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.
May 10, 2018 Battery Warning: Mobile Beacon, supplier of the non-profit Sprint based plans available through organizations like Calyx and PCs for People is tracking an unusually high number of reports of swollen batteries and even fires caused by this device. No recall has been published yet. Given that this device does NOT have a user replaceable battery - we advise high caution with this device. Keep an extra close eye on your unit for signs of battery swelling and discontinue use immediately if you notice any.
To reduce chances of battery swelling, we advise not keeping this unit plugged or charging 24/7 (unplug it for a few hours a day) - and be extra cautious of running consistent high loads on it, especially in weak signal areas which requires more power usage. For maximum safety, discontinue use entirely.
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.
Members, our further analysis and detailed updates are in the Special Announcements forum:
The ZTE Warp can connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices at a time.
Its onscreen display allows users to to see usage and connection on device.
- Model Number: ZTE MF920VS
- # of Connected Devices: 10 via WiFi
- Control Panel and Default Password:
Control Panel: http://192.168.128.1 or http://myhotspot
Default Password: "password"
- USB Tethering Support: Yes
- Supported Networks and Bands:
LTE Bands: B25/26/41/2/4/5/12
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Band 25, 26, 41 - Spark
- MIMO Support: 2x2 Internal and external
- LTE Performance Category: Cat-4
(Max Theoretical Speed: 150Mbps Down / 50 Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x MIMO (T-S9)
- Other Ports: microUSB (charging/tethering)
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz
- Battery Life: 8-10 hrs usage
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery: No - battery not removable
- Dimensions: 4.6'' x 2.6'' x 0.57''
- SIM Card Type: Nano
- Retail Price: Boost Mobile: $49.99
Review & Testing Status
Our field testing results can be found here for our members who want to follow along:
Cellular Signal & Embedded Router Field Testing – IBR900 | MAX-BR1 | Drive Sleek | MIMO Antennas (1st Quarter 2018)
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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.