Or, you can root your Android device and get free USB/Wi-Fi tethering and use the data you are already paying for I still will never understand any carrier that charges you extra just to be able to use your phone as a hotspot. It's my data, I will use it as I please. Doesn't matter if it's being used by my phone or laptop, it's all the same data. Please understand this carriers. People like myself hotspot another phone or laptop once in a blue moon, and the less than a hundred megs being used is not hurting the network.
I will jump ship from Verizon the MOMENT another company offers unlimited download for a resonable price. It should be illegal for companies to change for usage, this is total BS. This is for the good the country and innovation that the web is free and not restricting users based on how much data they use. Total BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[citation][nom]john15v16[/nom]...ok..am I missing something here..don't really see the consumer demand for this type of device anymore when we can simply tether with android on unlimited 4G data plans....[/citation]
It's a niche market. As the author states in the article,
"Hotspot devices are ideal when users don't have a smartphone with hotspot capabilities, or they have a hotspot-capable phone but is limited to the number of connected devices. They're also great if you want to leave your hotspot-capable smartphone open for sending and receiving calls."
So while most people will be happy with just a smart phone for tethering, there are some who may find this device useful. For example, if you want LTE speeds for your whole family but don't want to get them all LTE speed phones and you don't want to drain the battery on your phone. Or, if you want to take your phone with you but you want to leave the LTE internet network in your car for your wife/husband and/or kids to use.
This also makes a pretty good home router replacement. It's a bit pricey compared to a home router/cable internet, but it allows you to pick it up and take it with you if you want. For example, if you have an old iPhone that doesn't support 4g LTE, and can't or won't upgrade yet, but you still want internet in your home and stuff you may consider getting this device.