Cellular providers - Max Transit Duo

Has anyone used the following providers/sims with the Max Transit Duo?

  • Verizon - Jetpack 8800L (prepaid plan) (swap sim into Max Transit)
  • Verison - Visible plan
  • AT&T - Cell phone plan (Unlimited Elite - new) (swap sim into Max Transit)
  • AT&T - OTR Mobile BYOD sim plan
  • AT&T - OTR Mobile Nighthawk plan (swap sim into Max Transit)

Do you suggest any other plans for these cell providers that you know work and are unlimited, unthrottled, possibly not network managed (although this is tolerable)?

Thank you!

Howardforums is a great resource for these types of questions. There are plenty of existing threads on most of these plans. I think all of those plans are “network managed” aka subject to deprioriziation. You may never see deprioritization in some areas and in other areas it may make the service unusable. Personally, I have had success with the old Mobley $20/month unlimited plan putting a few hundred GB on it per month. I use WiFi as WAN where possible and supplement with that AT&T plan and sometimes Verizon. There is one area that I go that gets very busy and no WiFi with both VZW and ATT bogged down. If you need reliable connectivity at all times, then you may need to consider a more expensive plan that does not deprioritize.

I use my network architecture at home and in my RV. Fortunately, I live in a rural area an can see both the Verizon and AT&T towers from my back deck - they are never too saturated. In the RV, I’m never in an area where the cell towers are saturated (haven’t gone to Quartzsite yet :slight_smile: ).

So, I don’t mind network management - it never seems to affect me. I won’t tolerate throttling or caps. There are many, many plans that have just network management, like the ones I mentioned. They don’t have throttling or caps so I’m OK.

Any experience with the plans that I mentioned in a Max Transit Duo?

  • AT&T - OTR Mobile BYOD sim plan
  • AT&T - OTR Mobile Nighthawk plan (swap sim into Max Transit)

Did you try OTR Mobile with a Peplink device? Looking at options for data plans for max transit cat 18.

Could you share some of the “many, many plans” that you have found to be uncapped and unthrottled?

I’m running AT&T and Verizon tablet/phone sims in a Peplink Max Transit Duo bonded with Speedfusion.

I found that the best value for AT&T network is the prepaid tablet plan - surprisingly, I have had no throttling. It is a network managed plan and I don’t think I’ve bumped into it yet. It is fast for me.

I’m also using Verizon’s prepaid jetpack plan and I believe I’m being throttled since I run the sim in my Peplink Max Transit Duo router. I’m putting up with it because 1) my AT&T plan keeps me spinning along (both while bonded and as the first priority in my Peplink non-bonded configuration), and 2) I haven’t found another Verizon plan that I don’t have to pay a premium (see below).

At some point I’ll pay the premium price to overcome the limits above buy investing in a plan from one of the following. All of these plans are specifically tested for running in routers. Do a bit more research and you’ll find a lot of support for them.

There are many others that you can find with Google.

How did you get you PW to work with VZ prepaid plan? I have that plan and it won’t work in the PW. I called VZ and they said I can’t use the PW on a prepaid account, it not a listed device.

I’m running the sim that I got with the Verizon Jetpack 8800L in my Max Transit Duo router with no problems. I just entered the APN “VZWINTERNET” and chose Verizon radio button. That’s it, and I’m not experiencing any throttling. I’ve been on the phone with Verizon and they said that they don’t care if it’s certified, just that their support is limited, i.e. they won’t shut it down (at least for now). Ask to speak with level 2 or 3 support. When did you get your plan?

Verizon 1st level support is scripted to say you can’t use the Peplink device because “it’s not listed.” You must ask to speak with level 2 or 3 - they will tell you it’s OK to use an unlisted device and help you verify your tower connection. They just can’t advise you past this.

I have At&t as my primary account on my brand new Pepwave Max Duo Cat 18 and am trying to add Verizon as a backup, or it may turn out to be primary in certain locations. (I will be travelling in an RV). I have spoken with 3 people from Verizon, and what I ended up hearing was, that they do recognize the IMEI numbers, but cannot activate them because of the the new E911 restrictions. (But it’s not a phone sim, I said!) Verizon said some other company like Pepwave must activate them. Sounds like malarkey, cause At& T had no issues.

So you just got a jetpack, took out the sim and put it in the Pepwave, “entered the APN “VZWINTERNET” and chose Verizon radio button”? Please explain more about verifying your tower connection. I’m starting to hate Verizon. :slight_smile: :unamused:

To clarify, I’m running the Verizon sim in the Max Transit Duo - not cat18. As I understand it, the cat18 Max isn’t Verizon-certified yet so I can’t really comment.

I called Verizon to verify my tower connection. Although they recognize that my IMEI (router) is not Verizon-certified, level 2/3 support says that they don’t care - i.e., they won’t cut me off. They won’t, however, support you beyond telling you that you have a tower connection that looks standard and that you are or aren’t throttled.

It’s important to get to level 2/3 support since the level 1 people are scripted to tell you that you can’t run the IMEI in your router - not true.

Yes, the APN is important and is VZWINTERNET.

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Thanks, joelbean!

I’ve had my Verizon plan for a year. I finally got mine to work. I called in 3 times and was getting the same answer. The 2nd person I talked to somehow took off my winegard, so when I tried to get online later that didn’t work. I called back in to get it working and he found that it wasn’t a listed devices either, but they added it for me a year ago. This guy worked harder and I talking to him about what’s the difference between winegard or the PW, since we was trying to put my old one back on that’s not listed. He did work with me to get the PW up and running. Took a bit of hassle with VZ, but I’m up and going now.