Mobile Wifi hotspots, options and experience?
April 25, 2014 2:47 PM Subscribe
I am plotting a trip to a part of the US with poor internet and bad cell coverage. One location where I will be staying shows as within AT&T's 4G LTE data service area. A recent trip to SF demonstrated some limitations of my current cell data plan, which is Straight Talk month-to-month (sublease on AT&T network, shows signs of being stepped on by AT&T in terms of speed and responsiveness for data). Straight Talk excludes tethering altogether and has a non-4G data puck available. Given my negative experience with ST data in SF, I am looking askance at the ST puck.
posted by mwhybark to Technology (4 answers total)
I rarely travel, so I don't need a continuing data access backup or alternate. My ideal case would be to obtain a one-month unit for about $50, service and hardware included.
I think I can get an AT&T 4G LTE hotspot out of contract. There are rafts of similar devices, AT&T locked and off brand unlocked, available on ebay or craigslist. Given the numbers of resale units, I suspect that the use case I am experiencing is relatively common but that in general people find that they are paying more for the device and service than I am projecting as reasonable and hope to resell to recoup.
What are my options, and what is the experience of anyone reading this who has sourced a third-party data puck via CL or eBay for use on AT&T?