Verizon air card

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Real Estate Agent with Coastal Properties Group International
I've found my Verizon air card well worth its $49.99/month fee (no limit on calls and no long distance charges). It is much more reliable than WiFi, and saves the WiFi fees that many hotels still charge. I use it when out with clients, when travelling, when on the boat.  It has worked as far away as the Big Island in Hawaii, but today for the first time I found its limite - in the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.  Cell phones didn't work either, and the signal would come and go for the air card. The card works in the populated areas such as Jackson WY and Park City UT but not in the remote unpopulated areas.
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Sharon Simms
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Coastal Properties Group
CHRISTIE'S International Real Estate
238 Beach Drive NE
St Petersburg, FL 33701
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Anonymous #31
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Dave

Wow, I was considering getting one these cards and a laptop to work out of home, but am now going to wait to see about Gaell's situation!

May 27, 2008 06:03 PM
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Sharon Simms
St. Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
Coastal Properties Group International

Dave - hope we'll hear the outcome.  I've seen the $39.99/mo advertised lately som plan to call my Verizon office to see if I can reduce my fee by $10/mo or if the lower fee has any MB/GB fee.

May 30, 2008 04:56 PM
Anonymous #34
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Dave

Sharon,

Yes, hope so.  And let us know how things go with the $39.99 offer. 

 

I'm also curious about Pam Hofmann's setup with the Snap-Dial software that allows her to use her cell phone as a wireless modem at no extra charge!  I wonder if the speed is slower than a dedicated aircard though...

May 29, 2008 06:39 PM
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Sharon Simms
St. Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
Coastal Properties Group International

Gaelle and Dave - today I finally called Verizon to ask why I'm paying $59.99/month when they're advertising $39.99/month - he said that with the $39.99/mo plan you get 50 MB, which is approximately 340 web pages per month. If you go over, you pay. For $59.99/month you get 5 GB, which is 5,012 MB or 100 times as much. I told him I guessed I'd never used that much since I'd never been billed more. I checked one of my bills and it said I had umlimited use and that I used 291 MB, so I would have been way over on the $39.99 plan, too. We didn't discuss a $49.99 plan. I think plans vary by states as well.

May 30, 2008 05:04 PM
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Dave

Ah, I see.  Thanks for sharing, Sharon!  Yeah, I think I would definitely need the unlimited package too. 

I'll also be looking into the Snap-Dial option soon and report back.  If it is as fast as a dedicated aircard, I'll probably go with it...even though placing/receiving calls while online is not possible (I would think). 

And it's a bit of a hassle to upgrade to a compatible phone as only a few are according to the Snap-Dial website, and I may need to change my cell # unless that is portable nowadays.  So the upfront costs may be more, but the ongoing savings should quickly makeup for it.  We'll see...

May 31, 2008 11:24 AM
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Sharon Simms
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Thanks, Dave. Will wait to hear.

May 31, 2008 01:25 PM
Anonymous #38
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Dave

Sharon,

One question... I wonder if I'm wrong about my understanding of how the aircard plan works... 

Does your $60/mo plan give you access using both your aircard *and* your cell phone?  If that's the case, that would be better, giving a disadvantage to the Snap-Dial solution that ties up your cell phone while online.

 

June 01, 2008 02:30 PM
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TRISH

USE AT YOUR OWN FINANCIAL RISK!

I travel on tour and need my laptop everyday to stay in touch with business at home.

I check e-mail,surf webpages a bit,and watch a music vid or two...BUT THAT"S IT!

Due to being on the move..I needed an air card. I have always been a Verizon customer

and been very satisfied... until now!

I just terminated my sevice today due to over almost 3000.00 in overage charges!!

I had the 59.99,5G plan ,that I too was told would cover all my needs...no problem!

NOT EVEV CLOSE!! I was so afraid to go over the second month ..that I barely even used the card!

AND STILL WAS BILLED OVER  1100.00!!!!!

When I enquired about changing to UNLIMITED SERVICE to avoid the problem...I was told by their

representative that UNLIMITED is actually 5G! So there ya go!

True ...you do get great coverage....but at what price????????

Too steep for me!!

BUYER BEWARE!!!!!

June 27, 2008 01:55 PM
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Sharon Simms
St. Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
Coastal Properties Group International

Dave - no, an aircard only gives your computer access - no cell phone.

Trish - you and a few others have experienced that. I haven't. Can't explain what's going on. Thanks for sharing your experience.

June 27, 2008 08:18 PM
Anonymous #41
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John p

I was thinking of buying an Verizon aircard but will readily admit after reading these problems with limited vs unlimited(when the unlimited is limited too), scaress me enough to NOT buy an aircard.  I am a retired guy who enjoys traveling and just wanted to surf, get my emails and view my investments.   Thank you one and all for your insights and saving me possibly thousands of dollars. John P.

