A Straight Talk Hotspot? You may be wondering what this hockey puck looking thing might be? The answer is, it’s a prepaid wireless hotspot! This little device lets you access the internet anywhere there is CDMA cell phone coverage, whether it be from home or on the road.
The way the hotspot works if you’re not familiar with them is quite simple. It receives 3g data just like a regular smartphone does from the carrier. In this case, the hotspot will be activated by Straight Talk using either Sprint or Verizon.
When the hotspot is on, you simply connect to it just like you would to your home WiFi. One thing to keep in mind is that it will not be as fast as your home WiFi though since the incoming 3g data is nowhere near as fast as what your internet provider gives you at home. Another thing to point out is that this is not a 4g LTE device so speeds will not be as fast as the later generation of 4g smartphones. That said, this device is perfect for connecting to the internet to do casual browsing in areas where there is no WiFi available.
There’s not much by way of specifications to be concerned about on this Straight Talk hotspot. Here are the main highlights.
- The hotspot is CDMA so Straight Talk would activate it using either Sprint or Verizon. This will not work with GSM service so Straight Talk would not activate it with AT&T/Tmobile.
- Data speeds from the carrier is of the 3g variety so it’s fairly fast. Again, data will be delivered using either Sprint or Verizon. To get an idea of how fast 3g is, it is basically the same speed as most average smartphones out there. This does not support 4g LTE so it will not be as fast as most newer higher end smartphones. I would expect for there to be a 4g device later on.
- Wifi to your device(s) is delivered using 802.11b/g speeds. This means that it delivers up to 54 mbits per second. Now don’t worry if you don’t know what that is because essentially this is the equivalent to the same speeds you would have on your home WiFi. This is more than enough for cellular band Hotspot considering the cellular data received from the carrier is nowhere near that speed.
- The device supports up to 5 users connected simultaneously.
Dimensions and Weight
The hotspot is very small. It measures just 2.95″ square and is just about 1/2″ thick. The weight is just about 3 oz. This device is much smaller than your typical smartphone so it can be taken just about anywhere.