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Why get Verizon hotspot hardware if using iPhone's function works fine?

This has been asked but not in a few years and without an answer. Our mountain cabin gets V cell (thanks to a SureCall booster!) but we have no net provider there. For occasional use (meaning when you have to get some info and it has to be via your laptop, not streaming or downloading movies) using the iPhone itself with its Hotspot function has been sufficient. We don't need to put multiple devices on it (everyone has their one smart phone they can go online with if they have to). There doesn't seem to be an advantage to using the V hardware and hotspot plans for this. Is there a particular disadvantage to using the iPhone hotspot?  As near as I can figure the latter doesn't cost anything extra to use beyond data usage, and the former costs. What's the deal?

Thanks!!  🙂

Re: Why get Verizon hotspot hardware if using iPhone's function works fine?
Customer Support

Hello spigmu, thanks for reaching out & great question. A Verizon MiFI/Jetpack serves as the same purpose as using the hotspot from your device. Most people who obtain a MiFi/Jetpack more commonly these days, are consumers who don't have a cell phone with us but need some type of device for internet hook up. And no, the latter doesn't cost extra.