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The ‘Secret’ Unlimited Data Hotspot You Can Write Off on Your Taxes!!!!

So, do you travel a lot? Do you find yourself often running from free Wi-Fi point to some other open Wi-Fi point? Do You Want to dramatically reduce how much you spend on cell-phone data?

Thanks to Scott Phillips a friend of mine, I learned about a portable Wi-Fi hotspot service that provides unlimited and unthrottled data from both Sprint’s LTE network an T-Mobile's.

The cost? Five hundred dollars for the first year, $400 for every year after that. And you’re getting the service from a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called the Calyx Institute, which means you can also write off the cost of the service for your taxes.

The Calyx Institute didn’t set out to piggyback off Sprint’s LTE network and provide unlimited data for a very, very cheap price. But, that is the end results.

You see, their main focus is Internet privacy, helping people use things like VPNs and the Tor browser to keep their online activities secure from prying eyes, or fighting against government intrusion (its founder was the first person to ever get a Patriot Act warrant unsealed).

Non-Profits like Calyx Institute and PCs for People are able to offer unlimited Sprint hotspot plans to their members due to some inherited contract terms from when Sprint purchased Clear Wireless.

These plans have proven to be one of the best ways to get legit unlimited hotspot data on Sprint and now T-Mobile too, and have been amongst our top pick data plans for years now.

But ever since the T-Mobile/Sprint merger was finalized in April, we were waiting to see how these Sprint non-profit plans would be impacted.

Well, so far so good!  These plans begin to get access to roam onto T-Mobile's much larger and faster network.

The story of how Calyx is able to provide these hotspots is good example of how complex federal management of the wireless spectrum can be. In 2013, Sprint acquired Clearwire, gulping up the wireless spectrum Clearwire owned as Sprint upgraded its high-speed data connections to cell-phone users.

But the spectrum that Clearwire owned had come with a caveat — it was originally meant to be used for educational purposes, and therefore any owner had to allow access its networks to any nonprofit at a very low cost.

Since Calyx is a nonprofit, they now can use Sprint’s extensive upgrades to your advantage. In exchange for $500, you’ll get a portable Netgear Fuse Wi-Fi hotspot and SIM card with unlimited access to Sprint’s Spark LTE network.

The uses for this are plenty. Stuck at Dallas / Ft. Worth's Airport with a flight delay?  So, no longer will you have to try to use your limited minutes of free Internet via cell phone, but unlimited time and bandwidth is yours from Calyx.

If you have the type of job that mainly requires you to have a laptop and a good connection to the internet, Thinks Sales, a mobile hotspot like this means you can work from pretty much anywhere. Ever been stymied by Amtrak’s gosh awful Wi-Fi connection? That thing sucks big time.

That’s because you’re sharing essentially one hotspot with every other passenger on the train. A mobile hotspot usually can take care of it, until you hit the boonies where even your phone won’t get reception.

Which, speaking of your phone, you can also use this to dramatically lower your data fees (or how much data you buy each month on your cell-phone plan). Keep your phone’s Wi-Fi on and the Calyx hotspot on, and you can download as many gigabytes of data as you want from anywhere you can get a Sprint or T-Moble signal without worrying about blasting through your data plan for the entire month.

Some caveats apply, of course. The Mi-Fi averages about ten hours of battery life, so if you’re going to be away from an electrical outlet for an extended period, you may want to bring a portable battery or two (they recharge using a MicroUSB port).

It’s only going to work where Sprint or T-Mobile provides coverage, and while Sprint or T-Mobile has recently made some huge leaps in expanding where it provides service, you can still find some dead zones, especially in rural areas. And while the  Mi-Fi can be carried in your pocket, it’s about the size of a small calculator. Add in your actual smartphone, and your pockets may be close to busting open.

Those caveats aside, this is a crazy-wild deal, especially for anyone who travels regularly or just needs to use the Internet a lot while away from their home or work internet connections. Which is why I just became a supporter of the Calyx Institute. My hotspot (and a free T-shirt!) has been working full blast for almost a year now, and my cell-phone hot spot will not be necessary.

Watch the above video.
So, do you travel a lot? Do you find yourself often running from free Wi-Fi point to some other open Wi-Fi point? Do You Want to dramatically reduce how much you spend on cell-phone data?

Thanks to Scott Phillips a friend of mine, I learned about a portable Wi-Fi hotspot service that provides unlimited and unthrottled data from both Sprint’s LTE network an T-Mobile's.

The cost? Five hundred dollars for the first year, $400 for every year after that. And you’re getting the service from a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called the Calyx Institute, which means you can also write off the cost of the service for your taxes.

