Mobile Hotspots and ModemsOur Reviews Of Mobile Hotspots and Modems

Mobile hotspots and modems are data only devices that convert a cellular connection to data usable for getting laptops, tablets, TVs and and gaming systems online. Some may also have a WiFi hotspot feature (often referred to as MiFi or Jetpacks), or need to be plugged into a router via USB or ethernet. For more information on understanding the specifications of LTE modems and our comparative guide: LTE Modem & Mobile Hotspot Guide.

Pantech UML290

Verizon’s older and now obsolete USB cellular modem.

Novatel 4620L

A pre-XLTE Verizon mobile hotspot that is now long obsolete.

Novatel 5510L

An older XLTE-capable hotspot that is now discontinued.

Netgear Beam 340U

AT&T’s USB Modem option is slipping towards obsolescence.

$169

Pantech MHS291L

The first Verizon XLTE mobile hotspot to hit the market, but it suffers a critical flaw.

$159

Netgear Zing AirCard 771S

Sprint’s former flagship hotspot has antenna ports, but lacks LTE Plus.

$192

Netgear AirCard 341U

Sprint’s USB modem option with MIMO antenna ports.

$199

Netgear Unite Pro 781S

AT&T’s flagship LTE-A capable mobile hotspot.

$199

Pantech UML295

The first USB cellular modem with XLTE, there are now better options.

$199

Franklin Wireless Ellipsis MHS700L

Verizon’s original basic mobile hotspot, now discontinued and obsolete.

ZTE LivePro Projector

Sprint’s combo mobile hotspot and projector.

$449

Novatel MiFi 6620L

A former flagship XLTE capable hotspot worthy of consideration.

$199

ZTE Velocity

AT&T’s entry-level LTE capable mobile hotspot is a decent basic choice.

$149

ZTE Pocket Wi-Fi

Sprint’s flagship mobile hotspot choice – supporting LTE Plus and 802.11ac.

$180

ZTE Falcon Z-915

T-Mobile’s now-discontinued LTE Band 12 compatible mobile hotspot.

$110

Ellipsis MHS800L / MHS815L

Verizon’s most basic currently offered mobile hotspot.

$149

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

A combinations LED projector and hotspot.

$449

Netgear Fuse AC779S

Sprint’s prepaid mobile hotspot is very basic, but DOES support external antennas.

$168

Novatel U620L

Verizon’s 2015 USB cellular modem option.

$199

Karma Go

Karma’s proprietary mobile hotspot provides service powered by Sprint.

$149

ZTE Mobley

AT&T’s connect car mobile hotspot is tied to one of the best plan deal around.

$99

Netgear AC791L

Verizon’s 2015 flagship mobile hotspot, packed with features.

$199

Zubie

Connect car mobile hotspot provides internet while driving on the Verizon network.

$99

Franklin Wireless R850

Sprint’s hotspot with LTE Plus support but no 3G fallback.

$144

ZTE Falcon Z-917

T-Mobile’s basic but capable LTE Band 12 compatible mobile hotspot.

$79.95

Alcatel ONETOUCH Ride-Fi

Sprint’s DC powered mobile hotspot, intended for use in vehicles.

$168

ZTE SyncUp Drive

T-Mobile’s connected car mobile hotspot provides internet while driving.

$150

Millenicom

Offers T-Mobile smartphone and data plans at lower costs but with all the T-Mobile postpaid perks.

Wireless Home Phone & Internet

AT&T’s cellular data plan intended for homes, offers more GBs for the dollar.

Franklin u772 USB Modem

USB Modem stick designed for use with Sprint cellular data.

$180

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector for Verizon

A combinations LED projector and hotspot.

$499

Connected Car - Built In

Connected cars with built-in cellular data connections designed to power a range of services including in-car WiFi connectivity.

HumX

Verizon’s connected car mobile hotspot provides internet while underway.

$150

ZTE Velocity USB Modem

USB Modem designed for use with AT&T cellular data.

$119

Ellipsis MHS900L

A very basic mobile hotspot for Verizon.

$149

ZTE Warp Connect WiFi Hotspot

A mobile hotspot device for Sprint and their prepaid brand Boost Mobile.

$49 - 144

Verizon Connected Home Plans and SmartHub

Verizon’s cellular data plans & “smart” router intended for homes.

$199

We.Stream

A flexible global mobile hotspot with a virtual-SIM or personal SIM options.

$179

GL-MiFi

The GL-MiFi is a hotspot offered in versions designed for use on AT&T or Verizon.

$139

Skyroam & Similar Alternatives

Global mobile hotspot with a virtual-SIM that allows you to purchase day passes for unlimited international use.

$9 - $149

Franklin Wireless R910

Sprint hotspot with 3G fallback and 5GHz WiFi capabilities.

$180

Wireless Internet Router & Data Plans by AT&T

AT&T’s cellular data plans & router intended for homes, but usable on the road for some.

$199

AT&T Velocity 2

AT&T’s updated entry-level LTE capable mobile hotspot is a decent basic choice.

$119

Harman Spark

AT&T’s latest Connected Car device.

$79

These Mobile Hotspots and Modems Are Now Obsolete

Wireless Home Phone & Internet

AT&T’s cellular data plan intended for homes, offers more GBs for the dollar.

ZTE Falcon Z-917

T-Mobile’s basic but capable LTE Band 12 compatible mobile hotspot.

$79.95

Zubie

Connect car mobile hotspot provides internet while driving on the Verizon network.

$99

Novatel U620L

Verizon’s 2015 USB cellular modem option.

$199

Netgear Fuse AC779S

Sprint’s prepaid mobile hotspot is very basic, but DOES support external antennas.

$168

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

A combinations LED projector and hotspot.

$449

Ellipsis MHS800L / MHS815L

Verizon’s most basic currently offered mobile hotspot.

$149

ZTE Falcon Z-915

T-Mobile’s now-discontinued LTE Band 12 compatible mobile hotspot.

$110

ZTE Pocket Wi-Fi

Sprint’s flagship mobile hotspot choice – supporting LTE Plus and 802.11ac.

$180

ZTE Velocity

AT&T’s entry-level LTE capable mobile hotspot is a decent basic choice.

$149

Novatel MiFi 6620L

A former flagship XLTE capable hotspot worthy of consideration.

$199

ZTE LivePro Projector

Sprint’s combo mobile hotspot and projector.

$449

Franklin Wireless Ellipsis MHS700L

Verizon’s original basic mobile hotspot, now discontinued and obsolete.

Pantech UML295

The first USB cellular modem with XLTE, there are now better options.

$199

Netgear Unite Pro 781S

AT&T’s flagship LTE-A capable mobile hotspot.

$199

Netgear AirCard 341U

Sprint’s USB modem option with MIMO antenna ports.

$199

Netgear Zing AirCard 771S

Sprint’s former flagship hotspot has antenna ports, but lacks LTE Plus.

$192

Pantech MHS291L

The first Verizon XLTE mobile hotspot to hit the market, but it suffers a critical flaw.

$159

Netgear Beam 340U

AT&T’s USB Modem option is slipping towards obsolescence.

$169

Novatel 5510L

An older XLTE-capable hotspot that is now discontinued.

Novatel 4620L

A pre-XLTE Verizon mobile hotspot that is now long obsolete.

Pantech UML290

Verizon’s older and now obsolete USB cellular modem.