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Best eSIM for *domestic* (USA) use? Preferably unlimited?

Old Mar 21, 20, 12:16 pm
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Best eSIM for *domestic* (USA) use? Preferably unlimited?

Hi all,
With many of us now working remotely, I suspect others are also looking for reasonably-priced mobile data so we can work from our cars or other places away from home or office WiFi. Many of us have mobile hotspots or devices that can turn into personal hotspots (iPads, etc). The question is, since most of us have limits on data tethering on our cellular plans, what do we do if we need to work remotely for an extended period (several weeks or more)?

I've been looking into it....

Airalo has $26 for 10GB for 30 days in the USA. That seems to be the best deal of the online eSIM providers (better than GigSky, etc). But it's data-limited and must be topped-off if you go over.

Skyroam has an $99 unlimited data pass for 30 days, on up to 10 devices at a time if you have the Solis hotspot. (Fair Data Use policy applies, and speeds will be throttled after 500MB in a 24-hour period, resetting each day). Of course, you have to buy or rent the hotspot.

Verizon has a 5G hotspot for $199 with a 2-year contract, costing about $110 per month for service with taxes/fees. Unlimited 5G available in a few cities. But only 15GB per month of tethering access. And LTE is also 15GB per month.

Anyone know of something better, specifically for use in the USA?

Thanks!
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Old Mar 21, 20, 2:54 pm
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sprint will waive smartphone data limits for postpaid (tmobile postpaid and prepaid apparently)

t-mobile - unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming), additional 20GB hotspot/tethering, they borrowed additional 600mhz licenses, which helps if you have a supported phone
https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/ongoi...ates-covid-19?
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...ic-data-surge/
says applies to prepaid too-> https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...s-to-everyone/

verizon - borrowed 600mhz spectrum

sprint - unlimited data for 60 days
https://www.cnet.com/news/sprint-off...irus-response/

https://www.cnet.com/news/carriers-a...g-coronavirus/


many wifi portals are open for free - Comcast Xfinity,
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...s-to-everyone/
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Old Mar 22, 20, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by paperwastage View Post
sprint will waive smartphone data limits for postpaid (tmobile postpaid and prepaid apparently)

t-mobile - unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming), additional 20GB hotspot/tethering, they borrowed additional 600mhz licenses, which helps if you have a supported phone
https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/ongoi...ates-covid-19?
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...ic-data-surge/
says applies to prepaid too-> https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...s-to-everyone/

verizon - borrowed 600mhz spectrum

sprint - unlimited data for 60 days
https://www.cnet.com/news/sprint-off...irus-response/

https://www.cnet.com/news/carriers-a...g-coronavirus/


many wifi portals are open for free - Comcast Xfinity,
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...s-to-everyone/
I assume you need to be a Xfinity customer to login to their WiFi. Have you tried it out? How would you rate it?
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Old Mar 22, 20, 7:41 pm
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Originally Posted by bukzin View Post
I assume you need to be a Xfinity customer to login to their WiFi. Have you tried it out? How would you rate it?
You do not, however it's not as 'free' as they make out.

Xfinitywifi is made up of 2 different things. The first is their own base stations in (generally) public locations. These are currently free to everyone - you don't even need to sign up for a free account.

The second, which make up the majority of their network, are Xfinity customers using the Xfinity-supplied wifi modem routers, which in addition to the customers network, also broadcast the xfinitywifi network (with the traffic for that network going via a separate VLAN so it doesn't interfere with the customers usage). These are NOT free at the moment.

There's no way to tell which is which just by looking at the signal, and no way to force a client to connect only to the 'free' ones. The only way to tell is to connect and see if it'll let you browse for free - although even then if does then if your client decides to hop to another basestation then it could stop working when that happens.
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Old Mar 23, 20, 1:42 pm
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Never tried Xfinity wifi

verizon to add 15GB to certain consumer/small business plans

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/v...liminate-worry
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Old Mar 27, 20, 9:21 am
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Originally Posted by ESpen36 View Post
Hi all,
With many of us now working remotely, I suspect others are also looking for reasonably-priced mobile data so we can work from our cars or other places away from home or office WiFi. Many of us have mobile hotspots or devices that can turn into personal hotspots (iPads, etc). The question is, since most of us have limits on data tethering on our cellular plans, what do we do if we need to work remotely for an extended period (several weeks or more)?

I've been looking into it....

Airalo has $26 for 10GB for 30 days in the USA. That seems to be the best deal of the online eSIM providers (better than GigSky, etc). But it's data-limited and must be topped-off if you go over.

Skyroam has an $99 unlimited data pass for 30 days, on up to 10 devices at a time if you have the Solis hotspot. (Fair Data Use policy applies, and speeds will be throttled after 500MB in a 24-hour period, resetting each day). Of course, you have to buy or rent the hotspot.

Verizon has a 5G hotspot for $199 with a 2-year contract, costing about $110 per month for service with taxes/fees. Unlimited 5G available in a few cities. But only 15GB per month of tethering access. And LTE is also 15GB per month.

Anyone know of something better, specifically for use in the USA?



Thanks!
Is there another list of eSIM providers besides esimdb.com ?
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