Because lately my carrier has detected use of my cell phone as a wifi hotspot and been sending me texts to that affect. So, in the interest of integrity, I thought I’d shop around for options.
So, what do I want in a WiFi Hotspot?
Fast speeds (preferably 4g latency), multiple device connections (rules out all the usb sticks), decent coverage (that especially includes the marina where my boat is at) and not excessively expensive (more on this later), aka “I don’t want to spend a lot of money for data I never use”.
The fast speeds and multiple devices connections seem straight forward.
Decent coverage always seems to be subject to trial and error, so that’s up for experiment after I use one.
Expense: Well, the vast majority of providers say they have “pre-paid” plans. What they really mean is a “pre-paid subscription” where they collect the money monthly at a fixed rate. When I think of pre-paid I mean the kind of system where you pay for a given service volume up front, use it till it’s gone, regardless of how long and refresh only when you need it.
Along with the expense element, if it allowed me to re-use anything I already have like an old smartphone, thus saving me cost, I will consider it.