Use this forum for the discussion of all things related to the use of cellular trail cameras. The discussion of different models/manufacturers, service providers, problems, tips & hints for ease of use are all welcome here.
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By Buckjunkie
#345293
Looking to get a Verizon HCO Spartan Gocam. I see two different models on there website. One says Camera,

Spartan, GoCam (Verizon M2M), Wireless, Blackout IR (GC-VZWb

No Contract, Pay As You Go: The Spartan GoCam™ uses Verizon Custom Machine to Machine data plans 1. No long term commitment required. Activate, deactivate, or reactivate the plan at any time. Data service starts from $15.00/month. Domestic plan can be viewed here.


Ready to Use Out of the Box: No SIM card required. Simply activate the service from HCO, use the camera menus to set your desired picture parameters, and your camera is ready to use.



All-in-One Design, Easy Installation: The camera is powered by 12 AA batteries (alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium), and is a Standalone installation with no wires and no required external power source.


Security: Pictures can be transmitted with or without AES 256 encryption. For added security, use encryption to transfer your images.

GoWireless: The GoCam™ is compatible with HCO GoWireless web and mobile portal, an ultimate camera and photo management solution.


The other says
Camera, Spartan, GoCam (Connected by Verizon), Wireless, Blackout IR (GC-VCTb)





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Lowest monthly cost on the market: The Spartan GoCam™ (Connected by Verizon) can be added to the existing Verizon data plan for $5.00/month as Connected Device1. No long term commitment required. Activate, deactivate, or reactivate the plan at any time. The plan starts from $25.00/month without existing Verizon data plan.


Ready to Use Out of the Box: No SIM card required. Simply activate the service from HCO, use the camera menus to set your desired picture parameters, and your camera is ready to use.


All-in-One Design, Easy Installation: The camera is powered by 12 AA batteries (alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium), and is a Standalone installation with no wires and no required external power source.


Security: Pictures can be transmitted with or without AES 256 encryption. For added security, use encryption to transfer your images.

I am currently a Verizon customer with an unlimited data plan. What is the difference between the two and which would be cheaper?
Also, who's got the best deal?

Thanks
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By LibbyLA
#345298
Get the connected device one. That's the one that you can add to your cell plan for $5/month. The M2M one could probably be added but HCO would have to do something to allow the switch, I think. M2M is a standalone plan, costs a good bit more a month. That's for companies that don't have cell plans like individuals do.

I can't help with who has the best deal but maybe somebody else will have some suggestions.
#345301
Thanks. I need to take my cell phone to the area where I'm putting it to make sure it will send pics and find a good deal. How many bars are sufficient?
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By LibbyLA
#345302
TrailCamPro says 3. However, we have very lousy VZW signal at our camp and our VZW camera works fine. The latest status report from the camera showed one bar. It's usually just 1 or 2. The cameras seem to work better than phones.
#345303
I have seen the same thing as Libby, I have set up the cams in spots where my phone wouldn't work hardly at all and the cams will still send pics. My Verizon cam where it is now will show 2, sometimes three bars.
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By Roscoe
#345309
If you can get signal and send texts on your phone, the camera should work fine. The Spartan has better signal reception than my iPhone 6+. Over last winter I had a Spartan in a location that my phone sometimes would get no signal at all. The camera never missed a beat.
#345317
Thanks guys. Now I'll shop around for a deal
#345322
Found deal on a Verizon model, but he said it's an MSM model and I want to do the add device to my plan for $5.
This is what they said. Hi David,



We only stock the VZWI or VZWB Models but you'll be able to use the "Verizon M2M" to add to your personal plan. If you want to do this, just email HCO the camera MEID and they will upload them to Verizon as a "Connected by Verizon". Once that's done, you'll be able to add it with the $5 plan. But make sure you have the cameras in hand when you do this, because you'll need to perform a Data Reboot in the camera to reconnect to the Verizon service.

Both cameras are the same inside and out, the only difference is activation method.
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By rebbie
#345324
Like LibbyLA said, I believe anyone of the camera models will work. I ordered the HCO Verizon Wireless Blackout IR (GC-VCTb) because I wanted to active my camera using my existing Verizon Wireless Plan. When I got my camera I noticed that they sent me the GC-VZWb. I had no problem adding the camera to my existing Verizon plan for $5.00 a month. I called Verizon and the waived the activation fee. Was very simple to get It up and running!
#345331
One more question. Can the Covert Verizon version be set up on my plan for $5 a month ?
#345335
I don't think so. I think you have to get Covert service through Covert.


I believe this is correct, covert handles the data, that's why it's by pic count and not GB's and why they aren't going to offer the larger sized pics for transmission to the app.
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By rebbie
#345347
One more question. Can the Covert Verizon version be set up on my plan for $5 a month ?


No the Covert Verizon Blackhawk camera can not be added to your existing Verizon plan. You have to purchase plan directly through Covert.
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By bowhtr1
#345373
My new one came in with the GC-VCTb-KT. I set it up with verizon on the 5 dollar plan yesterday. This is the black flash.
#345396
Thanks for the help guys. I ordered an HCO Verizon Gocam
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