This device or plan has been discontinued or we consider it obsolete. While current owners of this device or plan may continue to find performance to be adequate for the foreseeable tech-future, we do not recommend upgrading to or purchasing it.
The Netgear Zing was previously Sprint's flagship hotspot, but it is now no longer available directly from Sprint and is seemingly being phased out.
But many prepaid carriers are still offering the Zing - and thanks to its solid pedigree and external antenna ports it is still a worthwhile option.
- Battery Life: 8.5 - 10 hrs usage / 10 days standby
- # of Connected Devices: 10 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering
- Networks supported:
LTE Bands: 25, 26, 41 (aka "Sprint Spark")
3G: Sprint CDMA Fallback
4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported.
2G: GSM/EDGE Quad Band - Global Roaming
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- LTE Performance Category: Category 4
(Max Theoretical Speed: 150Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x MIMO - TS9 Ports
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz
- Dimensions: 2.7" x 4.3" x 0.6"" / 3.95 oz
- SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
- Retail Price: $192
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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.