You pay for data on your smartphone, but that’s not enough for your mobile provider; it wants you to pay another monthly fee for every laptop and tablet you own. Verizon and AT&T both have shared data plans where you can buy one pool of data to use with all your devices, but even then, you have to pay an additional $10 per month for each tablet and $20 per month for each mobile hotspot / USB modem. Sprint requires a separate plan for each tablet or hotspot, with tablet plans starting at $15 for 1GB per month.
Solution: Use your smartphone as a hotspot and connect your other devices to it via Wi-Fi. If you’re using a shared data plan, you won’t pay extra for turning on your phone’s hotspot feature. If you’re not on a shared data plan and you have an Android phone, you can use free hotspot software such as Fox.Fi (availble in the Google Play store) to get a connection without giving more money to the carrier.