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Review by WI Fire See Profile

  • Location: Hudson,Saint Croix,WI
  • Cost: $90 per month (24 month contract)
  • Install: about 12 days
Good "Fast!"
Bad "Need to keep within 20Gb/mo. limit - no online movies for me!"
Overall "Good value when no DSL or cable is available."
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I ordered the Verizon Home Fusion package with 20GB/month. This offering is new enough that there was unfamiliarity with the ordering process within Verizon, and I ended up with a new account, which was corrected with a phone call after I received my first bill. The install was done by a contracted DirecTV installer. they have orders to NOT mount the device on any existing tripods, etc. (but what I do after he leaves is my choice). I'm getting speeds of 22Gb down, 8+ up. There is still an issue where the Verizon router will fail the connection once every ~4 days, requiring a power-cycle of the router (but not the cantenna).

WARNING: Do not add this service to your "share-everything" cellphone data plan. The cost of data on that plan is much higher than keeping this device on a separate plan.

Note to networking geeks: For this system, NAT is provided by the cantenna, not the in-home router. The cantenna will be just another device on the 192.168.1.x network.

member for 9.2 years, 215 visits, last login: 46 days ago
updated 353 days ago

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Tracer

@myvzw.com

Verizon Wireless Speed

Verizon Wireless Speed after has been "optimized": 0,02 Mbps!
Enjoy!

Review by SanAntonioTx See Profile

  • Location: San Antonio,Bexar,TX
  • Cost: $155 per month (2 month contract)
  • Install: about 3 days
Good "Extreme 4G LTE speeds"
Bad "The price the data caps"
Overall "Great for wireless data"
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The 4g LTE is outstanding sometimes near the tower i get over 60mbps down and 25mbps up *in most 4g lte areas* but for the most part its around 15/20mbps down and 5/15mbps up Great for everything Its very expensive service and the *SHARE EVERYTHING PLANS* are bad how ever ive been able to stream HD videos *netflix and youtube in the past at 1080p while being in the middle of no where in a country field here in South Texas while at the same time allowing 5 other people to be on my phone and streaming and uploading and downloading in the vehicle Set up an HDTV and watched a netflix video in the middle of a country field so yes verizon has great service in remote areas the 3G is also really good up to 2.6mbps down and 1/1.5mbps up in some areas and ping is below 150ms! so thats not bad for basic gaming The price though is whats going to get you. its expensive for my data plan is 22GB with hot spot 69.99 for unlimited talk and text and 10 for 1,000 Text messages but.since i fix extra computers i can afford that but for most people they say they use less then 2 Gigs of data that's a lie.. you pay for what you get but VZW still over charges in my opinion the plus side to all this is with less people on the tower you get more download speed and the upload speed far surpasses ATT 4G LTE upload speed on most speedtests

Verizon is great for wireless data. and the 700mhz spectrum

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Review by isp10002 See Profile

  • Location: undisclosed location
  • Cost: $65 per month (2 month contract)
Good "Good if you have no wireline alternitives"
Bad "Crappy Caps, Slow Speeds, High cost"
Overall "I have nothing really good to say"
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My Other Reviews

·Frontier Communi..
·Dish Network
NOTE: I dumped Verizon for frontier dsl, Also i do not have Verizon anymore and im writing this review right after i dumped them.

So i signed up for verizons 3g aircard 3+ years ago, It was good for us because back then we dident have dsl. The thing i stress the most about this service is its extremely expensive and has crappy caps. So around 2012 i noticed 3g got alot slower, and had high ping times. from 2010-2011 i noticed good speeds. We got 4g in 2012 (Thats probally why 3g was so slow) but we signed another 2 year contract for something on the account. Playing games was impossible and i was so fed up with verizon. So after we found out we can get dsl we dumped verizons sorry butt, Bye Verizon.

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Review by bradleym See Profile

  • Location: Peoria,Peoria,IL
  • Cost: $65 per month (24 month contract)
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Better than dialup or satellite."
Bad "Not as good as a fixed-line connection."
Overall "It's good enough if you're desperate."
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I use a Jetpack/4G Mifi at home as my primary Internet access. I live in a rural area in Central IL and this is as good as it gets. I had a local fixed wireless connection a few years ago (went out of biz) but nobody else is playing in that market around here. I see reasonable performance at home but the caps make it prohibitively expensive for me to really use the connection for Netflix or that sort of thing. The latency is good enough to play some games on, but you wouldn't be able to play FPS or raid in WoW competitively.

I regularly travel with this device and have found that the quality of the connection varies greatly depending on your location. Many areas with a heavy concentration of business travelers have a nearly unusable connection from 7-10 PM local time. The same location will be 15Mbps the next morning at 6 AM.

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Review by shakawkaw See Profile

  • Location: Monroe,Snohomish,WA
  • Cost: $128 per month (24 month contract)
  • Install: about 5 days
Good "Speed"
Bad "Data caps, excessive overage charges"
Overall "Avoid as a main internet connection"
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I used to be a Verizon employee installing FiOS, which I still think is the best thing out there for internet by a mile. Recently I moved to an area where the only options are satellite (no thanks), dial-up (hell no!), or a 4g solution like HomeFusion. I decided to give the HF a try. I am more than happy with the speeds. Often I will test around 27 Mb download over 17 Mb upload. This is awesome. What is not so awesome is a defect in the firmware of the "cantenna" that causes my connection to go down multiple times a day, sometimes for as long as 20 minutes.

