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Why A NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband Hotspot May Be Right For You

Have you ever been in a situation where you were unable to connect to the internet? I have. I’m always on the go and there have been times where I found myself in a location where there was no wifi service being offered. On those occasions, I feel so disconnected. NetZero has come up with an innovative solution to this problem, by making it possible to have your own personal mobile hotspot, which enables you to access the Internet wherever you happen to be and have launched their 4G mobile broadband service.

If you are not familiar with the concept, you may well ask the question: What is a mobile hotspot? A mobile hotspot is a portable feature or device on a smartphone, which can provide wireless Internet access to several devices, such as MP3 players, laptops or tablets, at the same time, using a mobile broadband service like the NetZero 4G. Previously the only way you could do this was to tether your cell phone as a modem, and connect it to your laptop via a USB port.

NetZero is not the first company to launch a personal hotspot service. However, the hotspots from some of the other companies came with a hefty price tag. The difference with NetZero is that if you buy their 4G Hotspot device, you can have 200MB per month of wireless Internet access free for a year, and after that you can pay as little as $10 per month.

I am trying out the Hotspot Device. It is approximately 3.5″x 3.5″ x .5″ so it’s pretty small and can fit easily in my purse. NetZero also offer a 4G Stick modem for providing connection to a laptop or notebook via a USB port, whereas the 4G Hotspot can support up to eight devices at the same time.

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The $10 per month, or Basic, option for the Hotspot, providing 500MB per month, is the cheapest of four paid plans offered by NetZero. This may not of course be enough for heavy users. The other plans are the $20 Plus for 1GB, the $35 Pro for 2GB, and the $50 Platinum for 4GB.

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Users have identified a few limitations with the NetZero 4G mobile broadband service, one of which, of course, is the small data allowances. Most users have no idea how much data they use, so they can run out unexpectedly, and the top up charges are very expensive. On the other hand, of course, it is an advantage for smaller users to pay less for smaller amounts. A further limiting factor is that the service runs on Clearwire WiMax, which is only available in 80 cities, and in addition there is no 3G back-up provision, which leaves you without a service immediately you leave one of the areas covered.

On the plus side, unlike its competitors, NetZero does not lock you into a 2-year contract — you can pay by the month, and pay only for the months in which you actually use the service. The speeds are a satisfactory 5-10 megabits per second. What is more, the device is very user friendly, featuring a display showing the amount of data used in the current month, and the number of devices connected at any given time. It also chimes when a device is connected or disconnected.

A personal hotspot, like this one from NetZero 4G mobile broadband, can be a crucial accessory for you if you have several devices you need to use while you are out and about. What is more, it can be a godsend if you are stranded in traffic, or in an airplane stuck on a runway. While it may not be enough for heavy business users, it will be ideal for personal users who want a secure, fast and reliable service.

To learn more about NetZero please be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom it Forward blogger network. Mom it Forward and NetZero partnered in support of this campaign. NetZero compensated me for participation in this campaign, however, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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About the author

Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

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