Koodo and a mobile hotspot for my cottage?

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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_7-5...
3. If not, which basic phone do you offer that will support LTE / cottage hotspot function?

Thanks,
J
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Posted 5 years ago

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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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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.
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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!
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Oh and now that I look, LTE is nowhere near our cottage for now, so it's HSPA.
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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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Agreed.
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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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Best type of football.....ever
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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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That makes sense :)

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