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

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.


  • # 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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