Flexible prepaid pricing for data ranging from 100 MB for a week to 3 GB for a month
Provides a theoretical capability of up to 21 MBPS peak download speed
Lasts up to five hours
Can only connect up to five devices (other hotspots can do 10)
Only three pricing plans are available, which may not appeal to some users based on their budget or usage needs
Average download speeds are typically in the five to eight MBPS range
Sometimes requires a reboot to stop lock-up problem
Activiation process can be time-consuming and confusing for some
2. Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot
This Verizon Jetpack hotspot (model no. MHS291L, if you want to get technical about it) is a lightweight device. It works for up to 15 hours at a stretch, and offers dual band abilities. You can use the 2.4 GHz band for checking email or conducting business, then kick back and watch a streaming movie on the 5 GHz band. Plus, it’s called the “Jetpack,” which just sounds cool.
Actually a Netgear product, this AT&T prepaid hotspot is ideal for those looking to provide mobile Internet for up to 10 WiFi devices. This would be great for use at business functions, or at social gatherings.
Pay only for the data you use, no contract to worry about
Sharing earns you FREE data to the tune of 100MB per referral
Weighs just over two ounces
Data rolls over and doesn’t expire
Nearly impossible to turn the hotspot on accidentally
Battery life (between six and eight hours) somewhat less than other hotspots
Only lets you connect eight people at once, not ten like some other hotspots
Per-Gigabyte coverage costs are somewhat higher than with other providers on-contract
May not be available in all US cities
Colorblind users have reported issues with interpreting the LED indicator lights
5. Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Prepaid Mobile Hotspot
Virgin Mobile is often the underdog in the mobile device world, but this handy hotspot makes it a real contender. Boasting a MicroSD slot and decent battery life, this prepaid hotspot is worth your consideration.