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1/31/18

Need Some Information

Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
Adventure Date: 1/31/2018

The rent and electric is due tomorrow but was paid today. From what others are crying about on the electric bill, the Castle with its better than normal insulation and the solar panels being used to help cover a nice chunk of the electric usage seems to be a savings leader. We do our heating with electric here in Rockport since the OFM’s spreadsheet says that the electric is within 
fractions of a cent per BTU the same as LPG, except you still have to take your tanks to get them filled or exchanged.

That brings us to a question we could use a little help on. We are planning on putting our Jetpack back into service for our running around in nowhereville soon, we hope. However the OFM has managed to not keep any records about how much data we used when we last used it nearly a year ago. We do not stream anything, watch movies etc. We write and publish the blog and look around on the internet for neat places for adventures. Any information on RVers volume data per month would be appreciated so we can make a decent guess at how much gigs per month we need to purchase upon restart. We will be using verizon with a veterans discount.

It was a cool bright sunny day here today. A nice amount of walking and fishing was done but no exciting adventures came our way. With a bit of luck weather wise, tomorrow we will get the new bicycle out for a run as a great way of trying to have tooooo much fun.

10 comments:

  1. Most of my data use is entertaining myself on the Internet, watching YouTube videos and things like that, and I have 30 gigs a month. Some months I have gigs left over which Verizon lets me use the next month.

    Posting on the blog uses very few gigs, so depending on how you look for neat places to go, such as watch videos about places which uses more gigs than reading about places. I would make a wild guess and say somewhere between 10 and 15 gigs a month. I believe Verizon will let you change your plan every month if you need more or less, and of course you can always buy a gig or two if you need extra

    Tom

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    1. Great Tom. That sounds very good to me. Thank you.

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  2. You could always take the unlimited plan which pretty much covers all your usage. We have that and there is no problem. Rick & Kathy Rousseau It's about time.

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  3. Barney, if you go into a local Verizon store the clerk will look up your past history and can advise you from there your best options. They have it down to a science. Just a thought.

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  4. Thank you Rick. However the Verizon store in Portland said I had to have had a Verizon phone along with my Jetpack to have trackable records. My phone at that time was ATT furnished by my son as a Christmas present.

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  5. I decided to respond to the question again because it's a question I've been wrestling with ever since I started full timing and I've yet to find an answer that works for every occasion.

    Gumo's comment is a good one Verizon knows everything you do and they can tell you how many gigs you use every month and that's a good place to start. But that's really only helpful if your situation doesn't change and you use about the same amount of data every month

    When boondocking your generally not settling down for a month or more which means that in one location you may have to use your phone data for the Internet and two weeks later you might be at a place where Internet is free. And my problem has been I've never had a month when I use my last gig of data on the last day of the billing cycle, I either ran out four days ago, or I've got 22 gigs left, and you can't keep carrying the gigs over it's for one month only.

    So I'm looking into Verizon's unlimited data plan but hot spot data is not unlimited and that's generally what I use. And even though the regular data is unlimited it gets throttled after a certain point and I'm not sure how useful it will be after throttling.

    So the amount of data you will need is really hard to put your finger on and all of that doesn't even include data your phone sucks up for updates and other things you don't even know about, and your computer updating various things when your hot spots turned on. So in my experience no matter what I've done I either have too much data or too little.

    Tom

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    1. I am fortunate in that my phone is an old style flip phone that is not on Verizon. The Jetpack will be WIFI for the computer only.

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  6. We were mysteriously using way more data then I figured we should so I called and Complained to Verizon. Suddenly are usage is far less and we haven't changed the way we are using it. Makes you wonder what they can do behind the scenes.
    Kathy does research for places to go and see along with On-Line Banking and communicating with the kids back home on her Computer, while I write the Blog, post Pictures and do research and other Communications on my Computer all at the same time. We are now averaging just under 25 Gig for a month not the 35 before the complaint. If we were to watch any short videos our usage would be much higher.
    It doesn't matter the plan you are on when you get to 15 Gig usage Verizon slows you down from 4 G to 3 G speeds. On most Plans if you reach your limit they don't cut you off but slow you down to where you can't read your E-mail. We finally went with an Unlimited plan which costs just under $90.00 which is cheaper the our old package and we don't worry if Verizon is messing with our numbers.
    Lots to figure out as a way of having tooooo much fun.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  7. We used Verizon Jet Pack too. 2 of us online very little streming. We changed to unlimited after we suddenly saw our usage go from 15gig to 30gig for no apparent reason..Verizon does slow you down after 15gig but it's not really noticeable..2 phones and the mifi are $200/mo and we could add 1 more device same price. It works almost everywhere. Keep up the great job sharing your travels. Even though we are not traveling anymore I check in often. Safe travels my friend.

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  8. OFM: I can't provide much guidance as to how much data you might use. I'm still working, and only use about 1GB/month, not even bothering to switch to WiFi at home & work.

    But my idea would be to think about switching service. T-Mobile has an age 55+ plan that costs $60 for two lines. That includes unlimited talk/text/data. The first 50GB of data is full speed, after that it may be throttled depending on cell tower congestion. Many people might comment that Tmobile has poor coverage, but I believe they have greatly improved the last five years. (they started working with 700MHz signals a few years back, those go longer distances and penetrate buildings better. They added 600MHz signals last year, already have over 500 towers using 600MHz). You do need the latest phones that include Band 12 (700MHz) and Band ?? (600MHz), so I know that would be a nuisance & expense, but something to think about.

    It's also a nuisance that they won't sell one line at $30, the 55+ plan is only for two lines at $60 total (they cover taxes & 911 fees).

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