This is AT&T's combination mobile hotspot and projector all-in-one unit, designed for stereotypical road warriors who want it all wrapped up in one portable package.
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.
In November 2021, the US government passed a law that prohibits the FCC from certifying ZTE equipment along with equipment from several other Chinese-based telecom companies. There is also discussion of potentially revoking licenses that were previously issued.
While most of this concerns network infrastructure equipment, it will also affect consumer devices and could affect the availability of and support for ZTE consumer devices.
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- Battery Life: 16 hrs (hotspot mode) / 2.5 hrs (projector mode)
- # of Connected Devices: 10 Wi-Fi
- Networks supported:
LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 17, 29
4G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz
3G / 2G: Global Roaming Ready
- 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 b/g/n - 2.4GHz or 5GHz, not simultaneously.
- Dimensions: 5.3" x 5.2" x 1.2" / 19.4 oz
- SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
- Retail Price: $449
Review & Testing Status
We do not intend to obtain a review unit of this model. For optimizing for mobile internet, we generally recommend sticking to products dedicated to the task. This has been rated elsewhere as a great battery-powered projector and solidly capable hotspot.
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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.