The Coolpad Surf was released in January 2018 for T-Mobile and a Sprint version was released in June 2019. The device is also available from MVNO's and resellers.
It was retired from the T-Mobile postpaid line-up sometime in fall of 2019, and replaced with the T9 Hotspot For T-Mobile by Franklin. It was used for a time as the hotspot with T-Mobile's Test Drive program, but in July 2020 T-Mobile began using the Franklin T9 for that program as well.
At one pint Boost Mobile sold this device for use with a now-discontinued data plan, but as of May 2021 it is no longer available from Boost.
The Coolpad Surf is currently only available from T-Mobile's prepaid brand Metro by T-Mobile as the MetroSMART hotspot.
- Model Number: Coolpad Surf / MetroSMART
- # of Connected Devices: 15 via Wi-Fi
- Control Panel and Default Password:
Control Panel: http://mobile.hotspot or http://192.168.0.1
Default Password: "admin"
- USB Tethering Support: Probable, but unknown
- Supported Networks and Bands (T-Mobile Version):
4G/LTE: 2, 4, 12, 71, 66
3G: 1, 2, 4
- Supported Networks and Bands (Sprint Version):
4G/LTE: 2, 4, 5 12, 13, 25, 26, 41, 66, 71
3G: 1, 2, 4
- 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: microUSB
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz (T-Mobile models support 5GHz)
- Claimed Battery Life: 48 hours standby, 4.5 hours of use
- Battery Part: CPLD-429
- Battery Purchase
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery: Unknown
- Dimensions: 4.29” x 2.64” x “.63” (3.88oz)
- SIM Card Type: Nano
- Retail Price: $59.99 - Metro by T-Mobile
News, Videos, & Status
Our team got a couple of units in-house when it was offered as part of the September 2019 T-Mobile Test Drive program.
The device performs as expected, with nothing notable either positively or negatively. We won't be doing an in-depth review of this device.
- T-Mobile Announces Updated Test Drive Offer: 30GB/30Days of Data on a Coolpad Surf Posted on: August 28, 2019
- T-Mobile Introduces the Coolpad Surf - Their First Mobile Hotspot With Band 71 Support Posted on: January 29, 2019
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