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Straight Talk Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)

The Straight Talk WiFi HotSpot allows you to enjoy wireless Internet while on the go. This innovative device requires no contract and can connect more than one device at a time to WiFi. Take it along to the local library or coffee shop for instant access to the Internet. With the Straight Talk mobile hotspot, there is no software to install. As many as five devices can be connected at the same time. It features a user-friendly interface and may be used with a laptop or tablet. There are no monthly fees or charges with the Straight Talk HotSpot (3G) and flexible data cards are available for purchase.
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Questions & Answers for Straight Talk Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)

Question

Had the straight talk hotspot for a week,and it worked good for three days now I get a no dns server.Talked to people online,and did all they could do

They now tell me that it's the hotspot itself.Do you have any in stock to replace this one?
asked 1 year ago
By
docrocky
on Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)
3 answers
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answer 1
Same thing here, but I found out that when you see no DNS server your GB's are used up. I had a card on reserve, but it does not start up when you use up your data, it starts when the last data card expires. That needs to be fixed, though I was shocked at how fast I went through 1 GB. I just changed over from Verizon MiFi 2200 which is a slow unit, but I never used more than 2 GB a month. This unit is much faster and you can use up a lot of data in a short time. Stay away from Videos if you are trying to save money. If you use up your data you also will have to call StraightTalk to access your reserve, so putting a plan in reserve or having auto pay is not worth it for this unit. Just keep a card handy, so you can call when your internet stops.
answered 1 year ago
By
GriffinsArk
answer 2
Are you using a VPN, router, or OpenDNS? How is your device configured? This device is available in select Walmart stores. Select a store based on the ones closest to you and input the the zip code on the Walmart.com web site. Keep trying until you locate the device.

I hope this helps!
answered 1 year ago
By
Hopefull311
answer 3
I'm not a Walmart employee but if you are within the 15-day exchange period, you can take it to a Walmart store to exchange even if you purchased it online.

It appears to be currently available online and I see that many Walmart stores have them in stock.
answered 1 year ago
By
richardarr
Question

Can this device be hooked up to a desktop computer for internet use?

asked 11 months ago
By
Benita
on Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)
3 answers
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answer 1
Benita, my apologies for maybe being too confusing.

booggerman is correct. However, you have to make sure that your desktop is configured to accept a wireless signal. That's where my prior post comes into play.

Most desktops nowadays are configured to have wireless LAN and if you know yours does, then all is well. I was just thinking of the less expensive or older desktops. Sorry.
answered 11 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 2
Wirelassly yes
answered 11 months ago
By
booggerman
answer 3
Yes, but you will have to have an adapter. You may or may not already have one on your tower.

If not, it can either be an expansion card which will fit into an expansion slot ...similar to this (copy-and-paste):

http://www.walmart.com/ip/strong-Edimax-strong-EW-7722In-300Mbps-Wireless-N-PCI-Adapter/24262913

OR

You can use a USB adapter which some do not think are as effective as an actual expansion card. I've used them but at a rather short distances and have not had a problem. However, a USB plug-in adapter is much easier to use and to transfer to computer to computer as it just plugs into a USB slot:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/IOGear-GWU625-Wireless-N-USB-Adapter/15522265

What these adapters are doing is allowing your desktop computer to receive a wifi signal (wireless) similar to what your laptop has. They will make it possible for your desktop to get on the internet wirelessly.
answered 11 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

Does a data card come with the hotspot device? or do I have to purchace a card to get started?

asked 9 months ago
By
Bob
on Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)
3 answers
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answer 1
A separate data card purchase is required.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
No. You can buy the card in the store or at straighttalk.com.
answered 9 months ago
By
ncboy1982
answer 3
No, the hotspot itself does not come with a service card. Yes, you will have to purchase a service card separately before activating the device.
answered 9 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

How many devices can use this at one time.

asked 1 year ago
By
jimbo
on Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)
3 answers
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answer 1
Do it work with at&t phone \net 10. Phone??
answered 1 year ago
By
winnfield
answer 2
You can connect 5 devices at one time which sounds good but beware if they are into streaming video or youtube or downloading files. It can eat up that data card in a matter of hours, that's why I don't like these products. Better off going to McDonalds or somewhere they have free Wifi in those same couple of hours and save yourself an empty wallet due to expensive Data cards.
answered 1 year ago
By
wurlitzer11
answer 3
According to the description, five.
answered 1 year ago
By
richardarr
Question

can this be used at home with no internet connection?

asked 8 months ago
By
jmad13662
on Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)
3 answers
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answer 1
This product creates a wireless Internet connection wherever you would like to use it.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
Yes
answered 8 months ago
By
SmallTownUser
answer 3
Yes. What this device does is PROVIDES an internet connection. It acquires a cellular connection (as your cell phone would) to provide a wireless internet source for your other devices to connect such as a laptop, tablet, smartphone, iPad, etc., etc.

