Verizon's Fivespot: It Works, But International Roaming's a Spoiler

The 'world's first global hotspot' works fine, but the cost of using it overseas on Verizon's roaming network may make the Fivespot an expensive novelty for most travelers.


Mobile Hotspots: Which Are Fastest, Most Reliable?

We tested phone-based (Droid X) and free-standing (MiFi) mobile hotspots on the AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon networks to see which ones pump out the best speeds and have the most consistent connection. Here's what we found.

Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200: Sexy Speed with No Commitment

The popular mobile hotspot from Novatel Wireless comes with a prepaid, no-contract data plan--perfect for accidental tourists everywhere.

Sprint U301 3G/4G USB Modem (Franklin Wireless): Good Speeds, Lots of Potential

The dual-mode U301 can deliver fast speeds where a 4G signal is available, but it has trouble automatically switching from 3G to 4G.

Sierra Wireless Overdrive

If you use Sprint, the Overdrive is a godsend for power laptop users. But it's less useful for connecting smartphones and tablets.