The Orbic Speed Mobile Hotspot was recently found available on Verizon's postpaid and prepaid websites.
The Orbic Speed is an entry-level LTE hotspot device, with a Category-4 modem and support for simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. It's made under the brand name Orbic owned by Reliance Communications LLC.
The device is lacking some critical features for those interested in a solid mobile internet device - such as antenna ports for additional signal enhancing options.
And while the device does cover the key Verizon LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 13 and 66, it is lacking additional bands for maximum Verizon compatibility(12, 14, 30, 29, 46).
The Orbic offers 3G fallback, which, at this point, is more of a 'meh' than a 'yay'. Verizon is actively working to shut down 3G by end of year. You can read more about 3G shutdowns in our recent news story: 3G Shutdown Update: Carriers Sunsetting 3G to Make Room for 5G
Compared to Verizon's other entry-level device the Ellipsis MHS900L, the Orbic Speed is a definite step up with dual-band Wi-Fi, more frequency bands, 3G Fallback, and a Category 4 versus a Category 3 modem. We do not know if the Ellipsis will be replaced by the Orbic. For those seeking a maximum LTE hotspot for Verizon's network, the 8800L remains the flagship LTE device.
More info on Verizon Postpaid and Verizon Prepaid plan options:
- Verizon Releases Unlimited Plus for Connected Devices - Allowing for 30GB of LTE Hotspot and Unlimited 5G Posted on: September 17, 2020
- First AT&T 5G Mobile Hotspot Available for Consumers - Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro Posted on: September 16, 2020
- Verizon Launches 2nd Generation 5G Mobile Hotspot – Inseego MiFi M2100 5G UW Posted on: September 9, 2020
- Product Release: ZMax Connect - A T-Mobile Compatible Hotspot With Antenna Ports by ZTE Posted on: August 26, 2020
- Orbic Speed Mobile Hotspot, New Entry Device Available for Verizon and Verizon Prepaid Posted on: August 14, 2020
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