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internet for a snowbird

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Well, not exactly a snowbird. I am in Christiansted 3-4 times a year for 3-4 weeks. I was pretty lost last time with very spotty internet. I understand the subject of internet has been covered rather thoroughly on this board, but I am wondering if anyone has any decent solutions for my situation. Obviously, I do not want to pay for it year round, and I don't really need super high speed internet. I have seen those USB modems for laptops, but I'm not sure if I need to set it up on St. Croix, or with my provider in the states. I vaguely remember reading about an internet provider who caters to snowbirds, but haven't been able to find anything online.

Any help with the subject would be great, as well as any alternate solutions people have had success with. Thank you, and have a wonderful day.

Topic starter Posted : April 1, 2013 3:50 am
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In your provider has service in the VI, Then the Mobil modem should work. The local cable company I saw has a snowbird rate. But it was 6 months I believe.

Posted : April 1, 2013 11:40 am
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Depending on how much data you use, your best bet might be to add a data plan to your mobile phone and then get your Internet through that (either turning your phone into a WiFi hotspot or tethering it directly to your laptop with a cord). Check into your mobile provider's data plans and see if your current phone is already capable of doing these things.

Posted : April 1, 2013 12:43 pm
Jim Dandy
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You could look at the no contract plans that Choice offers. Buy a usb adapter, wireless modem or mifi device and you are go to go.

Choice will work OK if your are just doing e-mail or downloading web sites. Speeds, latency and reliability can be frustrating so many year round residents have tried Choice and moved on.

Virgin Mobile also offers data plans with no contract. Check with Radio Shack to see what is available.

If you want a service that works well and has excellent support use BBVI. $199 for the install at then $59 a month when you have the service turned on.

Posted : April 1, 2013 2:17 pm

I have had a usb modem for years. You can get a pay as you go from Sprint via Virgin Mobile, and from AT&T from somebody. If you have either of these plans for your phone, then the modem works wherever your phone works.

The hotspot plans for your phone for the providers here is a little bit cheaper than a separate data plan, but I was/am afraid speed might be sacrificed so I keep phone and usb modem separate.

The advantage of the local pay as go plans is you get a local number. The taxes and fees for local area code is much lower than my NY area code. My modem has a local number, but I'm still using a Stateside number for Big difference in fees, and the rep at the Sprint store on STT was the one who brought it to my attention.

Posted : April 1, 2013 10:48 pm
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