In areas with marginal coverage, the in-car hotspot's better antenna placement (and presumably antenna size) makes a significant difference.Why pay extra to get the car to be a device on your share plan when you could just use one of your phones as a hotspot?
Yet everyone who pays more for verizon is convinced it's worth it as Verizon supposedly has better coverage. Don't know as I'm and AT&T customer. I quite honestly have never had a coverage issue with my smartphone. The only problem I encounter is when visiting big cities at a big event where way too many smartphones are all concentrated in a particular area which overloads the network. The 4th of July celebration caused all my family's smartphones to not work well.In areas with marginal coverage, the in-car hotspot's better antenna placement (and presumably antenna size) makes a significant difference.
In my case, my phone was Verizon and the hotspot was AT&T. So diversity of carriers was also a consideration.
Must be something with your phone then because connecting my laptop to my phone is no different than connecting my laptop to a hotspot. (Oh no, so instead of the AT&T vs. Verizon, it's now Samsung vs. Apple).Yea, the at&t vs Verizon is nonsense. 10 years ago it really did make a difference. Honestly unless you have 3 or more phones go with straight talk. If you have an at&t phone, you use their towers, if you have a Verizon phone, you run off Verizon towers.
Anyway back to my real question, ty for the answers. I often use a considerable amount and if I need to use my laptop it is infinitely easier to connect to a real Hotspot than my phone.
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Yet everyone who pays more for verizon is convinced it's worth it as Verizon supposedly has better coverage.
Depends entirely on where you are, and what you're doing. In some states, AT&T has more spectrum and better coverage (like most of TX). In other states, it's Verizon.Yea, the at&t vs Verizon is nonsense.
For comparison's sake, my wife and I each have an iPad plus the Volt (i.e., three devices) on an AT&T family share for $60 per month. That's 4 GB with up to 5 GB of rollover data. Unless we go on a long trip, we use a little less than 4 GB per month (e.g., 3.6 this month) so we usually have a full 5 GB of rollover data when we go on vacation or have a business trip where usage spikes.I've been using Google Fi for the last 6 months. Less than half the cost of Verizon and the hotspot isn't an extra cost. Not worth it if you use a lot of data but we have 3 phones and use about 3GB a month for about $80. You pay for data at $10/gb flat rate whether it's for your phone or as a hotspot.