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    Libraries checking out unlimited hotspots like a book.

    A friend of mine told me a library branch in the St .Louis area has acquired and is acquiring more hotspots you check out just like a book, you can keep them 3 weeks and renew for another 3 online, unlimited data on TMobile, the demand is probably always going to be higher than the supply, just shows you how cheap data has become.

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    That is a nice thing to offer

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    That's a wierd but cool thing to offer lol

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    Up in my city they call it "Borrow the Internet". Here are the rules. One week only up here because of demand.

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    Libraries Checking Out Unlimited Hotspots Like A Book

    Quote Originally Posted by Steveinmn View Post
    Up in my city they call it "Borrow the Internet". Here are the rules. One week only up here because of demand.
    I am just a bit further south in Rosemount MN, which is in Dakota County. I looked to see if Dakota County has this yet, but it looks like only Saint Paul Public Libraries have this currently in this area.

    http://www.startribune.com/twin-citi...ots/414169893/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim1348 View Post
    I am just a bit further south in Rosemount MN, which is in Dakota County. I looked to see if Dakota County has this yet, but it looks like only Saint Paul Public Libraries have this currently in this area.

    http://www.startribune.com/twin-citi...ots/414169893/
    I was referring to the real St Louis, as in Cardinals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim1348 View Post
    I am just a bit further south in Rosemount MN, which is in Dakota County. I looked to see if Dakota County has this yet, but it looks like only Saint Paul Public Libraries have this currently in this area.

    http://www.startribune.com/twin-citi...ots/414169893/
    Good God what a horrible article, is it really like in Fargo up there!?

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    The St. Louis County Library system has also recently added mobile wifi hotspots that you can check out that use Sprint's network. Those are only for two weeks at a time, though (unless you renew).

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    I like the idea, but do they do anything to enforce late fees, like keeping a credit card on file? Because otherwise, what's stopping someone from signing up, borrowing a hotspot, and never returning it? Sure their late fees would pile up but they could just never go back.

    But if the billing is connected to a credit card or your credit, I love the idea. Shame it's on the worst network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossme89 View Post
    I like the idea, but do they do anything to enforce late fees, like keeping a credit card on file? Because otherwise, what's stopping someone from signing up, borrowing a hotspot, and never returning it? Sure their late fees would pile up but they could just never go back.

    But if the billing is connected to a credit card or your credit, I love the idea. Shame it's on the worst network.
    Sent to collections just like late fees. They'll shut it off too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossme89 View Post
    I like the idea, but do they do anything to enforce late fees, like keeping a credit card on file? Because otherwise, what's stopping someone from signing up, borrowing a hotspot, and never returning it? Sure their late fees would pile up but they could just never go back.

    But if the billing is connected to a credit card or your credit, I love the idea. Shame it's on the worst network.
    It is a noble concept, but who is paying for it? I wonder if this is the initiative that Sprint announced this past Summer. Even if it is from a grant that does not come from taxes now it would become an entitlement that would be hard not to pay from taxes later.

    I imagine that late and lost payment enforcement varies some around all the many jurisdictions. If, as someone mentioned, it gets sent to collections, that would ruin your credit. I doubt borrowers will like the cost of paying for a lost or damaged item.

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    I'm not sure my library has this, but they do have these laptop kiosks where you can check out a laptop for like a week or something. Its this unusual vending machine-looking cabinet where they slide in vertically into these individual slots

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    My local library has Verizon and Sprint Devices.
    http://www.redwoodcity.org/departmen...ology-services

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    Libraries Checking Out Unlimited Hotspots Like A Book

    Quote Originally Posted by Here or There View Post
    The St. Louis County Library system has also recently added mobile wifi hotspots that you can check out that use Sprint's network. Those are only for two weeks at a time, though (unless you renew).
    For a moment, when I read this on my smartphone, I thought you were referring to Saint Louis County MN, but it looks like you might mean Saint Louis County MO.

    https://www.slcl.org/content/wi-fi-hotspots

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    ...but who is paying for it?...
    It might be Mobile Beacon.

    https://www.mobilebeacon.org/hotspot/#

    https://www.mobilebeacon.org/

    https://www.pcsforpeople.com/recipie...-cost-internet

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