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.
Though it costs $50 less than Verizon's flagship hotspot models, the MHS800L is a major step down.
If you're considering a Verizon hotspot purchase, it's probably better to go with the Novatel 7730L or the Netgear AC791L instead - both of which will give you more capability and much more 'future-proofing'.
NOTE: In August 2016 Franklin and Verizon released the MHS815L, which appears to be identical in all ways other than branding to the older MHS800L, which is now only available from Verizon as "Certified Pro-Owned".
- Battery Life: 10 hours (not removable)
- # of Connected Devices: 8 Wi-Fi / No USB Tethering
- Networks supported: Verizon LTE Bands: 4, 13
4G/3G/2G: No fallback - LTE only!
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- LTE Performance Category: Category 3
(Max Theoretical Speed: 100Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: Dual unofficial "test ports" - TS9 connector.
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz only
- Dimensions: 3.07" x 2.2" x 0.49" / 2.9 oz
- SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
- Retail Price: $149 / $99 (refurbished)
Review & Testing Status
There are other much more capable options in Verizon's lineup, and we have not felt this limited hotspot was worth a hands on look.
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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:
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