Does Verizon offer unlimited data for the mobile hotspot? Can the hotspot be used for a smart tv to stream Netflix?
Abadaba
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Can my mobile hotspot be used with a smart tv?

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John_Getzke
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Yes.

However I would not recommend it, at least as your primary connection for the SmartTV.  Relying primarily on VZW data plans is a bad way to view video services such as Netflix at the moment.  It is very easy to chew through your plan with only a few videos depending on the resolution and a few other factors.  Not only that but a smart TV may be periodically checking the internet from time to time to download firmware updates or provide reporting stats to the manufacturer. 

VZW Jetpacks continue to be a poor choice for home primary internet replacement.  The data plans that come from VZW and all other metered wireless providers are not friendly to this kind of internet traffic.  Letting your guard down for a moment could result in costly overages and once you accumulate them you will be liable to pay them.  A normal cable or DSL line with a high/unlimited cap would be more appropriate.

If the Jetpack is a backup or temporary internet connection then go for it.  This is what a Jetpack is designed for, you can get by every now and then without too much risk.  Just make sure you are powering your Jetpack down as soon as you are done streaming and keep a close eye on your data plan before and after any major viewing. 

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John_Getzke
Champion - Level 1

Yes.

However I would not recommend it, at least as your primary connection for the SmartTV.  Relying primarily on VZW data plans is a bad way to view video services such as Netflix at the moment.  It is very easy to chew through your plan with only a few videos depending on the resolution and a few other factors.  Not only that but a smart TV may be periodically checking the internet from time to time to download firmware updates or provide reporting stats to the manufacturer. 

VZW Jetpacks continue to be a poor choice for home primary internet replacement.  The data plans that come from VZW and all other metered wireless providers are not friendly to this kind of internet traffic.  Letting your guard down for a moment could result in costly overages and once you accumulate them you will be liable to pay them.  A normal cable or DSL line with a high/unlimited cap would be more appropriate.

If the Jetpack is a backup or temporary internet connection then go for it.  This is what a Jetpack is designed for, you can get by every now and then without too much risk.  Just make sure you are powering your Jetpack down as soon as you are done streaming and keep a close eye on your data plan before and after any major viewing. 

Catbird9
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Unlimited data? I don't think so.

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vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep

That's a great question Abadaba! Your device is a WiFi hotspot, so any wifi capable device should be able to connect.

Thank you,
MichelleH_VZW
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