Last month I wrote about the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet which is my current favorite Verizon Wireless gadget. Since that post I’ve been giving a lot of thought to where I’m going to live once my son graduates from high school. Being a virtual assistant allows me to work from wherever I have power (electric) and internet. There are so many beautiful places, why not experience more of the United States?
OK, I won’t be traveling or working from the back of a camel but in a sense I will be a nomad.
I am most efficient and effective for my clients while working on my MacBook Pro so the tablet will never replace the laptop however there is a compelling reason why this tablet will be an integral part in my upcoming mobile lifestyle. It can be my secure mobile hotspot!
Using the mobile hotspot feature on the Sony Xperia Z2 is wickedly simple and my MBP immediately recognizes it as an available WiFi network.
Other mobile hotspot features and option settings:
- Use their chosen network name or create your own
- Chose your desired security setting
- Use their chosen password or create your own
- Afraid of draining your tablet battery too fast? No need to fear a dead battery as you can select from six different time options under “Turn Mobile Hotspot Off”
Of course there are two important factors I need to identify in order to fully determine if this is the best mobile WiFi option for my needs:
- How much data will I need in a typical month?
- How much will that data cost me?
How much data will I need: Currently I have unlimited data on the tablet so I’m going to do my best to remember to use it as my only WiFi source for at least a full month.
How much will that data cost me: Once I get an estimate to how many GB of data I will need in a month I can easily figure out the cost using Verizon’s calculator for their MORE Everything Plan.
What I pay now:
- One Smartphone with 2GB of data, unlimited talk and text: $90 (without taxes)
- Comcast Internet 105 mbps download: $87.95 (without taxes)
- Total Smartphone + Internet Monthly Cost Without Taxes: $177.95 (gulp)
I’ll never be Tim Ferris and a four-hour workday is entirely unrealistic for me. I’m assuming I’ll need at least 15GB of data and it would currently cost me $160/month on the MORE Everything Plan. Not a very significant savings based on my current $177.95/month but every bit helps.
Other things to consider:
- How will the download speeds compare on the tablet vs. Comcast?
- Would it be better if I purchased and used a MiFi device instead of my tablet? (It would cost me $170/month). My gut says to go with the tablet because I can do other things on it (watch movies, take photos, record video, browse the internet, etc. I’ll also have a device I can work from while on a plane or other locations where a tablet is more feasible than a laptop.)
- Using Sony’s myXperia “Locate My Device” feature I’d be more likely to find my tablet vs. a MiFi device in the event of theft or being lost. (I mentioned in my last blog post that the “Locate My Device” feature wasn’t working. It’s working now and it’s eerily accurate with the location.)
Obviously I don’t have all of the answers right now but the wheels are already turning on how I can get what I need, at a price I can afford when I take my business entirely mobile next year.
Stay tuned as I will write a follow-up post on download speeds and data usage as I’m sure there are others out there who would appreciate having some hard figures.
I’d love any tips or other random tidbits of advice if you’re already living the mobile lifestyle!
As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the tablet (with a line of service) from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.