The Mobile Hotspot: A Handy, Reliable Wireless Connection

For many of us, access to the internet has become more a necessity than a luxury. So many important, everyday things we do require a data connection–from checking email to online shopping and banking. It’s crucial to make sure you have a way to stay connected, and while public Wi-Fi is now widely available, you’ll still find yourself out of its range on many occasions.

That’s where the ZTE Mobile Hotspot comes in so handy. Easy to setup, it uses cellular data to create a local Wi-Fi network for up to 10 devices including tablets and laptops, with no drop-off in performance—and no demands on your smartphone. Just switch it on wherever you have cellular service, and you can connect to the internet with fast LTE speed. Lightweight and portable, it includes a long-lasting battery, which lets you keep up to 5 devices connected for up to 15 hours.

It offers an ideal solution for staying connected wherever you go. Even if you’re out of range of a public Wi-Fi signal, you can still access your personal wireless network through the use of a mobile hotspot, while keeping your smartphone available for other tasks. While it isn’t meant to replace your primary internet service, it gives you a convenient, dependable, and economical wireless internet option whenever you’re out and about.

It’s also a terrific deal, at just $80. You can add a dedicated line to your account for the Hotspot for only $15 a month, and share the mobile data on your existing Connect plan. Get started today online, or by contacting customer support at (888) 345-5509.

Stay online with ease, and in places you’d never imagine—in the park, waiting for the mechanic, at a campsite, even between flights at the airport. With the ZTE Mobile Hotspot, you’ll never need to worry about being connected again.

53 Thoughts on "The Mobile Hotspot: A Handy, Reliable Wireless Connection"

  1. V B Atchison says

    Can you use the ZTE mobile hotspot while traveling your car?

    reply to V

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, VB! The great thing about the Hotspot is that it can be used at home, while traveling, in the car or anywhere else you have cellular service. It’s a very useful tool to have when on a road trip or family vacation. We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have at 888-345-5509 at your convenience. Thanks for taking the time to post today!

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  2. Sheri Olson says

    Does it work internationally?

    reply to Sheri

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Sheri. The Hotspot is designed to work with our service within the United States, and we can’t guarantee that the device will work in every country or that data will be available. If you have any other questions about the hotspot or about our service, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you reaching out to us, and we hope you have a great day!

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  3. Carol Shaw says

    So, if I have already a two phone account with CC, it would cost me an additional $15.00 a month?

    reply to Carol

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s correct, Carol. You can add the Hotspot as an additional line to your account for $15 each month, and the device will share your Connect plan. If we can answer any other questions you may have or help you order the Hotspot, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. Thanks for taking the time to post, and we hope you have a great day!

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  4. Mary Wonner says

    Is it secure?

    reply to Mary

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Mary! The Hotspot creates a secure Wi-Fi network that is password protected. It also comes with WPS, which can provide additional security. We’re happy to tell you more about this great product at 888-345-5509 if you like. Thanks for posting today!

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  5. Rob Gould says

    Does it work in Europe?

    reply to Rob

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Rob. Like our service, this device is designed to work within in the United States. We aren’t able to guarantee that the device will work in every country or that data will be available. We’re happy to answer any other questions over the phone at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to post today!

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  6. Larry Azzaro says

    So, adding a line for this internet anywhere plan, you create another phone line that a phone # is, or can be assigned to ? or is it a dedicated line for internet only service ???

    reply to Larry

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      I’m happy to clear that up, Larry. When you add the Hotspot to your account, it will be counted as an additional line of service, and you’ll see a $15 monthly charge. It is a dedicated line for internet service, so you won’t see any minutes or text messages used by the Hotspot, just data. If we can answer any other questions you may have, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. Thank you for reaching out to us, and we hope you have a lovely day!

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  7. Phyllis says

    Love this product and service

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  8. Joli R says

    I share an account with my sister who lives in California. She does not have a dedicated internet service in the apartment. Will this work as a replacement for an internet hotspot in her apartment without a dedicated Internet Service?

    reply to Joli

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Joli. Our hotspot is designed to keep you connected while traveling or when you’re away from a Wi-Fi source. We don’t recommend that you use the hotspot as your primary form of internet. We’re happy to tell you more about this device if you like at 888-345-5509. Thank you again for taking the time to post!

