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Last Edited by Jbh98 December 9, 2015 at 03:36 PM
The hotspot has been reduced again from $99.99 to $79.99, it went on sale for $119.99 around June of this year

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Interne...t/20665535
https://www.truconnect.com/truconnect-mifi.html
$45 Refill card which used to provide 1gb over twelve months has now been increased to 4gb (still showing old top ups on walmart)

"Thank you for being a loyal Internet on the Go customer. We are pleased to announce that effective today, Internet on the Go will be improved with new plans and more megabytes. The current "no expiration" plan will continue to be offered as the "Go Big - Use Whenever" plan, but with more megabytes for each of the refill options. We are also introducing a completely new "Go Bigger - 30-Day" plan that gives you even more megabytes for use within a 30-day period.
The next time you refill your account, you will be able to choose one of the following plans:
• Go Big - Use Whenever plan
o $10 / 500MB
o $25 / 1.5GB
o $45 / 4GB
• Go Bigger - 30-Day plan
o $10 / 1GB
o $25 / 3GB
o $45 / 8GB "

How does the "Go Big - use whenever" plan work?
Posted by Peter Maas on 10 October 2012 12:44 PM
The "Go Big - use whenever" plan gives you megabytes that you can use whenever you want. If you don't use your megabytes, they will stay in your account as long as your account has not been cancelled or deactivated. You will only need to refill after your megabytes have been used up.

OR="Black"]THE ZIP CODE CHECKER ON THE WALMART SITE NOW APPEARS TO BE WORKING[/COLOR] - The correct Coverage map from INTERNET ON THE GO can be seen HERE, they use the Sprint network http://www.internet-go.com/coverage/

Easily connect your laptop or tablet with the TruConnect Internet on the Go Mobile Hotspot. With the footprint of a credit card and only one third of an inch thick, the Mobile Hotspot allows you to connect up to five WiFi-enabled devices. With the Internet on the Go plan, you only pay for megabytes and your balance never expires as long as you use it at least once a year. There are no other charges, like monthly bundles or activation fees, and the nationwide network will allow you to connect virtually anywhere you go!


TruConnect Internet on the Go Mobile Hotspot:oQuick and easy setup
oConnect up to 5 WiFi-enabled devices
oRemovable lithium-ion battery
oUp to 4 hours of usage/40 hours standby battery life
oGreat value pre-paid plan
oNo monthly charges
oBalance never expires (when used at least once a year)
oInternet on the Go wireless network services are provided on the Nationwide Sprint Network
oZero monthly fees
oBalance never expires (if used once a year)
oNever lose your megabytes at the end of a month
oFor use with Internet on the Go mobile hotspots and service
oOnly at Walmart

Loving the initial Test - PING 133 - Download 869 kbps - Upload 934, not 4G but way fast enough for checking email and the web. Received the bonus $25 3gb 30 day plan which is now pending. Device is nice and has 2 Bright green lights on it. Also showing tenths of a MB with the online account.
Recent Account Activity

10/25/2012 3:06pm
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500.0MB

10/25/2012 3:23pm
Pending
(4.9MB)
495.1MB

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495.1 MB Remaining
You have 1 refill(s) waitingBonus 3.0 GBPurchased: 10/25/12
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Last Edited by Samwise Gamgee June 14, 2013 at 12:39 AM
If you have a Walmart nearby, you can check it out for an out-of-pocket expense of $10.00
Walmart offers a 2 week Full Refund policy on this Hotspot unit (NOT ON THE REFILL CARD). You can buy the unit, register it and pay $10 online and check it out yourself. Try at home and other locations where you intend using it; if it is satisfactory, keep it; else within 2 weeks return it for a Full Refund.

I have been using it for 3 weeks and am happy with it, mainly because it serves my purpose; checking Email, reading a few blogs. (NO NETFLIX, YOUTUBE etc..).

The issues are coverage and speed; expectation and experience is different for everyone; so best to try it out for yourself.

When I registered and purchased the first refill of $10 online, I was offered a free $25 credit; not sure whether this is for everyone or not.

If you are concerned about bandwidth usage, do a google on it to find tips on saving bandwidth. Opera turbo, Firefox with Image suppress option, Ad blocking etc.. may save you bandwidth. Without any of these, my normal Email check, blog reading of about 5 days (5 hours) consumed about 300MB.

One full charge seems to last about 4-5 hours.

I have been able to set this at a central location at home and get service up to 40 ft. through one wall.



http://support.internet-go.com/Kn...oad-speeds

Download and upload speeds
--- average download speeds will range from 600-1400 Kbps, peaking at 3.1 Mbps and average upload speeds will range from 350-500 Kbps, peaking at 1.8 Mbps.


May 15, 2013 - Price plan for Walmart's Internet On The Go [internet-go.com] changes.
  • Was $45 for 8GB, 30 day plan. Or $45 for 4GB, no expire plan.
  • Now $45 for 4GB, 30 day plan. Or $45 for 3GB, no expire plan.
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#31
Quote from alex1089 View Post :
Umm. Tmobile's $30 5GB plan on an android phone with hotspot isn't a better option?
Officially, t-mobile does NOT allow tethering, so it's not comparable... Stick Out Tongue Unofficially, some will continue to use t-mobile until t-mobile have better "net" to catch those tethering Embarrassment ...
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I was just about to chime in with my FreedomPop comment.
I love my freedompop even though it does not work at my home or work. Providing they stay afloat it's a great service, I'm going to use this to complement Freedompop with better coverage and less chance of going under!
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Correct, my understanding is that if I use it today it expires Oct 19th 2013 and then every time I use it it extends another 12 months from the last day of use. According to the reply included in the listing it appears it just does not expire!!
Are you sure? I may buy this if its true. I use data occasionally...this could be right device for me...i also have freedom but no coverage around my area.
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Quote from Damocles View Post :
you don't buy. you borrow with a deposit. just like my EZPass transponder.

