The Alcatel LINKZONE is T-Mobile's newest mobile hotspot (released October 2016), seemingly replacing the ZTE Falcon Z-917 model in T-Mobile's lineup.
If you don't already have a T-Mobile hotspot, the Alcatel LINKZone is likely a good way to get started. It supports all of T-Mobile's current LTE frequencies, including "Extended Range LTE" on LTE Band 12.
But there is no compelling reason to upgrade if you already have the older Z-917 or Z-915 models, since the technical specifications are almost identical.
Do be aware that this is not a high-end device, and it does NOT have advanced features or support for combining multiple cellular bands via LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation.
- Battery Life: 6hrs (removable battery)
- # of Connected Devices: 15 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering
WiFiRanger Tethering: Yes
Pepwave Tethering: Not Yet Tested
MoFi Tethering: Not Yet Tested
Control Panel: http://mobile.hotspot/ or http://192.168.0.1/
Default Password: "admin"
- Networks supported:
LTE Bands: 2, 4, 12 (17)
4G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz
3G / 2G: Quad Band GSM - Global Roaming
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- LTE Performance Category: Category 4
(Max Theoretical Speed: 150Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: None
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz Only
- Dimensions: 4.09" x 2.51" x 0.5" / 3.17 oz
- SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
- Retail Price: $79.99
Testing Status: We do not currently have this unit in for testing, though we have tested the seemingly very similar ZTE Falcon Z-917.
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NOTE: At present time, mobile hotspots can only be activated on T-Mobile's older data tiered 'Simple Choice' plans, not on their new unlimited T-Mobile One plans.
They can also no longer be purchased online directly from T-Mobile, and must be bought in a T-Mobile store or via phone.
Alcatel LINKZONE Ratings
This hotspot is the only official currently offered choice if you need a dedicated T-Mobile data device.