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Internet Wi-fi Hotspots

This is a question for all of you techo-salts out there. In your experience what percentage of marinas along the east coast have a wi-fi connection available for free?

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The free is a tough qualifier... not many have it available for free. There are entire harbor areas, like Baltimore's Inner Harbor, which are free WiFi hotspots. You might want to check out Jiwire.com to see what they have listed for the areas you plan to be visiting.

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I would say no more than 10% have free. There is however a network of wifi suppliers to marinas that you can buy monthly access from at more reasonable rates and then just use the affiliated marinas as you head south.
Beacon wifi is one such supplier. www.beaconwi-fi.com
Yachtspot.net is another.
We were able to pick up free wifi signals in a number of places along the ICW but the marinas look on sales of wifi access as a way to increase profits from transient boaters.
You might want to consider an air card from your cellular supplier as a reasonably priced alternative as well.
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Also, a bluetooth equipped cell phone and laptop can be used instead of an air card...with no additonal hardware costs. T-Mobile charges about $20 a month for unlimited internet access.
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SD...Interesting...what kind of data rate is available at that price?
Verizon charges $80 a month for unlimited but it is:
400 - 700 Kbps BroadbandAccess OR where broadband is not available 60-80 Kbps and burst up to 144 Kbps.
I am just wondering what you get for your $20....if it is anything close...that is a hell of a deal. Also...is coverage in coastal areas good?
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