Taking Action: What are Your WiFi Options?

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Getting internet at home used to be a pretty simple question. Dial-up, DSL, or cable?

Now mobile "Hotspot" devices at your wireless provider are changing that by offering new flexibility and for some people, significant savings.

WHNT is taking action to explain your options:

A traditional DSL or cable set-up using a wireless router isn't your only option.

You should also check-in with your cellphone service provider.

At Huntsville-area Verizon Wireless and AT&T stores, lots of new "Hotspot" devices offer internet service that goes with you... anywhere.

"It really is for the person that`s on the road all the time, it`s for the family that`s on the road all the time."

But "Hotspot" devices can also be used *in place* of home broadband, coupled up with your wireless service using a single "data plan."

For a lot of people, like heavy Netflix watchers, or big families with hyper-connected kids,  dumping broadband for a wireless "Hotspot" would likely be *more* expensive.

Verizon Wireless Sales trainer Neal Ingram says, "it's not practical. There are a lot of people who do too many other things where a hot spot's really not gonna be the most effective way to do it."

But for light home internet users, or singles, you could save some cash by buying a hotspot device and adding it to your plan. Some smartphones can also double as a hotspot.

Of course, according to AT&T Sales Manager Ryan Keller, you would have the added burden of tracking your data usage more closely.

"You're gonna need to be able to manage your data usage on a mobile internet device versus your home device, where you`re going to have an unlimited plan."

Bottom line?
Do the math! You might be surprised at the savings.

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