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    What to know about finding a reliable/good speed hotspot or mobile internet plan?

    I am looking for a very reliable, although currently not often used, hotspot or mobile internet plan, I think. I am posting here because I may have some of my terminology wrong and hope for some clarification on that before I go posting on some of other sub-forums and also welcome any ideas!

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    I have an office for my small business (me only) that I have rarely used as I have been able to work at home. However, there are times I will need to use the office and I will need reliable internet to include capabilities like handing zoom meetings well. I know I will likely need to pay a regular monthly fee and that is okay as long as it's reasonable. Comcast is the only regular type internet that my office would qualify for and I dont want to go with them. Also, I may also change the location of my office or have an increased need for internet at some point within a year...so I don't want a contract, but the ability to either add on or change/leave the service is important. I would need internet on my computer, not just my phone for other reasons.

    My current phone service is just Puretalk and I am thinking I may need to go with a non-MNVO for this service, but not sure. T-mobile seems to have a couple of options, but, as i said, not sure of some of the terminology and dont want to talk with them without knowing. I do not need this to be attached to my phone service, but my phone is unlocked and can work with all US networks, if that matters. Thanks for helping me get started on this!

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    You never mention what terminology you need clarification on ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpz1 View Post
    You never mention what terminology you need clarification on ????
    Thanks for your reply. Maybe it's not exactly terminology as opposed to what I am looking for. Do I want a hotspot to be able to do this or is there some other kind of mobile internet service that would work? Either of these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robynsus View Post
    I am looking for a very reliable, although currently not often used, hotspot or mobile internet plan, I think.
    When I was looking for home internet, I looked on https://prepaidcompare.net/
    I checked the 'Hotspot' box and searched on all 3 carriers. Clicking on each of the search results opens up a pop-up that has details on how much data is available for hotspot. It's a great website and worked great!
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    For a business and most reliability I'd say a wired service like Comcast but sounds like you want mobility.
    How much mobility? Regardless of where you want to use it, will one specific network (T-Mobile, Verizon, ATT) always be good ?

    Also you're chewing up allot of data with what you want to do (zoom meetings) and regular wireless hot spot plans get pricey for the amount of data you may need. Some plans may say unlimited data but only a portion of that is at high speed. You don't want to start to buffer in the middle of a meeting.

    All the networks now have what they call Wireless Home Internet but only in select areas (not likely outside metro areas). I think those are all post paid with a contract.

    What's your best guess of how much you'll be using it, how long and how often zoom meetings etc ? How much data do you think you'll need and the reliability of wireless in your area will tell allot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpz1 View Post

    All the networks now have what they call Wireless Home Internet but only in select areas (not likely outside metro areas). I think those are all post paid with a contract.
    T-mobile home (and business) internet is post paid without contract. See post #4 above. It works well for me in rural SE Arizona.

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    Att I believe has a legitimate hotspot plan, unlimited, for businesses. Supposedly they are not supposed to be used for streaming etc.. But I don’t believe it’s currently being enforced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paaz View Post
    T-mobile home (and business) internet is post paid without contract. See post #4 above. It works well for me in rural SE Arizona.
    That's great you have T-Mobile in rural SE AZ. I'm rural west of Tucson and barely get a TMO signal. Even if I could they don't have home internet hear. Verizon is the only somewhat reliable signal I get but they also don't have home internet here.

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    It sounds like you don't want wired right now or to be tied down to an address.

    I would take a look at visible.

    Visible has unlimited hotspot. I think hotspot is throttled to 5 mbps. It cost $25 a month on party pay. I use visible for my home internet and have used over 100 GB on hotspot.

    Only one connection allowed at a time on hotspot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad4cell View Post
    It sounds like you don't want wired right now or to be tied down to an address.

    I would take a look at visible.

    Visible has unlimited hotspot. I think hotspot is throttled to 5 mbps. It cost $25 a month on party pay. I use visible for my home internet and have used over 100 GB on hotspot.

    Only one connection allowed at a time on hotspot.
    Visible no longer offers the $25 plan with Party Pay. Their plans are $30 or $45 now. New subscribers can get $5/mo off using a PayPal signup link and paying with PayPal

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