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Alright, so you've heard of this new Verizon Jetpack prepaid plan, and let's be honest,us digital nomads have been waiting a very long time for a plan like this.
It's something that we all talk about, and something that's been a much-needed thingfor us as we travel around the world or travel in our RVs.
So, the good news is, I think it's here, but let's check it out and find out.
So, I'm going to give you all the details on this plan, and I'm going to show you myspeed test and my review, and make sure you stay until the very end, because I'm goingto show you how to easily set this up.
And trust me, it was a little bit of a headache for me.
I had to talk to four different Verizon agents to get this set up, and some of them didn'teven know that the plan actually existed.
Some of 'em want you to set up a new account, some say you can put it on your existing accountif you already have a Verizon account.
And, well, some of it was true and some of it was not, and I finally got it all squaredaway, so I'm going to show you what I learned through the process so that you can easilygo in and talk to an agent and get this set up for yourself.
So, the details of this Verizon prepaid Jetpack plan is this.
So, it is truly unlimited.
The old plans were also unlimited as well, so this is still unlimited.
Now, where this differs is the old plans, like the one that I have on my Verizon plan,is throttled, where this one is not throttled.
And so, there's no cap on it which is good, that's a huge plus for all of us.
The other thing is that it is $65 per month if you prepay for it.
It's advertised on the website as $70, but there's a $5 discount if youprepay.
This plan is for Jetpack, so if you have one of these little devices, it's a Jetpack fromVerizon, this happens to be a MiFi and the one that I've been using.
So, here's where the clincher is, and you probably knew there would be one.
So, it is network-managed.
I talked to the representative to find out exactly what that means.
So, this is what the Verizon representative told me about network management.
There's this tier of priorities.
So, emergency vehicles like police and ambulances or firefighters, they're gonna get prioritynumber one.
So, they have the top tier.
The second one is people who are post-paid, which means you have a normal account andyou don't prepay for it, you just have a post-paid, which is like the current plan that I'm onwhere I pay for my cell phone and I pay for my hotspot as a different line on my plan,and that one is subject to the throttle.
So, those have the second priority.
The third priority is prepaid, which is what this plan is.
So, prepaid is at the bottom of the barrel.
I don't really know why they do that, it doesn't make sense.
We're all paying money into it, but that's how they network-manage.
So, of course when the representative told me this, I was a little bit concerned becauseI certainly don't wanna be bottom of the barrel, and there are a lot of people out there whohave the regular post-paid accounts, and so being at the bottom of the tier as a prepaidcustomer, I was concerned that the network management was gonna be too much and it wasgonna be as if I was throttled like on my existing plan.
I went ahead and decided to get the prepaid account and go ahead and test it out so thatI can find out if it's going to be better than my original account.
Then, I can make some decisions on the original hotspot that I have on my account already,and it's still under contract.
So, the big question here is does this plan really work, and is it truly a no-throttleplan as they say?The short, general answer is 'yes'.
So far, it has been working really, really well for me, except for one specific situation,and I'm going to get into that in a minute.
But the short answer is, yes, so far in the two weeks that I've had it, it's worked really,really well.
So I am pleased with that.
I will say, I was very skeptical in the beginning about it, which is why I wanted to test itand really kind of put it through its paces by taking it to rural areas, to city areas,and testing it at different times of the day to see what kind of speeds I was getting andwhen I would see that slow-down because of the network management.
So, the first thing that we did in order to be able to test this is when I talked to therepresentative, we suspended my current, existing hotspot account, which is attached to my cellphone plan.
And we suspended it temporarily for two months just so I could test out the new prepaid Verizonplan and also still use my current Jetpack.
I didn't want to have to go buy new equipment.
So, my cell phone plan is still working.
We just suspended the hotspot right now until I test this new prepaid plan.
So, we actually had to set up a brand new account for the prepaid plan, and I got anew SIM card.
I could've just left the old, original hotspot as-is and still paid for that account andhave my Jetpack and still have a working SIM card.
But instead, what I did was I wanted to suspend it because I wanted to use my existing Jetpack,which is this one right here.
I wanted to use this existing Jetpack so that I didn't have to buy new equipment, especiallyin case I didn't like the plan and it didn't work for me.
So, we suspended the old account, opened a brand new account, got a new SIM card, andI was able to use that new SIM card in this Jetpack because the old SIM card is not deactivated,but just suspended.
So, this was able to recognize the new SIM card even though this is still under contract.
So, that's how we worked it.
So, when I purchased the new prepaid plan, I was in Dana Point, California, and I wasthere for about a week with the new prepaid plan working.
And I had phenomenal results, actually.
I was really surprised by that, because I'm in this city with a lot of people, it's SouthernCalifornia.
Los Angeles is right there, it's just a huge urban area.
