Top 5 Best Mobile Hotspot & WiFi Hotspot Devices

mobile hotspot, mobile wifi hotspot, wifi hotspots, wifi hotspot, best mobile hotspot, 4g hotspot, t mobile hotspot, wireless internet service

(Karma Mobility)

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

mobile hotspot, mobile wifi hotspot, wifi hotspots, wifi hotspot, best mobile hotspot, 4g hotspot, t mobile hotspot, wireless internet service

(T-Mobile)

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.

Buy it here.


Pros:
  • Includes microSD memory card slot
  • 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
  • Lightweight design
  • Lasts 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 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

    mobile hotspot, mobile wifi hotspot, wifi hotspots, wifi hotspot, best mobile hotspot, 4g hotspot, t mobile hotspot, wireless internet service

    (Verizon)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Weighs under half a pound
  • Connects up to 10 devices
  • Works in over 205 countries around the globe
  • Built-in GPS support for location-based apps
  • VPN 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 networks
  • Does not come with a car charger (only a wall/USB charger)
  • 10GB data limit on some plans is not sufficient to all needs
  • Some users experience a bug where data usage is not easily seen
  • Upload speeds are often less than half of download speeds

  • 3. AT&T Unite Mobile No-Contract 4G WiFi Hotspot

    mobile hotspot, mobile wifi hotspot, wifi hotspots, wifi hotspot, best mobile hotspot, 4g hotspot, t mobile hotspot, wireless internet service

    (Netgear)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Large touchscreen interface
  • Intuitive controls
  • 10 hours of battery life
  • No contract
  • Easy setup

  • Cons:
  • Data plans may be too expensive or too limited for some
  • Rechargeable 2500 mAh battery does not appear to be easily replaceable
  • No data rollover in plans
  • Must be within 10 feet or so of hotspot to get a good signal
  • You may need to configure your browser settings to reduce your data usage

  • 4. Karma 4G Pay-As-You-Go Wi-Fi Hotspot

    mobile hotspot, mobile wifi hotspot, wifi hotspots, wifi hotspot, best mobile hotspot, 4g hotspot, t mobile hotspot, wireless internet service

    (Karma Mobility)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • 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

  • Cons:
  • 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

    mobile hotspot, mobile wifi hotspot, wifi hotspots, wifi hotspot, best mobile hotspot, 4g hotspot, t mobile hotspot, wireless internet service

    (Virgin Mobile)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Unlimited 4G data (but limits on 3G data)
  • MicroSD slot for shared network storage
  • No activation fees and no overage charges
  • Reliable
  • Sends Wi-Fi signal up to 150 feet

  • Cons:
  • Small display
  • Only lets you use five devices at once
  • Standby time a mere 36 hours
  • Depending on where you live, coverage may be a problem
  • Activation process is a bit cumbersome

  • Considering getting someone an electronics gift? Check out our Gifts section for tons of great gift recommendations, or visit our ultimate guides to the best gifts for women and best gifts for men.


    4 Comments

    Leave a Reply

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s

    4 Comments

    Slorrn

    Your link on this page goes to Amazon – the Karma classic sold there will only be supported until November 2015 – not good!!

    andrewhope

    I’m looking forward to seeing the new Karma Go (with LTE coverage) ship very soon. Same non-expiring data with much broader coverage and faster speeds.

    Here’s $10 off, if anyone’s interested: https://yourkarma.com/invite/appkfg

    Discuss on Facebook