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I want Internet at my cottage. The cottage is in Quebec, but doesn't have high-speed wireline access. It is apparently well within the 4G (HSPA/LTE) coverage area though. My questions are: 1. My current Koodo Google Nexus S can't support this network, correct? 2. Does Koodo support any mobile hotspots? e.g. http://reviews.cnet.com/2733-3243_7-568-6.html 3. If not, which basic phone do you offer that will support LTE / cottage hotspot function? Thanks, J

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1. It uses a SIM card and runs on HSPA so it works, but the speeds are more limited on the Nexus S. You won't get LTE, that's for sure. I was poking around and there's videos on hwo to enable the hotspot feature if it's not in there by default. 2. No, Koodo does not offer any internet-only plans. You'd be better off with Telus for that. 3. The cheapest phones with LTE capability in Koodo's lineup are the BB Q5 or the Galaxy S III at $350 retail each. You could also look at the Nexus 4 ($300) or Ace II X ($150) if you don't mind running with just HSPA/+.
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Jonathan I wrote:

1. It uses a SIM card and runs on HSPA so it works, but the speeds are more limited on the Nexus ...

Considering that the HSPA speeds are frequently faster than my old DSL line (which I had no problem doing anything with), I doubt that LTE is necessary.
Jonathan I wrote:

1. It uses a SIM card and runs on HSPA so it works, but the speeds are more limited on the Nexus ...

This is great guys - thanks. My main concern is coverage, not speed. Koodo / Telus show HSPA coverage, but Bell suggests the specific side of the lake we're on is just outside coverage. Seeing as they share the infrastructure, that's a concern - I'd hate to buy something and find it doesn't reach. Are you saying the Nexus S supports HSPA? I will have to double-check its reception at the cottage. I know my iPhone 4s gets 1 bar, maybe 2, but at the dock. Not real useful in winter!
Jonathan I wrote:

1. It uses a SIM card and runs on HSPA so it works, but the speeds are more limited on the Nexus ...

Oh and now that I look, LTE is nowhere near our cottage for now, so it's HSPA.
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Jonathan I wrote:

1. It uses a SIM card and runs on HSPA so it works, but the speeds are more limited on the Nexus ...

Jonathan is right
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Sigh...I'm gonna be the old guy here and reminisce about the days when going to the cottage was about heading to the country and getting away from it all...
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Timo Tuokkola wrote:

Sigh...I'm gonna be the old guy here and reminisce about the days when going to the cottage was a...

Agreed.
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Timo Tuokkola wrote:

Sigh...I'm gonna be the old guy here and reminisce about the days when going to the cottage was a...

I went up with a group of friends to a cottage in Wasaga a few years ago. Internet access was available but we didn't even use it; the highlight of that weekend was playing drunken football on the beach at 2AM with barely any lights other than lightning flashing over the skies in Collingwood...
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Timo Tuokkola wrote:

Sigh...I'm gonna be the old guy here and reminisce about the days when going to the cottage was a...

Best type of football.....ever
Timo Tuokkola wrote:

Sigh...I'm gonna be the old guy here and reminisce about the days when going to the cottage was a...

I don't disagree Timo. We're thinking of staying up there for a short sabbatical over the winter, so Internet is more critical, for research.
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Timo Tuokkola wrote:

Sigh...I'm gonna be the old guy here and reminisce about the days when going to the cottage was a...

That makes sense 🙂

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