Even with that known issue, by far, the worst part is that the highest possible monthly allowance is 30GB. As a main internet connection for two people, this just does NOT cut it. Even with scaling back on streaming there is no way we can stay below this limit, and at $10/GB, once you exceed it, the cost can be atrocious. To make matters worse, because of the great speed, you can literally eat through hundreds of dollars' worth of bandwidth in the span of an hour as I unfortunately just did when I made the mistake of installing a game on Steam that I thought was 1.5GB but was actually 15GB. Next time I opened my email I saw the 15 warnings there waiting for me at $10 a pop. Needless to say, I was NOT happy.

When I called VZ customer service they said there was nothing they were willing/able to do, and that I essentially just need to stay under 30GB to avoid paying any overage.

Bottom line - Avoid HomeFusion as your main source of internet connectivity unless you are seriously ok with using it to do nothing other than web browsing and email! Netflix, Steam, Vudu, Hulu, PlayStation Network or X-Box Live purchases......all of these things will become impossible to do affordably, and if anyone happens to decide to watch an HD movie be ready to shell out up to $50 with no chance of a mulligan.

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whocares256

join:2002-03-10
Anna, TX

Verizon wireless

Are you on a grandfathered Verizon wireless cellphone plan with data? Can you get unlimited data on your cellphone?
corvette1963

join:2013-04-30
Everett, WA

Re: Verizon wireless

I Think so

Review by pioneer56 See Profile

  • Location: Michigan
  • Cost: $67 per month (24 month contract)
  • Install: about 1 days
Good "Wow! Is LTE ever fast!!!"
Bad "If you aren't on an unlimited account you will go broke with overages"
Overall "Great for the unlimited people, costly if you want to enjoy the speeds on a Share Everything plan"
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So I finally have 4G in the area and can use my plan the way it was suppose to be! The speeds and latency are incredible! 30+Mbps down and 5-12 Mbps up are insane! Service is still a little bit flaky as it is so new, but the advancement from the TERRIBLE 3G we have around here more than makes up for it. 4/5 Stars overall.

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Review by Jeremy1976 See Profile

  • Location: Belfast,Waldo,ME
  • Cost: $85 per month
Good "good bandwidth"
Bad "go through data cap fast, not very good latency"
Overall "good if its the only option you have"
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I have verizon 4g hotspot enabled on my phone as a backup for when i travel or if i lose my dsl. The bandwidth is pretty good i get 30/15 mbps at my house. I have 10 GB's it eats through it pretty fast depending on what your doing. Browsing internet youd be fine but watching videos ordownloading a game or update for ps3 will really use it up fast. Its pretty expensive. My average ping times were around 90-100 ms. I guess if you cant get dsl or cable it would be good but just watch your data so you dont go over.

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admin123

@myvzw.com

wow your pings

My pings are 45/ 55 and gaming is smooth as butter.

Review by RobnLoudoun See Profile

  • Location: 20141-2445
  • Cost: $130 per month (24 month contract)
Good "Fastest connection available since there is no cable or del available locally"
Bad "Requires constant resets to maintain connection"
Overall "Not really ready for prime time - good when it works, but annoying when it requires resets"
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Only broadband options available in many areas of Western Loudoun are satellite, and wireless broadband. I could have had a cable run to the house for $3,000, but didn't want to spend the money and then be in thrall to one cable company. Verizon Homefusion works nicely when it's connected, but it constantly disconnects and requires resetting the Cantenna.

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TucsonOne

@qwest.net

HomeFusion Problems

Conclusion: Verizon HomeFusion Problems - Product Inoperable

Observations from 22 Days of Verizon & Homeowner Efforts
Dates: Jan 17- Feb 6, 2013
Location: Tucson, AZ near Prince Rd & Soldier Trail Rd, stated by Verizon to be “in a very good 4G zone for reception, one mile from the cell phone tower supplying the 4G service”

Sales: Verizon store personnel didn’t know how to complete sales documentation, having sold very few units

Installation: well-trained, responsive, polite installer

The Cantenna: four different ones were replaced, all but one failed to maintain an internet connection longer than 12 hours, breaking connection (and failing to reconnect until power cycled via unplugging) up to eight times a day

The Router: twice replaced, no observations

The Tech Support:

- multiple failed attempts stopped cold at the Verizon main phone number (disconnected, wrong extension, Spanish language, etc.)