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  9. Janice Wohlenhaus says

    Hey CC,
    I’m technically challenged so be patient? Lol what, precisely, uses Data? And which plan will allow us the most Data? We are trying this for the 1st time and already we’ve used more than half our Data and it’s only the beginning of the month?

    reply to Janice

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re happy to help, Janice! First, if you haven’t done so already, connect your devices to your local Wi-Fi network. That way, you can enjoy many of your smartphone’s features without using any data. Data is used when you check email, access the internet, watch videos, stream music and more. Some activities, such as downloading items or streaming video, may use more data than you expect. That’s why we always recommend that you use Wi-Fi when you can. To keep an eye on your data, you can go to your Settings, then select Data. There you’ll be able to see how much data is being used by each app. And of course, we’re happy to answer any of your questions at 888-345-5509. Thanks for taking the time to post, and we hope you enjoy your smartphones!

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  10. Andrew says

    I intend to use the device on an rv trip and to do donloads and streaming but I see that your plans only go up to 10gb what happens if I go over those 10gb ?

    reply to Andrew

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Andrew. The hotspot is perfect for checking email or browsing the internet, but we wouldn’t recommend that you use it for streaming and downloads. Those activities can require a lot of data, so it’s best to do so via Wi-Fi if possible. Once you have exceeded the 10GB maximum on our largest plan, you will be billed an additional $5 for each extra GB used. You may also experience slower data speeds after 10GB of use. The maximum amount of data available in any billing cycle is 18GB. If you do reach this amount, your data use will be suspended until the next billing cycle starts. We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have about this device at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you posting, and we hope you have a great day!

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  11. Anne Penfield says

    Hi Folks…I have ONE line. Is the hot spot device paid off in monthly installments of $15.00 or is buying the device a one shot price then you you charge me an extra payment of $15.00 to use it monthly? Will being an AARP member add on any discount to my plan if I use the device? All said and done how much will I be charged on a monthly basis providing I buy the device? Also will I need to use a password for the device each time I’m out and about with it or will it automatically ‘know’ my phone and not need a password? Also when I’m out and about will other people near me be able to tune into it as well for free or will it only be set up for my own personal use. I am praying my monthly bill won’t be more after I buy the hot-spot and using it. Sorry for all these questions but I really need to be able to afford this with the plan I have. Thank you so much and I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you!! Sincerely yours, Anne

    reply to Anne

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Anne. I’m happy to answer your questions! First, we don’t offer any payment plans for the Hotspot. When you add it as an additional line to your account, you’ll pay $15 each month in addition to your plan. The great news is that the hotspot will share the data along with your phone. As an AARP member, you’re already receiving a discount each month on your data plan, which saves you 5% each month. The Hotspot is password protected, but once you connect, your device can “remember” the password so you won’t need to type it in each time. And since it is password protected, no one around you will be able to use it unless you provide them with the password. Do keep in mind that the Hotspot uses data to access the internet, so depending on the plan you’re using, you may require more a larger plan if you use it a lot. If we can answer any other questions you may have, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you posting, and we hope you have a great day!

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  12. Margaret Reynolds says

    Why do not recommend this the use of the hot spot as the dedicated Internet?

    reply to Margaret

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Margaret! Depending on how much the Hotspot is used, it may result in more data use than expected. As our largest data plan offers 10GB per month, it may not be sufficient enough for everyone. That’s why we recommend it as an option for traveling or when you’re away from another Wi-Fi source. We appreciate you posting today!

