Best Mobile Hotspot Plans

Finding a good mobile hotspot plan can be tough. Below, I share my favorite options on the market. I try to keep the list updated.


Best add-on plans


#1 Verizon

Verizon’s Unlimited and Unlimited Plus plans are well-priced and offer decent allotments of hotspot data from the largest network in the nation. Unfortunately, the plans are only available as add-ons for subscribers that have phones on certain postpaid Verizon plans.

The word “unlimited” is a bit misleading in the plans’ names. Full-speed data is limited:

  • Unlimited: 15GB per month of full-speed data
  • Unlimited Plus: 30GB month of full-speed data

Subscribers that use up all of their regular data will be throttled to 600Kbps, a sluggish speed.

The Unlimited plan costs $20 per month, and the Unlimited Plus plan comes in at $30 per month. Subscribers on Verizon’s Do More Unlimited or Get More Unlimited plan can get the Unlimited plan for $10 per month and the Unlimited Plus plan for $15 per month (a 50% discount).

On another page, I go into more detail about Verizon’s hotspot plans.


Best standalone plans


#1 T-Mobile

T-Mobile offers a few well-priced hotspot plans with large data allotments. Most notably, a plan with a monthly allotment of 100GB is available for $50 per month. A 30GB plan for $40 per month and a 10GB plan for $30 per month are also available.

T-Mobile refers to the $50/100GB plan as a limited-time offer. I’m unsure how long it will be available, and I don’t know if customers who take advantage of the deal will remain grandfathered into the plan after the offer ends.

#2 Cricket

Cricket wireless runs over AT&T’s extensive network and offers three well-priced hotspot plans.

  • 20GB – $35 per month
  • 40GB – $50 per month
  • 100GB – $90 per month

Cricket’s plan may be a good option for people who find T-Mobile’s coverage insufficient. More information about Cricket’s data-only plans is shared on the carrier’s website.

#3 Boost

Boost offers 50GB of hotspot data on a standalone plan that only costs $50 per month. The plan works with Boost’s Coolpad Surf, which is well-priced at only $49.99.


Rest of the market


Note: In this section, I’m aiming to keep tabs on hotspot plans available in the wider market. I don’t specifically recommend these plans, and the information may be out-of-date. While I’m hoping to expand the section in the future, it’s far from comprehensive at this time.

AT&T

AT&T offers two postpaid plans for hotspots. AT&T calls these DataConnect plans. With these two plans, additional data is available at a rate of $10 per 2GB of data.

  • 15GB – $60 per month
  • 35GB – $85 per month

Three prepaid plans are also available from AT&T:

  • 3GB – $25 per month (additional data for $10 per 1GB)
  • 10GB – $50 per month (additional data for $10 per 1.5GB)
  • 18GB – $75 per month (additional data for $10 per 2GB)

Further details: Dedicated article on AT&T’s hotspot plans


Straight Talk

Straight Talk offers five mobile hotspot plans. Two come with monthly (30-day) terms:

  • 1GB – $15
  • 2GB – $25

Straight Talk also offers three plans with 60-day terms:

  • 4GB – $40
  • 5GB – $50
  • 7GB – $75

T-Mobile

T-Mobile offers an additional plan that works with standalone mobile hotspots that’s not mentioned above.

  • 2GB – $10 per month

Last updated: 12/17/2020