We aim high and dream big, but we do live in the real world. That means no matter how much I wish I was rich and could afford to travel without working, the reality is I have to work to support my family and afford to travel.
One prerequisite for traveling and working is that I need an Internet connection in order to work. No Internet access and/or a weak signal would be a deal breaker. I’ve written an entire blog on how to stay connected on the road, but wireless Internet is the most important.
When we first started traveling, we had mobile phones on a Verizon Wireless family share plan, so I added a mobile wifi device, called a JetPack, to the plan. It worked great, all over the country. The only problem was it was expensive for the amount of data I needed.
Another traveling friend referred me to Millenicom, which provided data plans at a much better rate. The best part was their service used the Verizon network. So I ordered a new JetPack through them and had great service at a discounted rate for a couple of years.
In an effort to save money, we also switched our mobile phone service to T-Mobile. Wow, was that a big mistake! We now call them “T-Maybe”, because we never know if our phones will work as we travel around the country. No amount of savings was worth the loss of the excellent network coverage provided by Verizon Wireless. They may be more expensive, but it is worth every penny.
I guess Verizon realized how valuable the mobile Internet service was, because they bought Millenicom at the end of 2014. I researched other options, but knew from experience that I did not want to lose the Verizon network. I didn’t care how cheap the data plan was from T-Mobile and AT&T had more expensive data plan than Verizon, for less network coverage…that’s just crazy!
Luckily, I was referred to Ryan Maharg, a Verizon Specialist. He hooked us up with a new JetPack, which is way more advanced than the older one. It is shocking how quickly things change. In just 2 years the JetPack technology has gone from basic display to full color user interface, with all the bells and whistles.
Ryan has been awesome, getting us a great deal on a data plan, and is also going to help us get new phones with Verizon again. Contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org, tell him KelloggShow sent you and he can hook you up.