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SPL HotSpot

SPL HotSpot

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Got Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as tablets and laptops that you want to connect to the Internet? Connect up to 15 Wi-Fi-enabled devices to 4G LTE and 3G.
Publisher: [Bonn, Germany] : T-Mobile
Branch Call Number: SPL Hotspot
Characteristics: 1 hotspot + 1 SIM card, 1 printed reference guide, 1 USB cable, 1 wall/USB charger
Additional Contributors: T-Mobile USA

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With your library card, you can place a hold on a wifi hotspot for a three week checkout.


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Seattlep
May 25, 2021

I am happy to learn that this useful tool from the library has increased the number of units allowed to be lent out has increased from about 450 to now about 700. Since the library is closed, if you get one of these and have a computer at home, you can access the internet without having to pay the $80 to $120 monthly fee. This item contains a unit that you connect to electrical wall socket and then your own personal computer which will allow you to access the internet. When the libraries were open, there were about 1400 people wanting to borrow this unit. Today, there are about 700 units available for loan which means you will not have to wait 4 months to check one of this out. Today, you will only have to wait 6 to 8 weeks after getting on the borrow list to get one. And, you can keep adding your name, so you will in turn, keeping getting it loaned to you with only a 4-8 week wait time when you will not have access to borrowing this unit. For those of you who do not have a computer at home, this does you no good. You have to go to the library to use their computer to access the internet. Fortunately, I got a used computer and a friend set it up for Chrome, so I could use the library item to access the internet. The point I am making is this is great for low income people as more units are available & thus less wait time to get one. Hopefully, the library will add another 100 this year, so wait time goes down to 4 weeks. 25May2021

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Blue_Bird_168
Apr 21, 2021

Absolutely incredible service. For free too. Saves me from spending so much of my mobile data on my commute. Honestly we really do take library services like these for granted these days

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roosevelt
Mar 12, 2020

Such a great service

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vchau24
Oct 27, 2019

Works great. Thank you so much for providing this free service.

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cs206
Sep 10, 2019

theyre gaslighting me into thinking i didnt ask to be on the waitlist for another one i check them out they know the waits are too long theyre misusing taxpayer funds

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Nina33444
Aug 30, 2019

Appreciate the services Seattle Library offers...I am disabled and not able to afford internet. It is a life saver for me as I live in remote area. Wish I could rent it out more often. Thanks for providing services much needed for people like myself. Verizon hot spots or Alcatel Thank YOU!

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christianglennon
Dec 11, 2018

I am impressed with the performance! I never used the old Verizon units, but I recently tried one of the new T-Mobile powered Alcatel hotspots. I tried it outside the city (Fall City) and was getting 35-40mbps download speeds - quite impressive and just as fast as the Comcast wifi if not better! But where this is most useful is at a house in Queen Anne that doesn't have cable internet yet. Works great! If your in a place with weak tmo coverage it will be worse, but I've actually found T-Mobile to have a better signal then Verizon around the city.

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ggk3043
Dec 01, 2018

1. Hotpsot was checked out without Library checking that PASSWORD inside box was READABLE.
It was blurred out due to moisture.

Before placing items on shelf Library needs to confirm all parterre in HOTSPOT box and password is READABLE.

2. T-Mobile service is poor quality in Eastern part of Washington state.
Cheap modems, limited frequency bands and cell towers hinder T-Mobile performance.

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higashib
Nov 17, 2018

New Alcatel/T-Mobile wifi hotspots work better for me then the Verizon hotspots at home and I still get good coverage where ever I go on the West Coast.

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prn
Nov 13, 2018

Used to be great when it had Verizon service. Now it is useless. Too many places without T-Mobile service makes this unusable for many occasions. Bring back Verizon, please!

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Saint_Mirin
Jul 09, 2019

The Safelink Wireless program will give you a free smartphone with limited minutes each month. As for free internet, I purchased my laptop new, for about $119 at Target so offers from Seattle to have low income buy a laptop for about the same price shows how out of touch they are particularly with seniors and disabled citizens. Most low income people don't have $100 to spare. It would be great if the Hotspots weren't just a novelty but strictly reserved for those who truly need them. Dear Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation...

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toby1kenobi
Jun 18, 2019

Who offers home internet service for low-income residents in Seattle?

https://www.seattle.gov/tech/services/internet-access/low-cost-home-internet-access-for-residents

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