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Do you want Internet access anywhere you go without draining your cell phone data plan?
A cheap mobile WiFi hotspot plan can connect your tech devices to the Internet. So it’s possible to get fast 4G LTE mobile WiFi connection speeds almost anywhere in the United States. That’s fast enough for online streaming plans and general Internet usage.
Plus, your monthly hotspot plan may cost less than your cell phone bill. Plus, you will still have the flexibility to use your hotspot whenever you leave home.
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Best Mobile WiFi Hotspot Plans
Most hotspot plans charge a flat monthly fee and don’t require a contract. In most cases, the only upfront cost is buying a hotspot modem. A hotspot typically costs less than $100. Some hotspot plans require you to use your cell phone. In some cases, you can bring your own device to save money.
|Ting||30 GB mobile hotspot for $25 a month|
Custom prepaid phone plans can save you more money
|FreedomPop||500 MB data plan is free|
Can connect up to 10 devices
Free voice and text plans available
|Boost Mobile||50 GB for $50 each month|
Sprint 4G LTE coverage
|Cricket Wireless||3 GB, 10 GB, and 30 GB plans available|
AT&T 4G LTE coverage
|Net10 Wireless||Multiple carrier options|
Rewards points redeemable for free data
|T-Mobile||One of the fastest 4G LTE networks|
Prepaid monthly plans up to 22 GB
|Project Fi||Only pay for the data you use|
Can get free high-speed data even after monthly data cap
|Tello||Can tether phone for mobile hotspot|
Free phone calls to Canada, Mexico and China
|Xfinity Mobile||Unlimited data for $45 per month|
High-speed data up to 20 GB
|Republic Wireless||Each data GB cost $5Can use mobile hotspot on phone|
Each mobile WiFi hotspot plan will either use Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon. Besides the monthly price, check the coverage map to find your best option.
Ting offers a 30 GB mobile hotspot for $25 a month. Most plans charge at least $1 per gigabyte of data, but Ting doesn’t. You get 4G LTE data using the Sprint network.
A cheaper option can be using your phone as a mobile hotspot. (That’s if you use less than 2 GB a month.) Your monthly cost depends on the number of lines, minutes, texts and data you use.
Each line has a $6 basic fee. Data with 4G LTE speed costs as follows:
- 100 MB: $3
- 500 MB: $10
- 1 GB: $16
- 2 GB: $20
Each additional gigabyte of data costs $10 each. (The good news is that your side hustle can quickly earn $30 to pay for your data.)
Your monthly bill may only be $9 for a data-only plan. But you will need to choose a voice and text package as well. And you will most likely need at least 1 GB to use your phone as a hotspot.
If you only carry a cell phone for emergencies and free WiFi hotspots, Ting can be very affordable.
Networks Used: AT&T and Sprint
FreedomPop is a leader in the low-price movement for mobile WiFi hotspots and cell phone plans. You can buy a mobile hotspot for only $39.99 that lets you connect up to 10 devices. You will enjoy 4G LTE service via the AT&T and Sprint networks.
The Basic 500 MB mobile hotspot plan is one of the very few ways to get free Internet. You get 500 MBs of free 4G WiFi each month. This plan is enough for basic web and email usage but too little for streaming.
FreedomPop Mobile Data Plans
For the first month, you get 2 GB of 4G and 3G hotspot data as a free trial! After the free trial ends, you will choose a monthly plan option.
Below are the current FreedomPop monthly plan options:
- Basic 500 MB (4G only): Free
- Pro 500 MB (4G and 3G): $6.99 per month
- 2 GB (4G and 3G): $24.99 per month
- 3 GB (4G and 3G): $28.99 per month
- 4 GB (4G and 3G: $34.99 per month
Download speeds are up to 1 MB per second for the free plan and up to 5 MB per second for paid plans. Paying $9.99 monthly for the FreedomPop Premier plan gives you download speeds up to 25 MB per second. This faster speed is ideal for streaming video. You can also rollover up to 20 GB of unused data with the Premier add-on.
One downside to FreedomPop is their limited coverage area. You may not have reception issues in large cities or east of the Mississippi River. However, coverage is sparse across the western United States.
Earn Bonus Internet
By referring your friends and family to join FreedomPop, you can get 10 MB of free data! You can also earn free data by completing offers and taking surveys with FreedomPop partners too.
You can read our FreedomPop review to learn more about cheap cell phone and WiFi hotspot access.
3. Boost Mobile
Network Used: Sprint
Boost Mobile offers a single mobile WiFi hotspot plan of 50 GB of monthly data for $50. This is one of the best deals for Sprint 4G LTE coverage. It’s also possible to add mobile hotspot to your prepaid cell phone plan.
