Gone are the days of searching for a public Wi-Fi hotspot just to connect your laptop or tablet to the Internet. Today, most smartphones from Verizon Wireless have a built-in mobile hotspot function—allowing you to work on the go and browse the Internet anytime.
With a mobile hotspot, you can create an Internet connection for up to five mobile devices on a 3G phone and up to 10 on a 4G LTE smartphone. After a few quick steps, the phone creates its own secure Wi-Fi network, which your devices can join. There’s no need for a USB cable, and multiple users can share your phone’s mobile data plan.
There are just a few things to keep in mind: Be aware that any data used by a connected device will be deducted from the total amount of data you’ve selected in your plan. Also, be sure not to disable the mobile hotspot’s Wi-Fi password; if disabled, anyone could connect to the hotspot without your knowledge or permission and potentially access any data being transmitted.
Here’s how to turn your laptop into a virtual office, your camera into a global traveler, your MP3 player into a streaming playground, and more:
1. Ensure the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot feature is activated in your Settings or Manage Connections area.