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jaycocreek

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Posted: 03/09/21 06:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One thing I like about the Zoleo, is it will sense if there is Wifi or cellphone coverage and use those instead of through the satellite for messages, saving on data used depending on your plan.. Supposedly the battery last for 200 hours... There one thing I wanted but none of them seem to support, is the ability to send pictures....

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Good info and timely thread...we had a Wilson amp and antenna in the TT that worked great at the beach, and when I installed it in 2008 I made sure it had the latest 3G tech...while 3G is better than nothing nowadays, I left that system in the camper when I sold it and am looking for newer tech for the TC.

I was planning on the WeBoost Drive Reach signal amp with external antenna to pick up a signal in fringe areas. For us it's not so much about yapping with friends and family, but more about streaming music and movies and having email access for work.

The weak link is that a signal amp must have a signal to amplify, so if there's NO signal it's a problem, but based on the Verizon coverage map I don't see us getting into that situation just yet.


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Posted: 03/09/21 07:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The most remote place I most frequently camp at is about 300' from a cell tower. I get 5 bars of 4G coverage 24 hours a day there. It's great.


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I've been using a SPOT device for most of my 15 years of ramblin’. It's worked out very well, including a trip to Alaska in 2012. I just use it to tell my kids where I am, since I don't travel with an itinerary. SPOT really ticked me off, though, a few years ago when they started charging everyone the same price, which includes automatic tracking, like hikers use. I don't need it, but now I'm subsidizing the hikers. [emoticon] I think I'll look into the Zoleo, where I could create short messages on my smartphone. Also can put it on hold for the six or seven months I'm off the road. Another good find on RV.net. [emoticon]


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Well I use to be a ‘people person’ - that is until I started to associate with some people....[emoticon]

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Just wait for it....SpaceX has been putting hundreds of communication satellites in orbit to create a globle network that will be unobstructed. It will be a game changer in communication.

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For our older age and health reasons and the fact that most of our camping is out of cell range, we have a Globalstar satellite phone - got a promotion last year (still available) - unlimited minutes (voice and text) for about $900 with a free phone.This year we got a plan for 1800 minutes that wasn't as good a deal but didn't spend a lot on eating out this year!


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KKELLER14K wrote:

Just wait for it....SpaceX has been putting hundreds of communication satellites in orbit to create a globle network that will be unobstructed. It will be a game changer in communication.


Unless your under trees, tall building or if a flock of birds fly over. [emoticon] Maybe that will resolve when they have more up, but the reviews I've seen on the Beta's that have been sent out, have had some of the above cause issue.


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The original Phillips Radio Company intercom system it came with from 1975 (Or at least it will once I finish the resto work on the system) [emoticon].

Much easier to talk with the passengers who are belted (Yes it has seat belts) in the back [emoticon].


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KKELLER14K wrote:

Just wait for it....SpaceX has been putting hundreds of communication satellites in orbit to create a globle network that will be unobstructed. It will be a game changer in communication.


The catch 22 with it (I'm signed up for it), is its locational cell based atm. So while its very mobile hardware, it only works in the home cell your address is at, move into another part of the grid and it won't come online.

I suspect in the future, when the network is finished, that might change.

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