Product Overview: T-Mobile SyncUp Drive by ZTE (Mobile Hotspot / Connected Car)

This device has been discontinued and we consider it obsolete. While current owners of this device may continue to find performance to be adequate for the foreseeable tech-future, we do not recommend upgrading to or purchasing this device.

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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:
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The SyncUp Drive is T-Mobile's Connected Car widget that plugs directly into a vehicle's OBD-II Port, creating a Wi-Fi hotspot within the vehicle powered by T-Mobile's network whenever the ignition is turned on. There are adapters and hacks available to provide power to the unit when the vehicle is not on.

A T-Mobile data plan must be attached to this device in order to use data.

Specifications

  • # of Connected Devices: 5 Wi-Fi
  • Networks supported:
    LTE Bands: 2/4/5/12
    4G: HSPA+ Bands: 1/2/4
  • 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
  • Dimensions: 2.9" x 2.1" x 1" / 2.8 oz
  • SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
  • Retail Price:  $150

Testing Status: We do not currently plan to test this product.

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Thoughts & Analysis

Favorite Features:

  • Can be used with a power adapter outside of vehicle.

Potential Downsides:

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T-Mobile's connected car hotspot.

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