Though first announced way back in late 2014 and was a flagship Sprint device.
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.
Currently, however, ZTE is still able to directly sell and support consumer devices in the US, but US telecommunications companies cannot use federal telecom subsidies for ZTE gear or services because the US government considers ZTE to be a security threat.
While unlikely at this point, ZTE could be subject to further US government actions that could affect the availability of and support for ZTE consumer devices.
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- # of Connected Devices: 10 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering
- Networks supported:
LTE Bands: 25, 26, 41 (aka "Sprint Spark")
3G: Sprint CDMA 3G fallback. Global roaming locked out.
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes (2x 20MHz channels)
- LTE Performance Category: Category 6
(Max Theoretical Speed: 300Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: None (see special note below)
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz and 802.11 a/n/ac - 5GHz
- Dimensions: 4.5" x 2.4" x 0.55"" / 4.23 oz
- Battery Life: 8-10 hrs usage (removable)
- Battery Part #: Li3827t43p3h544780
- Replacement Purchase: Generic
- SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
- Retail Price: $180
- Default Control Panel Address: http://myhotspot or http://192.168.128.1
Review & Testing Status
We were given a brief two day opportunity to get some hand's on time with this hotspot, and have shared our impressions below. Because we only had it in one location, we were unable to do any comparative performance testing in a range of situations.
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Battery Replacement Purchase:
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:
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