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GeneralLee
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Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
AT&T just cut off my unlimited data plan that used an iPad imei that I ran through a nighthawk router and google Wi-Fi extenders. Are there any other providers that I could buy an unlimited data plan from and still use the nighthawk/google Wifi extender equipment I have? I realize I’ll be paying a lot more than the $35 per month with At&T, but this should only be for less than a year until Starlink goes live. There are no fiber options in my area.


03GeeTee
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
Interested also, I’m screwed if (when) AT&T cancels mine. Hopefully there’s other options because I have the same setup as you and I love having good high speed internet. I can’t go back to that slow arse DSL. I’ll pay way more if I have to.


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LSU>USC
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
Few questions. What ATT plan were you using and were you going directly through them or a vendor? Did you "mask" the nighthawk IMEI to match the iPad IMEI? Are you running a VPN on the network to hide network traffic? How much data per month are you using?

These are all things that'll help keep big brother off your back.
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lockthevaught
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
Find a good 3rd party ATT provider. Read reviews on each one to figure out which is best.

LINK

Viper is pretty good
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GeneralLee
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
I was going directly through AT&T, I did mask the nighthawk imei, was not running a VPN, was using about 200-300 gb per month.

Another concern I would have is is it possible that AT&T has blacklisted my nighthawk so even with a different SIM card this third party setup wouldn’t work?
This post was edited on 1/14 at 6:20 am


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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
Where are you?

See what t mobile has available


GeneralLee
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
Indiana. I think At&T is my main network option.


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03GeeTee
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
Your nighthawk shouldn’t be blacklisted. My dad’s account got shutdown early last year and my SIM card still worked in his nighthawk. I’m not running a VPN or masking my IMEI and mine is still working for now.


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Tigerbait231
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
Did you check if their fixed wireless is available in your area? My parents live in the middle of no where and have it. It works great for them.

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viv1d
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
Look for fixed wireless near you. I have fixed wireless from a 3rd party company and it’s great.


VL Lsutiger
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
i upgraded to the att unlimited elite plan. I had an extra line on that plan and i used that sim card and put that in the nighthawk. Its unlimited but they say they will throttle your speeds after 100 gbs of data. I was using like 250gbs a month and rarely noticed any issues.


03GeeTee
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
Do you just use one of the sims for a phone in your nighthawk then? Or did you tell them you were putting an iPad on that line?


VL Lsutiger
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
i used a phone sim in my nighthawk, the ATT person said it wouldnt work but my neighbor was doing it, sure enough it worked, i used that until cox dug their lines in our neighborhood and we finally got internet


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VL Lsutiger
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
i used a phone sim in my nighthawk, the ATT person said it wouldnt work but my neighbor was doing it, sure enough it worked, i used that until cox dug their lines in our neighborhood and we finally got internet


IMJ127
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
So I could get the nighthawk, insert my phone's sim in it, and access ATT's internet?

I'm reading that if I want to stay off of ATT's radar I could use an ATT broadband reseller and buy data from them.

Would this be the best way? I'm in a very rural area with no other options. Thanks


GeneralLee
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
I ended up going with Spark Services, based in Oklahoma, it was on the list of third party AT&T reseller companies in a link a poster put up here earlier. Very friendly customer service. He said many netgear routers are getting flagged by AT&T like mine was, so those of you with Nighthawk routers might want to be looking for backup options. Thanks for the help everyone.
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VL Lsutiger
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
quote:

So I could get the nighthawk, insert my phone's sim in it, and access ATT's internet?

I'm reading that if I want to stay off of ATT's radar I could use an ATT broadband reseller and buy data from them.

Would this be the best way? I'm in a very rural area with no other options. Thanks


Yeah it should work, couldn't hurt to try so you don't have to mess with att
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Tempratt
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re: Rural internet solution until Starlink comes online?
21st century and there are still places with only huges net, cellular and dial up as the only option.

I hope Starlink works. From the videos I've seen on youtube the system seems to work well.



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