Review: Verizon Jetpack MHS291L by Pantech (Mobile WiFi Hotspot)

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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.

With the introduction of first the Novatel MiFi 6620L and then the Netgear Jetpack AC791L, there are now two solidly better alternatives on Verizon's network.

If you still have a MHS291L, you're probably OK waiting a bit longer without upgrading - but you should definitely be thinking about it.

Specifications

  • 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.

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Pantech MHS291L Ratings
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Quick Take

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.

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