Hi all, just completed our first remote work/school trip in our new camper! I bought a Max BR1 LTE-A and used it on Verizon and Google Fi. Everything worked great, but activation on Verizon was an absolute pain! I went in wanting to do a prepaid plan because it is cheaper and I only need it when we take a trip. However, after many hours in person and on the phone, apparently it is not possible to get the prepaid plan set up with the Pepwave, which is also confirmed by searching this forum that many others have had difficulty. I got it set up on a postpaid plan, but don’t want to pay for service in the months I don’t need it.
So what I’m thinking about is a way to get a SIM activated on a prepaid plan then use it in my BR1. What I’m thinking is to buy a Verizon jetpack, either used on ebay or directly from Verizon. There’s refurbished jetpacks for around $30 on ebay, or the MHS900L is on sale direct from Verizon right now for $50. That jetpack is essentially just a tool used to activate the SIM card, which I’d then move over to the BR1 and carry on my merry way. It’s kind of a bummer to have to pay $30-$50 for a device that I’m not actually going to use, but that’s not that bad when the alternative is to spend hours upon hours messing with customer service.
Does this strategy make sense? Has anyone got a Verizon prepaid plan to work with your Pepwave devices? If so, how?