Mobile hotspots are the best solution for getting internet access on the go for tablets, ereaders, and pretty much any gadget with Wi-Fi.
The main problem with most mobile hotspots is the plans aren’t very good. No one wants to be locked into a 2-year contract for something they aren’t going to use all the time. And the contract-free plans are often fairly limited and expensive.
But these new plans from T-Mobile should give the whole industry a shot in the arm. The plans aren’t perfect but they are certainly a lot better than what’s currently out there.
Here’s how the new no-contract data plans break down:
- 300MB 1-week pass for $15
- 1.5GB 1-month pass for $25
- 3.5GB 1-month pass for $35
- 5GB 1-month pass for $50
By comparison, AT&T and Verizon both offer 1GB for $50 for 30 days. And 300MB for $30 for 7 days. Or $15 for 100MB for 1 day. Verizon’s plan for 5GB is $80 for 30 days. Hopefully T-Mobile’s new plans get their competitors to revise their pricing and data allowance strategy because those options aren’t very good.
Personally, I’ve been meaning to get a mobile hotspot for a long time now. A tablet without internet access is pretty useless when away from the house, and hunting for unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots that actually work can get very frustrating—not to mention the security issues.
I almost bought a Virgin Mobile MiFi device from WalMart last week and now I’m glad I didn’t. The best plan they have is 1GB per month for $20. The T-Mobile plan is $5 more but that’s for 1.5GB, plus the speed is much faster with 4G instead of 3G and the data coverage is twice as good where I live.
I’m going to get one of the T-Mobile 4G Mobile HotSpots later this week—they cost $99—and will post a review of it after some extensive testing over the next few weeks. Subscribe to keep updated on my results.