Today marks exactly one month since I signed up for the Verizon unlimited hotspot plan. And since I've lived in five different places during that month I believe I'm now qualified to do a preliminary assessment of how this Verizon plan number 28366 has been working up to this point.
So far I've been very happy with this plan, it feels so good not to have to count megabytes every day and worry about going over my limit, or not using what I paid for and it going to waste. I think the best way to describe how this plan is working for me is it's just like being at home where I had all the Internet I wanted anytime I wanted it, and I gave no thought to how much I used because the monthly payment was always the same.
But nothing is perfect and every silver lining has a cloud and so it is with the jetpack MiFi plan. Now there's nothing going on that would make me cancel this plan, in fact this plan has changed my life for the better and I hope it always works that way, but the way I understand it every plan that Verizon offers is prioritized in one way or another and so too is this one.
Since there's not an unlimited supply of Wi-Fi flying around in the air wherever you happen to be, the Wi-Fi that's there has to be shared, and the more people using it the slower the Wi-Fi gets so Verizon makes sure that their postpaid customers, which is what most people are, get in line 1st for data usage.
The way that Verizon can offer this jetpack MiFi plan with unlimited hotspot data so cheap is because it's always prioritized down the list and what this translates to in everyday use is, if you're in a crowded area like a big city your data speeds might be slow but will still be usable, and the slowest times will be in the afternoon when most people are using the data.
The reason this plan works well for me is I avoid places, like big cities where I would have to compete for bandwidth, and generally stay out in the boondocks where not many people are using the cell phone tower that covers my area.
As a good example of that, here at the Hi Jolly BLM boondocking area, I can see my cell phone tower a mile or two away so I have full bars of reception, but my Internet speeds have fallen somewhat since I've been here because there's a lot of people coming to Q for the big show and now I'm having to compete with more people for the Wi-Fi signal.
My cell phone still has its own 20 gigs of hotspot data and since it's a postpaid plan right now I can get 20 MB download speeds with the phone But the jetpack MiFi is only getting 7 MB speeds, even though the 8800L jetpack has a much better antenna and gets better reception than the phone normally does. But because The MiFi a prepaid plan with a lower priority than my cell phone the jetpack gets pushed to the back of the line.
Taking all that into consideration I still love my little jetpack. I turn it on in the morning when I get up, and I turn it off at night when I go to bed so there's always Internet available in the Arctic Fox. Most of the time I get fast Internet speeds. Sometimes in the afternoons it will slow down so that HD YouTube videos will have to buffer for a minute, but the speeds are always usable, I've never seen it so slow I couldn't use the Internet like happens when I use up my 20 gigs of hotspot data on the cell phone.
I'll probably leave here by the time the Big Show starts so it will be interesting to see what happens when Q is packed with people almost all of whom are using Wi-Fi and I'm prioritized down at the bottom of the list, it may be an enlightening experience.
I don't know what kind of cactus this is but it's about 2 feet tall, five or six inches in diameter and obviously well protected. it's the only one I've seen and that's why took a picture of it. It looks like it's not to be trifled with.