In 2020, Sprint merged with T-Mobile, slowly decommissioning the Sprint brand. And this device does not support T-Mobile's Band 71 which will become more and more important for Sprint based plans that roam onto T-Mobile.
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. Compared to AT&T's flagship LTE device the Netgear Nighthawk, the MiFi 8000 is a slightly higher category of modem but lacks and Ethernet port for local area networking - but is more affordable.
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:
- Control Panel: http://192.168.1.1 or http://my.MiFi8000/
- Default Admin Password: Random - Check Device Screen
- 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:
- 4G/LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 46, 48, 66
- Future LTE Bands (with a software update): 18, 19, 39, 42
- 3G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz
- 2G: GSM EDGE
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes, 5-band, 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
- Battery: 4400 mAh
- 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: Nano
- Retail Price: $240 - Sprint | $179.99 - AT&T
News, Videos, & 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 that was included with a prior version of 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.
- 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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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.