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Mobile Hotspots

Wireless Data Cards UTMB offers mobile hotspots through agreements with AT&T Wireless, Sprint Wireless, and Verizon Wireless. Mobile hotspots operate through the cell networks and provide the high speed, wide area, wireless connectivity to your laptop computer and convenient access to the UTMB network, e-mail server and Internet. No cable or cellular phone is needed for internet connection. This service is sold directly to UTMB departments at a discount and rate plans are billed monthly to authorized UTMB accounts. To obtain this service the department must complete the Mobile Hotspot Services Form.

Browse mobile hotspot options and compare offerings from the four carriers: View Mobile Hotspot Services


Pricing

Price for devices and plans vary according to vendor promotions. One time charges range from free to $49.99 with monthly charges ranging from $49.99 to $59.99.


Notice on Mobile Hotspots

We are no longer able to obtain unlimited data packages on mobile hotspots from any of the carriers. The largest data package offered for a mobile hotspots is 5 Gigabytes (5 GB).

What most people want to know is, "What Does 5 Gigabytes Get Me?"

To help answer the question, here are some examples of what typical 'downloads' eat up in bandwidth:

*number of times you have to do to get to 5 gigabytes.

Activity/Download

File Size

X*

1 email

10KB

500,000

1 webpage visit to EVDOinfo.com

150KB

33,333

1 downloaded song from iTunes

4MB

1,250

1 typical 3 minute video on YouTube/Google

5MB

1,000

1 hour of 56k audio stream

25MB

200 hrs

1 typical 5 minute video on iTunes

30MB

167

1 hour of video stream or 2-way video chat

52MB

97 hrs

1 hour of World of Warcraft online gaming

32MB

156 hrs

1 typical 45-minute TV show from iTunes

200MB

25

1 Full-length (2 hours) movie download

1.5GB

3

1 entire DVD disk image

4.5GB

1


From these charts, it is obvious that the activities which consume the most bandwidth involve music and video downloads.

Also, don’t forget about major software updates for your computer. They don't happen daily, but could easily be over 100 MB and have been known to happen a couple times a month. For the majority of account holders, 5 GB of bandwidth is hard to consume and you should not have to worry about exceeding 5 gigabytes in a month.

We suggest not using your mobile hotspot if you plan to travel internationally. The 5 GB is for domestic use only. You can purchase 100 MB Data usage within 90 countries for $119.99 and 200 MB Data usage within 90 countries for $199.99. This is not much and you will still incur roaming charge. Contact Mobile Device & Student Support before you leave so that we can help you investigate the best options. Below is the AT&T international link that explains roaming charges.

AT&T International Link



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