An unlimited data hotspot is a location or device that provides an unrestricted Internet connection for computer, tablet and cellphone users. Some Internet service providers offer mobile hotspot devices that provide users with a high-speed connection to the Internet when they're away from their home
A mobile hotspot, also known as a portable hotspot, provides a wireless Internet connection anywhere the mobile device goes, as long as it is in range of cellular data service. Devices commonly used with a mobile hotspot include laptops, tablets and any other device that is Wi-Fi enabled.
To find free and open public mobile hotspots, you may use an app for a device, such as Wi-Fi Finder, which is available on the Google Play store and Apple App Store. Most mobile hotspots are not secure by their nature, so additional security measures are often necessary.
Any 4G or hotspot enabled AT&T phone can launch a mobile hotspot by following the instructions for the device being used on the AT&T website. The method of setting up the hotspot is different for each device, but each result in available Wi-Fi.
To enroll in an AT&T GoPhone Mobile Hotspot plan, visit the company's website, highlight the Shop tab, select Wireless and then click on Mobile Share Plans under the Voice & Data Plans section. On the next page, select GoPhone and click Mobile Hotspot from the menu on the sidebar.
Free mobile hotspot apps may perform one or several functions, including searching for and displaying nearby open Wi-Fi hotspots or allowing a person to use the device as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Some mobile carriers offer hotspot-specific plans or may have restrictions against using a device as a hotspot.
Boost Mobile customers on a monthly plan can create a mobile hotspot with select devices for a daily rate of $5 as of January 2015. This optional plan provides 250 MB of data daily.
To turn a mobile phone into a free Wi-Fi hotspot, one needs to have access to a mobile Internet connection. This usually comes with a charge from the network provider.
Hotspot tethering works by utilizing the data network of a mobile device. The device uses its on-board Wi-Fi chip to create a Wi-Fi network. The device then pairs the mobile network with the Wi-Fi broadcast. The result is an Internet-enabled hotspot that multiple devices can connect to.
To turn a smartphone into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, toggle the phone's hotspot setting to on. The procedure for enabling the setting differs slightly with different phones, so this process details only the general step-by-step on Android phones, which is similar to the process on Windows 8 and iOS.