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To make this short and to the point, my friend is being moved into another household where Wi-Fi isn't present. He needs an internet connection as he is a digital artist and cannot accept or send commissions without an internet connection. Is there something he could use with his laptop that will allow him to connect to Internet after he moves?
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I'm sure you can buy a "Dongle" im not 100% sure of it needs WiFi to work but it's basically a WiFi router on a usb.
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You can use a 3G USB dongle which will provide internet connection via mobile networks to the laptop.

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Or, you can even tether your phone to the laptop and do it that way. [ Register or Signin to view external links. ]

Only concern here is data usage. Most mobile networks can detect that you are using it for a laptop device and will either cap you at a set rate or charge you extra on your bill. Worth checking the small print before you pull the trigger.
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Adam wroteYou can use a 3G USB dongle which will provide internet connection via mobile networks to the laptop.

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Or, you can even tether your phone to the laptop and do it that way. [ Register or Signin to view external links. ]

Only concern here is data usage. Most mobile networks can detect that you are using it for a laptop device and will either cap you at a set rate or charge you extra on your bill. Worth checking the small print before you pull the trigger.


He doesn't own a mobile phone, so I'm assuming that he's not able to use the phone tethering method. Are there any brands that you would recommend that are on Amazon or some similar site regarding the 3G USB dongles for those who live in the US?
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Just buy a hotspot. You can buy them from mobile carries and it gives you LTE wherrever the carrier gets service. Easy solution.
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315 wroteJust buy a hotspot. You can buy them from mobile carries and it gives you LTE wherrever the carrier gets service. Easy solution.


So quick question. I came across [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] and I was looking at the "one-time payment" where it says "No contract. No monthly payments. Own your phone right away by paying the full price upfront and activating it with Verizon today.". Wouldn't that mean there's some sort of activation or data fee? Because $200 seems a little, I dunno, too good to be true?
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$200 is for the actual device. There will be more charges for activation and monthly payments.
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Reconcile wrote
315 wroteJust buy a hotspot. You can buy them from mobile carries and it gives you LTE wherrever the carrier gets service. Easy solution.


So quick question. I came across [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] and I was looking at the "one-time payment" where it says "No contract. No monthly payments. Own your phone right away by paying the full price upfront and activating it with Verizon today.". Wouldn't that mean there's some sort of activation or data fee? Because $200 seems a little, I dunno, too good to be true?
I would read the small print, you have to get data allowance for it every week or month?
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Thanks for the help, all. Found what I needed.
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if your friend has data on their phone they could just use that as a hotspot or ask the neighbors for their wifi
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