We’re heading out to spend eight days in a hotel in Denver. We’ll need to work, so need a basic broadband connection. The hotel is going to charge us about $140 for the week. I figure that gives us a budget of around $200 or so to buy a device and some sort of access (we’ll recoup the extra $60 on our next trip if we don’t have to invest in hardware).
A search turns up a dizzying array of devices and plans, but we don’t quite know what we’re looking for. We work out of our home so don’t have much experience with portable Internet. I know 3G and 4G are a thing, but have no idea how they relate to Internet speeds (can you stream on 3G?), or what LTE does, etc. Also, neither of us has a ‘regular’ mobile contract (we use T-Mobile’s pay-by-the-day service, which has very limited phone-only broadband connectivity) that we can piggyback on to.
Having a laptop and tablet each, what hardware features are we looking for?
Initial hardware cost aside, are we likely to find no-contract connectivity for less than $15 a day? It looks like we may need an idea of usage, but beyond work-related up/downloads, we have no way of knowing what our usage will be. What’s a netflix movie? An hour of Spotify streaming?
I have no idea what else to ask.