Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have some new mobile hotspot options. Instead of a single overpriced $5 per day for 250 MB add-on, there are now three choices:
- $3/day for 500 MB
- $5/30 days for 1 GB
- $10/30 days for 2 GB
These hotspot options are available on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile monthly plans except Virgin's Data Done Right shared plans. Users can purchase the add-ons using their My Account online portal. The daily add-on expires at 11:59 PM on the day following the day it was added so you can get nearly 2 days use out of it by enabling it at 12:01 AM. The 30 day add-ons expire at 11:59 30 days from the date of purchase. The add-ons do not auto renew, customers have to re-add them as needed. If hotspot data runs out before the add-on expires, the user needs to purchase another add-on to continue using hotspot.
Unlike the old $5/day add-on that only worked on a few phones, the new ones are supposed to work on most of Boost and Virgin's recent smartphones. There's a list of the eligible Boost phones on the Boost site. There doesn't seem to be a list of eligible Virgin Mobile phones but I suspect most current Virgin Mobile smartphones will work.
Hotspot add-ons aren't available or needed with Sprint Prepaid which allows customers to use their plan's included data for hot spot at no extra charge.
Sources: Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile