Alfa 4G Camp Pro 2 coming soon: what you need to know
With the ALFA 4G Camp Pro 2 launch right around the corner, here are some things you want to know before making the decision to buy. First, if you are not already familiar with our ALFA WiFi Camp Pro 2, we put together a video explaining the difference between WiFi and 4G.
If you are looking to boost WiFi reception at campgrounds, the ALFA WiFi Camp Pro 2 is the kit you need. Also note the ALFA 4G Camp Pro 2 kit boosts signal to 4G data, but does not affect signal reception for voice calls or SMS text message.
If you are looking to boost 4G data reception from your cellular provider, let's discuss what options you have when it comes to getting 4G service for your kit.
The ALFA 4G Camp Pro 2 requires you have a compatible SIM card with a carrier like Verizon, AT&T, or Visible Wireless. Here are some other important things to know:
1. You must purchase service from a carrier and *already* have an activated SIM card to put inside your ALFA 4G device.
Because the ALFA 4G devices are not made by the carriers themselves, if you try to order new service online or in a store and give them the IMEI of your ALFA 4G device, they will not be able to activate service for you. While you can use your phone’s existing activated SIM card inside ALFA 4G devices, this means you will not be able to receive calls. Therefore we recommend getting a separate line for your ALFA 4G device.
Visible Wireless has a $40 plan you can order, and once you receive the SIM- and activate it on your phone- you can put it into the ALFA 4G device and enjoy your data. Other compatible providers include Verizon and AT&T.
2. You usually need to activate your SIM inside a cell phone *before* you can put it in the ALFA 4G device.
For example, when you order new service from Visible, you have to put it into a compatible phone and load their app to complete activation. THEN you can put the SIM into the ALFA 4G device. Keep this in mind when ordering. While Visible offers an attractive plan, if you do not have a Visible compatible phone already, you will not be able to activate service. If you are in the Gainesville, FL area you are welcome to swing by our pad and we can activate it for you though. 3. Prepaid and Postpaid WiFi plans do not offer the same data throughput performance. If you review the TOS of most Wireless providers, prepaid plan are generally second tier, which means networks will give you slower throughput, especially when over capacity. Postpaid customers get the throughput priority. So while prepaid deals are usually the best, if you have a Verizon postpaid plan for your phone and get a Verizon prepaid plan for your ALFA 4G device, don’t be surprised if the speed is a little slower.