Smartlink & Verizon USB Modem?

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Looking for recommendations for a Verizon USB modem that works with Smartlink.
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Dave Gipson

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You might want to know that I use(d) a Verizon hot spot just last week while operating remotely back to my 6600M. I have a 15GB data plan that costs me $85 per month plus a once a month $15 for 5Gb extra data. After that is used, my "UNLIMITED" plan slows to a 640K rate that is $100.00 a month. If I run normal, not low bandwidth, I burn through at least 1Gb per hour running FT8.  That's $100 for a weekend of operation. 

The bandwidth consumption has been verified by a couple other users as well. "Low BW Connect" operation at 640Kbs inhales very vigorously! I understand there are some ways the bandwidth consumption can be reduced but don't know enough to help with that.

It is simply VERY disappointing to find out my Verizon "UNLIMITED" data plan basically is used up two/three days into the month. Beware! (Your data mileage may vary)
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My "unlimited" plan using a VZW MyFi Home router will not even connect my laptop to smartlink it seems to filter.  I am working on playing with the setting to see if I can get it to work.  That said mine is $20/month unlimited as it is added on to my family plan package of my cell phone.  Each line gets unlimited I have two phones, a laptop, and two VZW MyFi units.  My total bill is about $260/month.  I wish there was a very lite version of smart SDR example it would not display the waterfall at all just a tuning, SWR, ect.  With the popularity of FT8 it would save on bandwidth for those ops then allow you to use your bandwidth on more necessary intense operations like CW and SSB.  I would suggest changing your fps update to 1/sec this is under Display in the upper left hand corner of SmartSDR.