I know relatively few people have tried hotspots, so I'm curious what any of your experiences are. I've been reading about them on web articles, and most of them are completely useless.
So, I've been using one for a month now. It's the AT&T Mifi 2372:
Firstly, it's built as cheaply as possible. The plastic feels about as sturdy as a Pez dispenser. It takes up to two minutes from when you turn it on until it's actually usable (like the wifi is active and ready to go). The speed is 3G, and I don't really know what I'm supposed to expect, but it's slow as shit. Loading the Android market on my tablet takes as long as 5 minutes, usually with a couple of refreshes necessary. The connection is so slow that it becomes unstable. Maybe they're two different issues...but when a browser takes so long to load a webpage because the connection is so slow, it usually breaks the connection...so from an end user's standpoint, it makes for an unreliable connection most of the time.
GPS. I love GPS applications on my mobile devices. This device supposedly has GPS. Does it work? Not really. It's worked maybe 1 time out of 10 or 20 times I've tried it. If I open google maps and get in my car and drive...it may take 30 minutes until it's connected and figured everything out.
And remember, these companies offering these are charging $50-$100 a month for this shit. That is a lot of hours of labor for most people. I mean, the thing simply doesn't give you close to the service that it is made for and marketed as. What does this say about these companies?
Furthermore, like cell phones, you can't buy a good device and use it with your carrier. You can ONLY use the two or three devices your carrier offers, because they're the only people who can buy the hardware.
Anyway, these hotspots are a joke. Until they can make them connect in under a minute with all the features working, and with a little bit more build quality, I don't see how they are worth more than $20 a month, if that even...if you can't use it, what are you paying for??