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Old 11-19-2020, 01:04 PM   #21
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I have verizion and I called Wineguard they said I needed a sim card, I ask why? It says I can connect to any wifi at a campground or anywhere else. We connected my wifes phone using her wifi hot spot. Now we have wifi for all of our phones and tablets, no extra cost for a sim card
It's not the SIM card that's the extra cost, it's the plan that goes with it.
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Old 11-19-2020, 01:55 PM   #22
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I have verizion and I called Wineguard they said I needed a sim card, I ask why? It says I can connect to any wifi at a campground or anywhere else. We connected my wifes phone using her wifi hot spot. Now we have wifi for all of our phones and tablets, no extra cost for a sim card


You are not using it properly. The Winegard can connect to any WiFi network.... open or secure.... campground or home. You do not need a SIM card to use it that way. You only need a SIM card and a data plan for Cellular data when you don't have WiFi.

Also.... the Winegard has a better antenna than your wife's cell phone. My AT&T phone can have 0 or 1 bar of signal and I can't use it as a hotspot but the Wingard w/ AT&T can often have 2 bars or more and provide internet coverage (and WiFi calling) when the cell phone can't.

It costs more but well worth it IHMO.
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:07 PM   #23
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You are not using it properly. The Winegard can connect to any WiFi network.... open or secure.... campground or home. You do not need a SIM card to use it that way. You only need a SIM card and a data plan for Cellular data when you don't have WiFi.

Also.... the Winegard has a better antenna than your wife's cell phone. My AT&T phone can have 0 or 1 bar of signal and I can't use it as a hotspot but the Wingard w/ AT&T can often have 2 bars or more and provide internet coverage (and WiFi calling) when the cell phone can't.

It costs more but well worth it IHMO.
That is what I'm saying we have unlimited data through Verizon so by using my wifes phone I don't need any extra data plan and it boosts the signal and it makes surfing the web safe because the Winegard has security built in, even though I have Norton security on all my devices also
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Old 11-19-2020, 04:01 PM   #24
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That is what I'm saying we have unlimited data through Verizon so by using my wifes phone I don't need any extra data plan and it boosts the signal and it makes surfing the web safe because the Winegard has security built in, even though I have Norton security on all my devices also

The Wingard can boost the WiFi signal from your wife's phone with its WiFi antenna but it is not boosting the cell phone signal of the phone itself. If the phone does not have a good cell signal, the Wingard won't boost that signal. It will only boost the cell signal if it us using its own SIM card and cellular antennas.

All I am saying is if your wife's phone has a lousy signal, the Winegard won't do anything about that but it could boost the cell signal if you were using a SIM card and a data plan for it.

if it works for you as is, that is great but you are leaving some of its potential on the table.
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Old 11-19-2020, 04:45 PM   #25
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The Wingard can boost the WiFi signal from your wife's phone with its WiFi antenna but it is not boosting the cell phone signal of the phone itself. If the phone does not have a good cell signal, the Wingard won't boost that signal. It will only boost the cell signal if it us using its own SIM card and cellular antennas.

All I am saying is if your wife's phone has a lousy signal, the Winegard won't do anything about that but it could boost the cell signal if you were using a SIM card and a data plan for it.

if it works for you as is, that is great but you are leaving some of its potential on the table.
I hate it when companies come out with products that cost extra to use them. All the cameras around my home don't need an extra cost plan to use. If I wasn't able to use my hotspot it would just be a useless weight holding the roof down. Ten GB for 59 dollars is a joke. We do a lot of streaming and using the web
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Old 11-19-2020, 04:55 PM   #26
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I hate it when companies come out with products that cost extra to use them. All the cameras around my home don't need an extra cost plan to use. If I wasn't able to use my hotspot it would just be a useless weight holding the roof down. Ten GB for 59 dollars is a joke. We do a lot of streaming and using the web

You are correct...... the Winegard data plan is ridiculous. There were some great deals until early this year when AT&T ended the unlimited RV plan for $360/year.

If you do some searching on the Forum, you will find that Cricket has a pretty reasonable plan that works with the Winegard ConnecT 2. Here is the start of a thread about Cricket and you can get 20GB for $35/month.

https://www.thorforums.com/forums/f1...a-21352-6.html

I have the AT&T unlimited plan that will end on December 31. I have only used about 160GB and that was with streaming YouTubeTV, Prime, etc. quote a bit on the road when the camp WiFi was not good enough.

The Winegard unit does not cost extra to use it as a wireless router.... like your home wireless router. However, it does has the cellular data feature, which is like adding a data plan to hotspot device, a tablet, etc. to give you Internet when WiFi is not available.

I have cameras and temperature sensors in my coach so we can keep an eye on it and our dog when we are out so I want access to the Net as often as possible so I will likely switch to Cricket net year.
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You are correct...... the Winegard data plan is ridiculous. There were some great deals until early this year when AT&T ended the unlimited RV plan for $360/year.

If you do some searching on the Forum, you will find that Cricket has a pretty reasonable plan that works with the Winegard ConnecT 2. Here is the start of a thread about Cricket and you can get 20GB for $35/month.

https://www.thorforums.com/forums/f1...a-21352-6.html

I have the AT&T unlimited plan that will end on December 31. I have only used about 160GB and that was with streaming YouTubeTV, Prime, etc. quote a bit on the road when the camp WiFi was not good enough.

The Winegard unit does not cost extra to use it as a wireless router.... like your home wireless router. However, it does has the cellular data feature, which is like adding a data plan to hotspot device, a tablet, etc. to give you Internet when WiFi is not available.

I have cameras and temperature sensors in my coach so we can keep an eye on it and our dog when we are out so I want access to the Net as often as possible so I will likely switch to Cricket net year.
Sounds good let us know how Cricket works when you get it
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Old 11-21-2020, 03:47 AM   #28
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I'm looking into this because after I retire on Dec 2 I am no longer eligible for my employee discount of 20 percent with Verizon...................
Your signature indicates that you are retired military, I am too and I get the 15% military discount Verizon offers (just like I got it with AT&T before switching).


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Old 11-21-2020, 04:13 AM   #29
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Your signature indicates that you are retired military, I am too and I get the 15% military discount Verizon offers (just like I got it with AT&T before switching).


Retired "Quiet Professional". Lifetime HSUS and ASPCA member.
I currently get a Verizon 20 percent discount through my employer and it is still more than the Xfinity plan. Even with the 15 percent discount through Verizon it is still more, naturally, Xfinity.

I'm still not sold on making a switch but the more I look into it the sweeter Xfinity looks especially since they use the Verizon towers so there will be no loss of coverage.
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