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My tablet only accepts WiFi connection however I'd like to take it around to play Pokemon GO. I've been looking at mobile hotspots, mostly a used T-Mobile Z64 as I cant really spend over 50$ total on this.
Am I correct in believing this would allow me to receive WiFi on the go? Is it easy to buy a T-Mobile hotspot off a third party website and add it to a new account? When I attempt to make a T-Mobile account to look at plans or how to connect a device to it they require a T-Mobile phone number, would I need a T-Mobile phone number in order to do any of this?
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I think you're confusing hot spots and mobile hot spots.

A hot spot is a wifi connection to the internet.
All you need to access a hot spot is a wifi capable device - a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone with wifi capability.
But you are limited to being able to connect to the internet only within range of the wifi hot spot (usually less than 300 feet)
It's just like connecting to you wifi router at home, except it's someone else providing the wifi to which you connect. Such connections are often free, may require a password, or may require paying a fee to whomever is hosting the hot spot.

A mobile hot spot is a cellular connection to the internet.
You need cellular capable device - a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone that can access the cellular network and a cellular account (phone and data) with an ISP. That's why they're asking for you phone number. They want to know if you're already their cell phone customer. If you are not, they you have to get a plan. Then you can connect to the internet anywhere within the cellular providers cellular coverage area (ie. pretty much anywhere).

I don't know if there are ISPs that sell cellular data plans separate from a phone (or phone + data) plan.

Perhaps someone else will chime in with an answer to that.
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So there's no possible way devices like https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/gophone-mobile-hotspot.html or https://www.verizonwireless.com/internet-devices/ellipsis-jetpack-mhs800l/ would work? http://www.walmart.com/ip/39150757 and http://www.walmart.com/ip/T-Mobile-10-Prepaid-Mobile-Internet-On-Demand-Pass-Email-Delivery/33871028? are what I'm mostly looking at, but the prepaid card says you need an account, and to make an account you need a t-mobile number, so this is useless for me unless I already have a t-mobile phone that i could just tether with making it useless anyway?
Edited by nazarein - 7/30/16 at 12:09am
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You need an account because they need know who you are and where to send the bills.
You don't necessarily need a cellular phone account but you do need a cellular data account.

That account can be a contract with a phone and a cellular device or pay as you go with a phone and a cellular device or pay as you go with just a cellular device..
Whatever you do, you need to pay (ie. have an account) for access to the internet no matter how you get there.

If you went a little further on the ATT website you'd get here:


Edited by billbartuska - 7/30/16 at 3:50am
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I really wish I could get more opinions on this, the z64 user manual indicates the device directs to me an account creation site that doesn't require a t-mobile phone number. From what I'm seeing the sim card provided goes into the mobile hotspot. Also the point of using prepaid is no billing.
Edited by nazarein - 7/30/16 at 10:58pm
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I really wish I could get more opinions on this, the z64 user manual indicates the device directs to me an account creation site that doesn't require a t-mobile phone number. From what I'm seeing the sim card provided goes into the mobile hotspot. Also the point of using prepaid is no billing.
You don't necessarily need a cellular phone account (ie you don't need a phone number) to use a hot spot. - just a cellular data account, and that's to what they're sending you.

I would guess that prepaid still wants your name, addy, and CC number, but then I haven't done pre-paid in decades..
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