We can do without television, but we can't do without internet. So when we're not near a source of wi-fi, now we can just fire up our Mi-Fi!
The Mi-Fi is a wireless device that hooks into the cellular network and the internet. Then, it distributes a wi-fi signal that up to five devices can connect to at the same time. So wherever there is a cell signal, we can get on the internet. We bought it outright because they had a special where they only just discounted the price from $249 down to $99. So we don't have a contract, and can start or stop the service on 30 days notice.
And, we can use it in the USA without roaming charges! We have what is called the "Mobile Internet Flex North America" plan, which gives us 500MB of use for $45. The plan then steps up in price depending on how much you use it. The funny thing is that this plan is unadvertised. I think Bell really doesn't want you to know about it because the carriers make so much money from ripping people off with roaming charges. When using it in Canada only, we revert back to a normal plan which give 3GB for $55 a month. We can switch back and forth at any time on 30 days notice.
Also, Ruth received the 2011 MS Streets and Trips GPS kit that we won in the contest that Sam and Donna had. Looking forward to trying it out when I get back to Nova Scotia!