The Verizon Jetpack is a mobile hot-spot device that allows consumers to connect electronics to the Internet. Unlike a traditional router, the Jetpack receives Internet connectivity through the Verizon mobile network rather than a wired connection.
The Jetpack acts like a traditional wireless router by providing wireless Internet connection to multiple devices capable of a Wi-Fi connection, such as tablets, smart phones and gaming devices, but unlike a traditional wireless router, it connects to the Verizon wireless network (it is also compatible with international networks). This allows consumers to have an Internet connection in situations where it is not normally available, such as in a car or vacation home. The Jetpack can operate on its supplied battery, or be powered and charged via USB or wall outlet.
The Jetpack requires a mobile data plan to function, and is only compatible with Verizon services in the United States. In order to use the Jetpack, consumers must purchase service from Verizon, typically in the form of a two-year contract. There is a range of service plans available that vary in both price and data usage limits. Outside the United States, service can be purchased from international service providers; to use these services, the Verizon SIM card inside the device must be swapped out with one supplied by an international service provider.