Need to save money on Verizon Portable MiFi

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Need to save money on Verizon Portable MiFi

I spend about $45/month for unlimited bandwidth and wonder if I can save money with pay-as you go?

I use almost none each month.

Who can I switch to and still have the Verizon cell network, or similar?

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Coverage will vary based on where you live. If you wish to continue to using Verizon's network, you can check out which MVNO provides Verizon service in your area, and what the rates they have are.

If you aren't really using the MiFi, would you be able to enable tethering on your phone whenever you need to provide internet access to another device?
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer

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Well, I was told that tethering has a slower connection speed than my 4G Verizon Jetpack modem.

So, when I do need it, I can not handle slow speeds.

If you think that this is true, about the slower speed, what alternative pay as you go options are there?
Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
Distinguished Expert 2018
Commented:
I looked at a couple different of the MVNO's in the link, and it appears for most you would have a hard time finding just a hotspot plan without cell minutes etc, so its probably not very cost effective.

If you aren't using it that frequently perhaps just downgrade your plan?
I looked at Verizon's connected device plans and they have one for as low as $20 for 2 GB a month. This does come with a $20 dollar hotspot device fee, so it doesn't appear to be that much cheaper.

You might be best off going to a Verizon store and telling them you don't use your MiFi that frequently, and asking them what pay as you go would cost you, or what kind of less expensive plan is available.

Another option would be canceling your home internet service if you really do get unlimited bandwidth through Verizon's LTE network. This would only work if you don't need the full bandwidth of your (I'm assuming cable) home internet service.

Hope this helps!
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
Commented:
Pretty much all smart phones have a built-in hotspot. We dropped our MiFi because it was a lot less expensive to fire up the phone's hotspot and connect to the Internet that way.

EDIT: In our case here in Canada our hotspot data usage is a part of the phone's overall data usage. No extra fees involved.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Well, I was told that tethering has a slower connection speed than my 4G Verizon Jetpack modem

So why not perform some tests to confirm this... even if it is slower (not sure why it would be unless you're using an old phone), maybe it's not much slower and it wouldn't impact you?
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