If you ask us what we miss the most from our former lifestyle, our asnwer will be: UNMETERED BROADBAND INTERNET.
That's definetely something I used to take for granted until I couldn't upload the photos of our hiking to my facebook page!
We used to live in a area where fiber optic internet was available for $30/month at a speed of 15Mbs.
We got spoiled when staying in Victor, ID. At the very beginning of our stay we discovered a local company, called Silver Star, that provided tv/phone/internet services for the Teton Valley businesses and residents. We immediatelly got hooked up. The deal was a 4G/LTE residential solution, as we couldn't get cable in our location, at the cost of $80 per 80GB. The days prior to Silver Star, had us using a Verizon hotspot, that we had acquired previously, at the cost of $100 per 10GB. What a difference!
We were glad to learn we might be able to find local providers most places we go. But then we arrive at our next location, Boulder City NV, which did not have a local provider due to being too close to Las Vegas. That certainly was a bummer and took us back to using hot spots again.
Boulder City had good T-Mobile coverage, so we invested in their hotspot which was less expensive than Verizon, at $60 per 10GB. Unfortunatelly we couldn't get signal in our site, which was probably one of the few spots that did not get any reception in the entire campground. We temporarily retire T-Mobile hotspot and started working from Starbucks, which worked quite well for us, besides the amount of money spent on coffee!
Next town was Lone Pine CA. We were int he middle of nowhere and thought YAY... we might be able to find a local provider again... but nope! Back to T-Mobile hotspot. But when we decided to use the retired hotspot we bought in Nevada, its data had expired. The clerk from the store we purchased it told us it did not have an expiration date. Well, that turned out not to be true. Thankfully , Marco was able to talk his way through to having the data returned to our device. We were once again connected to the world!
Hotspots are expensive. We need them to work, but simply won't use them for streaming of any sort, which led us to saying goodbye to Netflix. No more streaming, uploading, downloading, etc.
We realized that searching for local providers will be something to consider everytime we move. The campground we're staying in Desert Hot Springs CA for example, offers cable tv to all their clients. We just had to make a quick phone call to TimeWarner, actually two phone calls as the first person wasn't very helpful, and get hooked up with 60Mbs for $40 until the end of the month. A peace of mind and luxury for those living a mobile life and rely 100% on the internet to make a living!
We'll try to make the information of every local internet we find available in our website.