Inexpensive Internet Options Out in the Country

*Disclaimer: I am not responsible if you choose to get service through any company I mention. I am not guaranteeing that any of these will work where you live and options can change at any time with or without notice. You follow my suggestions at your own risk. Also, I am not being paid by any of these companies.*

If you live in the middle of nowhere you have likely run into issues with internet connectivity. For some, like my husband, this isn’t an issue. I’m not talking to you so you can go fry something on your wood stove.

If you enjoy connecting to others on Facebook or blogging then you’re going to want internet. We used to have satellite internet, but we were always going over our data allowance and they were charging us a fortune. I got fed up and got a bigger cell phone which gets decent service out here. That worked well until I wanted a tablet. So I got a hotspot from Straight Talk. It worked great, but I was paying $75 for 7GB of data! We’re on a fixed income so that had to stop.

We have cell phone service through Cricket Wireless and only had two lines out of four that we’re allowed. Two lines is only $80 on their Unlimited plan and hotspotting is $10 more for 10GB. I added a second line for $10 plus another $10 for an extra hotspot. So I pay $110 for three phones with unlimited data and 20GB I can use for my tablet and desktop computer. That’s more than enough to do what I need, but it also allows me to sync my cloud services and iTunes.

Cricket Wireless is AT&T based so make sure you have towers where you live prior to signing up. Their customer service is awesome so you can call and ask if that’s easier for you. Also, only certain phones are capable of hotspotting, so be sure to check their list first. I got an iPhone SE ($169) and a ZTE Overture 3 ($19.99), so it’s not just their expensive phones.

Check them out, they could be a viable option for you, too!

Android to iOS

On Monday I made the switch from my LG Stylo 3 to the iPhone SE. I wasn’t in love with some of my pictures, service was horrible, and I couldn’t hotspot it. Hotspotting was my biggest complaint. It actually made me mad enough that I considered switching from Cricket, but I would be going to Straight Talk who doesn’t offer hotspotting at all.


Anyway, limited internet/cellular options in the country will be it’s own post. It could almost be it’s own blog. Lol

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So, why is iOS better than Android? Well, for one thing, I bought my LG Stylo 3 in December 2017 and it became obsolete on March 30, 2018 when Oreo was released. Why can’t a six month old $150 phone be upgraded? So I paid $159 for an iPhone SE that was released in 2016 and immediately upgraded it to iOS 11.3.

The next reason I like it better is the quality of the apps. I use the Ancestry app daily and I really liked it on my 5.5″ screen. I love it on my 4″ screen because it works more like the website, but it’s optimized for my phone.

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    My third reason is the camera. My LG had a 13MP camera and my iPhone has a 12MP camera, but the iPhone’s camera uses better quality pixels. There are articles that go in depth on why if you want to do more reading. You can see the difference in these two pictures of my youngest son. The outdoor picture is with my iPhone.

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    My only complaint is the size is a little difficult to get used to, but everything else more than makes up for it. I bought a wallet case to add bulk and that’s helped some. I do love that I can put it in my bra and you can’t tell it’s there. Lol I couldn’t do that with my old phone.

     

My favorite gadgets for blogging

I have three gadgets that I love for blogging. My first is the Asus ZenPad 10 because it has a large screen, it’s easy to read, and it’s not as bulky as a laptop. It has a 16GB hard drive, which is enough for me since I only use it for blogging and advertising.

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My second favorite is the LG Stylo 3. Mine is rose gold and powered by Cricket Wireless. I love that I can pull the built in stylus out and my note taking app pops up without me having to turn on the screen or unlock the device. So if I come up with a great blog idea I can just get the stylus out, type what I want to remember, and carry on. It also takes amazing pictures! Most of the pictures on this blog were taken with it.

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This one isn’t for everyone and it isn’t a permanent solution for me. It’s the 4G LTE hotspot from ZTE powered by Straight Talk. I live out in the country where dial up still exists (not kidding) so there aren’t a lot of options for WiFi. This device can be loaded with 2GB up to 7GB of data through Straight Talk. I’m trying 2GB now and it’s going well. In the future I plan on getting HughesNet.

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What are your favorite gadgets that you use for blogging?