Transitioning to your new place when moving doesn’t mean you have to go off the grid. Unless of course you’re into that, in which case here is how it worked for one family. But for the rest of us, staying connected – being able to talk to friends and family or do research on your new town – is pretty important during the transition phase. So instead of sending out carrier pigeons to announce your arrival, or posting up in the local Starbucks for hours on end, stay connected with these options:
Get a hotspot device
A mobile hotspot can be a great option, especially if you have a long road trip in front of you. All you have to do is turn on the hotspot in your smartphone settings and you will have crossed into the world of tethering. The ever helpful PCMag has a step-by-step guide for exactly how to turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The only problem with tethering is that it can rack up a nice fee depending on your data and phone plan. Another great mobile hotspot options is investing in an on-the-go hotspot device.
These devices are great because they won’t waste your smartphone battery and there’s no roaming charges. Plus, you always have Internet in your pocket. Let the kids stream movies in the car or send email on the go.
Here are some of the best mobile hotspots according to some really smart people who have researched them:
The XCom Global International MiFi Hotspot gives you Internet access in 44 countries. If you are doing some cross-continental moving, this one is a great option.
AT&T’s Unite Pro is great for the most seasoned road warrior. Plus it earned PCMag’s Editor’s Choice award for AT&T mobile hotspots, so you know it’s legit.
The Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile hotspot is great for those who want more. This device is super reliable and has an incredibly long battery life. It also lets your track your data usage in real time so you don’t go over your limit.
Internet Service Provider Hot Spots
If you aren’t switching your provider during the move there are some other hotspot options from providers like Comcast, Verizon Fios and Time Warner Cable. Before you move, check with your Internet service provider to see if they have hotspots throughout the country and if you can access them. If so, all you have to do is download the Wi-Fi app on your phone or tablet and search for the nearest hotspot to get online. That way, you won’t need to buy any extra equipment or waste your phone’s data plan.
Public Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi finders
There’s always an app for that. Download a free wi-fi finder app and use it to find Wi-Fi hotspots on your journey to the other side. Public Wi-Fi is usually available in various restaurants or coffee shops, but it is important to ensure that people aren’t using these hotspots aren’t trying to hack you.
Other non-related connections to consider
Staying connected with people you leave behind and letting the right people know you are moving is almost as important as having an Internet connection. Maybe not your crazy ex, but definitely the IRS and your Credit Card Companies. Here are some connections that need to be addressed.
Friends and family: Send out an email to your friends, co-workers and family members with your new address. That way they know where to send your edible arrangements and birthday gifts.
The IRS: Almost as important as letting your mother-in-law know of your moving plans, contacting the IRS is incredibly important because you don’t want to miss tax documents that come in the mail.
The Postal Service: Change your address online in minutes.