l4G LTE Hot Spot Questions
I am currently using a Verizon 3G phone (Blackberry Torch) and a Verizon 3G USB modem interface to do my tasks. I have the USB interface plugged into a Cradlepoint device providing a WiFi hot spot for my home, i.e. laptop(s) and Blackberry Playbook. When one of these devices fail I will likely have to change to 4G LTE. I will for sure get a 4G LTE phone (hopefully a new Blackberry OS 10 phone if current phone lasts that long). It will have a WiFi hot spot built in as does my current phone but I am not using it-as the WiFi function in my current phone seems a lot slower than using my alternative using the USB and Cradlepoint for WiFi. So the question, will such a 4G LTE phone hot spot provide the same through put using the phone as a dedicated WiFi hot spot for other devices like my laptop(s) and Playbook in my home. Would a dedicated Verizon My Fi 4G LTE hot spot device (about size of a phone) provide higher through put than using WiFi hot spot in a 4G LTE phone? In other words, do I really need a 2nd device like I now have, i.e. the 3G USB modem if I have a 4G LTE phone with WiFi hot spot built in? Betweem phone and USB interface I use about 8 or 9 Gs of data per month.
- 12-31-2012, 12:01 PM #2
- CrackBerry User
01-08-2013, 12:58 AM #3
- 45 Posts
I agree with speedtrap63. Based on your described volume of usage, it's a better idea to have a dedicated 4G hotspot device than to have your phone pull double duty. Keep in mind that data flow gets disconnected when you receive a incoming call while using the hotspot function on your phone. From a cost standpoint, you're not asked to pay much more for a dedicated hotspot device - if you're on their "share everything plan" in which your devices all share a pool of data, a mifi/usb is only $20 as oppose to $50 on legacy plans.
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