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The following article was written exclusively for frugal-rv-travel.com as a guest post.

For most people who roam the country in an RV, Internet connectivity is a must-have. Today’s travelers are accustomed to staying up-to-date with family and friends, even when separated by thousands of miles. How ever you use your wireless WiFi for RV—for information, entertainment, work, or all of the above—one thing’s certain: roaming charges can send your mobile bill soaring.

Horror stories of high mobile roaming charges abound. One Florida woman received a monthly mobile bill for $200,000 after her brother used her cell phone in Canada. Why should a country’s border have such a huge impact on Internet cost? Because of a tricky little device called a SIM card. SIM cards are generally not compatible across country lines. Yet they are necessary for using any cell-based device (including RV systems that tap into cell networks). That’s why a trip to Europe requires a special SIM card for your phone. And if even if your SIM card is compatible, your mobile carrier could charge you a huge fee for roaming so far out of your service area.

How to Make Sure You Don’t Get Hit with RV WiFi Mobile Roaming Charges

While RVing across North America, you can avoid shockingly high RV WiFi roaming charges in these ways:

  1. Select an RV Internet Device with Dual SIM capability. At the cutting edge of RV WiFi technology, you’ll find a few products that can easily switch back and forth between SIM cards. This means you can avoid roaming charges altogether while enjoying consistent Internet connectivity. These RV internet hotspot devices create a halo of WiFi that travels with the vehicle—they draw from the nation’s cell phone networks. With dual-SIM capability, these gadgets make it easy to keep RV WiFi costs down while hopping the U.S./Canadian border.

  2. Seek Local Internet Access and Connect Via Web Conferencing. If you just need to keep up with a few key friends, consider hooking into local WiFi hotspots, and then connecting to a web conferencing service such as Skype. With Skype, you can make unlimited calls to any phone number in the U.S. or Canada for under $3 per month. And if your contact also has web conferencing capability (including a web cam and microphone) you can see him or her on your screen as well. Of course, this limits your online availability to localities whose amenities offer complimentary WiFi.

  3. Purchase a Special Setup for Time Spent in Canada. You can buy a different SIM card for your Canadian forays. Of course, this means you will have to switch out the SIM card every time you cross the border, or else face hefty charges.

One final solution: Select a satellite RV Internet system, but beware because you may face slow surfing speeds and spotty availability.

Whichever solution you settle upon, your first step is to research what your current provider charges for Internet access while roaming out of the country. From there, you can figure out whether one of the above options would help you cut costs. Just imagine enjoying your favorite online news, videos, blogs, and social media sites without worrying about astronomical WiFi costs. Now that sounds like a real vacation.

About the Author

Rob Taylo is founder and CEO of SinglePoint Communications, a company that offers innovative solutions for creating a mobile WiFi hotspot in personal RVs, boats and more. Avoid RV WiFi roaming charges with SinglePoint’s ever-growing suite of cutting-edge mobile WiFi solutions. Visit YourSinglePoint.com for more information!


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