Over the past few weeks, we have been pondering the best use of the devices we utilize to keep us flowing as mobile professionals. The question of need has risen over and over. Currently, we all have smartphones to carry on business while traveling and away from our desk in addition to MacBooks.
However, with the introduction of the tablet our need for a smartphone seemed to have diminished in some respects… or at least we thought. Truth be told, we only purchased a smartphone because a laptop was not efficient enough to use on a moments notice while on the go. That being said, we cannot stand the tiny screens of the smartphone for prolonged use. So the tablet was like a dream come true for us. The original idea being we would go back to regular ole cell phones, purchase a WiFi tablet with a MiFi device and have our laptop for more prolonged, serious work.
Oh how that idea has surely been muddied with the coslty plans on most MiFi devices… kind of defeats our purpose of lowering cost while staying hyper-efficient. So we sat out to locate pay-as-you-go MiFi devices. Low and behold, we found two:
- The TruConnect MiFi by Novatel Wireless – For a $99 purchase, $4.99 access fee only the month you use it and $3.9 cents per MB, this plan sounds like a dream come true. You can use WiFi when available and on those rear cases you have to pay for WiFi or WiFi access is not available, then you turn to your MiFi for 3.9 cents a MB and $4.99 for the month you access it. Essentially, you would be able to surf for say 5 hours for appr $3.90 plus a monthly access fee of $4.99. Still cheaper than a $30 monthly data package.
- Virgin Mobiles MiFi 2200 – For a $129.99 purchase you can have 3G Internet on the go. And Virgin mobile offers a little more variety in their plans such as the following:
- $10 for 10 days up to 100MB of data which equates to appr 5 hrs of web surfing or 10,000 emails without attachments OR
- $20/month up to 500 MB of data which equates to 24 hours of web browsing or 50,000 emails without attachments.
- They have a $50/month plan that allows up to 2.5 GB of data as well.
After all of the research, we took one last look: Do we need a smartphone? No. We only use it for voice, text, the occasional web-surf when necessary and check emails. Oh wait! We do. We have one app on the smartphone that tablets cannot yet do… looks like we are back to square one.
Smartphone with hotspot access >>>> WiFi Tablet for on the go>>>>Forego the MiFi for now>>>> MacBook for heavy use.
What about you? Have you been grappling with what devices are necesary or not for you? Or if getting rid of a costly data package is a “can-do” or not? Share with us. We wanna know…