T-Mobile may be #4 in the cellular game, but they walked away a big winner in the recent FCC Spectrum 600MHz auction, paying nearly 8 billion dollars for the nationwide rights to that band. Although phones don't operate in the spectrum yet, they will be rolled out by year's end. Then T-Mobile will offer 4G LTE services in that market. Comcast also bought some, signaling they are planning to get into the mobile business. The rest were split between AT&T and US Cellular.
Alan has cancelled his home internet access. Can he still access his security cameras? Leo says not if they require internet access. NetGear's Arlo Pro supports LTE and has built in batteries, though. Alan will need a service plan either way. Getting home internet may be cheaper.
Jeff has an unlocked GSM phone which he uses via TracFone, but it doesn't get data near his home. Leo says that part of the issue could be that TracFone has a deal with carriers that would make tower availability limited.
Marilyn says that her internet carrier is trying to charge her extra for bandwidth. She uses Dish. Leo says that satellite internet has bandwidth caps because it's very constrained. Leo only recommends satellite when there's no other choice. He recommends going to DSLReports.com. They have ISP reviews by geographic area. If there's nothing else in her area, Marilyn would be much better off going with LTE wireless.
Richard has a security cam in his home in another state and he wants to know how he can access it and monitor what's on it with a dynamic IP address. Leo says that DynDNS will enable him to do this without requiring a static IP. Other options include No-IP DNS and Duck DNS. His router may also be able to do to it.
Steve is a truck driver, and he uses a Galaxy Note 4 on Verizon as his primary internet connection. At home, he has Time Warner cable for TV, internet, and landline. Now that he's back on the road, he's only going to be at home for 1 week out of every 6 or 7 weeks. So he's trying to figure out how to get rid of Time Warner at home, and just use mobile internet. He'd like to get rid of Verizon, but it has the best connectivity for him across the country.
Jim lives in a remote area and he uses LTE as his main internet connection with a 10GB package. He'd like to set up a video security system to check with his cell phone. But since he's hotspotting, he can't use an ethernet connection to communicate.
Dan's friend broke his phone, and he wanted to let him use his old Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. But Dan has Sprint and his friend has AT&T. Leo says he can try it by just slipping his old SIM into it. If it doesn't work, he'll know. If not, then it's time to get a new phone. But all new mobile devices are LTE now, so they can be used on other networks.
Shell wants to know if she should buy a Wi-Fi only iPad, or the iPad with 4G access. Leo says that Apple will charge an additional $129 for the LTE capability, plus she'll have to pay for an additional monthly data plan. It's far cheaper to get a Wi-Fi only tablet and then use her phone as a hotspot for about $20 a month. Even Leo didn't buy a data plan with his latest iPad Pro. He just went with the Wi-Fi version.
Wayne has been using Apple Music and it seems to use a lot of data. Leo says that T-Mobile has a great gig going on where they allow users to stream for free, and it doesn't count against user bandwidth caps. But AT&T doesn't offer that.