1. ree3312's Avatar
    So I have horrible WiFi at home. Is getting a mobile hotspot on my phond a good idea? I just heard someone say that I should if I don't get great WiFi. Thanks.
    09-16-2014 01:40 AM
  2. ree3312's Avatar
    Phone*
    09-16-2014 01:41 AM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Can you clarify--do you really mean to say that you have horrible wi-fi, or horrible cell signal? Bad wi-fi has more to do with the speed of your home's broadband connection, as well as the quality and features of your wi-fi router.

    If that's the case, and if there's no way for you to get either a better broadband connection or a better router, then using a mobile hotspot depends on how good your mobile data signal is, and how much it costs you. If you want to activate the mobile hotspot on your phone, you usually either have to pay an additional fee to your wireless carrier (Verizon and AT&T) or get it free but have a cap on your tethering/month (T-Mobile). If you don't have unlimited data, using your phone as a hotspot for a computer can really eat up data fast, because most people use their computers for more intensive data usage (like streaming high quality movies or music).
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    09-16-2014 01:59 AM
  4. ree3312's Avatar
    Yes horrible WiFi lol I know what WiFi is. There's no chance in getting better service provider or anything like that.
    09-16-2014 02:03 AM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I see. Sorry to ask, but I'm used to seeing mistaken terms here, so just wanted to make sure I understood you fully.

    You might look into a portable hotspot (like a Mi-Fi), rather than using your phone as a hotspot.

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    09-16-2014 02:33 AM
  6. stevovr's Avatar
    I'm fortunate to have an unlimited data and tethering contract and it is my hotspot for my business as it's faster and more consistent than the broadband available. That said as mentioned you can use a chunk of data very quickly. Watching TV, videos etc will quickly get into the gb's so be aware.

    Steve/Boanerges Performance
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    09-16-2014 03:32 AM
  7. ree3312's Avatar
    I'm fortunate to have an unlimited data and tethering contract and it is my hotspot for my business as it's faster and more consistent than the broadband available. That said as mentioned you can use a chunk of data very quickly. Watching TV, videos etc will quickly get into the gb's so be aware.

    Steve/Boanerges Performance
    Yeah I don't do all that just social media websites and that's about it lol
    09-16-2014 09:11 AM
  8. Angus6611's Avatar
    If you want to activate the mobile hotspot on your phone, you usually either have to pay an additional fee to your wireless carrier (Verizon and AT&T)
    This is no longer true for Verizon (Don't know about AT&T).

    Verizon was ordered by the FCC to stop charging for phone hotspot/tethering a couple years ago.

    They can only charge you if you're on a grandfathered unlimited plan.

    That being said, I used a Verizon MIFI4620L Jetpack for a couple of years on it's own 5GB/month plan (cost $55/month) and it was OK. With a tablet or two connected to it via WiFi the speed was about average for a decent phone - sometimes slower, sometimes faster. It made sense at the time because tethering was $30/month by itself without any extra data.

    Using a dedicated mobile hotspot is less attractive now because you can thether for free.
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    09-16-2014 05:33 PM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Oh yes, you're right--I had forgotten about that. Do you know if Verizon imposes a cap for tethering, or do they just start charging you more if you exceed your total data limit for the month?
    09-16-2014 05:46 PM
  10. Angus6611's Avatar
    Oh yes, you're right--I had forgotten about that. Do you know if Verizon imposes a cap for tethering, or do they just start charging you more if you exceed your total data limit for the month?
    No cap - they just charge you when you go over your limit. Of course that's what they want to happen...
    09-16-2014 05:53 PM
  11. ree3312's Avatar
    I have T-Mobile
    09-16-2014 06:35 PM
  12. mrsmumbles's Avatar
    I have T-Mobile
    What phone do you have? Mainly you just fix the right settings in your phone and you'll be able to tether. Oops, G3, OK so you might need to have them fix it for you via phone or at a store. But I know T-Mobile allows it.
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    09-16-2014 06:38 PM
  13. B. Diddy's Avatar
    T-Mobile has a 5 GB/mo cap on tethering if you have the unlimited data plan.
    09-16-2014 08:34 PM
  14. ree3312's Avatar
    T-Mobile has a 5 GB/mo cap on tethering if you have the unlimited data plan.
    I have the 5gb simple choice plan and smhs which stands for the hotspot. I just found out lol
    09-16-2014 09:03 PM

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