So, I was again, very skeptical that it was going to work, but it did work, and I wasactually able to upload a YouTube video on it within 30 minutes, something that might'vetaken me an hour to an hour and a half using my AT&T hotspot, which wasn't getting reallygood service there at that point in time.
Verizon was a stronger carrier in that area, so it was really great to see that it wasable to upload a video, no problem whatsoever, in a very populated, urban area.
So, fast forward another week and I actually went to the desert and decided to test itout in that area.
So, this particular area that I was in has great service for AT&T and Verizon, and Idecided to go ahead and do some speed tests in the evening and in the morning to see whatthat was like.
And I'm going to show that to you now.
So, the first test we'll do is the Verizon AM speed test.
And I will tell you, this really underperformed especially compared to what the speeds werewhen I was in Dana Point, California, although I did not get an actual speed test on recordlike I am here.
AT&T speed test in the morning actually did really, really well.
And again, this may or may not be because of the cell tower strength here, it may justbe that AT&T has a better signal in this rural area that I'm in versus Verizon.
So it can't be considered conclusive, but these results that AT&T is necessarily betterthan Verizon and that Verizon doesn't actually perform very well, or there's the networkmanagement issue.
So, even though both carriers are working very well in this rural area, Verizon underperformed,and that was pretty surprising.
I tried it in the morning and the evening as you saw, and I was very surprised by underperforming,especially compared to a city that was so populated.
There's not very many people out here where I'm at in the desert, so I'm not sure whythat is, but it was just an interesting thing to note, and we'll just continue testing it.
So, I'm curious if you guys have already been set up on this prepaid plan, and if so, leaveme a comment below.
I'd love to hear what your thoughts are on it, what your findings have been.
Are you using it a rural area, or a city area?So, make sure you leave me a comment below if you've already signed up for this plan.
Whether you have an existing account or your not a Verizon customer at all, you're goingto need to set up a brand new account.
So, prepaid accounts have to have their own account, separate from an existing Verizonaccount that you have.
So, if you are a new customer to Verizon, this is going to be pretty easy.
You literally just go to their website and you go ahead and sign up for an account.
So, click on the link in my description box to go directly to the prepaid plans area,scroll down to find the Jetpack and tablet plans, and you'll see the unlimited plan for65 dollars.
And then you'll need to pick out your actual Jetpack, the one for the MiFi is actuallyon back order right now, so the Ellipsis is the only one available.
Click 'next steps', 'new customer', and then they have these different plans, but the oneyou wanna select is the unlimited data for 70 dollars, although it is 65 dollars prepaid.
So, if you're an existing Verizon customer, this is where it can get a little bit tricky.
So, you can go through the same methodology that we just went through with setting upa new account if you're an existing Verizon customer no problem whatsoever, you can dothat completely separate.
But if you're like me and you have that Jetpack already and you wanna use an existing Jetpack,then you will have to either deactivate the old SIM card you have and get rid of thatparticular line if you no longer want it and use the new SIM card on the new account andput that into your Jetpack.
Or you could do what I did so that you can test it out and then just suspend your existingaccount, go ahead and get the new prepaid account, and use that SIM card in your oldJetpack.
So, the trick is, is if you want to use your existing Jetpack.
If you still wanna use your existing Jetpack, then these are the steps that you need togo through in order to make sure that your old Jetpack works with your new SIM card.
So, once you know the steps in order to get the account set up, then it shouldn't be aproblem for you whatsoever, even if you wanted to go into the store and get it all set upthere, just show them exactly what I showed you on the website by going to the prepaidplans option, and then click on that one that says 70 dollars.
And remember, it's really 65 dollars, but it's a five dollar discount for prepaying.
So, that's where the 65 and the 70 come in.
So, so far I really like what I see with the plan.
I had that one exception in the rural area, but other than that, I was able to uploada video pretty quickly, so I'm pleased with that.
I think it's still a little too early to tell right now if I'm going to stay with this plan,but I am testing it for two months, so I will do a follow-up video review after two monthsto let you know my findings and show you speed tests and the places that it actually reallyworked well, and the places that it did not work well.
And let's just decide if it's a plan that's worth keeping, or should I go back to my originalhotspot contract and just use that particular account for my backup to my AT&T account.
So, here's the thing about these plans.
If you're anything like me, I wanted to jump on this before anything changed with the planso I could start testing it right away.
The good news is, it's a prepaid plan and no contract, so if you're wanting to jumpon this plan as well, then click the link in my description box or in the pinned commentto go directly to the prepaid section of the Verizon website and go ahead and get youraccount set up as well.
As I mentioned a moment ago, I also have an AT&T hotspot in conjunction with my Verizonhotspot.
And I use both of them as backups depending on the area, but I'm going to put togetheranother video that shows exactly how I stay connected on the road in my camper van andhow I work remotely as a digital nomad.
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