Best desktop and mobile hotspot services 2019

Want to turn your computer or phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot? Check out our list of hotspot services allowing you to convert your PC, Mac, Android or iOS device into an internet-sharing Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Want to turn your computer or phone into a Wi-Fi Hotspot? Check out our list of Hotspot services allowing you to convert your PC, Mac, Android, or IOS device into an internet sharing W-iFi Hotspot.

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Connectify Hotspot- Share the internet, stream audio and video, play and save money! The only virtual router software for home and on the go, Connectify Hotspot turns your Windows PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot and allows you to get other devices connected to the internet via your Wi-Fi, wired, 3G/4G or tethered connection.

Hotspot Shield - Every app and website you visit through Hotspot Shield is encrypted. Every Wi-Fi network you connect to with Hotspot Shield is protected. Hotspot Shield puts the power of personal privacy, security and freedom in the hands of the people.

FreedomPop - Turn on your FreedomPop hotspot, connect to internet through your phone, and you're all set. FreedomPop is offering a free month of Premium 4G LTE data with the purchase of a FreedomPop hotspot. A preowned hotspot device along with select plans will give you the option of earning free data when you opt in for items like downloading iTunes or a free app etc.

Verizon Hotspot - Verizon Mobile Hotspot is a feature that lets you share your Verizon Wireless network connection with other devices, so they can access the internet. Devices connect to your Mobile Hotspot using its Wi-Fi feature.


Most mobile cellular devices can also work as a hot spot.

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Skyroam - Skyroam's pocket-size global Wi-Fi hotspot is the easiest way to get fast, secure mobile internet in 100-plus countries. Never worry again about hidden charges or the complication of configuring your device. Buy or rent a hotspot based on your travel plans. Get 24 hours of unlimited internet at one low daily rate worldwide for your smartphone, tablet and laptop.

Virtual Router CodePlex - Virtual Router Wi-Fi hotspot for Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Users can wirelessly share any internet connection (Wi-Fi, LAN, cable modem, dial-up, cellular, etc.) with any Wi-Fi device (laptop, smartphone, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android phone, Zune, Netbook, wireless printer, etc.).