Aug 02, 2013

Is a smartphone hotspot adequate to do work on a laptop in a location with only data coverage?

I’m going on vacation in a few days, but I have work that needs to be done on a daily basis. Unfortunately, where I am going shows only data coverage from Sprint, my carrier. Not 3G, just "data". I’ve used my phone as a hotspot with a 3G connection and that was acceptable, albeit pretty slow. I assume a “data” network connection is going to be even slower. Will it be fast enough to do some light online research and exchanging documents, or am I going to be out of luck?


It’s going to be painfully slow, but it might be just enough for very simple tasks. You will probably see 70Kbps download speeds at best, so think of doing work over a dial-up modem and plan accordingly. 

Most likely it will, but you'll have to try it and see. It doesn't sound like you have enough information to know for sure one way or the other.
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