Many of the mobile wifi hotspot device providers below additionally have free hotspot tethering on their data plans, where you can connect wifi-enabled devices to your phone and use it as a data passthrough. Unfortunately, today, no carriers offer unlimited data tethering on unlimited data plans without significantly pumping the brakes on speeds when you reach a certain data allotment.
Here is a list of the cheapest prepaid mobile hotspot plans I was able to find, including monthly/data costs, device costs, network used, and more. Note that a few of the service providers do not sell hotspot devices, however, you should be able to use a mobile device as a hotspot (or potentially find and connect a dedicated hotspot device, if you prefer).
The article has some incorrect information. iwireless, out of IA has a hotspot plan with infinite hotspot, call and text and the speed is NEVER throttled back. I use about 80 GB/month with lots of streaming video. with 3 phones on the plan its just $50/month. Everyone should switch to iwireless in my opinion.
Boost has a limited plan that wont be available much longer but once u have it ur good..u can use your phone as a mobile hotspot with 50 gbs a month and ur phone has unlimited 4g and a couple other perks for 80 a month..only company i found with 50 gbs of mobile hotspot that cheap!
It may also be worth noting that with the T-MOBILE hotspots, the data listed is just how much high speed data you get. After that your speed is throttled back to 2G, but you still, technically, have internet access for the full 30 days.
I hate Sprint for taking my Clear hotspot; I had it for many years since it initially became available. I would have it on all the time, $50 a month, no fuss. I would take it with me when I went out of town, it was great. How I miss it. I will never use Sprint ever.
Some people are saying there is not unlimited hotspot plans and they are right but unlimitedvilli says a house of 4or 5 people with regular use will use 200gb to 250gb a month. The plan they have is 300 GB at 4g speeds for $99 a month. So there is a limit but I think there saying it would be hard for most people to use that much.
I am just learning about hotspot. I remember once my daughter hooked her phone to mine and I was able to have internet. Never knew it was this big. I am just a slow learner at times. But I am learning. Thanks, Pearline
Hello, I have the Straighttalk mobile hotspot, since beginning of November 2017. I am using the $40 for 4GB for 2-month no-contract plan. Does anyone else here have Straighttalk Right now I think this plan is the best, because it lasts for 2 months without expiring. Straighttalk seems to be the only one (or maybe one of two) companies that offer data plans for 2-months. Most companies offer only on a 1-month per basis.However, if there is a better plan out there, I will try it. I do not know much about the pay-as-you-go plans. Does this work like a debit card, in where you purchase a set amount of data and it does not expire over a month or more until you actually run out of data For example, if I buy 4GB for $40 with no expiration, and I am a light user, it is possible that that 4GB would last for 6 months until I run out of data. Then I just pay again for a new set. If there is such a deal, is there a pay-as-you-go plan that is price-competitive (cheaper than) $40 for 4GB (aka, $20 for 2GB) That again is a nice ideal price-performance breakpoint for me. It would be nice to find a deal something like $40 for 5GB with no expiration, if such exists.
Some GM vehicles have a hotspot service (AT&T) available on their newer vehicles and the pricing has come down to $20 per month for unlimited data. Signal strength reception is supposedly good for 50 ft. I was looking for access to wifi when camping, and this might be the cheapest solution when in a campground without wifi.
If you just want to have a hotspot for just surfing the internet, try Unrealmobile. I received the hotspot device for free, but $10 shipping. First 2 weeks of 5GB 4G LTE then UNLIMITED 2G for FREE, then it is $30/month after that, or just downgrade before that to 1GB 4G LTE then unlimited 2G for $10/month.
Thanks for the info and all the input from the different providers to give more of an idea of how each service works and who seems to be reliable. Quick question which service provider is more reliable in Phoenix, AZ If anyone is in same area please share your thoughts on the mobile hotspot.
PCs for People has the best prices for mobile hotspot internet. I pay about $15 a month. ($45 for 3 months) I stream Amazon Prime for $6 a month. I use data like water. (40+ gb per month) That is: PCs for People dot org (check them out)
Who ever made this needs more facts obviously they dont know I currently have t mobile and I have unlimited 3g hotspot not to be confused with unlimited 4g LTE phone data two separate things for the most part the unlimited 3g runs like its 4g I play games on it and watch and upload videos on the 3g hotspot connection good job to whoever made this
I recently purchased a hotspot from Mightywifi. It was $159 for the hotspot and one month of 50GB. And then it is $50 a month to refill the 50GB. We have been using it for 10 days so far and it is working great. My son has used it to play on his Xbox one and I used it to stream netflix, both worked well. This might be an alternative for some of you.
