Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Verizon Jetpack

Verizon 6620L Jetpack AirCard

Being a bit old school, I still call our Verizon Jetpacks “AirCards”.  So when I went into Verizon store near our condo, I told them, “I lost my AirCard out in the Walmart parking lot about an hour and a half ago…I need to cancel that one, and get another one.”  The man and the lady at the counter looked at me like I was nuts.  “Do you have a prepaid plan?”   Nope.  I give the lady Marcia’s phone number, which is the main number on the plan, and I tell the guy, “I think you might call them ‘Jetpacks’.”  As he looks over our plan he says, “Oh, heck, all we need to do is to replace what you have with a new Jetpack!”  I reply, “Uh, don’t we need to cancel that old Jetpack so that someone doesn’t use up all our data?”   He replies, “When we activate the new one with the same info as the old one, it will make the old one unusable.”  Ok, we are getting somewhere.  Now, I am thinking two things…do they have any in stock…and how do I get out of here with out spending an arm and a leg.

Verizon 6620L, AC791L and 7730L Jetpacks
Verizon has three good AirCards/Jetpacks now.  The 6620L (above left), the AC791L (above middle) and the newest 7730L (above right).  The latter two are 4G only, while the 6620L is both 3G and 4G.  As we travel, we have found that there are times that all we have is 3G.  It might be slow, but it works.  Although the new 7730 is suppose to bring in 4G from a longer distance away…it can’t bring in 4G if there is no 4G available.  So I picked the 6620L, it meets our purposes.

Skruffy and her fortune

So next, what was it going to cost us???  Skruffy was ready to fork over as much of her piggy bank as she could, but I was hoping that it would not need to break into her stash.  New 6620L Jetpack list price is $199.00.  “IF” we go under a 2 year contract, the cost would come down to $49.99.  However, Marcia has been a Verizon customer for over 10 years…she estimates it was probably 15 years.   He said, “Listen, I have a deal for you.  I will waive all cost except the mandatory $30 activation fee, put you under a 2 year contract, and you need to agree to the $5 per month replacement plan.  ‘IF’ you decide to cancel the plan, you can do so after 30 days.”  DEAL!  Skruffy can keep her money, I can handle this!!!

Verizon 6620L Jetpack AirCard

Was back to the condo within an hour, box in hand.  Thirty minutes later I had the network name in, the password in, and had connected both computers and both Kindles to the new ‘AirCard’.  Then I turned it off…it is ready for our next trip. More about our next trip next time…let’s just say, “Two weeks from now, we will be in Florida, but we won’t be in the Condo.  And when we leave, it should be for the rest of the YEAR!!!!”

Note:  You can see that I smoothly skipped over the part pertaining to "ME" loosing the AirCard in the Walmart Parking Lot.  I learned that from the various Main Stream Medias...if you don't want to talk about the "problem", just ignore it as though it did not happen... (they all act this way...frankly, I think true trusted journalism is a thing of the past)

5 comments:

  1. I have the 3G4G one ... works everywhere except Florence Oregon Elks where you're down in a hole. Even when it only shows one tiny bar, I still have fast internet.

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    1. Glad to hear Nancy. I have read up on all three devices, and the reviews (although the 7730L is so new there are fewer reviews). I just did not want to sacrifice 3G ability for the faster 4G that the 7730L and the AC791L bring. Another thing, the faster ones can burn through the data much quicker too.

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  2. Thanks for the info about the differences between the models, I couldn't find it on Verizon's site. Typical huge corporate website with little detail about their products. Amazes me.

    Anyway, my question is can these Jetpacks also be used as a non-cellular travel router that connects to a public wifi network & acts as a firewall adding a little more security?

    Is there an additional monthly fee or can I use my same single line unlimited I use with my phone? Thx again!
    @TheBoltUpright

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  3. Ima: (nice name by the way) It would be an extra line, there is a small fee associated with that. If you hvae the new unlimited, then it can share that, but with limits (I think). If you have a wireless printer and a wireless computer and other items, then yes, it can be like a router, however the device itself cannot connect to wifi hotspots. For instance we connect our Amazon fire stick and a kindle fire and then stream from the kindle to the TV fire stick and watch movies without having a Internet connection AS LONG as the Kindle had been hooked up to the Internet recently to verify the movies.

    Verizon link: https://www.verizonwireless.com/search/vzwSearch?Ntt=jetpack&nav=Global&gTab=

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  4. Thanks! My phone can be used as a hotspot, but eats the battery & hoping jetpack could also double for wifi connectivity as well.
    Oh well. Beautiful RV you have!

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