The newer model adds support for LTE Band 4, which Verizon refers to as XLTE.
- Battery Life: 6 hours (not removable)
- # of Connected Devices: 8 Wi-Fi / No USB Tethering
- Networks supported: Verizon LTE Band: 13
4G/3G/2G: No fallback - LTE only!
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- LTE Performance Category: Category 3
(Max Theoretical Speed: 100Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: Dual unofficial "test ports" - TS9 connector.
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz only
- Dimensions: 3.07" x 2.2" x 0.49" / 2.9 oz
- SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
- Retail Price: $149
Review & Testing Status
There are other much more capable options in Verizon's lineup, and we have never felt this limited hotspot was worth a hands on look.
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Be careful when shopping on eBay and make sure that you're buying JUST the mobile hotspot, and not also a rental Verizon data plan.
Mobile hotspot devices are small, self-contained units that receive a cellular data signal and transform it into an internet connection. They are a cellular modem and router combined. Most can create their own personal Wi-Fi network.
They are typically designed with a specific cellular carrier in mind and require a suitable cellular data plan of their own to operate. You might see them called Jetpacks (Verizon's term for them) or MiFi (Inseego's name for them).
Here's a quick video going over the features of a hotspot, and what makes one better than another:
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