OK. My cable Internet service dies on occassion. Irritating. Sometimes it's out for a while. I wanted to find an alternative as a backup. I talked with my neighbors about using their wireless when my Internet access is down. Got a nice agreement in place instead of me just "stumbling upon" their password (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Unfortunately, the last two times my Internet access died, theirs did too.
So that was a bust. Not very helpful at all having two dead Internet connections.
I have wifi data sharing on my phone. Works great. I use it a lot for my mobile devices when I'm on the road.
I found a new option that is working wonderfully. Freedompop (http://fpop.co/eDcM) is a very inexpensive wifi solution. It's not as fast as my Verizon 4G service on my phone but it's pretty darned fast. It doesn't actually cost me anything per month. I paid for the device which was on sale. It's usually $99. Tiny little bugger.
Then you can choose from a few plans. First option is a free option for 500MB/month. That's the one I took since I'll just be using it with my Galaxy Tab (don't get me started on how much I love THAT beastie) and as a backup Internet device. There are other plans like 2GB per month for $18. I don't need that.
I use wired access for my bots. It's the only way I'll connect for my primary access. Wifi is "disconnect-ey" and not as reliable. So, my wired does all of my traffic. I also have wifi turned on and connected to this little device. Since the wired access is fastest, that's the one that the computer uses by default. If my wired Internet dies, it just falls back to the next fastest, my Freedompop device. :) Yay. If I lose Internet access, I have a blip while it reconnects over the other network but it's not down for hours and hours like my cable service would be.
No fees except my initial device charge unless I go over my 500MB in one billing cycle. No ads. So far, I'm a happy camper.
If you sign up, use my referral address, http://fpop.co/errp so we both get an added bump on our data limits. Did I mention, you can get free bumps on your data limits? The only one I'll do is this here referral link which will get us each an extra 50MB every month just for being my friend. :) You can watch videos and stuff for more free data but I won't do those.
If you're already signed up, email me your email address so I can add you as a friend so we get the 50MB/month bump.