I live in a rural area about 90 minutes south of St. Louis and recently switched from satellite-based internet to an LTE based hot-spot. Previously I was paying $65 for 10GB of daytime and 50GB of off-peak (2am-8am). I have an iPhone on Sprint and in May I looked into their hotspot options. They offer two plans at 50GB and 100GB for $50 and $60 with a $150ish device purchase of the modem/router. 3 months in and, assuming the device continues to function as well as it has, I’ll consider it a fantastic switch. It’s a faster connection (anywhere from 8 to 12 mbps download) and no latency. The only way it could be better is if they offered a 150 or 200GB plan. 100 is so much better but even with that I can go over with enough app updates, iCloud synching, lots of music/podcast streaming and daily streaming of video. Last month I’d used my data with 2 days left and happily even though they say they throttle the speed at that point I noticed no difference and was able to continue streaming NetFlix, etc.
Additional upsides: No downtime during storms. Even with a power outage the battery on the hotspot will go for hours. Also, the hotspot is portable. I don’t really need it as I have LTE on the iPad and iPhone but might be nice for folks with a laptop.
If you’re in a rural area with LTE be sure you check out the hotspot options with your carrier!