Freedompop, a Skype connection and new boat batteries

Posted By on January 28, 2014

While using my Freedompop hotspot on the boat on Monday night for a Skype video call with my son on his XBox, I wondered just how much data I was burning through. I wasn’t too worried since I’ve been paying $3.99/month to accumulate some data, I still I knew video would chew through data pretty quick. The Sprint LTE connection (Freedompop uses Sprint) was great and clocking 22.49Mbps down and 5Mbps up … and hour later and I only used 523 MB for the hour long Skype call — great quality too, credit the XBox Connect.


My quick trip down to Encore is strictly a “work on the boat” trip. I rented an economical car and should be able to offset the rental cost with gasoline saving compared to my Honda Pilot. It will be interesting to see if the five door Ford Focus can do a little bit better heading home than the 34.6 mpg driving down. I think it could have been a little better, but I was loaded down pretty heavy with 4 deep cycle batteries, some tools and a bunch of gear. The weather was great on Monday so I accomplished getting the old batteries out of the bilge and the new ones way down in there … and yes I have a sore back!

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