Different mobile network operators / wireless carriers may have different requirements for using devices like the Teradek Node on their network.
In general, the mobile network operator will require a Data plan for the Node to work on their network; a Data plan is typically used with a Wi-Fi hotspot or a USB modem / USB dongle.
Data plans often have metered / limited amounts of data assigned (e.g. 5 Gigabytes or 20 Gigabytes), but some Data plans allow unlimited / unmetered transfer quotas.
NOTE: some carriers reserve the option to reduce speeds past a certain data usage on the plan or at peak usage times on the carrier's network, and this should be considered for streaming since it could adversely affect your video stream quality.
While a SIM associated with a Phone plan may work with the Node, it's possible that the carrier may reduce the data speeds or completely suspend the data flow if they determine that a SIM card associated with a phone is being used with a data device like the Node, and this is outside of Teradek's control.
Consult with your wireless carrier for specific requirements and to determine which plans are compatible with the Node.
AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon
Below are notes for different mobile network operators in the United States:
- AT&T Wireless requires a data plan (intended for use with a USB modem or Wi-Fi Hotspot) for most connections. While some customers have reported that Phone plans work with the Nodes, there is no guarantee that this will be a reliable long term solution and Teradek still strongly recommends that a Data plan is used with the Node.
- T-Mobile seems to work with most Data plans and even with some Phone plans. Teradek still strongly recommends that a Data plan is used as the Node is a data specific device rather than a phone, and T-Mobile can change their requirements at any time.
- Verizon has approved the Node as a certified device on their network as of October 9th, 2018 ( https://opendevelopment.verizonwireless.com/device-showcase/device/7005 ). Teradek has only tested Data plans, and recommends a Data plan rather than a Phone plan. The plan selected on Verizon's network may require a rated plan with a GB data transfer limit rather than an unlimited data plan. However, you should consult with your Verizon account representative for all applicable plans for the Node.
- NOTE: At this time, Verizon is only allowing the Node to be used on post-paid plans, and will not activate the Node on a prepaid plan.