I’ve been going back and forth in my mind about the best way to “stay connected” when in the U.S. next month. Any suggestions from friends in the US, particularly in the Boston area?
When I’m at my sister’s apartment it’s no problem. She has a decent (for the U.S.) Comcast connection in her apartment.
Otherwise, I’m not sure what to do while outside and wonder what peoples’ thoughts are about these:
1. Boingo.com has a $4.98/month deal for 3 months that supposedly gives access to “thousands of wifi spots” around the U.S. and an app that points to even more free ones. Ever use that before?
2. I have thought about selling my iPad 4 wifi + iPad 2 cellular + iPad 1 and getting an iPad Air. Then I could get a T-Mobile SIM card which gives 200 MB/month free data for life, plus I could get a 1 month no commitment contract and use the tethering feature of the iPad Air and it could be my mobile hotspot.
But then I’m stuck with a 2 year cellular commitment in Japan (there are no no-commitment contracts here). With data sharing not expensive, but money is money. And I’m a bit “new gadget weary.” Believe it or not, that is possible, even for me. 😉
3. I could bring my older iPad 2 with me and get a no-commitment contract for that. No tethering, or 4G, but at least I would have some means of communication while out.
4. I could buy an inexpensive mobile hotspot (they have some refurbished ones for as low as $44 at the T-Mobile site) and get a one month contract and carry that around. Anybody have experience with those?
5. I could stay unconnected when out and about. Not reachable by email or text or phone. (!)