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      • Priscilla says

        Hi Ashley
        I just purchased the hotspot for my mom to use in her apartment. The only 2 devices using the hotspot will be her cellphone (only for calls, she doesn’t download or stream) and a camera. Will I still need to have a dedicated internet service in addition to the hotspot?

        reply to Priscilla

        • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

          Thanks for posting, Priscilla. If your mother is using a cellphone, she shouldn’t need to connect to the hotspot to make calls or use data. As for the camera, it would depend on the type used. Please keep in mind that the hotspot is designed to be used when you’re away from your usual Wi-Fi connection. We’re happy to speak with you and get a better idea of the type of usage you have planned at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you reaching out to us, and we look forward to assisting you!

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  13. Mary Rosson says

    I am in retail sales and I have a web site. Sometimes when I am at events showing my product I want the potential customer to get on my web site and I have problems with it being slow. Would this help me in that situation?
    Also, I am interested in being about to accept Credit card payments on my phone do you have a device for that?

    reply to Mary

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Mary! If you’re in locations that have many people sharing one Wi-Fi network, you may have a better experience with the Hotspot. It will provide you with a personal LTE connection. As for a device that accepts credit card payments, we don’t offer one at this time, though it is a great suggestion! We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have at 888-345-5509. Thank you for posting, and we hope you have a lovely day!

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  14. Jackie says

    With the $15 extra monthly charge that I would have, would I be able to use all the data I want; then delete the extra data charge that I am paying now. It sure would be nice to have such a device.

    reply to Jackie

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Jackie! You can add another line to your plan for an additional $15 each month. Both lines will share your current minutes and your Connect plan, so your phone and the Hotspot would share the amount of data on your plan. We’re happy to see if this would be a good fit for you at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to comment, and we look forward to speaking with you!

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  15. Gayla says

    I already have a ZTE device. Would it be possible to switch the SIM card and add $15/mo charge to my account?

    reply to Gayla

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Gayla! We can’t guarantee that a device sold by another carrier will work with our service, but we’re happy to discuss this with you at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us, and we look forward to speaking with you!

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  16. Joan Ness says

    I have a hot spot from consumer Cellular but it cost so much to use it when away from home. Would this one be better?

    reply to Joan

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Joan! This hotspot works in the same way as the device you already have. We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you posting, and we hope you have a lovely day!

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  17. George Lollar says

    I would love for Consumer Cellular to offer a hotspot data-only, unlimited data plan, There are many customers who live in suburban or “country” areas where there are no choices for cable, fiber, or other dedicated internet lines. With “Advanced LTE”, download and upload speeds compete with cable, DSL, and soon with newer LTE advances, even fiber. I will soon be moving to a home “in the country” where the seemingly only internet access choice is satellite. The speeds are limited and latency is atrocious. So, not a solution for me. AT&T offers an unlimited advanced LTE data plan but I would prefer to use Consumer Cellular if at all possible. Hopefully, your engineers and management will soon see the advantages of offering such service to your customers.

    reply to George

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us, George! That’s a great suggestion, and I’m happy to pass it on to our management team. We appreciate you posting, and we hope you have a great day!

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  18. Karen Allen says

    New to the site. We bought smart tv and I want to call internet provider to have internet only, it online it says your’re just opening your checkbook. Is there a way to watch prime tv channels with no landline, and play games on tablet and browse and see sports for under 100? And stay that way? I think would be a win-win.

    reply to Karen

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Karen! Our largest data plan offers 10GB of data, which can be shared between a smartphone and a hotspot if you like. However, streaming video does use more data than other tasks, so depending on how often you like to watch television or browse on your tablet, you may find that you need more than your plan offers. We’re happy to talk with you about your usage and see if we would be a good fit. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we’ll be ready to speak with you. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us, and we hope you have a lovely day!

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      • Dawn says

        Hi Ashley,

        I’m shocked that your biggest data plan is only 10 GB. I am a AARP member and was thinking of switching from Version who I had been with since they started. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and a Jet Port for Wifi since I don’t have internet in my house and I am not close enough to anything to pick up free wifi and even with my educator discount I’m paying close to $200.00.

        reply to Dawn

        • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

          Thank you for posting, Dawn. We offer a variety of plans, with the largest data plan including 10GB of data. Many of our customers find that they use much less data than expected on some months, and they can switch to a smaller plan and save money. There are no change fees, and you can change your plan at any time. We’re happy to talk with you about your usage needs and see if our service would be a good fit. Please feel free to give us a call at 888-345-5509. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope you have a lovely day!

