This device or plan has been discontinued or we consider it obsolete. While current owners of this device or plan may continue to find performance to be adequate for the foreseeable tech-future, we do not recommend upgrading to or purchasing it.
This device is no longer offered direct by T-Mobile, and has been replaced with the LINKZONE 2.
The Alcatel Linkzone was T-Mobile's primary mobile hotspot from October 2016 to January 2019.
- Model Number: MW41TM
- # of Connected Devices: 15 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering
- Control Panel and Default Password:
Control Panel: http://mobile.hotspot/ or http://192.168.0.1/
Default Password: "admin"
- USB Tethering Support:
WiFiRanger Tethering: Works Great
Pepwave Tethering: Not tested, but reportedly works
MOFI Tethering: Not tested
- Supported Networks and Bands:
LTE Bands: 2, 4, 12 (17)
4G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz
3G / 2G: Quad Band GSM - Global Roaming
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- MIMO Support: 2x2 internal only
- LTE Performance Category: Category 4
(Max Theoretical Speed: 150Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: None
- Other Ports: Micro USB (tethering/charging) and microSD (file sharing)
- 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: $72, but varies on the reseller market.
Review & Testing Status
We do not currently have this unit in for testing.
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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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