Review: AT&T Mobley by ZTE (Mobile Hotspot / Connected Car)

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ZTE Warning: The US government in retaliation for ZTE violating past agreements recently announced new sanctions that would prevent US companies from selling any technology to ZTE. ZTE has announced that these sanctions would force them entirely out of business.

If true, this means that ongoing spare parts, warranty repairs, and software updates for this product may be in doubt.

Members, get our further analysis and tracking of this story in our Special Announcements forum:
ALERT: Future of ZTE In Doubt - Mobley, Warp, Velocity 2, other devices impacted

The ZTE Mobley is a "Connected Car" device from AT&T that plugs into a vehicle's OBD-II diagnostic port, automatically creating a Wi-Fi hotspot whenever the ignition is turned on.

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 for the first part of 2017. Since September 2017 however, that Connected Car Plan offering is no longer available to aftermarket devices. Thus the sparkle of the Mobley 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, no antenna ports and a cap of 5 supported connections - this device is easily overshadowed by much more capable mobile hotspot devices offered by AT&T.

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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
    3G: UMTS
  • 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

Review & Testing Status

We purchased a Mobley when the Connected Car ($20) plan was still available, and put it to the test.

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 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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Purchasing Options

For more on the Connected Car Unlimited Plan (now retired for aftermarket devices like the Mobley):

AT&T Offering Unlimited Shareable Data to Connected Cars

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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
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Quick Take

The Mobley is nothing special - but the $20/mo unlimited plan that you can get with it sure is.

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