In 2020, Sprint merged with T-Mobile, slowly decommissioning the Sprint brand. The Sprint network, however, remains - with a few companies, like non-profits, (in addition to T-Mobile) continuing to have access to it. Therefore, this hotspot device remains relevant.
The 8000 is a major advancement in terms of raw cellular capability when compared to previous Sprint mobile hotspots. For the first time, gigabit LTE technologies are included in a hotspot Sprint's lineup.
The 8000 is almost identical to the Verizon flagship mobile hotspot, the Jetpack 8800L.
The two primary differences are more supported LTE bands on the MiFi 8000 and, of course, the Sprint branding.
Since the two hotspots are so similar, anyone considering the Sprint MiFi 8000 should also be sure to full read our in-depth review of the Verizon Jetpack 8800L.
- Model Number: Inseego MiFi 8000
- # of Connected Devices: 15 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering
- Control Panel and Default Password:
- USB Tethering Support:
- WiFiRanger Tethering: Not tested, but works great in the Verizon version
- Pepwave Tethering: Not tested, but works great in the Verizon version (except for Surf On-The-Go)
- Networks supported:
- Sprint LTE Bands: 25, 26, 41
- Other LTE Bands: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 66
- Future LTE Bands (with a software update): 1, 8, 18, 19, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 42
- LAA Bands: 46, 48 (CBRS)
- FirstNet: Band 14 (requires a FirstNet Plan to utilize)
- 4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported.
- 2G: GSM EDGE - Quad-band global roaming.
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes, including LAA
- MIMO Support: 4X4 internal, and 2X2 external
- LTE Performance Category: Category 18 (Max Theoretical Speed: 1200Mbps Down / 150Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports:
- 2x TS9 'Test Ports' (not official antenna ports), overrides internal 4x4 MIMO antennas
- Right port is the primary port, for uploads.
- Other Ports: USB-C
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac - Simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Claimed Battery Life: 24 hours hotspot usage, multiple days standby
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery: No
- Battery Part #: 40123117
- Battery Purchase
- Dimensions: 4.5" x 2.8" x 0.75" / 5.71 oz
- SIM Card Type: 4FF / Nano SIM
- Retail Price: $240 / $2.50/month with 24 month installment contract
Review & Testing Status
Inseego has sent us a review unit locked to Sprint's network - which prevented us from testing the MiFi 8000 head-to-head with other AT&T or Verizon hotspots. We also have unit in from Calyx Institute with their unlimited plan.
We have, however, extensively reviewed the Verizon hotspot which is almost identical - the Jetpack 8800L. Please see our Verizon 8800L review for the full details.
Related News Stories:
- Sprint Mifi 8000 Reboot Loop Fixed Posted on: October 22, 2019
- Sprint Launches MiFi 8000 Mobile Hotspot and 100GB Data Plan Posted on: June 17, 2019
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