You must be inside of the Verizon Wireless 3G coverage area for this device to function properly.
answered 8 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

How much usage will i get with this devise? (time wise)

asked 8 months ago
By
curious
on Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)
3 answers
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answer 1
This will give you about 5 hours of battery life.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
Well, the activation will take you all day, so time wise you have a full day ahead of you. Then after you realize it wont work, you will spend more time finding a different brand
answered 8 months ago
By
MicaSavy
answer 3
From a "time wise" standpoint, it is impossible to say as it will all depend on what types of activities you are doing on the internet. If you are doing things that require a lot of bandwidth such as streaming video, etc., the time will be very short. If just doing light surfing, it will be much longer. You'd have to measure it in terms of bandwidth or data used rather than how much time you can get out of a service card.

Remember, the service cards are sold in "amounts of data" either 1, 2, 4, 5, or 7GB. You'll have to determine what types of activities you'll be doing before you can translate that into how much time each amount of data being purchased will last as far as time goes.
answered 8 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

Cell connection

Since I am in and out of cell service with my cellphone, will this devise work to let me have service anywhere in my house without having my calls go in and out?
asked 9 months ago
By
Dawn
on Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)
3 answers
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answer 1
No, this device is for Internet, it would have nothing to do with cell phone service.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
This is a wifi hot spot. It has nothing to do with your cell phone going in and out. It is not a cell booster. If your cell service is with Verizon... this wifi hot spot may also have the same issues with dropping the cellular connection.
answered 8 months ago
By
nashvilleguy37
answer 3
Dawn, this uses the Verizon Wireless 3G network (EVDO Rev. A).

Does your cell phone use Verizon? If so, you may or may not have the same problem. Even if your cell phone uses another network, you may or may not have the same problem. It's difficult to know for sure without knowing more about your location and what network you cell phone uses.

Put your address in the Verizon coverage map and see if you are within Verizon coverage. If you are inside the Verizon coverage, there's a good change that this device will have good coverage without going "in and out" ...not guaranteed but a good chance.

Copy-and-paste:

http://vzwmap.verizonwireless.com/dotcom/coveragelocator/

After inserting your address, choose the "Prepaid" button as that will show Verizon native coverage in both voice and 3G data. Then click the "Refresh Map" button.
answered 9 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

what is the coverage area

asked 9 months ago
By
bigruss
on Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)
3 answers
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answer 1
The coverage area for the Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G) is Verizon and Sprint data coverage areas.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
Works mostly on Verizon or Sprint service. Works on Verizon's network for me.
answered 9 months ago
By
ncboy1982
answer 3
Verizon 3G coverage.
answered 9 months ago
By
therealscoop01
Question

will it work with windows 7 on a laptop

asked 8 months ago
By
pd
on Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)
3 answers
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answer 1
Yes, this will work on any device that has WiFi enabled.
answered 8 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
No, it doesnt work on anything
answered 8 months ago
By
MicaSavy
answer 3
Yes. It will work on any device that can accept Wifi. I have several Windows7 laptops I've used it with.
answered 8 months ago
By
richardarr
Question

Why do i have to buy a card?

asked 7 months ago
By
Pookie
on Straight Talk WiFi Mobile HotSpot (3G)
3 answers
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answer 1
Without the card, it will not work and you will not have wifi.
answered 6 months ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
Sorry not to be helpful. Can you clarify your question? What "card" are you referring to?

Again, just like a cell phone, this device will need to have service purchased in order to function as intended. This Hotspot will not work without first purchasing service and one way to do that is to buy a "card" that provides a specific amount of data to use.

Just like your cell phone, it is useless and essentially becomes a brick without buying service in some form or another ...maybe not like a brick but it will not have full functionality.
answered 7 months ago
By
richardarr
answer 3
...a service card? You may as well use it as a hockey puck if you do not buy a card. The service card is what is needed for it to function as intended just as you'd need to purchase service for a cell phone ...without service, the device itself does not provide useful function.
answered 7 months ago
By
richardarr
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