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Pooks
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Hey all,
Ive been stalking these forums for awhile and after a week and half visit I have decided that in the next 2 months Im going to be moving from Maryland down the the USVI to either STT or STJ. I have a serious question as to what The internet situation is like? Does either Island have stronger or weaker speed? Im do some programming website development and alot of Bitcoin trading and various other etf trading as well. Is BBVI really the best? and do speeds differ from STT to STJ? Any input or internet experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,
Pooks

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Topic starter Posted : March 10, 2015 3:37 pm
SausageInTheCan
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All pretty slow.

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Posted : March 10, 2015 3:40 pm
Pooks
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Have you ever noticed a difference between the islands?

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Topic starter Posted : March 10, 2015 3:55 pm
Peachey
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Innovative VI says it offers speeds from 1.5Mbps - 12Mbps down. They don't even mention an up speed on their site.

We all know how providers like to stretch the truth of their speeds though, so I would imagine you would average somewhere in the middle of those two speeds if you ordered the 12Mbps package.

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Posted : March 10, 2015 3:56 pm
Peachey
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Hey all,
Ive been stalking these forums for awhile and after a week and half visit I have decided that in the next 2 months Im going to be moving from Maryland down the the USVI to either STT or STJ. I have a serious question as to what The internet situation is like? Does either Island have stronger or weaker speed? Im do some programming website development and alot of Bitcoin trading and various other etf trading as well. Is BBVI really the best? and do speeds differ from STT to STJ? Any input or internet experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,
Pooks

I don't know if you are just trading Bitcoin, or also mining, but I wouldn't recommend trying to mine in the islands. With the combination of slower than stateside internet and electrical grid problems, I think you would find it frustrating to say the least.

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Posted : March 10, 2015 4:01 pm
Pooks
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Seems someone knows a thing or 2 about BTC 😉 ...But no seeing as how mining isnt even profitable currently here in the states I only swing trade!

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Topic starter Posted : March 10, 2015 4:11 pm
speee1dy
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i have no problem streaming netflix. i am not on stj or stt, am on stx. not sure if the speeds differ by island or not but can not imagine they would?

where in md are you coming from-i was raised in md.

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Posted : March 10, 2015 4:49 pm
Pooks
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Olney Md suburbs of DC

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Topic starter Posted : March 10, 2015 5:05 pm
speee1dy
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i am from southern md, was actually born in dc

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Posted : March 10, 2015 5:24 pm
Pooks
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How was your transition for MD to island life if you dont mind me asking

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Topic starter Posted : March 10, 2015 5:27 pm
ms411
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Service is spottier on St John than St Thomas, but I think speeds are about the same. Many people on St John are streaming Netflix successfully, but speeds are still very slow compared to major metropolitan areas. I know someone who trades, but do not know how often. Uses Innovative, but don't know which package.

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Posted : March 10, 2015 5:38 pm
Pooks
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How is sprints service down in the islands? They have unlimited data so I have been looking at them

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Topic starter Posted : March 10, 2015 5:45 pm
speee1dy
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i moved from md to arkansas to mid florida to florida keys to here.

the transition has not been too terrible. the biggest hurdle for me was driving on the left side of the road. took a while before i was comfortable and have minor problems when i go back to the states driving on the right.

honestly, we want to go back to florida and hope to within 2 years or less. we have lived here for over 10 years and while i do like it here it is not my favorite place. it is beautiful , the water the beaches the hills, the landscape..........the beer drinking pig, the people, the activities. we just need something different and i want to be a bit closer to my family. i have 1 grandchild and another on the way and my parents are not getting younger. all those things play a part.

i am happy i have had this opportunity to live here

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Posted : March 10, 2015 8:28 pm
ar098
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BTC trading should be perfectly fine, however, it's going to be impossible to mine down here without a bleeding edge ASICS miner, and even then you're going to want to be off the grid, power wise.

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Posted : March 11, 2015 2:54 am
ms411
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Most people say AT&T is better, but I've had Sprint for more than 10 years and seldom have a problem. In fact, I've been able to get service when AT&T users couldn't, but it also depends on where you live. I live in a popular, central area on St Thomas.

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Posted : March 11, 2015 6:15 am
stjohnjulie
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On St. John, Sprint service is pretty good on the Cruz Bay side of the island, not as good on the North Shore and East End of the island. I have Choice for internet, and it can be spotty, and your location will determine how good of a signal you have. I pay for 3mb down service, and usually get close to that now that I had a good tech over to the house to tweak my modem. My up speed is always under 1mb, usually around .7mb or so.

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Posted : March 11, 2015 8:28 am
Pooks
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Wow I heard Mapp talk about internet speeds and had no idea they were so fricking slow down there. My speeds just for my phone are 42 Mb download and 20.1 Mb per upload. O well, if thats what I have to give up to live in paradise then its worth it. So any chance sprint has 4g down here or is that a dumb question?

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Topic starter Posted : March 11, 2015 1:56 pm
speee1dy
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i was told sprint is 4 g from someone who has sprint

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Posted : March 11, 2015 2:09 pm
ms411
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Yes, we have 4g, but not always. You can see it switching from 4-3 sometimes.

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Posted : March 11, 2015 2:24 pm
speee1dy
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thats interesting

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Posted : March 11, 2015 6:22 pm
wanderer
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Im do some programming website development and alot of Bitcoin trading and various other etf trading as well. Any input or internet experiences would be greatly appreciated.

If Internet access is critical to your work, I'd suggest having a backup connection, such as via the satellite, or perhaps by tethering to 4G/3G.

I worked here during my short stay, and multiple residences around the neighborhood lost the internet access. I had been told that the repair may take 3 months.

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Posted : March 11, 2015 6:33 pm
Pooks
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Yea, I was thinking of just buying a sprint Unlimited Data Plan and just Tethering my Computers to run off the 4g. Think thats the best way to go about things thats why I wanted to know how sprints service was down there!

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Topic starter Posted : March 11, 2015 6:56 pm
East Ender
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AT&T has LTE and I get faster speeds on it than my BBVI with my iPhone. When I go to Coral Bay, it's like the internet and cell technology haven't been invented. For low tech shady folk only. 😉

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Posted : March 11, 2015 7:06 pm
wanderer
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Yea, I was thinking of just buying a sprint Unlimited Data Plan and just Tethering my Computers to run off the 4g.

I do have Sprint Unlimited Data Plan, and I was able to tether to the phone connection while at STJ, but not at the 4g speed, and not even at the 3g speed. It was more like 0.5 Gbps down, 0.1 Gbps up. This may be different for you, though, depending on the location.

The other thing is that my Sprint Unlimited Data Plan didn't seem to apply in USVI. As son as I arrived, I got a text from Sprint saying that they would charge me for data use in USVI. You may want to check with Sprint.

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Posted : March 11, 2015 7:06 pm
ms411
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The tethering plan here is not unlimited data. 4g doesn't seem to be any faster than any other connection for me, so far.

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Yea, I was thinking of just buying a sprint Unlimited Data Plan and just Tethering my Computers to run off the 4g. Think thats the best way to go about things thats why I wanted to know how sprints service was down there!

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Posted : March 11, 2015 7:33 pm
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