Benefit: best cell phone coverage of any provider
Figuring out how much data we needed was tricky. Before living in the van, neither of us used more than 1GB of data/month on our Verizon cell phone plans. But, that soon transitioned into using all of our data and going over on our plans. We looked into different carrier’s cell phone plans, but determined that Verizon has the best coverage no matter what other carriers try and tell you. T-Mobile recently bought a bunch of cell towers, but the technology does not yet exist to use these with your cell phone. We didn’t want to feel restricted by the cellular signal in different areas, so coverage was very important to us.
Within Verizon’s plans, we found that the cheapest way of obtaining additional data was through the Beyond Unlimited Plan, which allows:
- 10 devices/plan
- 22GB of device data/device
- 15GB of tethering/device
- We use: 2 cell phones and 1 tablet
- 66GB of device data
- 45GB of tethering
So, we just added multiple devices to one plan, which we found to be cheaper than going over on a plan.
Rather than using a mobile hotspot, we use a tablet with cellular data as our additional device. The benefit to this is that you get both 22GB of device data and 15GB of tethering data for $20, rather than just tethering data.
Cost: $50/cell phone/month + $20/[tablet or mobile hotspot]/month