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."
Do the math! You might be surprised at the savings.