ZTE in the News:
ZTE is a Chinese company that produces a variety of electronics, including consumer cellular devices as well as network equipment which can potentially be used by cellular carriers and other internet service providers.
Beginning in 2018, the US government restricted the sale and support of ZTE products in the US due to security concerns and at one point, it seemed like ZTE could be forced out of business.
Currently, however, ZTE is still able to directly sell and support consumer devices in the US, but US telecommunications companies cannot use federal telecom subsidies for ZTE gear or services because the US government considers ZTE to be a security threat.
While unlikely at this point, ZTE could be subject to further US government actions that could affect the availability of and support for ZTE consumer devices.
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The Velocity is AT&T's entry level mobile hotspot - with a solid set of features, including first generation carrier aggregation and support for LTE Band 29. This device is often found as an option for AT&T prepaid brands and MVNOs.
- Battery Life: 10hrs (removable battery)
- # of Connected Devices: 10 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering
- Networks supported:
LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 17, 29
4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported.
2G: GSM EDGE
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes (2x 10MHz channels)
- LTE Performance Category: Category 4
(Max Theoretical Speed: 150Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: None
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 a/b/g/n - Must select 2.4GHz or 5GHz.
- Dimensions: 4.5" x 2.5" x 0.7" / 4.6 oz
- SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
- Retail Price: $149
Review & Testing Status
We do not intend to obtain a review unit of this model, but we have analyzed its strengths and weaknesses based upon the published specs and comparable other devices.
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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:
The guides below have been hand-picked to help further your education about selecting mobile hotspots and best utilizing them in your mobile internet setup.