Boost Mobile Data Plans
Your only option with a standalone WiFi hotspot is $50 a month for 50 GB 4G LTE data. Plus, you must buy a Boost modem for $49.99 when you join. The mobile hotspot boasts a battery life of ten hours and connects up to ten devices at once.
You can also add mobile hotspot to your phone with a Boost Unlimited Plan. The hotspot feature is free on any phone plan that costs at least $50 a month. Otherwise, you can pay $5 a month for 1 GB or $10 a month for 2 GB of data.
4. Cricket Wireless
Cricket Wireless is a prepaid network owned by AT&T and–as you already guessed–operates on the AT&T network. You can get a data-only hotspot or add a hotspot to select phone plans.
Cricket Turbo Hotspot
The cheaper option is buying the standalone Turbo Hotspot. You pay $99.99 to purchase the device.
There are three different monthly data plans:
- 3 GB Simply Data: $25
- 10 GB Simply Data: $35
- 30 GB Simply Data: $70
Cricket’s mobile WiFi hotspot plan costs more than Sprint but less than Verizon. Your coverage area can also be better than Sprint or T-Mobile in less populated areas.
A second option is adding mobile hotspot to your phone. This feature costs an extra $10 a month for 10 GB of hotspot data. And it’s only available on Unlimited plans that start at $55 per line. However, you do get a $5 monthly discount if you enroll in auto-pay.
5. Net10 Wireless
Network Used: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon
With Net10 Wireless, you can enjoy prepaid mobile hotspot access, and they partner with the four major network providers to ensure you get the best data coverage at the lowest possible price.
Net10 recommends the best carrier when you join for the best data coverage.
You will have your pick between GSM and CDMA network coverage from one of these four providers:
You can get a free reconditioned mobile hotspot when you purchase a data plan. A new modem only costs $9.99. This can be one of the best plans if you are trying to live cheaply.
Net10 Wireless Data Plans
Once you pick out your hotspot device, you can choose from one of four plans:
- 500 MB: $10 every 14 days
- 1 GB: $20 every 30 days
- 2.5 GB: $30 every 30 days
- 5GB: $50 every 60 days
As you can see, Net10 offers different pricing plans that can fit any budget. Like cellphone data, your unused amount doesn’t roll over into the next month with Net10. The best deal can be paying $50 every two months for 5 GB of data. You can save $5 a month compared to the 2.5 GB plan and get the same amount of data.
If you need to “top off” your data balance in between billing dates, you can also buy add-on packs too. Net10 add-on packs don’t expire, and the unused data rolls into the next month.
You have two add-on pack options to choose from:
- 500 MB: $5
- 1 GB: $10
With T-Mobile Simple Choice Prepaid Mobile Internet, you can get up to 22 GB per month of 4G LTE network speeds. They even offer one-day passes if you only need the Internet for a single day.
The base price for a mobile hotspot device is $72. This device cost is one of the highest. However, you can also bring your own modem or tablet to save money.
If you only need mobile hotspot access for a day, you pay $5 per day for 500 MB of 4G LTE access.
For ongoing hotspot access, you should consider one of these monthly plans:
- 2 GB: $10
- 6 GB: $25
- 10 GB: $40
- 14 GB: $55
- 18 GB: $70
- 22 GB: $85
T-Mobile is also known for having some of the fastest 4G LTE speeds. If T-Mobile serves your area, you might try them out.
7. Project Fi
Did you know Google has its own cell phone company? It’s called Project Fi and partners with Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular for nationwide coverage.
Project Fi doesn’t have a standalone mobile hotspot yet. So you will need to use your phone’s mobile hotspot, which is free. You also have access to millions of free public hotspots across the world.
What makes Project Fi cool is that you may get free data. For instance, a single person only has to pay for the first 6 GB used each month. All extra data is free to use. And the first 15 GB monthly is at 4G LTE speeds.
Other carriers automatically throttle hotspot speeds after you exceed the amount you buy.
Pricing for Google Fi is different than you might expect.
Your monthly data charges depend on the number of lines in your plan.
Below is the most you will pay each month for data:
- 1 person (6 GB): $60
- 2 people (10 GB): $100
- 3 people (12 GB): $120
- 4 people (14 GB): $140
- 5 people (16 GB): $160
- 6 people (18 GB): $180
For each line, you get unlimited talk and text. The first line costs $20 monthly. All additional lines cost $15 per month plus. Then you pay $10 per GB of data.
The most a single person will pay is $80 per month.
And if you travel the world, you don’t pay international data roaming charges. You still only pay $10 per GB in over 200 countries.
