i bought a Verizon unlimited data plan through a vendor of Verizon UDP's. i paid $500 upfront for the line and my monthly bill is $50.
from a different vendor, i purchased a hot spot, and a dummy phone to register the sim card with verizon.
i registered my assumed line with verizon on the dummy phone and then swapped sim cards into the hot spot. any changes or communication with verizon will need to be with the dummy phone and the registered sim card.
i gave up my primary home internet line for the verizon line. the speed is faster through the 4g-lte service, and i can take the hotspot with me for internet on the road.
at home i can plug the hot spot into my home router and tether my home internet through the router.
the AOL process is a bit sketchy but once your done and have that unlimited plan, you feel like you just got the holy grail.
this will pay for itself in less than a year for me. glad i did it.