Saturday, June 25, 2011

My Sprint device doesn't offer the coverage I need

"I would like your input on a wireless broadband connection. Right now i have Readybroadband which I purchased at Walgreens. It is supposed to have Sprint coverage by what they tell me. I pay $25 per month and it seems to be enough to get what i must get done. But, looking at the coverage for sprint it is not very good in a lot of travel areas. So, would appreciate your input on something. I paid $40 for the device and as I said I pay $25 for the minimum for the month." - Brenda S

If you're going to travel, I would recommend moving away from the Sprint device that you have and going with Verizon. I know it's a pain as you've paid $40 for your Sprint card, but really, Verizon is much better. For $30 a month you'll get 3Gb of data which should be ample for most email and browsing (unless you want to watch YouTube videos or download movies). I have a 3G MiFi data card one and the coverage is excellent and much better than the AT&T card that we used to have (it still isn't perfect though - we're in Delaware at the moment and the coverage is a bit patchy). When you're not using it, you can suspend your payment for up to 6 months of the year - great if you travel part time. Finally, it's a WiFi device which means that you connect up to 5 computers to the same card. The one that they are selling now is called the 'Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi™ 4510L'.

Your other option is to look at upgrading your phone. New phones from Verizon such as the Palm® Pre 2 ($99.99) or the DROID CHARGE ($299.99 - 4G capable) offer the ability to create your own mobile hotspot. That means that they are like a data card built into a mobile phone. With them you can connect up to 5 computers via WiFi without having to have a separate data card. You'll pay $20 / month for 2Gb of data for either your phone or the computers that you connect to it. Just something else for you to think about.