Amazon has come up with a unique and highly enticing smartphone promotion in which they’ve chosen select hotspot ready smartphones and have offered a free $100 Amazon.com gift card gift with purchase. The Stay Connected Promotion is a pretty sweet deal if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, and its a feature that is particularly handy for individuals who find themselves wanting to connect their laptop or tablet to the Internet while not near a wifi connection that is accessible for them. I have used the hotspot functionality on my smartphone multiple times and it was easy to do, and worked great.
To operate the mobile hotspot functionality (known as tethering) on your smartphone, you simply select your smartphone as the wifi connection for your laptop or tablet, just as you would any other wi-fi connection at a land based location. The only downside is that on some phones, it does drain your battery power faster, so that is something to watch for.
The most recent time that I’ve used my phone’s mobile hotspot capability was when I was traveling and was stuck in a laundromat doing some ‘on the go’ laundry. Unfortunately this laundromat was behind the times and didn’t offer free wifi. No problem for me though, I simply connected my laptop to the Internet via the mobile hotspot connectivity on my LG Thrill, and I was able to get some work done while I waited for my clothes. It was super convenient, and in my experience, the connection was fast and smooth. As I did notice that this was draining my battery, I went ahead and plugged my phone in to the wall. I have also used this feature to go to the park to get some work done, and it worked like a charm.
To receive the $100 Amazon Gift Card, you do have to activate the mobile hotspot service when you buy the phone, which is what I did when I recently bought my LG Thrill through Amazon. Since most of us enjoy this feature and end up opting for it anyhow, its nice that there is an additional benefit for signing up for it. To access information about the promotion and which smartphone devices quality, click here.
You can also receive a free $50 Amazon gift card with the purchase of a mobile hotspot device. This is a good option for those individuals who anticipate needing a large amount of data capability, or who plan to use the mobile hotspot connectivity in place of a standard ISP, or who will use it a lot and don’t want to drain the battery on their smartphone. Get more information about the devices which qualify for the Stay Connected promo.
Here are just some of the phones that quality for the Stay Connected Hotspot Ready Smartphone Promotion:
- Samsung Epic Touch 4G
- Motorola Droid Bionic 4G
- Samsung Galaxy S II 4G
- HTC Droid Incredible 2
- HTC Thunderbolt 4G
- Samsung Droid Charge 4G
- HTC Evo 3D 4G
- Motorola Droid X2
- Motorola Droid 3
- Motorola Photon 4G
- Samsung Epic 4G
- HTC Evo Design 4G