In other words - the Mobley exists primarily to keep passengers entertained with internet access while on a road trip.
Likely because average Mobley users might only use internet in a vehicle for a few hours per week , AT&T had paired the Mobley with an incredibly affordable (just $20/month!) unlimited data offering. Now that that Connected Car Plan offering is no longer available, the sparkle of the Mobley device has dimmed significantly.
With a Cat 3 rating, the need to build or purchase an adapter so that you can keep the Mobley running, no 5.0GHz WiFi option, and a cap of 5 supported connections, this 'dumb' device is officially weak. Especially in comparison to the AT&T Unite Explore hotspot, or the brand new AT&T Nighthawk hotspot.
ZTE Mobley Specifications
- # of Connected Devices: 5 via Wi-Fi / Unofficially Supports USB Tethering (see below)
Control Panel: http://192.168.1.1 or http://attwifimanager/
Default Password: "attadmin"
- Networks supported:
LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 17
4G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- LTE Performance Category: Category 3
(Max Theoretical Speed: 100Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: None
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz Only
- Dimensions: 3.22" x 1.96" x .86" / 2.12 oz
- SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
- Retail Price: $99
NOTE: The attratictive $20 Connected Car plan which was lusted over when it was found attachable to a Mobley is kaputz. The Mobley is no longer a 'top pick' option for RVers.
Review & Testing Status
We purchased a Mobley when the Connected Car ($20) plan was still available, and have been using it since.
MIA members, see below for specific tips on using a Mobley with unlimited data in an RV - including a video overview and configuration tutorial.
Members can follow along with our current round of modem testing, which includes testing the Mobley Device on a Connected Car plan here: Cellular Equipment Field Testing Results – Netgear Modems / USB730 (Late 2017)
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Here are some purchasing links:
- AT&T Direct (Easiest - if in stock, you can activate the stand-alone unlimited plan online.)
- Best Buy Online
NOTE: The Mobley is frequently sold out, and AT&T reps have been known to try and substitute the Audiovox "Car Connection 2.0" instead, saying that it is equivalent. Don't be fooled - while the Audiovox also plugs into an OBD-2 port, it does not create a Wi-Fi hotspot and is only useful for vehicle diagnostics.
ZTE Mobley Ratings
The Mobley is nothing special - but the $20/mo unlimited plan that you can get with it sure is.