I also use PCsforPeople.org for internet service which is income-based. You prepay for service ranging from $16 monthly to $11.35 for 12-months prepaid. I purchased the 12-month plan plus their wifi hotspot ($80, one-time purchase) for a total of $221 with tax for one-year. Sprint blankets my area. My former internet provider, Spectrum, has low-cost internet service, but you have to jump through hoops to get it and it is significantly more than $11.35 monthly. As long as I can use PCsforPeople for internet service, I will.
We want to cut the cord and let you roam, especially during the summer when all we want to do is be able to work under the sunshine instead of florescent lights. This is why we compiled some of the best and easiest-to-use portable WiFi devices and hotspots, offering you the world wide web from wherever you are.
Stay connected on the go with this compact wireless hotspot. Create your own private WiFi network and easily pair with your favorite streaming services like Chromecast and Amazon Fire Stick while on the go. It has racked up more than 14,000 reviews on Amazon, with a four-star average rating.
Keep it simple with this no-contract hotspot from Simple Mobile. Sold at Best Buy, the device costs just $50, coming with a 2300 mAh rechargeable battery and the ability for 16 devices to connect at a time. You can buy plans that work for you from Simple Mobile as well, also sold at Best Buy for an easy checkout.
Be connected no matter where you are with this travel WiFi hotspot. Sold at Amazon, the GlocalMe mobile router operates on a pay-as-you-go model, which is perfect for travelers or those that only need the hotspot once in a while. You can connect up to 10 devices to use the 4G network.
Getting into mobile carriers, T-Mobile is a great one to check out for hotspots and roaming data plans. Grab this mobile hotspot for under $20 and then contact T-Mobile to get your plan set up or SIM activated.
For a more robust WiFi hotspot, this Verizon model is top notch. The touch screen display shows your usage as well as who is connected, battery life and other needed information for connecting on the go. You can then choose your data plan and purchase from Verizon directly, depending on your needs and current plan.
There is a better way, and it involves bringing your own mobile network with you. \"Having a personal hotspot can let you connect at office speeds just about anywhere,\" says Jeff Kagan, an independent wireless analyst. \"It can mean the difference between being online and off.\"
Why get a personal Wi-Fi hotspot (and have one more thing to carry, charge and potentially lose) when your smartphone can operate as a hotspot Because using a phone as a hotspot can chew through the battery in a very short time, and when you want to collaborate with others, it's often limited to only a few users at once. A personal hotspot, on the other hand, can provide online access to eight or ten participants at a time -- perfect for an offsite meeting, even on a train or in a van.
Traditionally, a mobile hotspot requires a two-year contract and a monthly data plan -- which makes sense only for those who travel several times a month. For others who travel less frequently, it can end up being expensive and wasteful.
That's where a prepaid hotspot comes in. You're not locked into a two-year commitment with a service plan that you pay for every month whether you need it or not. A prepaid plan lets you add data into your account and use it as needed (although the plans vary among the service providers).
I took a look at five of the latest mobile hotspots that connect over the major national networks with prepaid services. They include, from the major networks, AT&T's Unite Express, T-Mobile's 4G LTE HotSpot Z915 and Verizon's Ellipsis MHS800L. There are also the Boost Netgear Fuse Hotspot and the Karma Go; Boost and Karma are Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) that buy connect time on Sprint's networks. The five hotspots range in price from $50 to $149, have a wide variety of plans available and offer a range of sizes, features and online performance.
\"Picking the right hotspot to get is not a simple decision,\" says Kagan. \"You need to look at the entire connection landscape, which also includes the network's technology, hotspot hardware and service plans available.\"
Finally, you'll need to pick the service plan that best matches your needs. Don't worry, it's a lot easier to up- or downgrade your prepaid hotspot service plan than with a traditional hotspot or phone plan.
While this might be confusing, we're here to help with a lab test drive that attacks this issue from three sides. I compared the prepaid plans available with each device, focusing on price and flexibility. I took a look at the hardware, noting size and weight and testing the devices' battery life and Wi-Fi range. And I did extensive testing of the 4G networks that they operate on by connecting the five hotspots to everything from a Windows PC and a Mac to Android devices and iPads in 20 separate locations over a six-week period. 59ce067264