Product Overview: T-Mobile LINKZONE by Alcatel (Mobile WiFi Hotspot)

alcatel-linkzone-tmobile-mobile-hotspot-reviewThe 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.

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  • 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
    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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Purchasing Options

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
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Quick Take

This hotspot is the only official currently offered choice if you need a dedicated T-Mobile data device.

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