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Default Unlimited or cheap cell phone internet in the US - 20-01-2009, 03:10

I'm looking for an unlimited or cheap cell phone internet service for prepaid GSM for tethering to a laptop once in a while in the US. Does such a thing exist? I understand that AT&T just discontinued their unlimited service.
   
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Default 23-01-2009, 15:37

You can still get an ATT dataconnect package on prepaid. It is $60 a month, but can handle broadband. If you have CDMA equipment, Crickett offers something cheaper that will fit your order. Crickett (unlike most CDMA) providers will activate on someone else's equipment.
   
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Default 23-01-2009, 18:49

Boost recently started a $50 a month unlimited plan with no contract. It's not on a 3G data network though.

Boost Mobile Monthly Unlimited and Unlimited Mobile Prepaid Plans
   
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Default 23-01-2009, 23:56

New AT&T prepaid data rate structure as of (approximately) Feb. 3rd, 2009 for prepaid Medianet(per an AT&T CSR who gave limited details on Howard Forums)

By the kilobyte at one penny a kilobyte
1 Mb data package at $4.99 good for 30 days; up to maximum of three packages may be stacked
100 MB data package (best for qwerty keyboard AT&T dataphones like the AT&T Pantech Slate or the AT&T Tilt) at US$19.99 good for 30 days; up to maximum of three packages may be stacked. Note that AT&T now officially supports a Qwerty AT&T GoPhone by introducing the Pantech Slate on their website (currently US$119).

The 1 Mb and 100 Mb data packages can be elected by dialing 611 and saying “buy features”. The penny per kilobyte rate is the default rate and you don’t have to do anything to get that rate, but it's not practical for laptop browsing.

What you could do is buy an inexpensive AT&T gophone from a department store and activate it (nice ones for only US$20). Buy a US$100/1 year card and apply it to the phone (you will also get some bonus airtime for doing this). Then just buy a 30 day data pass for 100 Mb on the cellphone by dialing 611 when you need it, and then transfer the sim card to the phone you are tethering from. Works out to US twenty cents a megabyte. This would be appropriate for occassional light tethering, but a data card and data plan would be more appropriate if you wind up exceeding 100 Mb frequently.

A non-gsm prepaid data alternative is Slingshot Prepaid Mobile Broadband for an EVDO Sprint/Verizon USB data stick. Best if you intend heavy data useage (US$60 buys 5 gb on network or 300 Mb off network).


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Default 24-01-2009, 15:36

Is anyone else disappointed with our current options? AT&T's old $20/month for unlimited internet was good, but their new plans are so expensive. Sprint, Verizon, and Boost aren't GSM as you guys know.
   
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Default 24-01-2009, 22:56

I recognize that the forum is dedicated to GSM (and UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA), but sometimes you need to discuss the non-GSM alternatives.
   
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Default 25-01-2009, 02:57

I didn't mean to say we shouldn't be discussing non-GSM, and I appreciate your info on alternatives.
   
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Default 31-01-2009, 18:08

I wonder if it would work to buy 100MB from AT&T and then add 1MB each month to keep it active. That would be a really slick way to keep access open.
   
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Default 12-02-2009, 18:01

This is confirmed working!
   
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