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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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Old Jan 11, 21, 5:59 am
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To revive this thread. Visible now does eSim (for new subscribers on iPhone). If you load Visible as your e-sim, you have in essence unlimited hotspot on verizon network for $25/month (using their party pay system).

Visible is good if you live in an uncongested Verizon area, but can be slow if you suffer congestion.
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Old Jan 13, 21, 1:44 pm
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Originally Posted by LordHamster View Post
To revive this thread. Visible now does eSim (for new subscribers on iPhone). If you load Visible as your e-sim, you have in essence unlimited hotspot on verizon network for $25/month (using their party pay system).

Visible is good if you live in an uncongested Verizon area, but can be slow if you suffer congestion.
Would the Visible eSim also be compatible with an unlocked iPad (for data only)?
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Old Jan 13, 21, 4:31 pm
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Would the Visible eSim also be compatible with an unlocked iPad (for data only)?
A better option would be to use a Visible sim with the iPad. ESIM activation requires the visible app which performs a system check.
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Old Jan 13, 21, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by TGarza View Post
A better option would be to use a Visible sim with the iPad. ESIM activation requires the visible app which performs a system check.
Thanks so much!
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Old Jan 19, 21, 4:25 am
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Originally Posted by bukzin View Post
Is there another list of eSIM providers besides esimdb.com ?
Try this:

https://esims.io/providers
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Old Mar 30, 21, 4:04 pm
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I didn't want to start a new thread.

Any ideas about the short-term rental of a hotspot?

Background. I know nothing about mobile plans - mine is provided by my employer. My sister is taking her family to see my parents in June. No Internet at their house due to the location. All was OK, because they were going after school ended. Due to a bunch of circumstances, they now need to go before school ends. Hence my nephew needs to be able to attend school (remotely of course) for 3 days. Their mobile plan, if it is opened up for adjustments, causes other price increases, etc.

My AT&T mobile works great at my parents; Verizon not so much.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

TIA as always!

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Old Mar 30, 21, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by lamphs View Post
I didn't want to start a new thread.

Any ideas about the short-term rental of a hotspot?

Background. I know nothing about mobile plans - mine is provided by my employer. My sister is taking her family to see my parents in June. No Internet at their house due to the location. All was OK, because they were going after school ended. Due to a bunch of circumstances, they now need to go before school ends. Hence my nephew needs to be able to attend school (remotely of course) for 3 days. Their mobile plan, if it is opened up for adjustments, causes other price increases, etc.

My AT&T mobile works great at my parents; Verizon not so much.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

TIA as always!

Steve
Check with local libraries - both your sister's location and your parents. Some libraries are loaning hotspots.

Do they have access to a cellular enabled iPad/Android tablet? There's a postpaid AT&T ipad plan which is $20 a month. It isn't great for hotspot as that is limited to 10GB https://slickdeals.net/f/14894491-at...lan-or-ipad-20 but all you can use via the iPad itself.

If they have a more recent iPhone with esim (iphone XS, XR and beyond) then check the general esim thread Online esim Shop With Decent Prices. They can add a second virtual sim card data plan for a lump sum of data. People there can probably help figure out which have access to AT&T networks and how much data would be needed for three days of school via zoom/google meet. You don't really need unlimited for 3 days.
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Old Apr 1, 21, 5:56 am
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Originally Posted by freecia View Post
Check with local libraries - both your sister's location and your parents. Some libraries are loaning hotspots.

Do they have access to a cellular enabled iPad/Android tablet? There's a postpaid AT&T ipad plan which is $20 a month. It isn't great for hotspot as that is limited to 10GB https://slickdeals.net/f/14894491-at...lan-or-ipad-20 but all you can use via the iPad itself.

If they have a more recent iPhone with esim (iphone XS, XR and beyond) then check the general esim thread Online esim Shop With Decent Prices. They can add a second virtual sim card data plan for a lump sum of data. People there can probably help figure out which have access to AT&T networks and how much data would be needed for three days of school via zoom/google meet. You don't really need unlimited for 3 days.
Thanks very much for the suggestions. Montgomery County, MD libraries are loaning hot spots for up to 14 days, 1 time per cardholder. And it can be reserved in advance. (The school system does also, but that program is for students who do not have Internet at home; not for a student who is temporarily learning at a remote location without Internet by choice.)
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Old Apr 3, 21, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by lamphs View Post
Any ideas about the short-term rental of a hotspot?
T-mobile will sent you a free Mifi and 30 days/30GB service. https://www.t-mobile.com/offers/free-trial

Only issue might be how long it takes to get it - they had been taking a few months, but it seems they have got a new batch of them and they are coming through pretty quickly. You can choose to activate it (and thus start the 30 days) once you're ready to use it.
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