I just got mine in the mail today. I have Verizon as well but we must have different plans.
I want to be able to use it at competitions so I set it up on my s3's network and enabled email alerts. I can hit the page with my phone and nexus 7.
The lack of port forwarding won't really hurt me at a competition. I plan on forwarding temp information to a cloud database so I can display our meat and pit temps on our website.
Either way it is a fun device for an IT nerd like myself.
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