Today I wanted to tell you about Net Buddy. Net Buddy offers unlimited home and travel internet service for $60 a month. Net Buddy uses the AT&T’s 4G LTE network. I first heard about Netbuddy after I publised my video on prepaid wireless service and hotspot, See Prepaid Wireless and Portable or Personal Hotspot. Thanks to Mil and Chanse for pointing out Net Buddy.
To be clear, Net Buddy does not offer phone service, just internet. You use Net Buddy with a dedicated hotspot device, not a smartphone. I contacted Net Buddy, and they confirmed you can use the service with either a hotspot or tablet, but not a smartphone. I haven’t tried Net Buddy yet, but they advertise truly unlimited internet service for $60 a month. I’ve contacted Net Buddy to find out if that includes taxes or fees.
When I wrote Prepaid Wireless and Portable or Personal Hotspot I heard from a number of people who are currently using their smartphones and their cellular service as a hotspot to provide internet at home. Many people I heard from told me they live in rural areas with limited or no choices for broadband internet (DSL, cable, or fiber) and have found better speeds and coverage using hotspot. While using your phone’s hotspot for home broadband means you just have one bill to pay, most phone hotspot features do not offer unlimited bandwidth. Net Buddy couild be a real alternative for many as long as you live in an area that has coverage on AT&T’s 4G LTE network.
To sign up for Net Buddy, you’ll need a mobile hotspot device and a SIM card. You can buy a hotspot device directly from Net Buddy. They have models that are meant for home use or travel use. They have hotspot devices ranging in price from $70 to $330. If you are choosing a hotspot device to replace your home router, make sure the check the Wi-Fi support and number of ethernet ports available. The $70 device supports 802.11n but not the newer 802.11ac standards. I assume you can Bring Your Hotspot or Router as long as it is AT&T compatible.
For the SIM card, you can order one directly from Net Buddy or use a Tracfone, Net10, ATT Prepaid, or H20 SIM card (ATT sim) instead.
I may review Net Buddy in the future. I’d expect to see the same 4G LTE speeds I get on the AT&T network at home, which are not great. Right now, I am not sure I want to spend the money for a mobile hotspot device that I won’t ever use, as I only pay about $45 per month for FIOS service at home. I could use my cellular iPad as a hotspot I suppose but I’d prefer to use a dedicated hotspot device.
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