm and a leg (I once got a bill for over $100 for the month). With the Dish Network we get 20GB for $40, and if you go over you don't get charged extra, your speed just slows.

PM me if you want to go this option, as I would love to receive $50 for referring you. It is a newer option and about a year ago it was only available if you called direct (not through a dealer) and asked for a specific service. It was available everywhere, but they hadn't trained most of the dealers on it yet.
I'll have to check into that, thanks. If I do go that route I'll let you know so I can help with the discount.

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AT&T DSL not an option? Fittergirl and her husband live by you, and they can only get a Sprint hotspot.
Just got off the phone with AT&T and they don't offer DSL where we are either.

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Hmmm..... I pay $10 for data that we use up in about 3 weeks. So about $15/month.
Yeah we use a pretty good amount, I'm sure some people use far less than that.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 03:33 PM   #11
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Dish Network has the best deal. It is a separate dish/account from any TV satellite you may have. Previously we used Verizon Mifi and paid $50 for 4GB of data. If we went over 4GB they charged an arm and a leg (I once got a bill for over $100 for the month). With the Dish Network we get 20GB for $40, and if you go over you don't get charged extra, your speed just slows.

PM me if you want to go this option, as I would love to receive $50 for referring you. It is a newer option and about a year ago it was only available if you called direct (not through a dealer) and asked for a specific service. It was available everywhere, but they hadn't trained most of the dealers on it yet.

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Old October 9th, 2013, 04:00 PM   #12
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I am in the same boat as you guys, I have a phone line but DSL is not available thru it (plus I cut it while drilling pole holes for a horse fence). I have a verizon mifi thing, $50 a month for 5gb. We have dish for TV and have been considering their internet since we keep seeing the commercials for it. Sounds like a good deal, is the speed good?
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Old October 9th, 2013, 06:25 PM   #13
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I just moved to an area with no DSL either. Bottom line is, you will pay a lot more for less. It SUCKS!!!!! I pay $90/month for satellite internet through DTV. 15GB / month. Gotta run, almost used up all my data typing this. See you guys next month!!!! LOL
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Old October 9th, 2013, 06:42 PM   #14
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I just moved to an area with no DSL either. Bottom line is, you will pay a lot more for less. It SUCKS!!!!! I pay $90/month for satellite internet through DTV. 15GB / month. Gotta run, almost used up all my data typing this. See you guys next month!!!! LOL
Is this the same thing that 78CJ7 is talking about?
or it DTV different from dish network?
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Is this the same thing that 78CJ7 is talking about?
or it DTV different from dish network?
Yes, Its the same idea works the same way but Dish uses their own provider I think. Mine slows if we go over also. Mine called Excede/Wilblue depending where you live. I got a discount to bundle it with DTV. But its still much more and slower compared to the Charter DSL I used to have.
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I have dish TV with international channels and added the internet last year. You get a $10 discount of you are a Dish TV customer. I am real happy with the internet service. Not too many outages due to storms, it has to be a really bad storm to knock it out.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 07:29 PM   #18
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I'm pretty sure you won't like my answer, but at those costs, I wouldn't have the Internet
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Old October 9th, 2013, 07:30 PM   #19
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Yeah I think they're about 2 miles south of me. We initially tried a Verizon hotspot because that's who our cell phones are through, but it didn't work well at all. We switched to AT&T because they said they had a tower a mile away. It works well, just costs a lot.


That's twice the price of what we have now
A guy I work with lives out in the sticks and has Verizon but the signal strength was low so his speeds weren't the best. He picked up an inexpensive Wilson Electronics booster antenna for under $40 and gets full bars and LTE now. I don't know which model but it's the car style with the home/office adapter.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 07:33 PM   #20
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We cant get cable where I am, so we went to air advantage satellite internet. Not the fastest but gets the job done
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