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.

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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?