A mobile hotspot is a portable way to connect to the internet through a smartphone or portable device. The hotspot allows for multiple devices to connect at the same time; laptops, MP3 players, tablets, portable gaming devices or smartphones. They typically use mobile broadband service from the user’s cell phone carrier and can provide 3G or 4G access.

Smartphones can also carry their own hotspots which are capable of sharing internet access with multiple devices. This is a very convenient method to access the internet if you are on the go a lot. Having the capability of using your smartphone instead of carrying around a modem which has to be connected to your laptop with a USB wire, the bluetooth tethering is much simpler. You are then able to connect to the internet anywhere your cell phone has a signal. The negative to this convenience is you will be charged an extra fee for the data you use.

The data plan is what you need in order to connect a smartphone anywhere. This differs from the normal service of just making and receiving calls as it allows for “data” transfer over the internet. This would include any normal functions performed on a computer over the internet service. Some of the features this allows are:

* Making cheap or free international calls. This feature can save you money if you make a lot of international or local phone or video calls.
* If you want to have access to your social media at all times.
* If you share a lot files or need to be able to share a file at any time.
* If you play a lot of online games and want access to them at any time.
* Will provide you with access to your emails at any time.

The amount you are going to pay for these advantages depends on the amount of bandwidth you purchase a month. Different cell phone carriers offer different packages at varying amounts. Typically the average plan will cost about $25 a month for 2 gigabytes a month.

There is a new service emerging, FreedomPop which is offering basic cell phone services for free. This includes both voice and data plans with a recent add-on of low-cost WiFi service. They are offering users unlimited use of up to ten million hotspots across the United States for only $5. This offer is shaking up carriers who have services priced at a premium.

FreedomPop’s WiFi service will work with a user’s multiple devices and will become available through android apps first with the iPhone app still being worked on. Stephen Stokols, the CEO and co-founder of FreedomPop states Google has committed to make WiFi as seamless as possible; however iOS is being more closed. This will be the first time WiFi has been added to FreedomPop’s service.