An update on internet options, strong cellular and variable WiFi results

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

7 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    Hi Ben, I can confirm good experience with the Verizon $65 service using an 8800SL
    On our cruise CT-FL and back (now Baltimore coming back). Also true a few spots like Boca Lake where the surrounding hi rise condos seem to kill or eat the cell capacity. Brian

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Ben, Can the Verizon pre-paid SIM card deal be stopped and started easily, which might be very useful to seasonal cruisers?

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      I did some research on this but I haven’t been able to find a firm answer. Verizon offers the option to suspend your service, but for their prepaid plans this appears to only be if you’ve lost your phone.

      However, with prepaid service, you’re not under any sort of contract so you could just cancel the service for the layup portion of your season. But, you then run the risk they might not be offering the plan to new subscribers, which happens pretty frequently with cell carriers.

      Everyone’s circumstances are different but for our use even if we’re not on the boat we’ve found plenty of use for the hotspot. We are usually in the car for many hours when we’re not on the boat (often driving to and from the boat) and having a strong connection in the car cuts down dramatically on the dreaded “are we almost there?” We currently have two plans and when we’re not on the boat I still want reliable connectivity to monitor the boat.

  3. Raul says:

    Do you know if the Verizon or ATT plans work in Canada? I boat in the Pacific Northwest and go to Canada very often. I’d like a plan that works seamlessly on both sides of the border.

  4. jason says:

    Have any of you looked at Glomex for wifi / cell boost?

  5. Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

    There are indications Verizon is getting ready to retire this plan. The Mobile Internet Resource Center has an entry indicating Verizon is planning to stop offering the plan. The good news is that it also appears Verizon will honor the plan for as long as you keep an account active. So, if you haven’t already now would be an excellent time to get scooting and pick up one of these plans.

    Ben

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