July 16, 2008 12:52 PM
Anonymous #42
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karen west

I have Verizon's aircard and have been happy with it.  Yes, there are occasional areas where it doesn't work but they are very few.  I am on the computer a lot and have never gone over or billed extra.  I guess if you're on line 18 hrs you might go over. 

I use a Magic Jack system to use a regular phone hooked to my computer to make unlimited calls.  Check them out at www.magicjack.com.  Costs $49 the first month and $19.95 A YEAR thereafter.  Won't work with an aircard however, only wifi.  Something about the aircard using a sateliite.  If your laptop doesn't have a slot on the side for an aircard they have aircards that plug into a USB port.

August 19, 2008 08:29 PM
Anonymous #43
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Adam

Hi, my name i s adam snyder and I work for Verizon Wireless. I use a pc card on a daily basis for online classes and so far it has worked great for what I need from it. When looking to purchase wireless internet just make sure that the benefit out-weighs the cost. We also offer a tether option that uses your current cell phone as a modem. My email address is adam.snyder@verizonwireless.com feel free to email with any questions concerning pc cards.

October 06, 2008 10:38 AM
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As for verizon coverage in the Puget Sound area, I have had great results.  I have put together a Google Map of all the places that I have used it.  You can click on each map marker to get a quick blurb about the connection quality in that particular location. 

here's a link with a quick review and interactive map:  Real Estate Tech Blog

November 03, 2008 06:22 PM
Anonymous #45
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Linda

I also am wondering whether the tether option Adam mentioned, or hooking into my cell phone,  is as high speed as an aircard, or whether it only operates at dial-up speed.  Can anyone tell me that?  I have a Sprint aircard, and have been very happy with it when I want it, but only use it when travelling, so for many months I'm paying $39.99 for nothing, and now $59.99 for their cheapest plan.  I've put in my 2 years, so now can do what I want. 

Linda

January 18, 2009 04:01 PM
Anonymous #46
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bob anderson

I am going to spend some time on the Big Island Hawaii.. (south point) and have a Sprint Air Card...any know if I will get signal there? also have Sprint cell.. most of the time, where I get a Cell signal, my laptop is fine also with the air card... any infor? suggestions? stories? bob

February 25, 2009 05:03 PM
Anonymous #47
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jea sim

i have a air card but...

this month, they charge me over $3000..

i didnt used a lot on the internet but they charge $3000 

i dont know what is the problem right here.

do i have to pay all $3000 ?

 

March 07, 2009 03:42 AM
Anonymous #48
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Mark

I just visited India and noticed that their data rates are 2 cents per MB, while we in the US are about 2 cents per KB.  Data rates in the US are at least 1,000 times greater than that in India.  How can India do it for so much less?  It's just a matter of gouging and the providers know they can ask that much.  And no, their wireless network is a commercial enterprise, not owned or subsidized by the government.  These data plans are ridiculous, but as long as we all think we are getting a deal, the rates will simply climb.

June 25, 2009 12:52 PM
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Mark,  It may seem like gouging but the reality is that is the definition of a "market".  We make more money here and are obviously willing to pay the cost, otherwise the price would be lower.

June 26, 2009 12:37 PM
Anonymous #50
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Nina

Wow, I wish I came here first before spending 5 hours and then another 1 and 1/2 hours on tech support with MagicJack.  I have a Verizon aircard and no one couldn't figure out why I kept getting an "error 6" (connection problem)on the dial pad.  It wasn't until the last few minutes of me trying to pull my hair out that the tech finally said they do not guarantee MagicJack with an aircard.  Seems like bull to me.  I just don't understand why they didn't tell me in the first place that it might not work with the aircard.  I wasted so much time.  Oh, one of the steps was to send me to the link speedtest.net as specified above, but even though they felt the speed was sufficient it would not work with magicjack.  However, I use this aircard when I am down the shore or away from home and away from my usual DSL and it does work great on its own.  But then when trying to use it with the the magicJack, it kept coming up with error messages.  Seems that magicjack support is outsourced and doesn't know what they are doing either.  I just wish I could use the magicJack with the aircard.  Anyone have suggestions. 

August 31, 2009 09:23 PM
Anonymous #51
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matthew

Hi Sharon, I was using my company verizon aircard to  do work when the carribbean I wanted to know if they can view the sites I went on, the company has recieved a bill of 10,000 and wants to charge me back, I did visit some social sites but the bulk was attributed to work. This is a domestic Aircard I have and it was on when I opened the internet connection, I did not click to accept global roaming charges. I truly am devastated by this and they are in dispute with Verizon. Two questions will my laundry be aired, second will the bill get reduced, and if is a company card and company computer am i liable to pay this. Where does one find 10,000 when I was doing this for work purposes on my vacation. I am so upset. Please help me. Matthew

 

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