Mobile hotspots are the bomb.

16 01 2011

Forgive me for leaving my usual bloggy fare, for a short note on technological matters.

I live in some kind of broadband dead zone. Literally for years, my wife and I have been waiting for additional broadband Internet options to arrive in our Pueblo neighborhood. At first, I thought a local startup would reach us first, but they didn’t serve Macs. When their system became Mac compatible, I found out that their signal was too weak to reach our neighborhood. Qwest, which advertises its broadband services all over Colorado, does not reach our neighborhood either. A couple of days before Christmas, they actually left a flier on our door saying that we could get Internet through them now, but that turned out to be a sick joke.

The reason I’ve been so keen to switch is that to our knowledge we have had only one remotely affordable broadband Internet choice: Comcast through a cable. It costs $60/month. When I found out the price was going up to $66/month I knew it was time to do some more research on this. After all, it’s not 1999 anymore.

On New Year’s Day, my brother-in-law gave us the solution to our problem: A mobile hotspot from Sprint. Thanks to the advanced nature of my wife’s phone, we can now use it for our broadband Internet service. It reaches everywhere in the house and is just as fast as what we had before. It adds $20/month to the phone bill, and requires a $25 device for Laura’s Laura’s old Mac to pick up wireless, but the overall savings each month are absolutely extraordinary. First there’s the fact that I can cancel the Comcast bill, plus we won’t have to use the AT&T account that goes with our new iPad. Sure, I can only surf the web and write blog posts when my wife is home. Considering the magnitude of these cost savings, I think I can live with that.

If you’re paying too much for your home Internet, you really ought to check with your mobile phone company to see if this will work for you too.

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17 03 2011
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[...] a cable modem from the worst company in the world. I’ve been getting great coverage from the mobile hotspot on my wife’s phone since [...]

1 08 2011
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[...] talked about my home Internet arrangements on this blog before. We ditched our $66/month high speed service from Comcast in January in favor of the mobile hotspot [...]

28 02 2012
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[...] over my own line. I greatly prefer writing to chatting. Since we switched from cable Internet to a mobile hotspot, I can’t even get a wifi signal at home unless my wife happens to be around. Perhaps this is [...]

26 06 2012
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[...] through all the work of finding needles in haystacks and then downloading them (particularly since our mobile hotspot was particularly slow last weekend). I just wanted to be able to pick up a book and start reading [...]

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