Boost Mobile offers a mobile hotspot plan through the smartphone at a daily or monthly charge that varies from $3.00 to $10.00, depending on data usage, while most other major carriers' phones have integrated wireless hotspot modes that are included in the customer's data plan. Using a smartphone as a mobile hotspot is convenient, but using a wireless modem or hotspot may be a better choice if it is used more than occasionally, according to PC Magazine.
Boost Mobile's available hotspot plans turn the phone into a mobile hotspot for use with up to eight devices. The daily plan costs $3 for 500 MB of data, while monthly plans are $5 for 1 GB and $10 for 2 GB. Most other large carriers include integrated hotspot usage on the smartphones that count against the original data plan usage.
For more than occasional usage, turning the smartphone into a mobile hotspot can deplete the data plan and the battery. A mobile hotspot option can meet the needs of users by offering customers a mobile Internet connection on multiple devices with the carrier of choice.
The best mobile hotspots available, according to PC Mag are the AT&T Unite, costing $0.99 with a two-year contract; the Netgear Zing, costing $49.99 with a two-year contract; the Samsung LTE Mobile Hotspot Pro, costing $168 or $6.50 per month for 24 months, the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE, costing $49.99 with a two-year contract and the FreedomPop Freedom Spot Photon, which is free for up to 500GB of data per month, as of March 2015.