On a recent road trip, my oldest had the best surprise any tween could have when embarking on a long trip in the car, she found out she had wifi access! Before we hit the road across the mountains and over to Chelan, Washington, I plugged in my new ZTE Mobley device from AT&T. Thank you to AT&T Seattle for providing this ZTE Mobley hotspot and service for me to test and review!
Shortly into the ride I mentioned that it’d be fun to play a specific song and asked her if she could play it, which she replied no because she had no wifi. Then I surprised her with a little card that gave her a hotspot name and password. Soon she was ecstatic, and playing my requested song from our music service.
The ZTE Mobley hotspot device plugs into a special port, called the OBD-II port, in your car that is often found somewhere below your steering wheel. Once plugged in the device has power access and will connect to cell towers to create a hotspot in your car. I was happy to hear that it does NOT drain your battery if you leave it plugged in. It only takes power when the car is powered on.
Up to five devices can connect to the hotspot, but keep in mind that this is using a data plan. You can add the ZTE Mobley on to your current AT&T Mobile Share Value/Mobile Data plan for an access charge of $10. Or, you can connect with a DataConnect plan with monthly charges of $20 for 1GB or $30 for 3GB.
One of the big things I stressed to Lizzy was how fast data can be used. Streaming a bunch of songs and youtube videos will eat up data fast, so be sure to set rules for your kids. I think this is a great device so kids can download a new app every so often, or just stream the occasional song or movie. Perhaps they’ll download a new ebook to read on the drive? Or research a cool attraction you passed along the drive.
Whatever you use your hotspot for, it’s sure to be an added help as you head out on the road!