Additional and Hidden Costs
So, you've picked a plan. Now you know how much wireless Internet for your laptop costs, right?
Wrong. There are two more costs which you have to consider when signing up for wireless broadband Internet for your laptop.
The first cost is the cost of the device which will connect your laptop to the Internet. The connection standard used isn't the same as the one your laptop uses to connect to a normal wireless router, so you need special hardware. A few laptops come equipped with this from the factory - although it is almost always an optional extra - but most laptops are going to need to have to use an adapter of some sort.
Most of the cell phone companies offer an adapter free, but don't count on the adapter being of very high quality. You may end up buying a new adapter anyway if the freebie doesn't work out. Of course, you could also spend extra for a quality adapter right off the bat. For example, the Verizon MiFi Mobile Hotspot is popular because it allows multiple computers to connect at once, but this will also set you back an additional $50 to $100 dollars, depending on the deals being offered.
Another charge is the activation fee, which is might be waived if you're lucky, but could be up to $50 dollars. You'll also probably run into administrate and regulatory charges which can add an extra $2 or $3 bucks a month.
Finally, there are fees which could be incurred if your use your wireless Internet outside of the normal service area or you go beyond your normal data limit. For example, if you go to Canada and you use your US-activated wireless Internet you will be charged a little over $2 bucks per megabyte. At that rate, downloading a 5MB song would cost you ten dollars. So, be careful where you use your Internet to prevent any nasty surprises on your bill.