Do I need a cell phone w/ contract to get online with my laptop?
I have read a lot of how-to articles online and have asked a lot of people in person and so far I get either various answers from the people or incomplete/vague info online that specifically doesn't answer my question below. Basically my question is #1) do I need a cell phone and existing contract with a phone company to get a wireless internet connection on my laptop when traveling to connect anywhere I am (when I'm not near a "hotspot")?
What I heard from some people is that now you can buy a USB modem that hooks up to the USB port on your laptop and then you just have to purchase a "wireless internet card" for $30 for two weeks of use (there is also a 4 week $50 card) WITHOUT having to sign up for the additional $50 month wireless plan with my home phone company (I don't have a cell phone). I have Verizon phone service and they want me to sign a 2 year contract for an additional $50 month so I can get wireless internet on my laptop while traveling (that service would cost me another $1,200 for the 2 year contract on top of my existing phone plan).
I would only need the wireless hookup to my laptop twice a year (1 week each time)when I go on vacation and have a desktop computer already for the rest of the year. Thanks for any help.