When Verizon offered to send us the Verizon Jetpack Mifi device, I was ecstatic! We have considered getting the device previously, as there are often times when Mr. Bear is on call and needs to login to the system at work. There are often times when it would be convenient to have the device with us on the road.
We do a lot of travelling to the homes of friends and family members. Usually, this requires a minimum of an hour in the car. At 7, my little Allie Kat gets bored very easily. We have tried counting call boxes. We have tried saying, “Just look out the window and enjoy the ride. Inevitably, however, we get the same question:
“Are we there yet?” She whines from the back seat
“NO!” We both say back, in complete synchronization.
We have learned, over time that there is not a child in this world that can sit still and enjoy the ride. Out of frustration, we have brought coloring books, books to read, to no avail. The question eventually turns to:
“Can I please use your cell phone?” She asks in her sweetest way.
“NO!” We both say, simultaneously.
When Verizon offered to send us the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi, we were thrilled! It arrived not a moment too soon! We had plans for it!
We have the Samsung Galaxy tablet, but we don’t pay for the monthly wifi plan. At the same time, we like to take it on the road with us. Unfortunately, this little girl of ours is far too sophisticated to use the tablet without internet. With the Jetpack, she was snug in the backseat of the car, playing games for fun, watching Big Time Rush videos, playing educational games, browsing the web, doing research for a school project and having a grand time. Three hours in the car on the way to my parent’s house? No problem.
We have been happy to see that Allie has become very interested in some great educational games online. We utilize the Parental Controls that Verizon includes in their software and it has given us quite a bit of control over what she is able to access. Therefore, we can comfortably give her internet access, without the traditional worries of internet safety.
We try very hard to stay off of our phones, laptops, tablets and any other technology during meal times. This idea of disconnecting from technology is very important to us, as meal time is one of the most important times of the day for us to connect. Nonetheless, there are other times it is super convenient to have access to the internet for Allie to have access to the internet. When we are in line at the DMV, at the post office, even at the grocery store. I can’t say that it hasn’t had its place in our lives. We recently had to bring the kiddo with us to a “mommy and daddy meeting,” which promised to be as painful for her as it was for mommy and daddy. She sat quietly on the tablet, doing her own thing and to our credit, the attendees of the meeting complimented US for such a polite little girl. While we can only take partial credit for our little one being quiet and polite, we were grateful!
We found the Jetpack to be extremely reliable on the road. The blazing fast 4G LTE network provided us with the best internet access! Mr. Bear brought his laptop with us, while he was on call and was able to make immediate contact with his client and help his client on the road. It gave us a sense of freedom while he was on-call, where previously, we would have been homebound, waiting for a call to come in.
If you are looking for a reliable way to stay connected, the affordable Jetpack is certainly the way to go! You can find the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mifi 4620le for FREE with a two-year activation with Verizon (see store for details and qualifications). We were offered to try the Verizon Jetpack for review purposes. We were required to return the equipment after the trial period.