Data Ideas for Nexus 7Tips

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  1. CrackBaby

    CrackBaby Well-Known Member

    Just jotting down some ideas for getting data while out and about. Please contribute your suggestions to this thread.

    If your phone has a data plan, try Foxfi.

    datajack - myfi for $89, 1gig $29

    virgin mobile - myfi $99, 2gig/mo $35

    walmart - myfi $119, 500mb $25

    toast - myfi $75, 1gig $25

    ting - hotspot $119, 1gig $24

    truconnect - myfi $99, .04/mb with add'l $4.99 connection fee during a month in which you use it

    worthy mentions

    karma - free to low cost roaming wifi, share your wifi with another and receive more free. Coming soon.

    freedompop - device is an iPhone sleeve, offers free or near-free wifi, coming soon.

    fon - you buy a mini-router to share some of your own, and connect to others for free. If you don't have one, you can connect to others by making an account and buy data by "credit card or SMS" according to their website.

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  2. perfectstranger

    perfectstranger Well-Known Member

    Karma sounds interesting.

    VM is useless for streaming any media to the N7 but fine for basic connectivity. More often than not, the network is too slow. I use my VM Moto Triumph as a hotspot for the N7.
  3. CrackBaby

    CrackBaby Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I use my VM as a hotsppot too!!! Am grandfathered in at $25/mo. :)

    Clear - device $49, supposedly unlimited gig $35/mo
  4. perfectstranger

    perfectstranger Well-Known Member

    I'm still at the $25 price point also or probably would have moved on by now. For that price I can deal with it.
  5. cammykool

    cammykool Well-Known Member

    I'm tethering from my optimus v now c:
  6. mazka

    mazka Active Member

    Been using of late blue tooth tethering and it seems to be easier on my phones battery than setting up WiFi hot spot, though it might be slower?

    Just wondering which you guys prefer.
  7. stridermt2k

    stridermt2k Well-Known Member

    FoxFi for me!
  8. blahblahyoutoo

    blahblahyoutoo Well-Known Member

    is this an out of the box feature, or do I need to get an app?
    i have a GNex and have been using the wifi hotspot.
  9. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Use the wifi hotspot from my Gnex (no BT). Since JB, it seems to work really well.
  10. craighwk

    craighwk Well-Known Member

    FoxFi here as well.
  11. CrackBaby

    CrackBaby Well-Known Member

    I hear ya! I was thinking it might not be a bad idea to pick up a couple of extra phone batteries from amazon for $5 or so to keep charged and onhand.. hotspot can eat up a battery as most of us know. My car has two cigarette lighters though, so driving isn't a problem.
  12. val88

    val88 Well-Known Member

    I prefer portable battery packs like this. [18 Months Warranty] Anker
  13. CrackBaby

    CrackBaby Well-Known Member

    Wow, Val, that thing packs some serious punch according to many favorable reviews. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Cricket - Device $99, $30/mo for 2gig, $45 4gig, $65 8gig looks like these run on 3G but I'm not sure
  14. CrackBaby

    CrackBaby Well-Known Member

    Took my kid to Walmart for ifrogz and saw that they are selling two hotspots with deals that only work if you buy them *at* Walmart.

    Virgin mobile: device $149. $20 1G/mo (3G). $35 "unlimited" (4G)

    T-Mo: device $114. $25 1.5.G/30 days. $35 3.5G/60 days.
    $50 5G/60 days (all 4G)
  15. GalaxyNexus

    GalaxyNexus Well-Known Member

    If you are looking for a good MiFi plan this is what I would do:

    1. Buy an unlocked 4G T Mobile phone for cheap. (Maybe buy an extra battery or two)
    2. Sign up for the $30 Monthly 4G Pre Paid plan. (Includes 5GBs per month, 100 mins, unlimited text)
    3. Use FoxFi for wireless tether.
    4. Enjoy a cheap MiFi Hotspot.
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  16. Polarhound

    Polarhound Member

    There are still usable $50 discount codes for Ting floating around that can be used on the 3G/4G mifi units. I bought mine about 3 weeks ago and a code from months ago on Fatwallet still worked.
  17. brianrx74

    brianrx74 Member

    One more vote for FoxFi
  18. CrackBaby

    CrackBaby Well-Known Member

    *nod* I have been aware of this plan but have also heard that it's a bit tricky. You have to make sure that you are using the right link and I know nothing about GSM or SIM cards, having been with VM for almost 5 years now.

    Could you recommend a cheap T-Mo phone to look for on ebay? Does it need to be android, or do smartphones or dumbphones work? I'm assuming android for foxfi? Thanks!
  19. JanComputerman

    JanComputerman Well-Known Member

    I saw VM hotspot cards on amazon for $60 sounds like a deal to me, my Nokia5800 has a teathering app making it a hotspot on TM too. May explore that some more soon, but don't need it yet. When I am in the car I am driving!

    Wow you really have to watch the spell checker on this N7!
  20. CrackBaby

    CrackBaby Well-Known Member

    When I looked at Ting's website, it appeared as though they charge PER device. Is this really true, and how would they know if another device accesses the dataplan?

    When I'm in the car, I'm driving and lost. I need my GPS!

    So far, I'm sticking with $25 VM, but really eyeballing that $30 T-Mo plan. We'll see.
  21. JanComputerman

    JanComputerman Well-Known Member

    The recent software upgrade to my nokia 5800 provided its gps with any maps in the world downloadable to the phone and it works great including voice with navigation. A smarter choice is a dedicated gps with lifetime map updates like a tomtom or just use the N7 gps and remember to save the map area head of time where you need road information.
  22. GalaxyNexus

    GalaxyNexus Well-Known Member

    Check out some cheap 4G phones on eBay that are compatible with T Mo.
  23. CrackBaby

    CrackBaby Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Are there any in particular that you'd recommend? How about what I should avoid?
  24. sleezecheeze

    sleezecheeze Well-Known Member

    Wifi tethering from my phone will do the trick. Slow and painful but enough to do the job.
  25. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    You can check what Swappa has:
    Swappa (Android) Devices for T-Mobile
    I don't know much about them. Sensation for $200 is a pretty good deal but the Optimus is decent from what I've read. If you're only using it to tether, I'd look into which has a better radio (and be sure of your local TMo coverage).

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