- first level technical personnel could offer only two interventions: unplug the cantennae or unplug the cable router; they had no other information available of any kind

- second level technical support were surly and had no further assistance

- third level (“trouble ticket”) personnel had access to the network functioning in the area but their interventions were also limited to hardware replacement or rebooting; they pointed towards ‘a drive around’ to access 4G reception in the area but could not schedule same within install time frames, ‘or for several weeks’

- when asked the third time via different technical support personnel, the Company agreed to extend the 14 day window of free use of the product for another 14 days; customer ended effort at 22 days having no confidence in the product nor the technical support and having spent nearly thirty hours trouble-shooting the devices

The Internet Connection:

- speeds as advertised, but wildly variable on ping, download and upload, and showing many spikes on Speedtest.net graphs suggesting poor connections; no Verizon personnel had access to devices nor online data that could pinpoint and remedy the problems

sbken

join:2002-03-09
Etowah, NC
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·AT&T Southeast

Re: HomeFusion Problems

In my location AT&T DSL quality is extremely poor and slow. To add to the insult AT&T will not install any new DSL service! If you move into the area there is no AT&T DSL available and, according to AT&T, the reason for my slow/inferior service is that the service had to be "capped" as they are over capacity with no plans to upgrade their equipment. When I was made aware of Verizon's Homefusion I thought I finally had a good broadband option. Was was very wrong!

Starting with an installation scheduling disaster - the installer was not informed of the correct installation time - to technical problems and a gigantic data usage I canceled the service five days after unsuccessfully trying to resolve the issues. Technical support was unable to explain or resolve my problems and when they elevated the problem to the highest tier of Verizon technical support the problems were not even addressed.

Data usage issue: Although my pattern of internet usage remained the same after Homefusion installation my data usage rose from approximately 6BG/month with AT&T to approximately 5 GB in 24 hours! No one at Verizon Tech Support could explain the discrepancy. Since my Homefusion contract allowed 10 GB/month I would have been in deep financial trouble had I continued to use the service. (AT&T has an allowance of 150 GB/month.)

Speed: This is a real puzzler and Verizon Tech Support remained mystified. My download speed rarely exceeded 6 Mb/second and my upload speed was usually GREATER than the download speed.

When I finally called to cancel the service I was told to bring the Router to the Verizon store where I purchased the service. When I arrived at the store, after a considerable wait, I was informed that I had to *send* the Router back to Verizon and that Verizon would send me a prepaid shipping box. Seven days later I'm still waiting for that box.

Finally, I discovered that even though I canceled my service withing the fourteen-day trial period I would be charged a $35 "restocking fee". Oddly, Verizon does not want the large outside antenna "drum" returned, even though it is obviously an expensive item. It will remain a fixture on the outside of my house as a reminder that while Verizon is different from AT&, it is just as inept.






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  • Location: Navarre,Santa Rosa,FL
  • Cost: $50 per month (24 month contract)
Good "Excellent-FAST-Reliable"
Bad "Low allowance"
Overall "4G LTE Rules"
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We began using Verizon 4G LTE in April 2011. Since we travel a great
deal, we had been dragging around a HughesNet satellite dish for years.
We took a chance with Verizon and it has paid off.

We bought two (2) LG VL600 cellular modems, one for my wife, the other
for me. The total for both is right at $100 a month for 5 gigs each.
Average speeds in 4G LTE areas has been about 14 megs down, and 1.8 megs
up.

We were initially afraid that we would find ourselves in areas where
there was no service at all. Fortunately, for us and all the places we
travel, zero service is pretty rare. If we do not have 4G LTE service,
we do have either 3G or 2G. If you are on or near an interstate highway,
or near a major metro area, we are finding Verizon 4G LTE just about
everywhere. In most smaller towns, we get at least 3G.

We travel by RV all around the U.S., and were finally able to ditch the
"BIG DISH" satellite service. Verizon has been very good to us, and Tech
support has been excellent the two times we needed them over the past 2
years. We keep our cell phones on AT&T so that we have a separate
communications link in emergencies. The fastest 4G LTE speed we every
experienced was 22megs down, 2.8 megs up. Verizon 4G LTE is now our
primary internet access. Only complaint would be that six (6) gigs a
month for $50 would be a better overall deal for us. Downloading a 2.8
gig MAP update for our Garmin sucks the life out of a month's bandwidth
allowance.



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Review by Cthen See Profile

  • Location: Detroit,Wayne,MI
  • Cost: $97 per month (24 month contract)
  • Install: about 2 days
Good "Much better service and value for the money than AT&T."
Bad "Not enough 4g access outside of the Detroit Metro area."
Overall "If you can ditch AT&T, do so!"
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I switched over to Verizon due to them offering me a better phone and better value from the service than what AT&T was willing to offer me for staying to sign another contract. I signed up through the Verizon website on a Friday and the phone was here by Monday. Porting my number over was also a painless process, just stupid me didn't think to reboot my phone the next day to get it up and going. Because of my own doing I went 2 days without phone service lol (Still had data during that time though).

Verizon gave me an HTC Thunderbolt free for signing the contract as to where AT&T was willing to give me an HTC Vivid. Verizon also gives me a higher cap on data usage along with more free services than what AT&T could give me all for the same price per month between the two providers. So it became a no brainer to make the switch.

1-27-13

Still going good. Lately I have been doing a lot of tethering and I have to say, it is fast and reliable. The latency is still 3x of a cable isp however the speed blows it out of the water.

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