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Have you looked into Verizon wireless broadband. sm

Posted By: Just a poster. on 2006-04-01
In Reply to: Just Scared - coffee girl

It might be available in your area.

Don't worry about the ESLs - just takes getting used to their voices, and practice makes perfect. I had a hard time at first, but over a few weeks, the clarity came as I got used to it. Ask your supervisor for samples, too. Samples really help - and they will help you master the voice, too.

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I use wireless because it's the only broadband I can get...sm

I  have a router on my main computer, which also speeds up the connection. Downloads .wav files in a flash. The router also allows The Boy to play his Xbox live in the basement.

I also have wireless broadband s/m

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I also have wireless broadband s/m

I don't have it because of the price ($55 a month), but because I cannot get DSL or cable.  I looked into satellite, but after explaining to them the work that I do, they said that I would easily exceed their limits in probably about three weeks, leaving me with week four totally down (they don't have an overage that you can buy).  I actually spent the time tallying one weeks' worth of voice files to give them an average of what my week looks like.

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Hi to everyone!


Is anyone out there using the wireless broadband, like Sprint or Verizon (not so unlimited)?  I am currently using Verizon and have now found out the unlimited is not so.  I have ordered Sprint and the USB modem will be here in a few days, but am now paranoid about 0ver-Use on that!


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I've heard mixed reviews on the "cards," but I would recommend fixed wireless if you have a provider that does a site survey and installation.

I pay $40 a month unlimited wireless broadband...
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telling me.  I signed up for unlimited long distance and went about my business for a whole month dialing in and working, etc. and then I received a bill in the mail for $2500.  Their take on it was that I could not use their unlimited $39.95 plan a month for what I was doing because it was considered business and not home use.  They switched me to the per minute plan without notice and sent me the bill.  I fought with them over the bill and they reduced it to $800 that I was responsible for.  Anyhow, if anybody has any idea what to do I would like to know.  Also, how about all the hospitals we dial into just get 1-800 numbers.  Just seems like the logical thing to make their MTs happy. 
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I had Verizon - sm
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currently trying verizon
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I have Verizon
I have used Verizon unlimited long distance for 2 years until just recently after switching to voip. I was never questioned about my usage. Unless anything has changed, you should be okay.
Yes, I have Verizon, and my
total bill last month, including regular phone, unlimited LD and caller ID was $66.  
verizon ULD

Verizon is our only available carrier for local and I have a choice of either Verizon or AT&T for my long distance, both of which offer unlimited long distance packages.  Start with Verizon since that is your carrier and call them up to ask about an unlimited long distance service. It is none of their business what you use it for, personal or not.  Who knows, things may not work out at the new job and you have to find something else.  Our bill local and long distance through Verizon runs roughly $65 to $70 a month.  Also, you would have to Google 'unlimited long distance plans' but there is a site that will ask for your local phone number and it will show you what should be available where you are at.  I hope this helps and hope the new job goes well.

I have been doing this now for three years using Verizon. I have yet to be charged anything other than the flat rate for long distance.  I have not seen anything anywhere about a cap of minutes.  I don't know where you are at but there are probably differences in locales re: the way one is billed, etc. I don't know, as I do not work for Verizon.  For that matter, in my dealings with them, chances are there are people that do the job that don't know for sure.
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I know someone who has the Verizon version and they
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No problem with Verizon
I have used Verizon unlimited long distance for close to 9 months now and have had no problems.  I was up front with them what I was doing and they never questioned it.
I use a Verizon card
when traveling. I have the Nationwide package, $60 a month unlimited. In heavily populated areas, it is almost as quick as my DSL at home, but even in low population areas it is still better than dial-up. I've traveled from coast to coast (mostly along I-80) and only lost signal in the usual remote places (certain stretches of Wyoming or in heavy tree coverage). You might want to buy a card from whoever has the best cell signals in your area.
Is this the same with Verizon. I have no idea. nm
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Verizon air card
More info please.  My husband and I are planning to do a lot of traveling and have been questioning the same things.  I know we can leach off a signal if we are close enough to a wireless place such as a hotel, but what if we are up in the mountains or on a beach in the middle of nowhere?  
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Also, when I have to use it from home because of my cable internet being down (frustrating, but it seems to happen a lot!), the whole thing works slower because I only get 1 bar of service here. From home, I can't even watch Netflix at all on Verizon because the connection speed isn't fast enough. From the hotel with full bars of service on Verizon, Netflix worked as well as it does from home when my cable connection is working properly.

Good luck! But seriously, if you're only working and doing emails on your Verizon, it should be within your usage limits without any problems!
Verizon has a card for laptops (sm)
$60 a month for unlimited high speed access from anywhere you can get a signal. I have a Verizon cell phone and get pretty good coverage with it.
I just signed up for Verizon Freedom - sm
Unlimited LD. I told them when I signed up what I would be using it for and they told me that was not a problem at all. Is this the plan you had?