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  19. Herman Smith says

    I have a video camera that I intend to us at church to record our service each Sunday. The camera can be controlled via a wireless connection. This allows you to zoom in and out, etc via software on your smartphone or tablet. However, we do not have any internet connection at the church. Can I use the hot spot on the CC phone to connect my phone or tablet to the camera to gain control of it and will it use any data by doing so?

    reply to Herman

    • Hi Herman, thanks for your question. HotSpot allows your phone to connect to another device and share the cellular data service from your phone. Connecting a device to your phone’s HotSpot does use cellular data from your plan. To enable the HotSpot service for your phones, please give us a call at 888-345-5509 at your convenience.

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  20. Kevin OLeary says

    1. If I connect my CC phone to the hot spot, can i use my (stand alone) ipad to get the wireless from that platform?

    2, I want pay bills while I’m on the road, would this give me the security I need to do that?

    3. I never stream video and I have 10gb now.

    reply to Kevin

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We appreciate you commenting today, Kevin. There’s no need to connect your phone to the hotspot, as it would use the same data as it would otherwise. You could connect your iPad directly to the hotspot and access the internet wherever you are. The hotspot also provides a private network, so it would be more secure than another type of public Wi-Fi connection. We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have about this great device at 888-345-5509, so please don’t hesitate to call. Thank you for reaching out to us, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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  21. Liz McClure says

    I would love to see CC add the capability of being able to add the watches and tablets to our plans since that generation is coming into the 50 club and using this technology! Thanks

    reply to Liz

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Liz! We do have customers who are using their tablets with our service. To see if this is an option for your device, you’ll need to see if it can accept a SIM card, and that it is unlocked and uses GSM technology. We’re happy to tell you more about this at 888-345-5509 if you like. As for using a smartwatch, I’m happy to pass your suggestion on to our management team. We always appreciate it when our customers share their ideas with us, so thank you for taking the time to reach out to us!

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  22. Peter says

    Why should use ZTE Mobil Hot spot just to get Internet access? Paying EXTRA $15 for another line and buy data plan? Adding JUST additional DATA plan to my “regular ” plan, I can use TETHERING function/option on my phone to provide Internet access to all my tablets, laptops……..using that phone TETHERING. You are not telling people about this possibility. WHY? They can save $15 monthly for another line and they do not have to buy your ZTE Mobil Hotspot for $80, right?

    reply to Peter

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Peter. Many of our customers use flip phones or other devices, which may not offer a tethering option. The Mobile Hotspot allows them to have internet access wherever they are, and multiple devices can connect at one time. We’re happy to tell you more about our service at 888-345-5509 and review all of the device options available. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out, and we hope you have a great day!

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  23. Peter. says

    Hello Ashley. I got “flip” phone some years ago. They have no capability to install browser and go to Internet. I do not know what are you talking about. You do not even mentioned this option for those people who have “smart phones”. So I will do: People with “smart phones”…you do not have to buy ZTE Mobil Hot spot just to get Internet access. You do not have to pay $15 for another line! Just purchase DATA CONNECT PLAN as addition to your calling plan. 3GB DATA PLan is $20.00 per month for all your phones on your Consumer Cellular account. They have more DATA PLANS …10GB for example, just do your homework. When you purchase that plan, go to your phone find TETHERING option, enable it and let Cons.Cell. activate it. THATS ALL. You will have Internet access using that TETHERING function from your phone. Be sure, you have at least TWO BARS service strength indicator on your phone. You welcome.

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  24. GARY GODOROV says

    I called your company and the lady I spoke with told me the hot spot has unlimited data is this right information I was given over the phone

    Thanks Gary

    reply to GARY

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Gary. We apologize if you were given incorrect information. Our hotspot can be used with any of our Connect plans, with the largest plan offering 10GB of data. If you like, we can review this with you further at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you reaching out to us, and we hope to speak with you soon!

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