GotW3 Internet Reviews 2020
GotW3 Internet offers high speed cable and fiber internet to over 4 million residents across seven US states. Their services are mainly available in the East Coast area, with greatest coverage being in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
- No hard data caps
- No contracts
- Great for rural areas and mobility
- Very expensive equipment
- Speeds vary depending on cell phone tower distance and terrain
- Not ideal for HD streaming and online gaming
Packages and Pricing
GotW3 offers only two data plans that vary depending on where you live:
Urban America Unlimited Data Plan
As the name suggests, this plan is better suited for those who live in urban and suburban areas, particularly near larger cities and comes in at around $79.99 per month. The plan supports speeds of up to 45Mbps, but be aware that this highly depends on the signal coverage and distance you are from the cell phone towers.
Rural America Unlimited Data Plan
Alternatively, the Rural America Unlimited Data plan is aimed towards those who live in remote and rural areas, where other types of internet services aren’t accessible. This plan also supports speeds of up to 45Mbps, but as with the Urban America plan, if you’re far away from the tower, the speed might be as low as 1Mbps without boosting equipment. The monthly service fee for this plan is also higher at $99.99.
Network Management and Performance
GotW3 actively manages its network, which means that you might experience slower speeds during peak hours. While there are no hard data caps and the company claims that there is no throttling, they still actively monitor bandwidth usage and will restrict speeds to those with “excessive use of international bandwidth capacity, in favor of other users who have not yet used their fair share.”
They state the monitored bandwidth usage is reset on monthly cycles. While gotW3 will never charge overages, they will definitely limit speeds once you exceed a certain limit. They aren’t really forthcoming about the actual limit, stating only that the average household of four uses between 300GB and 500GB per month for all their activities, so it’s safe to assume this the limit is similar.
This is quite misleading, though, as data usage depends on the type of activities. Movie streaming in 4K and HD definition, for example, will easily use up 15GB to 20GB for a single movie. To ensure you don’t go over the limit, gotW3 advises their users to stream in lower resolutions to conserve data.
One point to note that can be problematic is that according to their fair use policy, gotW3 do not permit first-person games on their network because of the data usage and liken this to bitcoin mining.
As payments are made upfront, there aren’t many additional fees to pay, except for the common ones including:
If you cancel your service but change your mind and wish to reconnect, you will have to pay $25.00 to do so.
Equipment Return Refunds and Fees
Cancellation refunds seem to be fairly tricky as you can get a refund if you cancel within the first 14 days of service but in some cases it’s only applicable if you got the offer through Tier 2 support. You’ll be refunded for the first month of service and the cost of purchased equipment, minus a $50 restocking fee, but you won’t be refunded for tax and shipping.
Your Modem and Router
With gotW3, you must use their proprietary routers or you won’t be able to use their internet services otherwise. Currently you can choose between the C4R400 or the LTE520 router.
Their C4R400 router supports speeds up to 150Mbps for both LTE and Wi-Fi and comes with one ethernet port, one SIM card slot, and an external antenna port. It can be used on all operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android).
Their LTE520 router supports up to 300Mbps speeds for both LTE and Wi-Fi and comes equipped with four ethernet ports, a SIM card slot, and an external antenna port. It also supports all operating systems.
Unfortunately, there is no lease option for the router, and if you want to become a gotW3 customer, you’ll have to purchase it. The one-time fee is incredibly high at $227.49 for the router, and that doesn’t include taxes and shipping fees.
In addition, you have to pay for the router and the first month upfront, and this might be a big deal-breaker for some.
Features and Benefits
This is a bundle that you can get for an additional $15 per month that includes SecureIT Pro antivirus software, the Password Genie password manager, and the TotalTECH premium IT support.
The premium remote IT support is arguably the best value as it gives you access to US-based tech support around the clock via a toll-free number.
Due to the nature of 4G and LTE signals, those in rural areas that are in zones with weak cell phone tower coverage will need to boost their signal to be able to get decent speeds. For this, gotW3 offers you two signal-boosting options:
Outdoor Wideband Directional Antenna
Poor tower coverage and reception can be dealt with by purchasing their Outdoor Wideband Directional Antenna, but as most of their gear, it comes with a big price tag: $165.39.
The antenna is compatible with all US carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and others. It can actually support more than one device too, so when you purchase and install it, you’ll get a better signal for your cell phones.
It comes as part of a bundle that includes the mounting pole, 25-feet coax cable, and adapter. The antenna is intended for exterior use only so it’s waterproof and can withstand the elements.
WilsonPro Signal 4G Booster Kit
Weak signals caused by terrain or distance can be solved with the WilsonPro Signal 4G Booster Kit that will cost you $249.99, plus taxes and shipping. WilsonPro works with all providers in North America and is FCC and IC certified.
You can reach gotW3 sales by calling them on the following number 1-833-492-6893, or if you need support and billing, you can reach them on 1-833-484-6893.
Their regular business hours are:
- Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 10:00 pm CST;
- Saturday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm CST;
- Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm CST.
There is no chat support or an email, but there’s a contact form on their site that you can use in case you don’t have time to call them. The site also offers a few video tutorials on setting up the router and changing Wi-Fi and login passwords, and changing network selection on the router. For all the more complex issues, you’ll have to call them, as there is no community page available at this time.
While there aren’t many customer reviews out there currently, those who have mentioned their services appear to be satisfied overall.
Most agree that the equipment is pricey, but it’s the best option compared to others out there, particularly in areas with minimal broadband options. Plus, the ping is pretty decent (reports suggest regular cell tower ping in range of 20ms to 30ms) and the speeds are usually acceptable and enough for most online activities too.
Ways to Save on GotW3
Check your area coverage
To avoid spending hundreds of dollars in advance, you should thoroughly check the network coverage in your area to determine whether you will be able to use gotW3 services to the fullest or not. Particularly as getting a refund can be a bit hit and miss.
Limit data spending
While there is no hard data cap, your bandwidth will be limited after a certain amount. So it’s best to monitor and limit your own video quality to avoid having your overall service impacted while you’re paying $80 to $100 per month for it.
If regular cable and broadband operators aren’t within your reach, satellite internet (with it’s high ping values) aren’t your only option! GotW3 is a viable alternative using a 4G and LTE network. The price of the equipment is incredibly high with no rental plans which can put some people off. But, for those who travel, camp, or live in more remote areas it offers a truly accessible internet option.
Ultimately, gotW3 offers the best service for the price, particularly as other competitors are similarly priced (or higher). But, if you’re a gamer looking for first-person or other data-heavy games, you’ll need to look for an alternative provider that allows it.