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Pre-Paid US Daily Data Plan

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Canadian team here interested in steaming at upcoming US events like WGI.  We have a few unlocked Android phones and we're looking for good daily pre-paid cellular data options.  Any recommendations?  

 

I think T-mobile has some pre-paid daily plans but I understand their service at tracks is not good.  

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We used a Straight Talk plan last year at WGI.   It worked really good in the pits, but lost signal as soon as we got on track.   We tried it many times over three days and it never worked for us.

 

But at Daytona, Sebring, Barber and COTA it was fine.

 

Last weekend at Road Atlanta it was bad.

 

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I tried to look up a daily Straight Talk plan ... it's not jumping out at me.  I see they have a monthly plan, is that what you got?

 

1 hour ago, BoiledPeanut said:

We used a Straight Talk plan last year at WGI.   It worked really good in the pits, but lost signal as soon as we got on track.   We tried it many times over three days and it never worked for us.

 

But at Daytona, Sebring, Barber and COTA it was fine.

 

Last weekend at Road Atlanta it was bad.

 

 

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Straight Talk is the Walmart phone.     They use other carriers, but not sure who, what, when, etc.

 

From the web:

Straight Talk is a type of carrier known as an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), which means that it doesn't run or own a wireless network. Instead, it purchases the right to use towers from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint.

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When you said you had lost signal at WGI, doesn't it say what carrier it's on at the time?  Given that explanation couldn't you just switch to a different carrier that had better signal?  

 

I don't intend to buy a Straight Talk phone, just the SIM and plan for use in one of our unlocked Android Phones.

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I don't think you have the ability with straight talk to know the carrier, or manually change the carrier, but I may be wrong.   We went with them because they were the cheapest.   After the failures at WGI and RA, its probably time to consider another option.

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Exactly, I was hoping that the tier-1 US carriers (Verizon, AT&T) would offer daily data only plans in large quantities ... like 5GB+

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Did anyone find a good hot spot / mobile WiFi no contract plan?

 

 

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