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Re: Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200 Prepaid Mobile Hotspot

I'm leaning toward getting the T-Mobile 4G hotspot instead. It appears that Virgin Mobile has raised their pay-as-you-go rates considerably, and the 2200 only does 3G. Virgin's 4G device from Novatel has gotten universally panned by users.

T-Mobile's 4G device has gotten very nice reviews from both magazines and users, and it looks like they have pretty good coverage in the area. Walmart has some special exclusive pay-as-you-go deals that last for 60 days, so I can pretty much cover the whole rest of the summer for $35 (as long as I don't stream video).

Now that I will have internet on the boat, I am learning more about grib data and also will make more use of Active Captain. I don't want the computer/Android tablet/Kindle/etc. to dominate our week, but having occasional access will hopefully make us better prepared to respond to our (and mother nature's) whims.

The UGRIB program is really, really cool! Hopefully it will come in handy for last-minute itinerary changes to respond to the wind predictions. OpenCPN also can overlay grib data, but it's pretty underwhelming. Any other suggestions for grib data management and display?

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