Review: Sprint ONETOUCH Ride-Fi by Alcatel (Portable Hotspot)

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Sprint's unusual hotspot without a battery is intended for use in vehicles while underway.

It is powered by plugging into a typical aux-power "cigarette lighter" jack, and it passes through power to a standard USB port for charging your phone or another gadget.

Specifications

  • Battery Life: No battery.
  • # of Connected Devices: 8 Wi-Fi
  • Networks supported:
    LTE Bands: 25, 26, 41 (aka "Sprint Spark")
    3G: Sprint CDMA - No global roaming.
  • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
  • LTE Performance Category: Category 4
    (Max Theoretical Speed: 150Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
  • Cellular Antenna Ports: None
  • Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz
  • Dimensions: 5.27" x 1.33" x .47"
  • SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
  • Retail Price:  $168

Testing Status: We do not intend to obtain a review unit of this model.

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Quick Take

If you like the idea of a very simple hotspot that can be left permanently plugged into a 12V jack in an RV, perhaps the Ride-Fi is worth a closer look. But most will be better off with a true standalone hotspot option.

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