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.
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.
The popular mobile hotspot from Novatel Wireless comes with a prepaid, no-contract data plan--perfect for accidental tourists everywhere.
The dual-mode U301 can deliver fast speeds where a 4G signal is available, but it has trouble automatically switching from 3G to 4G.
The gadget serves as a mobile hotspot for up to five devices, and injects it with 4G speed (where available).