The Novatel 4620L was a formerly popular hotspot on Verizon's network, and it is still occasionally found for sale on eBay and other secondary markets.
- Battery Life: 5 hours
- # of Connected Devices: 10 Wi-Fi / USB Tethering Suported
- Networks supported: Verizon LTE Band: 13
4G/3G: HSPA 900/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported.
3G: Verizon CDMA EVDO Supported (800/1900MHz)
2G: GSM EDGE - Quad band global roaming.
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- LTE Performance Category: Category 3
(Max Theoretical Speed: 100Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: Single unofficial "test port" - TS9 connector.
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz only
- Dimensions: 3.74" x 2.36" x 0.53" / 3.0 oz
- SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
- Retail Price: $299 (original price)
Review & Testing Status
We used the 4620L as our primary hotspot in late 2012. You can can read about our prior experience in our Technomadia blog post: Life In The Fast Lane – 4G Will Make You Lose Your Mind.
Alternatives to Consider
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Be careful when shopping on eBay and make sure that you're buying JUST the mobile hotspot, and not also a rental Verizon data plan.
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.