What is a Mobile Hotspot?

Netgear Unite Explore Hotspot held in hand

Netgear Unite Explore

I am sure that many of you have been told by their techie-friends that they “need a mobile hotspot for that”. And I’m also sure, that many of you have no idea what is a mobile hotspot.

In this article we are going to break down the question for you and also help you decide what type of hotspot you need. Our staff at Mr Aberthon are experts in mobile hotspots and we will try and impart some of our experience over to you.


What is a mobile hotspot?

Netgear Unite Express Tilted

Netgear Unite Express

A mobile hotspot (also known as a portable hotspot) is an electronic device that connects to the internet and imparts a wireless connection to your phone, computer, laptop, TV or game console.

In other words, a portable hotspot has the ability to give you an internet connection in a place that you would typically not have any access, or in a place where you would be limited to only having phone-internet access.

Mobile hotspots can be a simple device without many features or it can be complex and detailed device with a multitude of characteristics. There are hotspots that can link up only 1 device at a time and there are devices, like the Unite Pro 781, that connect up to 15 devices to the internet at the same time. There are hotspots with simple designs and then classy hotspots like the Mifi 2.

In short, there are many types of hotspots. Here at Mr Aberthon, we sifted through a multitude of portable hotspot devices and narrowed our collection to the very best hotspots on the market.

Why would I need a mobile hotspot?

There are many reasons that our customers would need a hotspot. Enumerating them all would be quite a feat. We will list the most popular reasons that we’ve come across. We’ve devided the list into pleasure and business:

Hotspots for pleasure:

  • Using the internet while on vacation without wasting your phone battery and/or data.
  • Avoiding roaming fees
  • Using the internet while out of town and/or overseas
  • Linking up gaming console to a different IP address
  • Faster internet connection
  • Reliable long-life battery power

Hotspot for business:

  • Using the internet while on business trip without wasting your phone battery and/or data.
  • Avoiding roaming fees
  • Using the internet while on a business trip out of town
  • Multiple internet connections in one office
  • Travelling salesman
  • Connecting iPads to the internet at public events
  • New IP address to avoid a blacklist IPs penalty
  • Reliable long-life battery power

Businessman Travelling - seen in airport

If I have internet on my phone, do I still need a portable hotspot?

Is an unlocked hotspot important?

Yes. That is the reason that we only carry unlocked portable hotspots. If your device is restricted to a plan, it will limit your options both as the pleasure-hotspot user and as a business-hotspot consumer. You won’t be able to use your hotspot with the best and most affordable plans and you won’t be able to use your hotspot overseas. Without an unlocked device, you will be stuck to using your hotspot on the most minimalist level.

How do I buy and activate my hotspot?

We have a collection of hotspots. Click here to view the collection. You can purchase whichever hotspot you prefer. Because all of our hotspots are unlocked, all you need to so to activate the hotspot, is insert the sim card. It is literally that easy.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our helpful customer service. Follow this link to reach our contact us page. We will respond as soon as possible.