Review: Sprint Zing AirCard 771S by Netgear (Mobile WiFi Hotspot)


The Netgear Zing was previously Sprint's flagship hotspot, but it is now no longer available directly from Sprint and is seemingly being phased out.

But many prepaid carriers are still offering the Zing - and thanks to its solid pedigree and external antenna ports it is still a worthwhile option.


  • Battery Life: 8.5 - 10 hrs usage / 10 days standby
  • # of Connected Devices: 10 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering
  • Networks supported:
    LTE Bands: 25, 26, 41 (aka "Sprint Spark")
    3G: Sprint CDMA Fallback
    4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported.
    2G: GSM/EDGE Quad Band - Global Roaming
  • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
  • LTE Performance Category: Category 4
    (Max Theoretical Speed: 150Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
  • Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x MIMO - TS9 Ports
  • Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz
  • Dimensions: 2.7" x 4.3" x 0.6"" /  3.95 oz
  • SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
  • Retail Price:  $192

Testing Status: sent us this device to test with their unlimited Sprint-based plan, and we have a detailed hands on review published below.

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Quick Take

The Zing is Sprint's former flagship hotspot, and is an overall decent option. But the lack of LTE Plus support means that it will be growing increasingly obsolete with time.

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