Hotspots

I have a few questions about hotspots. Before one of you smart-Alecs says “You know, Hell is a hotspot; Why don’t you go there!” let me clarify that I am talking about wifi hotspots. Not nightclubs, not the Equator, not the sun, but the kind of hotspot that allows me to access the internet in random places.

As you evidenced by my lack of recent updates on this blog, I have been working, writing and performing a lot these days. It’s not that I don’t plan to put things up here, it’s just that I was cheap when I bought my iPad. I waited until the iPad 3 came out, did my own low-budget Consumer Reports assessment of the newest iPad vs it’s older iteration and ultimately decided that I don’t need a retina display in my life if it’s going to cost more money.

The 64GB iPad 2 that I purchased was top of the line. Well, top of the line as far as outdated products on sale go. Then again, calling my iPad 2 “top of the line” is not entirely true since I decided to cut one more cost-effective corner and get the wifi version instead of the 3G one. This decision saved me money, but it also limited my use to buildings where I could have just brought my laptop, or public places where I might get it snatched from me by some teenager or wretched street urchin. I have a million notes of comedic premises on that device. Alas, they are all just sitting there, not being published.

I am thinking about getting one of those mobile hotspots to carry around and use when needed, but I need you all to give me your opinions on them. What are the pros and cons? I’ve read articles, but I would like to hear some real-life human perspectives to go along with the musings I’ve read from professional tech geeks. If you miss me posting regularly over here, then help me figure this out. Otherwise, you’ll just have to catch me being funny in person at events like “You Know What Really Grinds My Gears.” This Thursday at 1920 DC. 1920 9th Street NW, Washington, DC. From 8PM – 12AM.

Yes, you’re absolutely right that was a shameless plug. You haven’t heard from me in weeks and the event is less than 48 hours away, so it had to be done. Don’t judge me. Only God can judge me. Well, God, and actual judges. Since I don’t plan on going on The People’s Court anytime soon, I’m going to stick with my original 2Pac quote and assume Sweet, Sweet Jesus is the only Lance Ito in my life.

I’m probably telling on my age by making an O.J. Simpson trial joke. Then again, I don’t care. I’m still awesome despite being old. Black don’t crack…At least not in my case.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot what I started writing about in the first place. Please leave a comment with any experience you have using a portable wifi hotspot. Thanks in advance for your help, and I’ll explore other options in the meantime to get back to posting regularly again.

P.S., I’ve thought about tethering the internet from my phone but even though my data plan is unlimited, I would not be surprised if T-Mobile has some type of hidden “indentured servitude” clause for people who do that type of thing.

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3 Responses to “Hotspots”

  1. Mr.6'5 29. Aug, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    being on Hoe-Mobile’s network…you might get spotty 4G service around the DC area…

    i would check and see how the network coverage is before putting in another 2yr agreement on that.

    or go to VZW and get a phone that has the mobile hotspot in it…you may pay more but you’ll get more for the money…

  2. curlyq 29. Aug, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    if you buy the portable hotspot device from your phone provider – it will essentially get the same level of bars/service as your phone does. So if you get full coverage on your phone in most places – you should be ok using the portable device.

    I opted to install an app that lets me use my phone as a hotspot (untethered) to avoid paying for 2 data plans.

  3. CHAOTIC_ONE 29. Aug, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    LEON I WILL BE HONEST WITH YOU…I HAVE TMOBILE AND A 4G PHONE PHONE AND HAVE USED IT AS A MOBILE HOTSPOT….WELL WHEN I FIRST GOT MY PHONE THIS WAS FREE! IT WORKED WELL FOR MY NEEDS. THEN LIKE A MONTH AGO THEY MAKE YOU PAY 14.99 TO USE THIS SERVICE. ITS EXTREMLY SLOW AND ONCE YOU GO OVER 5GS IT MOVES WORSE THAN DIAL UP! I

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