Mobile Hotspots: Can't I Just Use My Phone?
Updated: Mar 23
Of course . . . but we have some thoughts for you to consider.
Based on your current lifestyle and mobile needs, purchasing a dedicated mobile hotspot device could very well be a smart investment. For instance, if your work or personal life involves sharing your hotspot with others or your hotspot usage is frequent enough to drain your phone battery, this option is worth considering. However, for most cases, it is usually smart to stick with your phone's hotspot feature.
Regardless of which route you choose, its important to have an understanding of what the options are and the pros and cons of each. Let's dive in.
What is a hotspot?
A hotspot is created when a portable device takes a cellular connection and converts it to a Wi-Fi signal that you can connect other devices to.
Why you should use your phone's hotspot:
No need to purchase or carry another device: By choosing to use the hotspot feature that is included in your phone plan, your costs will be much cheaper up front (buying a mobile hotspot as well as a service plan for it can be very costly).
Occasional use: If you only use hotspot capabilities for a few hours at a time here and there, then this could be the most practical option for you.
Easy to use: A phone hotspot can easily be turned on in settings and shared with others (usually up to ten connections).
Practical: Your phone is always with you, making this option extremely portable, reliable, and user-friendly.
Security: Your organization's Mobile Device Management (MDM) can easily be deployed to your phone for security purposes. Notably, MDMs cannot manage dedicated mobile hotspots on their own -- additional software such as Asavie is required.
Here's the problem:
Some phone plans may not include it: Some carriers/phone plans may not include the hotspot feature, making it necessary for you to buy a separate mobile Wi-Fi device if that is an important feature for your lifestyle.
Battery life: If you plan to frequently use your phone's hotspot for long periods of time, then battery life may become a problem; phone hotspots can fully drain your battery in 1-2 hours if not connected to a power source.
Group sharing: If your phone hotspot is often used at home/work as a main source of Wi-Fi for family, friends, or coworkers, it can lose many of its phone capabilities; you can't walk away with it, leave the building, or turn it off without removing the Wi-Fi source. This problem welcomes the need for a dedicated mobile hotspot device.
Why you may need to invest in a mobile hotspot device
Hotspot is its only job: If multiple people are often relying on your hotspot, then buying a separate device could be the way to go. That way you can continue to use your phone for what it was meant to do while knowing that you have a separate Wi-Fi connection that you and others can count on.
Built for extensive use and extensive battery life: Mobile hotspot devices sport an average of 6-10 hours of battery life and some may also have a built in power bank to charge your other devices with; this is perfect for those who need to use a hotspot extensively on a daily or weekly basis.
Phone hotspots are a cost effective and practical option for the average user. Therefore, if you are often in need of a quick connection or occasionally in need of a lengthy one, your phone hotspot should be sufficient. However, for someone who needs a hotspot for more extensive use and/or often needs to share with family/friends, investing in a mobile hotspot could be a game changer.
Here at LINQ, we can help you decide which option is best for you and your company.
For more information, please contact info@LINQservices.com