A prepaid phone plan with free tethering is Tello. All plans include unlimited talk and text. You can make free international calls to Mexico, Canada and China. Tello uses Sprint to provide phone and data service.
You can choose from one of four monthly plans with 4G LTE data:
- 1 GB: $10
- 2 GB: $14
- 4 GB: $19
- 12 GB: $39
You continue to get 2G data speed once you exhaust your monthly 4G data plan.
All plans renew monthly. Although you can change data plans or cancel at any time fee-free.
9. Xfinity Mobile
You must be an Xfinity Internet member to have Xfinity cell phone service. This service is powered by Verizon Wireless. You don’t need to subscribe to their cable TV service. This way, you can get Internet without cable.
Your voice and text phone service are free. Your phone’s mobile hotspot service is also free.
Although you will pay for mobile data:
- $12 per GB
- $45 per line for unlimited data
Xfinity begins throttling mobile data speeds after you consume 20 GB monthly. This is a great option when staying below the 20 GB mark.
You won’t pay an access fee as long as you have five lines or less. When away from home, look for one Comcast’s 18 million free public WiFi hotspots too.
10. Republic Wireless
Republic Wireless is another popular carrier that offers discount cell phone plans. They don’t provide mobile hotspot plans. However, you can turn your phone into a hotspot. Tethering your phone to a device is also possible.
The basic talk and text monthly fee is $15. You pay $5 for every 1 GB in data. Essentially, you spend $20 per month for 1 GB of data.
Republic lets you purchase up to 15 GB monthly. This is a decent option if you want to pay-as-you-go and don’t need a regular hotspot.
Otherwise, you are better off using a different provider to get more data for less money.
Network Used: Sprint
Here’s an eye-catching headline: Get free data by sharing your Karma WiFi hotspot with others.
Being able to get free data is a huge draw for Karma. You get 100 MB of free data when a friend uses your hotspot. Karma also gives you a $1 credit when they connect.
A Karma Go modem does cost $199 upfront, which is somewhat pricey. However, you receive 5 GB of free data that’s good for three months. Usually, your data is only good for one month.
Karma Data Plans
You have your choice of four different monthly data plans:
- Drift Plan: $3 per month plus $10 per GB used
- 5 GB: $39.99 per month
- 10 GB: $79.99 per month
- 20 GB: $99.99 per month
Occasional users will benefit the most from the Drift plan because you pay for data on-demand. FreedomPop is still a better option if you use less than 500 MB each month since you’ll get free WiFi.
The monthly Karma plans are a good deal when you get the 10 GB or 20 GB service. These two plans are cheaper per gigabyte than other competitors.
If you want more online privacy, consider the Karma Black add-on. This tool hides your metadata that websites use to track your habits. Karma Black costs $19.95 extra per month. Plus, you will also need to pay $249 for a modem instead of $199.
You might know NetZero for offering free home Internet. They also provide mobile WiFi hotspot plans of up to 8 GB per month. Their 200 GB data plan is free but only lasts 12 months. A NetZero hotspot device has a one-time $59.95 fee. Although you can bring your own device to save money.
Check the coverage map as they primarily serve the eastern United States and the Pacific coastal states. If you live in a NetZero service area, you can save some money on your monthly WiFi subscription.
NetZero Data Plans
Surprisingly, NetZero is one of the few carriers that also lets you bring your own modem hotspot. It must be an eligible model of course. There may still be a small fee to purchase a NetZero sim card.
You have your choice of six different monthly data plans:
- 200 MB: Free
- 500 MB: $17.95
- 1 GB: $27.95
- 2 GB: $45.95
- 4 GB: $63.95
- 6 GB: $79.95
Besides the Free Plan (200 MB per month), they’re also a $3.95 monthly fee in addition to the data charges. So your actual cost is $20.95 for the 500 MB plan and $30.95 for the 1 GB plan.
The Free Plan is also only available for the first 12 months. After that, you will need to upgrade to a paid plan. Overall, the NetZero plans are expensive. However, their free 200 GB plan is good for basic web surfing.
13. Straight Talk Wireless
Networks Used: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile
You can sign up for a Straight Talk Wireless plan at your local Walmart or also online. They partner with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile to provide nationwide coverage.
A mobile hotspot costs between $9.99 and $19.99 depending on which model you choose. Straight Talk only lets you connect up to five devices at once. Many other hotspot plans allow you to connect up to ten devices at once.
Your data purchase is good for either 30 days or 60 days. Like the other network providers that offer 60-day packages, you get a small discount by purchasing an extended package. But if you’re going to be using all of the data anyways, go ahead and spend more upfront to save money long term.
