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.
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 further affect the availability of and support for ZTE consumer devices.
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This USB modem is a 'plug and play' solution for those looking for AT&T based cellular internet connections for a single device (i.e. laptop).
- Model Number: ZTE MF861
- # of Connected Devices: 1
- Control Panel and Default Password: N/A
- USB Tethering Support: Yes, to one device, like a laptop
- Supported Networks and Bands:
AT&T LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 12, 29, 30
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: 1st generation
- MIMO Support: 2x2 internal only
- LTE Performance Category: Cat 6
- Wi-Fi connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Cellular Antenna Ports: None
- Other Ports: USB male
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: None
- Claimed Battery Life: None - no battery
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery: Yes
- Dimensions: 3.82'' x 1.30'' x 0.63'' / 3.18 oz
- SIM Card Type: Nano SIM
- Retail Price: $119.99
Review & Testing Status
We are not currently testing this unit. This device may be good for those who need to connect a single device, primarily a laptop but most RVers and boaters would be better served with a mobile hotspot device.
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