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All About PrePaid WiFi

Updated on November 24, 2017

Prepaid wireless internet is an excellent alternative for consumers who want to be able to get online on the go, without the high cost monthly costs and the obligations of a wireless contract.

In addition, if you have bad credit and you cannot get a traditional cellular contract, prepaid wireless companies will give you the opportunity to get mobile broadband access without having to go through a credit check.

How Does It Work?

With pre-paid wifi, you purchase a mobile broadband device. Usually, it is a USB device that you can plug directly into your laptop.

The device that will allow you to get on the Internet anywhere you can receive a signal. If you choose a national carrier like Virgin Mobile, you will be able to get online access from just about anywhere in the continental United States (Virgin Mobile uses Sprint’s nationwide network).

If you decide to go with a regional prepaid wireless company like Cricket Wireless, you need to be aware of the fact that you probably will not be able to get Internet access in many parts of the country.

How Fast Are The WiFi Internet Speeds

The speeds are not as fast as a wired Internet connection, like high-speed cable internet from your local cable provider, or a digital subscriber line (DSL) from your local telephone company. Therefore, you cannot stream video for long amounts of time, and you can forget about playing video games.

You might be able to watch 2 minute or less YouTube videos, but that is about the extent of it, anything longer and you will be tormented with those annoying buffering notices.

On a positive note, prepaid wifi is fast enough to catch up on email, participate in chats, get some blogging done, or just about anything else that does not require high speeds for long amounts of time. For example, prepaid wifi would be great for someone like me, because I spend most of my time making money online by submitting articles to writing sites like this one.

If you are looking for a prepaid Internet option to use with a device like a PSP, ipod Touch, or any other similar electronic gadget with the ability to connect to the web, you can also try Virgin Mobile’s MiFi device. The Mifi is a thin device that acts as a wireless network for web-enabled gadgets.

Where Can I Buy A Prepaid Wifi Device?

In addition to Virgin Mobile Broadband2go service, both T-Mobile and Cricket Wireless offer prepaid Internet devices and plans range from approximately $10 to $70 on a month to month or data usage basis.

You can purchase one of these devices, along with refill cards at major electronics retailers like Frye’s & Best Buy, Walmart & Target, and you can even walk into your local Walgreens or CVS & pick up a prepaid wifi device.

It takes about five minutes to get up and running once you get your new purchase home. Have Fun!


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      foreignpress 5 years ago from Denver

      This sounds perfect for me! I'm getting haphazard service from my cable provider so I'll try BB2Go and Virgin/Mobile as I just surf and do occasional email checks. Thanks for the post.

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      Anna Taylor 6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Hi Rachelle,

      Good post!

      Sincerely, Sapphireid