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 Pantech MHS291L was our Verizon hotspot of choice throughout 2014 - but over time our delight faded as we discovered the issue with the MHS291L battery swelling and failing was a widespread flaw.
- Model Number: MHS291L
- # of Connected Devices: 10 (LTE) / 5 (3G) / Supports USB Tethering
- Control Panel and Default Password:
- USB Tethering Support:
- WiFiRanger Tethering: Works Great
- Networks supported: Verizon LTE Bands: 4, 13
4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported.
3G: Verizon CDMA EVDO Supported (800/1900MHz)
2G: GSM EDGE - Quad band global roaming.
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- MIMO Support: 2X2
- LTE Performance Category: Category 3
(Max Theoretical Speed: 100Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x MIMO / TS9 Connectors
- Other Ports: micro-USB
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n/a - 2.4GHz or 5GHz
- Battery Life: 15 hours
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery: No (See below of a hack to get around this)
- Battery Part #: BTR291B
- Replacement Purchase: Beltron
- Dimensions: 3.62" x 2.0" x 0.72" / 4.97 oz
- SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
- Original Retail Price: $159
Review & Testing Status
We had a Pantech MHS291L in regular use since it was first released (originally provided by Millenicom), and we have extensive experience with it. Our in-depth hands-on review is included below.
In addition, we have involved this device in other rounds of testing:
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Battery Replacement Purchase: Beltron
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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