What is the cheapest phone with a good hotspot? (srs)

  • infinitefrien...

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    Feb 01, 2015 6:18 PM GMT
    Need internet to my laptop without using a dongle, as it can be cheaper.

    What is the best hotspot phone at a good price?

    Thanks
  • Hypertrophile

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    Feb 01, 2015 6:41 PM GMT
    I use an iPhone 5s on T-Mobile. It works quite well and T-Mobile doesn't charge extra for the hot spot. They probably have the smallest 4g footprint but not where I live.

    That said the number of businesses that provide free WiFi access to the Internet keeps growing. Check for one before using up your data minutes. Coffee shops, restaurants, Home Depot, Target, even supermarkets offer free access. You might have to bear seeing an ad before you get online, however.
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    Feb 03, 2015 3:39 PM GMT
    tether if you want, a bigger display dost always lead to more data usage but you need to be aware that is how the cell phone companies make their money.

    look at craigslist and meet your seller at your fav carriers store. verify the hot spot works as expected, the phone is not stolen, perform the switch over.

    iphone 4.0 //"slightly outdated" that is hardware will not accept updates to the most recent firmware but might work for you

    iphone 5.0 //hardware will become "slightly outdated" end this year. you can either use a USB cable or wifi (where the cell phone is the server, client is the lap top)
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    Feb 04, 2015 2:17 AM GMT
    My current phone is the Oneplus One, an amazing phone at $299. You need an invitation to buy.

    There are several really great phones available for cheap. You can find the Sharkk HD on Amazon unlocked for $179.

    Of course, you could just buy a mobile hotspot. You can pick them up for $50 if you are willing to go off-brand.

    All of this is no-contract, and GSM, so only AT&T and T-Mobile are your options - or one of their many resellers.

    If you want Verizon or Sprint (or one of their many resellers), you'd have to look at their sites. Please don't let them sell you into a contract: prices of data are coming down, and you won't be able to switch plans for two years.

    (Source: happened to me with Verizon. I am never going to go on contract again.)
  • Svnw688

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    Feb 04, 2015 4:00 AM GMT
    Totally off topic, but I thought I'd share:

    My current Verizon plan (old plan) has UNLIMITED data (back when it wasn't important) and I'm NEVER giving it up.

    Those jerks several times have randomly called me, offering me a lower monthly payment to switch plans. I always ask, "how much data does this new plan have," and I always hear 3G, 4G or some other number. When I confirm it isn't unlimited, I politely decline.

    I think I'm going to quit being so polite. They're never getting my data (and I don't even use that much), it's the principle of the matter. Verizon will die before I switch plans.
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    Feb 04, 2015 5:17 AM GMT
    Svnw688 saidTotally off topic, but I thought I'd share:

    My current Verizon plan (old plan) has UNLIMITED data (back when it wasn't important) and I'm NEVER giving it up.

    Those jerks several times have randomly called me, offering me a lower monthly payment to switch plans. I always ask, "how much data does this new plan have," and I always hear 3G, 4G or some other number. When I confirm it isn't unlimited, I politely decline.

    I think I'm going to quit being so polite. They're never getting my data (and I don't even use that much), it's the principle of the matter. Verizon will die before I switch plans.


    "My current Verizon plan (old plan) has UNLIMITED data (back when it wasn't important) and I'm NEVER giving it up."

    I can't remember how I was 'tricked' out of this, but I was. I think it was upon 2 yr renewal w/new phone, new contract. Some how, like a fool I walked away from unlimited data.