Is it worth it to drop your HSI for a mobile hotspot?

Mar 21, 2014

Data usage is now a big area of concern as more companies are turning to online applications and resources as a way to promote their business. We know this, so most of us order high-speed internet without even thinking about it.

But what if you could save money by purchasing a hotspot through your wireless carrier instead of using a typical internet connection? This is certainly a great time to evaluate your connectivity options.

High-speed internet

Typically, this is what we all currently have in our homes to connect to the internet. Whether it’s through regular broadband or fiber optic cables, this infrastructure is usually built out throughout the city offering direct online connection to the internet.

This tends to be the standard in the consumer’s home because it’s usually stable and more reliable. Not to mention, depending on how much you pay, higher speeds are available ultimately increasing productivity and as well as your overall online experience.

This is also beneficial for those family members that have multiple Wi-Fi connected devices. All their devices can be connected to the internet without having to worry about connectivity or sharing issues.

The only downside with paying for a landline is the fact that you can only use it at home. There is no option to take it with you while you’re on the go and running errands around town. This can be problematic if you are the type of person that needs a high-speed connection while you are away from the house.

Mobile hotspot

A mobile hotspot is a pocket-sized device that creates a Wi-Fi signal for tablets, laptops and any other Wi-Fi enabled device to connect to the internet.

These devices are becoming more popular these days especially since they’re compact and easy to take around with you. They can access the internet quickly so you have the ability to stay connected all day long.

A mobile hotspot usually costs under $100 and connects to your cellular network. Depending on the carrier, network speeds can vary depending on if you’re on a 3G or 4G network. Overall, network infrastructures have improved over the years so a cell signal is now more reliable throughout most public buildings around town.

One thing to be aware of is the type of data you plan on using. If you religiously use YouTube or Netflix to stream your content, be ready to pay a large monthly bill. Downloading and streaming content can quickly increase your data usage without you knowing.

Since your plan is usually based on how much data usage you use per month, make sure you know how much data you average per month before you choose to use a mobile hotspot. This will give you a good idea of how much data you should be purchasing each month.


Before you choose a mobile hotspot over your conventional cable high-speed internet connection or vice versa, do yourself a favor and evaluate your needs.

First, determine what you actually use your internet connection for (gaming, surfing the web, streaming movies and music, etc.), your daily hours spent online, and how many people/devices will need to be connected.

A traditional broadband cable connection might suit your family better since more devices will need to be connected during different times of the day, not to mention more data will be needed to keep everyone equally satisfied.

Not to mention, products such as digital thermostats and security cameras rely on an internet connection so that you can control these products away from your home.

On the other hand, a mobile hotspot might fit you better if you are a single person living alone with no other people depending on using your connection. Based on your usage, this would be great because you could take it with you wherever you want to go on a daily basis.

After all, it is pretty sweet having internet connectivity wherever you wanted it and during all times of the day.