LTE

What Can I Do With My Old Windows XP Computer?

Windows XP

Episode 1769

Ron from West Hollywood, CA

Ron wants to know if LTE and GSM are the same. Leo says it isn't at all, and every carrier has made the move to LTE because it allows calls to be transmitted as data, while GSM is still radio-based. It's all data now. 

What can he do with his old XP computer?  The browsers aren't supported anymore. Leo says that if you can upgrade to Windows 10, that's the best option. But if not, put Linux on it! Leo recommends Manjaro or Ubuntu Linux. Download and put it on a USB Key, then reboot. See if you like it.

What is a Good Option For Broadband in a Rural Area?

Starlink

Episode 1752

Stacy from Greenville, MI

Stacy lives in rural Michigan and she has really slow internet. Leo says that broadband companies don't want to install high-speed internet into rural areas because there aren't enough customers to justify the cost. Will satellite be a good alternative? Leo says that thanks to Elon Musk's Starlink network it will be. But it's $99 a month and costs $600 in equipment. And the more satellites they put up, the faster it will get. They've only put up 10% of the satellites they want to so far.

Another option is LTE and 5G if she's close to a tower. 

Is there a smartphone for elderly people?

iPad

Episode 1730

Audry from Agoura, CA

Lori wants a simple smartphone for her mother that visits limited sites online and just make phone calls. Is there one that has loudspeakers, voice recognition, big buttons and a big screen? Leo suggests giving her an iPad for the websites, so she can see it. Then you can get a flip phone from Jitterbug that can handle the phone calls. A smartphone will be too small for her to use. You can also give her an LTE iPad that can make calls as well. 

Does Samsung have an LTE Smart Watch?

Samsung Galaxy S9

Episode 1633

Rick from Sacramento, CA

Chris has a Samsung Galaxy 9S and wants to know if the LTE watch is coming out soon. Leo says that the Apple Watch does it (at $10 a month). The new Samsung Watch that just came out may be coming soon. But it may be that Samsung has decided it's not worth the extra cost. All watch companies are having issues selling smartwatches, except for Apple. The other problem may be that your carrier doesn't support it. But Verizon has sold them in the past, so talk to someone at the Verizon store.

Why can't I use my 4G phone on Verizon?

Tracfone LG Rebel 3

Episode 1596

Doug from Encinitas, CA

Doug bought a Tracfone LG Rebel 3 mobile phones. But the problem is, he can't get a phone number for it because Verizon doesn't support 4G anymore, only LTE. Whats the difference? Leo says that LTE is a bit faster, but it's odd that Verizon doesn't support it anymore. But they may have just killed 4G. Leo says to pull the SIM and try another carrier to see if it's not carrier locked. If it isn't, then go to Straight Talk.

How can I get good cell service in Mexico?

MyFi Device

Episode 1591

Steve from Trabuco Canyon, CA

Steve is traveling to Mexico and wants to know what's the best way to stay connected with data. Leo recommends PrepaidwithData.wikia.com. It'll also tell you the best hotspots. Get a MyFi card and you get LTE with up to five devices connected. What about phone calls? Leo says that most companies actually offer you a better deal by adding Mexico and Canada to your plan. 

What's a good Android tablet with GPS?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

Episode 1591

Chris from Rhode Island

Chris needs a new tablet that supports GPS. Leo recommends the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with LTE. Leo suggests Chris to go to his carrier store (AT&T) and tell them you're thinking of going with the competition. They'll give you a good deal to keep your business.

Chris also asks how he can mount his tablet? Leo says to put a metal disc on the back and affix it to your dash with a magnet. It's perfectly safe.

How can I put security cams in my truck?

OWL Cam

Episode 1552

Jude from Virginia, CA

Jude bought a Blink security camera for her truck and wants to know how she can use it while she's on the road. Leo says she'll need to have it connected to the internet. So putting a mobile device in hotspot mode would work. But Leo recommends using Wyze Cams because they don't require a subscription, where Blink does. And it only needs 5v USB, so she could plug it in with a USB charger and something with an internet connection. That's a good solution and they're only $20!

How can I add LTE to my tablet?

Cellular tower

Episode 1540

David from Florida

David has a tablet that he wants to add LTE internet access to. Can he do that? Leo says that it supports Wi-Fi, so he can use it with a MiFi card and connect that way. He can also hotspot with his mobile phone, depending on whether or not his carrier supports it. But he'll probably have to pay extra for that privilege. Leo also uses a Google Fi card with his tablet. They work in a lot of different devices.