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