It’s a rare Monday posting for me but I was pretty impressed with the new hotspot I purchased over the weekend. In a pinch it came in handy today. Can’t believe I worked without one for so long…

If your like me you spend a lot of time on the internet. As time marches on I have found that I cannot work without it. The days of looking for an open WiFi connection would have to end. I needed to have access to the internet whenever and where-ever, so I went on a lazy search for a fairly cheap but usable hotspot. I drove down the block to my local OfficeMax and picked up a Virgin Mobile pay as you go hotspot. Didn’t do any comparison shopping at all! It’s only $60 this week.

It’s called the Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

When I got home I did some research on the Virgin plans and decided to go with a $35 a month plan which gives me access to 2GB of data on the 3G network. You get unlimited data on the 4G network but I cannot confirm if 4G is available in my area just yet although I hear it’s available in the city.

Today I was working off the only open public wi-fi connection I could find in my area. It was an unsecured hotspot. After about half an hour I was booted off with nothing else around to use. Remembering I had my new hotspot on me I turned it on and I was rolling along without missing a beat.

Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Hotspot Review

My new Virgin Hotspot feels cheap, most of the weight is in the battery. It has a small, cheesy, dot matrix display and looks unimpressive when you examine it closely. It didn’t even come with adequate directions to explain what all the buttons do. Turn it on and it only seems to want to connect to 3G. It’s probably not the best hotspot made and, since it was 50% off its original price, probably obsolete straight out of the box but… when I needed it, it did the job.

I got broadband speeds, I was able to stream some video, I got all my work done. It was easy to set up and connect to. I’m happy. That’s all I can ask for.

 Are you an internet junkie like me where you always have to have access to the internet? The comment section is below. :)

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  1. A August 13, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    I have been doing some research on this hotspot (thank you for the detailed review!) and I was wondering if you are still using it. If so, what has been your experience so far (after having it for almost a year)?

    Thank you in advance for your reply.

    1. David Daniels - Site Author August 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      I am still using it but I still don’t have access to many 4G networks around me on Long Island. It’s a great backup for when I don’t have access to wifi. Also comes in handy with the iPad because the iPad does not pick up Wifi as well as a desktop. The closer I work to NYC the more I find I can access the unlimited 4G although I have not found it to be significantly faster. The fact I still use it after a year speaks for itself. Hope that helps you.

  2. Melisa October 3, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    I got plenty of work done with it, as well. Unfortunately, mine stopped working after approximately, 2.5 weeks of usage. What impressed me was the speech with which the pages loaded. What I didn’t like was the constant beeping…couldn’t figure out if it was the low battery beep or the switching to 3G from 4G beep. I also had to keep charging it. But, the best thing is that even though I paid $35 for the 2 gigs plan, I was on 4G 95% of the time, which is free up to 10 gigs. What sucks is that my usage meter indicates I’ve only used 9 megabytes, really? Anyhow, I just got my replacement from Amazon and now have to call VMobile to see if they can transfer the gigs/time left to the new device. I just hope the new device doesn’t have the same defect that made the first malfunction.

    1. David Daniels - Site Author November 23, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      How did the vmobile work out for you? Hurricane Sandy combined with the holiday season has put my little blog on the back burner, I usually reply back to everyone fairly quickly. I still use the hotspot every once in a while and it was my only connection to the outside world a few weeks ago during the hurricane here in NY. I made lots of friends by sharing it. Hope I never have to go through that for a while. :)


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