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Interstellar Orchard: Getting lucky with mobile internet

From the bloggers at Interstellar Orchard.

For three years living in Cas I relied solely on public WiFi and mooching off of friends for getting online, a pretty impressive achievement considering how much I use the internet – for updating this blog, responding to comments and e-mails, keeping up with Facebook Twitter, and other bloggers, and doing travel research. It was at times a slow and frustrating process depending on how good the WiFi was, but I never regretted the decision because of the amount of money I saved.

Alas, it was well advertised when I was job searching that free WiFi wasn’t available inside Yellowstone. I’d heard that Verizon had a strong 4G signal at Old Faithful (it’s true, other carriers are marginal at best), and I was already going through them for my smartphone plan. So I figured when I got out here I’d up the data on my plan and use my phone as a hotspot to get online with my computer. I couldn’t escape it any longer, I’d need to pay for my internet.

Here’s where things get interesting.

The two year contract on my phone plan through Verizon had ended long ago, and I was just paying month to month on it. It was an old bastardized dumbphone plan with 2 GB of data tacked on when I switched to an iPhone just before I hit the road in the summer of 2012. At the time I got my iPhone, it was cheaper to keep the dumbphone plan with limited texts and minutes, I was working at BestBuy back then, and got a 25% discount because of it.

To read the full story by Interstellar Orchard, click here.

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