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poodle
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Today I purchased 2 systems that will completely cover my needs, and for a heck of a savings!

ATT has a digital/wireless phone that comes with 3 handsets & a base unit for $70. They give you a local ATT #, OR you can use your home number, from anyplace in the states OR USVI. The cost is $20 per month.

2nd, I purchased a wireless modem, about the size of a cell phone, that cost .99, and $50 bucks a month, with a one time set-up fee of $36.The modem can connect up to 10 wireless items, and comes with 5 bytes of usage. This modem can be taken anywhere, so if you live in the states for 8 months, then come to the islands for 4, just bring your device and voila! you are still connected!

The phone system does the same thing. Once you have the device, you can take the base with you and never change your number.

I just wanted to share because this is awesome!

For businesses, this means that you no longer have to pay the outrageous, over-priced fees that local providers charge...good thing!

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Topic starter Posted : November 14, 2013 10:27 pm
JulieKay
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I really hope it's more than 5 bytes of usage. I used more than that just by typing this post. 😉

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Posted : November 14, 2013 10:36 pm
poodle
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ha ha! yes...my bad...I was looking for my receipt, but could not find the details...

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Topic starter Posted : November 14, 2013 10:39 pm
poodle
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5 gigabytes 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : November 14, 2013 10:42 pm
JulieKay
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That's better! 😀

It's kinda the same as tethering, but instead of using your cell phone you have the small modem, and you have a "landline." Neat idea!

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Posted : November 14, 2013 10:45 pm
poodle
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Exactly Julie! Only better. BBVI wanted to charge me $199 to install, then $100 per month. Big difference.

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Topic starter Posted : November 14, 2013 10:48 pm
rotorhead
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Exactly Julie! Only better. BBVI wanted to charge me $199 to install, then $100 per month. Big difference.

Now for the big question, You get 5GB per month but at what speed? Have you run speedtest.net?

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Posted : November 15, 2013 12:01 am
JulieKay
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Exactly Julie! Only better. BBVI wanted to charge me $199 to install, then $100 per month. Big difference.

Now for the big question, You get 5GB per month but at what speed? Have you run speedtest.net?

For what poodle is doing and other businesses, blazing speed doesn't matter, they're not streaming video or anything like that. That's why this is a lower cost alternative. But FWIW, when I tether with my phone I get 6 - 8 MBps download and 2 - 4 MBps upload, which isn't bad for a 4G data connection.

Edited to add: And not everyone gets as good a speed on BBVI as what you post. We average 8 - 9 MBps download on our BBVI connection and 4 - 6 MBps upload, and we are on their fastest option. A lot of it depends on location.

Edited to add 2: It is nice that you can take the little modem anywhere.

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Posted : November 15, 2013 12:19 am
Ronnie
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Won't work for me. Can't run my credit card machine on it, use my fax with it or have a toll free number. Seems like a good idea but not if your business uses these things. I know I can receive faxes on line as well as run my credit cards sales on line, but the 800 number?

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Posted : November 15, 2013 4:06 am
JulieKay
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Won't work for me. Can't run my credit card machine on it, use my fax with it or have a toll free number. Seems like a good idea but not if your business uses these things. I know I can receive faxes on line as well as run my credit cards sales on line, but the 800 number?

Ronnie you can do just about any business service online these days. Try Grasshopper.com for your 800 number. There are others too.

http://grasshopper.com

And as you mention, there are alternatives for faxing and credit cards online, many of which are actually more efficient. It just takes a shift in approach.

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Posted : November 15, 2013 5:13 am
poodle
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E-Payment America will handle my CC's. I bought 2 swipers and a printer for under $100. There is a local rep here for E-PA.

Faxing will be via scan/fax/email, so if I need to fax, it's still an option.

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Topic starter Posted : November 15, 2013 9:21 am
dxphy
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if you have he internet another cheap solution is the get a google number. call anywhere in the US and Canada for free and call the VI is .02cents/min

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Posted : November 15, 2013 12:24 pm
NonProphet
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Virgin Mobile can do all that for cheaper, no setup fees no contract, no 5gb limits on sprints 3g network.
35$ a month for 300 voice minutes and unlimmited data
55$ a month for unlimmited everything

any android or iphone with wifi can function as a router so you can connect your pc or tablet

cheers!

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Posted : November 20, 2013 12:04 am
poodle
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...I can connect up to 10 devices with the ATT service...

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Topic starter Posted : November 20, 2013 8:13 pm
ms411
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Can you transfer your existing number to the wireless 3 phones? Can you have the calls roll over from one main number to another? Or is it like the old school days where you may have 4 phones but they all used the same number?

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Posted : November 20, 2013 8:40 pm
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