No you do not connect to computer or phone line. Your computer picks up wifi signal for Internet Access after you set up mobile hotspot. In addition to purchasing Mobile Hotspot, you have to also purchase Straight Talk Mobile Hotspot Data Service Plan. Very Very Expensive. I purchased $40.00 Mobile Hotspot Card which was suppose to last 2 months. Was used up within one week and I didn't watch videos or do other high streaming things on internet. Very disappointed. Am returning Mobile Hotspot for Refund. Unless you have money to burn, you will be disappointed with cost to operate this product
April, this device is totally independent. It's like your cell phone in that you can carry it around with you wherever you go. It is acquiring a 3G data cellular signal on its own in order to supply wifi for other devices for which you want an internet connection, i.e., your smartphone, iPad, tablet, laptop, desktop, etc.
The Hotspot is supplying your own personal wifi internet connection so you don't have to rely on a public wifi connection such as Starbucks, a hotel, a library, etc. and you can share that connection with others if you desire. You can have up to five devices connected through wifi at once (however, the more devices that are connected, the slower the speed will be).
Yes, in order for the device to work, you have to supply a service card just as you would if you had a prepaid cell phone.
You will have a choice of how much data you wish to purchase depending on how much you plan to use the device and for what kinds of internet activities you want to use if for.
Here are your choices for the Straight Talk Hotspot:
* 1 GB of data that lasts for 30-days at $15
* 2 GB of data that lasts for 30-days at $25
* 4 GB of data that lasts for 60-days at $40
* 5 GB of data that lasts for 60-days at $50
* 7 GB of data that lasts for 60-days at $75