Internet On The Road - Cellular Options
In the realm of internet options for RVers, there are three main ways to go: Wi-Fi, Cellular, and Satellite. This page discusses the myriad of ways to connect to the internet using cellular technology.
Cellular is, in general, the most popular among RVers for connecting to the internet. However, there are numerous considerations, equipment choices, and pricing plans. We can't cover everything, but we'll explore the most popular set-ups and try to make it as understandable as possible.
Please bear with us as we start from the beginning. Hopefully, it will help us help you decide on the best options for you.
Back in 2005 when we started full-timing, the best option for getting connected in the most remote areas of the United States was via satellite. That's still the best option for the most remote areas, but cellular data access has closed the gap amazingly over the last five years. Many of our friends that had satellite internet have deactivated their satellite service in favor of cellular mobile broadband.
We went with the satellite option back then because cellular data was just getting a foothold. Some people were using their cellular voice minutes to access the internet and easily connected their cell phones to their computers. But eventually, the cell companies started making a clear distinction between voice service and data service, and they implemented separate billing for each.
Now between all of the cellular service providers, each of them have strengths and better signals in certain areas. However, most RVers intending to travel much of the country are seeking the best national coverage they can get. And while the national players of AT&T, Sprint, & T-Mobile have numerous RVers as customers and fans, Verizon tends to win hands down for nationwide coverage and data speeds for RVers.
Although there are some differences between Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T, as far as their basic data plans go, there isn't much difference. All three charge about $60 a month for 5 GB of data usage.