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. Most notably, a plan with a monthly allotment of 50GB is available for $50 per month. Several plans with smaller data allotments are available at lower prices.

#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.