getting started with the chromebook – part 3August 18th, 2012 by Jeanne Boyarsky
We’ve finished part 2 and I’m still happy with the Chromebook itself. Today I’ll be walking through the process of activating 3g service from Verizon and my impressions of it. I’ll post back some time from now how bandwidth usage is over time. In particular, I’m concerned with how often/large the software updates are. So far it has been 10 days and no updates so I know it isn’t a weekly thing.
“My Google Chromebook” has instructions on how to get started with 3g. Unfortunately, it is already out of date. It says to click the network icon on the top. It is no longer on the top. Instead click on the bottom and choose “settings and help”. Or go to chrome://chrome/settings/ in a browser.
- Pull down mobile access
- Fill in a straightforward form. It doesn’t require a credit card if choosing free plan No dash allowed in mailing address though . This is always fun. My address has a dash.
- Terms and conditions warn you will be charged for video buffering even if you don’t watch it. Sample bandwidth is shown. 10K for an email. 1MB for a webpage. 3mB for a PowerPoint. 200-500 MB for a Windows update. (Wonder how much a Chrome OS one is). More at verizonwireless.com/datacalculator.
- A month is considered 30 days
- See verizon.com/privacy and s at www.verizon.com/privacy/#limits.
- You get a wireless #. apparently the computer is treated as a phone nobody can call
- They also provide a # for Chromebook connectivity tech support: 800-922-0204. Once you enter your #, it knows you have a Chromebook.
Checking your bandwidth usage
Verizon offers the following options to check your bandwidth usage:
- There are a few ways on the Chromebook. I find the easiest to be:
- Click on network connection icon.
- Click on connected to Verizon Wireless
- Click on Verizon Wireless
- A pop-up comes up with the bandwidth remaining for the month and the number of days left in the month. I’ve noticed sometimes the data doesn’t load on that screen. Try again.
- Alternatively click “my account” on that page which opens a browser. That always works. However, this data has quite a lag. The pop-up tells me I have 50MB left and the browser says I have 75MB left
- My Verizon – This only works from the device not via a URL. And if you are on the device it isn’t the easiest way. I tried to register with verizonwireless but it says, “We’re sorry but you cannot register you tablet on MyVerizon.com. Please setup your account information on your device.”
I also got a warning in the lower right corner of the screen when I only had 50MB data left available. And when I ran out, I got a warning in that spot saying I was out of mobile data and a link to buy a plan. Not sure if I had a plan whether I would get charged for overages or it would just stop. I imagine the former.