i agree coverage is spotty until sprint 4G rolls out in a few months.
If you're talking about freedompop, sprint's 4G network won't be connected. Sprint is rebuilding their 4G network using LTE and freedompop utilizes their "failed" clearwire WIMAX 4G network.
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Are you sure? I may buy this if its true. I use data occasionally...this could be right device for me...i also have freedom but no coverage around my area.
Yes, I'm Sure, This is the reply to the same question on the internettogo website "How does the "Go Big - use whenever" plan work?
Posted by Peter Maas on 10 October 2012 12:44 PM
The "Go Big - use whenever" plan gives you megabytes that you can use whenever you want. If you don't use your megabytes, they will stay in your account as long as your account has not been cancelled or deactivated. You will only need to refill after your megabytes have been used up."
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Not horrible for something to use while on vacation. My phone can do it but I don't want to tempt losing my unlimited data for a bit of tethering.
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This looks like it could be perfect for me. I want to have the ability to access the internet on a tablet when wifi is not available, but since I would really only use it a couple of times a month at most, most regular plans cost way to much to be worth it.
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Quote from Damocles View Post :
you don't buy. you borrow with a deposit. just like my EZPass transponder.

i agree coverage is spotty until sprint 4G rolls out in a few months.
Yes you borrow as I have but you get ZERO $ back after month 12 even if they stay around!
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I went for the FreedomPop thing. I had to send it back, as it was nearly useless. That in an area where their map shows good coverage. I'm still waiting to see if I actually get a refund on the "deposit."
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Quote from Damocles View Post :
you don't buy. you borrow with a deposit. just like my EZPass transponder.

i agree coverage is spotty until sprint 4G rolls out in a few months.
Quote from MozartA View Post :
So it use Clear WiMax 4g just like freedomPop? Or it just use Sprint 3G?

Based on their download/upload speed , looks like 3G only

http://support.internet-go.com/Kn...oad-speeds

average download speeds will range from 600-1400 Kbps,
average upload speeds will range from 350-500 Kbps,
Don't expect 4 hours of usage. You need to use a power adapter for prolonged usage while traveling in a car or buy spare batteries as they are inexpensive.

The Hotspot only support 3G. WiMax 4G coverage is extremely limited even if the hotspot supported 4G. When LTE is available a new hotspot will need to be purchased on a different plan with most likely different pricing and no carryover from this plan. The plan will expire one way or another when Walmart of Sprint's new owner decides to kill the plain or to degrade it so much that it be useless. I have a Virgin Mobile MiFi just like this but I can't use it on this plan as it is locked into just Virgin Mobile (owned by Sprint) plans. I last used use it in December while traveling between Florida and Ohio. Coverage was good on the interstates except in the maybe a 100 mile section of the mountains where coverage disappeared around every other curve. I still think the plan and pricing is great for those that have descent Spring 3G service where they plan to use it.
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Quote from Damocles View Post :
you don't buy. you borrow with a deposit. just like my EZPass transponder.

i agree coverage is spotty until sprint 4G rolls out in a few months.
Check the FreedomPop thread. They are changing the ToS to starting charging restocking fee for return devices, return shipping is paid by buyer, and after 1 year there is no more returns, etc...

Besides this discussion is pointless for people who do not live in WiMax covered areas.......
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Will this show up to my wifi devices as Ad Hoc or as Infrastructure mode? If the latter, I might be interested. I have a couple of wifi-only devices which do not support Ad Hoc...
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Check the FreedomPop thread. They are changing the ToS to starting charging restocking fee for return devices, return shipping is paid by buyer, and after 1 year there is no more returns, etc...

Besides this discussion is pointless for people who do not live in WiMax covered areas.......
Interesting. I haven't seen anything about that. This is what the webpage says:


How do I reclaim my security deposit?

The security deposit for the Freedom Stick and the Freedom Spot Photon is a way for us to offer our device and services completely free to our customers. It is a fully refundable deposit that will be credited back to you when you return the device by mail, minus damages that may occur during use.


I do know that I pay for shipping.
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How does this one compare with FreedomPop?

I have FreedomPop, but the usage seems gone very easily even you just browse few web sites. And it reports 30 meg bytes are gone from your account.
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Interesting. I haven't seen anything about that. This is what the webpage says:


How do I reclaim my security deposit?

The security deposit for the Freedom Stick and the Freedom Spot Photon is a way for us to offer our device and services completely free to our customers. It is a fully refundable deposit that will be credited back to you when you return the device by mail, minus damages that may occur during use.


I do know that I pay for shipping.
"We apologize but we cannot refund the restocking fee. Once a package is opened, it cannot simply be sent back to the shelf for resale. We must send it with all the other devices to go through the refurbishing process and, as we are a new/ small startup, that is a cost within the business model we cannot tap into. I wish I could help you out, perhaps reimburse you in another way (do you have a Freedom Friend who could use free data?). However, as you do not wish to continue with our service, I cannot provide you with anything of value. Again, we apologize but cannot refund your restocking fee."

From this post: http://slickdeals.net/f/5273826-FreedomPop-FREE-4G-Mobile-Internet-500MB-per-month-with-49-99-deposit?v=1&p=53923466#post53923466

Also read their ToS under "Leased Equipment" section.
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