Cheap, semi-reliable internet access

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Re: Cheap, semi-reliable internet access

Post by SavingWithBabies » Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:12 pm

I came across this today:

https://www.calyxinstitute.org/civicrm/ ... et=1&id=19

Via: https://boingboing.net/2016/09/22/i-hav ... nel-t.html

So $500/year for the first year and $400/year after for unlimited 4G on Sprint network. Given the above details about how others are making this happen on the Sprint network, I'd be a tiny bit worried that Calyx is not legitimate however it seems to be (nothing more than a smell test, I didn't put any effort into researching yet).

At $400/year, this might not qualify as cheap to most people. It is a tax-deductible charitable donation which might be useful for some.

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Re: Cheap, semi-reliable internet access

Post by SavingWithBabies » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:36 pm

AT&T is offering an interesting device called a Mobley. The device is $100 and then it's a month to month $20 + fees (~ $24?) for "unlimited" data. Or you can get the device for free with a two year commitment.

The Mobley is a small box that plugs into a vehicles ODB II port (typically used for reading engine error codes and/or emissions testing), has built-in wifi and an AT&T sim card and cell modem. Unlimited data which is really 22 GB at full speed and then more but subject to congestion slowdowns. The device detects when the vehicle is turned off and turns off 30 minutes afterwards.

The device is open to use beyond intended as one can buy an ODB II port adapter, a 12v power supply and then power it up outside of a vehicle. It also happens to have a micro USB port on it. If that port is used to plug it into a router that supports 3G+ modems, it works with most and can be used via a router. For power, a popular choice is a USB 5v to 12v step-up power adapter so the Mobley can be powered with a typical 5v USB port/charger/battery pack.

So... If you're willing to bend the intended usage a little bit (bending it a lot would be popping out the SIM card and sticking it into a mifi device), you can get "unlimited" AT&T data without much of a commitment or cost. If interested, google "howard forum mobley" for much more.

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Re: Cheap, semi-reliable internet access

Post by fiby41 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:15 am

Reliance Jio free 1GB a day at 4G after which unlimited at reduced speed. It was launched in September, I'm using from December, it was supposed to end on 31st March, but if you are reading this, it means it is still running.

I've time until 15 April to become a paid user. It's the largest free to paid user migration with 72 million prime (paid) members.

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Re: Cheap, semi-reliable internet access

Post by fiby41 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:23 am

Double / duplicate post
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Re: Cheap, semi-reliable internet access

Post by fiby41 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:25 am

fiby41 wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:15 am
I've time until 15 April to become a paid user.
Today is supposedly the last day of free internet. Yesterday I paid Rs 99 for Prime Membership of 1 year.
Then Rs 309 plan which gets me free voice over LTE (VoLTE), unlimited data (1GB high speed 4G data per day, after which speed throttles to 128 Kbps) and 100 SMS a day. This is for 3 months (84 days, 84 GB) of Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan.

Before this there was an almost identical Jio Summer Surprise offer for Rs 303. Airtel and Vodafone filed a complaint to TRAI (telecom regulatory authority) for competitive pricing and so TRAI 'advised' Jio to rollback which it did.

Before Jio I used to pay Rs 99 for 1 GB data per month to government owned MTNL. Worst part of it was that I had to keep tab on how much data was remaining as when the 1GB got used up, it started eating into my voice/call/account balance. It would not stop until the account balance reached 0, or unless I didn't realise that the data pack was over and stoped using the net.

cheap, semi-reliable... It's cheap and well, it's name is Reliance Jio so...

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Re: Cheap, semi-reliable internet access

Post by Ego » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:44 am

1USD= 64.47INR

So, Amazon Prime in India costs 99INR = $1.56? The cell phone plan costs $4.79 for 84 days of service or $20.81 annually? Wow

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Re: Cheap, semi-reliable internet access

Post by fiby41 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:03 am

Ego wrote:
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:44 am
So, Amazon Prime in India costs 99INR = $1.56?
TBH I just watch whatever is on TV but if I particularly take a liking for something, then I have to compulsively watch all the seasons and read the fandom wiki pages. :'(

But I remember seeing a billboard ad from when it was launched so I looked it up. Apparently it was launched here on my birthday.

It is ₹499 and not ₹99.

Pro-tip: You can use your Indian Amazon Prime account to view Prime Videos in other countries, at which point you'll see the catalogue for that country. This means that if you have an Indian account, you can still access the full US catalogue of Amazon Prime Video. IOW, you can get an Amazon Prime account when in India to watch content of your country after you are back home.
Ego wrote:
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:44 am
The cell phone plan costs $4.79 for 84 days of service or $20.81 annually?
For 84 days only. It's limited to one recharge only and not applicable if already recharged with Jio Prime + ₹303 or above plan.

I think bringing the price point lower, it's to get users to become paying customers who haven't made a single recharge yet and prevent them from going back to their previous service provider treating jio as a throwaway.

BTW I used their payment gateway to get 1 of 5 (1 /transaction) ₹50 vouchers which I can redeem when/if I make my next recharge.

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Re: Cheap, semi-reliable internet access

Post by fiby41 » Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:04 am

Cmonkey's post which is related
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fiby41 wrote:
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:03 am
Ego wrote:
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:44 am
The cell phone plan costs $4.79 for 84 days of service or $20.81 annually?
For 84 days only. It's limited to one recharge only and not applicable if already recharged with Jio Prime + ₹303 or above plan.
₹399 for another/next 84 days
(as opposed to ₹309 for the past/previous 84 days.)

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