The Calyx Institute didn’t set out to piggyback off Sprint’s LTE network and provide unlimited data for a very, very cheap price. But, that is the end results.

You see, their main focus is Internet privacy, helping people use things like VPNs and the Tor browser to keep their online activities secure from prying eyes, or fighting against government intrusion (its founder was the first person to ever get a Patriot Act warrant unsealed).

Non-Profits like Calyx Institute and PCs for People are able to offer unlimited Sprint hotspot plans to their members due to some inherited contract terms from when Sprint purchased Clear Wireless.

These plans have proven to be one of the best ways to get legit unlimited hotspot data on Sprint and now T-Mobile too, and have been amongst our top pick data plans for years now.

But ever since the T-Mobile/Sprint merger was finalized in April, we were waiting to see how these Sprint non-profit plans would be impacted.

Well, so far so good!  These plans begin to get access to roam onto T-Mobile's much larger and faster network.

The story of how Calyx is able to provide these hotspots is good example of how complex federal management of the wireless spectrum can be. In 2013, Sprint acquired Clearwire, gulping up the wireless spectrum Clearwire owned as Sprint upgraded its high-speed data connections to cell-phone users.

But the spectrum that Clearwire owned had come with a caveat — it was originally meant to be used for educational purposes, and therefore any owner had to allow access its networks to any nonprofit at a very low cost.

Since Calyx is a nonprofit, they now can use Sprint’s extensive upgrades to your advantage. In exchange for $500, you’ll get a portable Netgear Fuse Wi-Fi hotspot and SIM card with unlimited access to Sprint’s Spark LTE network.

The uses for this are plenty. Stuck at Dallas / Ft. Worth's Airport with a flight delay?  So, no longer will you have to try to use your limited minutes of free Internet via cell phone, but unlimited time and bandwidth is yours from Calyx.

If you have the type of job that mainly requires you to have a laptop and a good connection to the internet, Thinks Sales, a mobile hotspot like this means you can work from pretty much anywhere. Ever been stymied by Amtrak’s gosh awful Wi-Fi connection? That thing sucks big time.

That’s because you’re sharing essentially one hotspot with every other passenger on the train. A mobile hotspot usually can take care of it, until you hit the boonies where even your phone won’t get reception.

Which, speaking of your phone, you can also use this to dramatically lower your data fees (or how much data you buy each month on your cell-phone plan). Keep your phone’s Wi-Fi on and the Calyx hotspot on, and you can download as many gigabytes of data as you want from anywhere you can get a Sprint or T-Moble signal without worrying about blasting through your data plan for the entire month.

Some caveats apply, of course. The Mi-Fi averages about ten hours of battery life, so if you’re going to be away from an electrical outlet for an extended period, you may want to bring a portable battery or two (they recharge using a MicroUSB port).

It’s only going to work where Sprint or T-Mobile provides coverage, and while Sprint or T-Mobile has recently made some huge leaps in expanding where it provides service, you can still find some dead zones, especially in rural areas. And while the  Mi-Fi can be carried in your pocket, it’s about the size of a small calculator. Add in your actual smartphone, and your pockets may be close to busting open.

Those caveats aside, this is a crazy-wild deal, especially for anyone who travels regularly or just needs to use the Internet a lot while away from their home or work internet connections.

This is why I just became a supporter of the Calyx Institute. My hotspot (and a free T-shirt!) has been working full blast for almost a year now, and my cell-phone hot spot will not be necessary.

Watch the above video.
Rural RV, Home, and Business Internet Access - Cheap!

The ‘Secret’ Unlimited Data Hotspot You Can Write Off on Your Taxes!!!

A friend of mine turned me on to Calyx Institute, a non-profit educational organization that provides Cell Phone Signal based Internet to all of its members.  My next door neighbor tried it out first because he was desperate to get any kind of Internet into his home office.

After one year, I jumped on the band wagon and went for it myself after AT&T's ADSL slowed from 6 down and 1 up to 3 down and .3 up.  I kissed them goodbye.

As of this writing Calyx Institute uses both Sprint and T-Mobile's wireless backbone.  It is totally awesome!
A friend of mine turned me on to Calyx Institute, a non-profit educational organization that provides Cell Phone Signal based Internet to all of its members.  My next door neighbor tried it out first because he was desperate to get any kind of Internet into his home office.

After on year, I jumped on the band wagon and went for it myself after AT&T's ADSL slowed from 6 down and 1 up to 3 down and .3 up.  I kissed them goodbye.

As of this writing Calyx Institute uses both Sprint and T-Mobile's wireless backbone.  It is totally awesome!
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