- 1 GB: $15 every 30 days
- 2 GB: $25 every 30 days
- 4 GB: $40 every 60 days
- 5 GB: $50 every 60 days
- 7 GB: $75 every 60 days
None of the data plans require a contract and can be adjusted at any time.
Don’t forget to join the Straight Talk rewards program. You earn points by paying your bill and even playing games. The rewards points you earn are redeemable for service plan credits and other add-ons.
14. H2O Bolt
Network Used: AT&T
H2O Bolt uses the AT&T network and provides 4G and 2G hotspot coverage. Opting for a 30-day plan instead of the 10-day option gives you a 10% discount when you sign up for auto refills too. With the AT&T network coverage, you will enjoy hotspot access in most of the U.S.
A mobile hotspot will cost $29.99 from H2O Bolt.
H2O Bolt offers four different data plans. All four plans evenly split the monthly data allowance between 4G LTE and 2G network speeds (For example: 4 GB = 2 GB 4G and 2 GB 2G):
- 4 GB: $25 every 10 days
- 10 GB: $50 every 30 days
- 14 GB: $70 every 30 days
- 20 GB: $90 every 30 days
Because H2O Bolt has a unique pricing strategy, you need to remember that even though you get 10, 14, or 20 GB of data every month, only half of that amount is 4G LTE. The 2G data speeds are sufficient for basic email and web browsing, but you need to determine if the 4G and 2G combination is worth the subscription.
If it is, you can save 10% each month on any of the 30-day plans. For example, you’ll pay $45 instead of $50 with the 10 GB plan or $81 instead of $90 if you decide to go with the 20 GB per month plan.
Network Used: T-Mobile
If you currently use MetroPCS, your phone plan may already have mobile hotspot access. Depending on your plan, you may have up to 15 GB in hotspot data each month. The downside is that MetroPCS doesn’t offer a standalone hotspot modem.
You can connect up to 15 devices at once. Remember that ten is the maximum number of devices for most carriers.
How much data you get depends on which phone plan you choose.
For hotspot data, the two Unlimited plans are the best option:
- $50 Unlimited Plan: Includes 5 GB of hotspot data
- $60 Unlimited Plan: Includes 15 GB of hotspot data
These unlimited plans include other free perks like Google One storage and Amazon Prime.
Mobile hotspot isn’t free with the basic $40 monthly phone plan with 10 GB data. You must pay $5 to have 2 GB of hotspot data.
AT&T offers contract and prepaid wireless plans. Thankfully, their mobile hotspot falls in the prepaid category. This means you pay by the month and don’t have a contract.
You have your pick of three monthly data plans:
- 3 GB: $25 ($10 per additional 1 GB)
- 10 GB: $50 ($10 per additional 1.5 GB)
- 18 GB: $75 ($10 per additional 2 GB)
Up to 10 devices can connect to the hotspot device at once. It’s possible to bring your own hotspot device or tablet to AT&T. Also, another option is purchasing a device from AT&T.
Sprint offers mobile hotspot plans contract plans with a standalone or USB device. The Sprint Drive modem plugs into your car to provide in-car WiFi. You can also get mobile hotspot for your smartphone.
You will need to sign a two-year contract unless you purchase the hotspot device in full.
Sprint offers three 4G LTE mobile hotspot data plans:
- 100 GB: $60 per month
- 50 GB: $50 per month
- 10 GB: $30 per month
After using your LTE data, you still get 2G data speeds for the rest of the billing cycle.
You may be able to pay less if you only need WiFi in your car. Sprint Drive costs $10 monthly for 2 GB of data. Or you can get unlimited mobile-device data for $25 a month.
All of Sprint’s data plans are very affordable. The 100 GB plan is one of the best mobile WiFi hotspot plans. Consider this plan if you want to stream cable TV.
18. Verizon Wireless
Although it’s not the cheapest plan, Verizon Wireless is one of the most reliable. Your smartphone may already include mobile hotspot. You can also get a WiFi hotspot device that connects up to eight devices at once. Data plans vary between 2 GB and 100 GB each month.
Single device plans start at $10 a month for 1 GB of data. And shared data plans start at $20 monthly for 2 GB of data. Plus, hotspot devices have a one-time cost starting at $19.99 with a two-year contract.
The largest plan–40 GB per month–costs $150 per month. This cost might be worth it if you’re a small business or live in a rural area.
Mobile WiFi hotspots let you access the Internet almost anywhere. Plus, the best hotspot plans can even deliver enough data for online jobs. Your personal hotspot is one of the best tools when you need fast and reliable Internet access.
Do you prefer a standalone mobile hotspot or a using your built-in smartphone hotspot? Which carrier do you think is the best?