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Old 03-23-2011, 01:15 PM   #1
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dropping home internet for mobile hotspot

has anyone dropped their home internet to rely solely on the mobile hotspot? i've been considering it for a little while now and i wonder what other people's experience has been. i have not used the mobile hotspot on the evo at all yet. i would take quite a hit in internet speed, but would save a little in price and it would be nice to have the mobility with my laptop and other wifi devices.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:38 PM   #2
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Are you in a 4 G area?

What are you paying for internet, Sprint Mobile Hot Spot is $29.99 a month?
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:47 PM   #3
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for home use i would look at a RSU connected to a wireless router or the wifi rsu

much better connection than a hot spot
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:50 PM   #4
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Also what is your normal monthly usage?
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i pay $67, so it's a costs savings. my internet is currently 20mbps, but i am willing to take a downgrade.

one of the main issues is all the other internet-connected devices. what is the reliability of the hotspot to handle six devices at once (though it'll mostly be two or three)? (gaming console, blu-ray player, ipad, laptop. etc.)

what's an rsu, how portable is it, how much does it cost?
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Personally, I'd never give up a true wired broadband connection. The speeds combined with the reliability far outweigh the cost, IMO. There's just too many inconveniences with a wireless connection. It could cut out or kick down to 3G or 1x speeds at random. The phone will not be able to give as strong of a WiFi connection as a router would. If I live with anyone else, they wouldn't be able to access the internet unless I was home. Even if I lived by myself, I wouldn't be able to leave any downloads running while I'm out and about, no possibility of remotely logging in to send myself a file or start up a movie download as I'm about to head home so that it's ready for me by the time I get out of the car, etc. I guess those problems could be solved by getting another phone, but that's another line ($30), plus the hotspot ($30), which would be more expensive than what I pay, and only slightly less than what you pay.
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i pay $67, so it's a costs savings. my internet is currently 20mbps, but i am willing to take a downgrade.

one of the main issues is all the other internet-connected devices. what is the reliability of the hotspot to handle six devices at once (though it'll mostly be two or three)? (gaming console, blu-ray player, ipad, laptop. etc.)

what's an rsu, how portable is it, how much does it cost?
With your usuage, I would not do it.
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that's a bummer. it's a move i'd really be open to doing if it was reliable enough. i don't do so much to require remote desktop, and don't download enough large files to have it running round the clock.

i live with my wife, no kids. since we'd each have capable devices, it'd be ~60 instead of the 67. not the most significant savings, but nice to have the portability no matter where we are.
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With your usuage, I would not do it.
I have used the EVO, Overdrive, data card and now a laptop for over 2 years, with no wire connection in my house, with your usage and amount of devices, I would not do it..

Also if there are multiple persons living in the house, when the evo leaves the internet leaves as well..
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Yeah a $7 difference is definitely not worth it. I mean, you already pay for data on the phone, so the portability factor is still there. For an extra $7, you get a second, more reliable, faster connection.
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Yeah a $7 difference is definitely not worth it. I mean, you already pay for data on the phone, so the portability factor is still there. For an extra $7, you get a second, more reliable, faster connection.
the portability factor is there for the phone, but not for my laptop. I have no problem with the internet leaving with me. It's my wife and me, and we'd each have our own phone hotspot.

the cable connection is definitely faster and more reliable. i suppose the cost savings isn't great enough to warrant the switch, but i look forward to the day the phone would be able to provide equivalent bandwidth and reliability.

thanks for all the input. it's something i've been thinking about for a while and it's nice to get other people's opinions.
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Ah, I see what you mean.

There's ways around that, but it's probably better that we don't discuss that here.
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why not use "wireless tether" its free. i mean isnt this why we pay the 10 dollar premium for unlimited data.

yes i know we shouldnt tether but i do anyway because of the 10 dollar fee.
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why not use "wireless tether" its free. i mean isnt this why we pay the 10 dollar premium for unlimited data.

yes i know we shouldnt tether but i do anyway because of the 10 dollar fee.
Because it's wrong, and because behavior like that is why (according to Sprint, anyway) we have the $10 fee in the first place.

I don't have a problem with it, and I do it, too, but I use it for slight browsing and nothing else. It's annoying when people suck down 100GB a month and raise the prices for the rest of us who are using less than 2GB a month.
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