My old brain hasn’t been thinking straight. Unless I plan to serve multiple devices away from home (highly doubtful) I wouldn’t need a dedicated mobile hotspot.
I forgot that the SIM/line on my OnePlus 8T has 20GB hotspot data.
Briefly, COVID hit in early 2020 and we were out of work. Perfect time to update/upgrade old laptop and get back into Slackware. But no internet. Pulled my old Samsung Galaxy Light (JellyBean era) out of retirement, got a SIM for it and used it as a hotspot. WiFi Tether Router software was used in hopes of hiding the tethering.
Also had a Fire TV Stick. At times the hiding didn’t work and T-Mobile would send a message letting me know the limit is being reached. So I kept increasing the limit.
That and the battery drain on the little guy had me looking at mobile hotspots.
Then read an article mentioning the current offerings used old modems that were no better than on my old Samsung. Basic 4G really. Why not get a 5G phone instead and use that, which I eventually did. Moved the SIM over to the OP8T and re-retired the Galaxy. Worked great for the laptop (using PDANet) and Firestick.
Only a few weeks later TMO notifies me that internet service was now available in my area. Had I known the service was a possibility I would’ve held off on buying an expensive phone (not really a flagship kind of guy).
Okay, not too brief. Fast forward now and just remembering I have the hotspot data so I guess I can start trimming lines.