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Tim in Miami Lakes, Florida listens to the podcast and asked: “My son-in-law seems to have issues with his internet going down at home. He’s got an internet company that’s not quite working so well, so he needs a hotspot. I need your suggestion on what hotspot would work the best for him. He works on a computer. This will probably just be a backup, as the Internet at his apartment goes down about once a week.”
Tim, the main question is who has better service around your son-in-laws home.
All of the major cell phone service providers offer roughly comparable service. Theyre all capped, though. They call it unlimited but the high speed is limited. Once you reach a threshold, your speeds will be throttled.
That cap will vary. for example, Verizon offer plans that cost between $20 and $30 and are capped at 15GB and 30GB of fast data speed, respectively .
AT&T offers plans from $25 to $55 a month ranging from 15GB to 100GB of high speed.
T-Mobile has similar plans but also offers a home internet replacement hub that they charge $50 for and it does include real unlimited data. That, however is not yet available in Miami Lakes. We know that because Chris also lives in Miami Lakes and has been trying to find an alternative to his internet that also keeps going out at home. Thank you, Comcast. Not that he thinks T-Mobiles solution will work any better for him because at his house, he barely gets one bar of T-Mobile signal on his cell phone.
Your best choice will really just boil down to who has the best service around me?. They all offer 5G hotspot, but do they offer 5G around you? Are their towers overloaded? If they are, your connection speeds will drop.
There is also the option of just using a phones own hotspot. Many plans already include an allotment of high speed hotspot data that is comparable to what the dedicated hotspot plans provide a month.
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