Long time no see!;) I'm planning on hitting the road for a few months next year with my partner. We'll be travelling in a used RV (class C) through the U.S. and Canada and I'll be working from the road. My work involves a great deal of research on the Internet (it doesn't necessarily require a lot of bandwidth though) and I absolutely have to get a flawless connection. The thing is, we'll be on a budget and can't afford to pay for an RV satellite antenna.
I own an iPhone 3G and I already have a plan in Canada. I was thinking about getting a bigger plan and use my iPhone as a hotspot. That would be fine in Canada, but I want to spend some time in the US as well. International plans in Canada are pretty expensive so many suggested I buy another device in the US (Internet key or smart phone) and pay for a second plan in the US (I can have a billing address in both countries, so that is not a problem per se). I'd also like to have a working cell phone in the US, which is why I tend to prefer the smart phone option over the Internet key, but I was wondering if there are other cheap alternatives out there than I don't know about. Also, what would be the average cost of a 1 GB or 2 GB plan on a smart phone? Who are the cheapest smart phone providers?
My other concern is coverage. Are the 4G and/or 3G systems offer good coverage in North America? What about remote locations (i.e. desert regions of the South West, NWT, Yukon, Northern Manitoba, Newfoundland)? Is there a good paper resource to find hotspots (ex. directory).
Thanks for any helpful tips you might have!