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Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 11:23 PM

AT&T Wireless Internet Device (NetComm IFWA-40)

I am looking into purchasing the AT&T Wireless Internet Device (NetComm IFWA-40) to use while at a lake house over the summer. AT&T has the best (4G LTE) phone coverage in the area (zip code 56273), and phones on AT&T plans are able to play HD YouTube videos and such with relative ease while there, even better than phones on Verizon.

Given this decent phone coverage, should the hotspot device provide my computers with similar connection speed and strength? I will be purchasing a standalone data plan (+ voice talk, as required) for the device. As there are no normal ISPs (Charter/Spectrum is close, but cannot service the address), it's either this or satellite internet. I can purchase separate antennas/cell signal boosters if needed.

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ATTHelp

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3 years ago

Hi @meagon

 

Thank you for reaching out to us. We've just checked the coverage in that area and you should be good to go. You can view the available data plans here. Did you have any other questions regarding wireless internet?

 

Darais, AT&T Community Specialist

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Hi Darais,

Thank you for your response.

I do have a followup question about the plans themselves in a separate forum post:

https://forums.att.com/conversations/wireless-billing/standalone-data-plan-voice-talk-w-att-wireless-internet-device/5e988efcfd08354359ccd105

If you wish to respond here instead, the questions are:

1. Can I use the plan only 6 months out of the year and cancel when I won't use it if I buy the hotspot device at retail price? (i.e. without incurring early-termination fees because the plans are monthly)

2. If the plans are simply monthly postpaid and I can choose to cancel/start a data plan month-to-month, can I reactivate the same hotspot device/SIM card each year when I need to use it, or will I need a new SIM for each time I start a new data plan?

ATTHelp

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Greetings @meagon!

 

It's possible to use your Hotspot for as long as you need it. Once it comes time to renew your plan, simply stop payment and the account will eventually cancel on its own.

 

Also, depending on whether the SIM card of your dedicated Hotspot device is embedded or detachable determines whether a new SIM card is required for each activation.

 

We hope this info helps.

 

Lar, AT&T Community Specialist

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SLM284

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10 months ago

I had a 3G ZTE WF 720 that always worked great - it never went offline to leave us without service however ATT replaced it with IFWA-40 that constantly goes offline daily where do I go to replace this IFWA-40 device or suggest a better one?

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