My preference is a good mobile for WiFi hotspot -- the right radios for
the /right/ network that you need to use. Nothing else much matters for
the hotspot device, other than it should have updates for the software
to keep it reasonably secure (as secure as a mobile phone can be). It's
a bonus if it us good otherwise and/or if it otherwise provides for all
other mobile needs.
The non-phone devices, all that they need is WiFi. And any device for
mobile phone calls, well it needs the right network to be useful for any
location I'm in (for calls, not data).
I had a 6GB data mobile plan with unlimited standard AU calls, dropped
that down to a 3GB data plan with unlimited calls. On my hotspot phone,
I nnow have 50GB of 4G LTE data. The phone plan mobile (with 3GB now)
rarely does data other than as a WiFi client via the hotspot;
occasionally I need to turn on data for MMS, which is a pain.
So, 53GB of mobile data never gets close to be used, but I also never
have to worry about going over my limits in normal circumstances. If I
needed more data, I have other options (on the road I mean). As for
fixed line services, I have unlimited data, but even then due to the
huge amount of mobile data available to me, I don't even worry about
switching back to non mobile data these days when that is served via
hotspot to other portable devices -- except for the laptop, that plugs
in to the wired network and WiFi is switched off. Almost all my more
serious "data" work is done from fixed wire connections. I'm not a big
fan of using mobiles more than necessary, but it is handy having plenty
of data available if or when I need it from time to time.
Whenever I want mobile tablets or laptops on the road, then it is very
easy to connect to my regular hotspot phone and therefore those other
devices have no need for any 4G SIM slots with possible /less good/
SIM slots are only useful, in my view, for devices that make calls or
devices that offer me hotspot services.
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