Our list reveals the best mobile hotspot for your needs. If you’re shopping for a 4G or WiFi hotspot, these devices are top of the line.
1. T Mobile 4G Hotspot
Ideal for both business and personal use, this hotspot from T-Mobile lets you and four of your friends connect to a 4G signal. It has a sleek, ergonomic design, making it a joy to carry in your hand.
Pros:Includes microSD memory card slotFlexible prepaid pricing for data ranging from 100 MB for a week to 3 GB for a monthProvides a theoretical capability of up to 21 MBPS peak download speedLightweight designLasts up to five hours
Cons: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 needsAverage download speeds are typically in the five to eight MBPS rangeSometimes requires a reboot to stop lock-up problemActiviation 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.
Pros:Weighs under half a poundConnects up to 10 devicesWorks in over 205 countries around the globeBuilt-in GPS support for location-based appsVPN capability
Cons:While you can connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices in 4G LTE coverage areas, you can only connect up to five when on 3G networksDoes not come with a car charger (only a wall/USB charger)10GB data limit on some plans is not sufficient to all needsSome users experience a bug where data usage is not easily seenUpload speeds are often less than half of download speeds
3. AT&T Unite Mobile No-Contract 4G WiFi Hotspot
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.
Pros:Large touchscreen interfaceIntuitive controls10 hours of battery lifeNo contractEasy setup
Cons:Data plans may be too expensive or too limited for someRechargeable 2500 mAh battery does not appear to be easily replaceableNo data rollover in plansMust be within 10 feet or so of hotspot to get a good signalYou may need to configure your browser settings to reduce your data usage
4. Karma 4G Pay-As-You-Go Wi-Fi Hotspot
Karma offers a great looking device that’s lightweight and feature-rich. If you’re looking for a no-contract hotspot that is both user-friendly and competitively priced, this is a solid choice.
Pros:Pay only for the data you use, no contract to worry aboutSharing earns you FREE data to the tune of 100MB per referralWeighs just over two ouncesData rolls over and doesn’t expireNearly impossible to turn the hotspot on accidentally
Cons:Battery life (between six and eight hours) somewhat less than other hotspotsOnly lets you connect eight people at once, not ten like some other hotspotsPer-Gigabyte coverage costs are somewhat higher than with other providers on-contractMay not be available in all US citiesColorblind 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.
Pros:Unlimited 4G data (but limits on 3G data)MicroSD slot for shared network storageNo activation fees and no overage chargesReliableSends Wi-Fi signal up to 150 feet
Cons:Small displayOnly lets you use five devices at onceStandby time a mere 36 hoursDepending on where you live, coverage may be a problemActivation process is a bit cumbersome
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