The Pantech MHS291L was our Verizon hotspot of choice throughout 2014 - but over time our delight faded.
Particularly as we discovered that the issue we ran into with the MHS291L battery swelling and failing was actually a widespread flaw.
If you still have a MHS291L, you're probably OK waiting a bit longer without upgrading - but you should definitely be thinking about it.
- Battery Life: 15 hours
- # of Connected Devices: 10 (LTE) / 5 (3G) / Supports USB Tethering
- Networks supported: Verizon LTE Bands: 4, 13
4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported.
3G: Verizon CDMA EVDO Supported (800/1900MHz)
2G: GSM EDGE - Quad band global roaming.
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: No
- LTE Performance Category: Category 3
(Max Theoretical Speed: 100Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x MIMO / TS9 Connectors
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n/a - 2.4GHz or 5GHz
- Dimensions: 3.62" x 2.0" x 0.72" / 4.97 oz
- SIM Card Type: 3FF / Micro SIM
- Retail Price: $159
Testing Status: We have had a Pantech MHS291L in regular use since it was first released (originally provided by Millenicom), and we have extensive experience with it. Our in-depth hands on review is included below.
In addition, we have involved this device in other rounds of testing:
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Pantech MHS291L Ratings
While the Pantech MHS291L supports was the first solidly reliable hotspot to support Verizon "XLTE" on LTE Band 4 - this mobile hotspot is now pushing towards obsolescence.
Its tendency to destroy batteries is also a major knock against it.