Review: Verizon MiFi 7730L by Novatel (Mobile WiFi Hotspot)

March 2018 Heads Up:

The 7730L is still the most current and technologically advanced Verizon mobile hotspot option. However, based on history, Verizon tends to release a new hotspot device every 12-18 months. The 7730 was launched in January 2017 and we feel Verizon should be releasing something new in the coming months.

We have our eyes out and will update this space.  If you need a device in the nearterm future, the 7730L should be a solid choice for the foreseeable future.  However, if you have time .. it would be worth waiting.


The 7730L Jetpack is Verizon's first mobile hotspot with a touchscreen and USB-C. In some ways, it makes older models feel primitive.

In January 2017 announced a new flagship and rival for the crown - the Novatel 7730L.

Though comparable to the former flagship AC791L in many ways, the 7730L pushes the state of the art in consumer hotspots further than ever.

Read on for the details.

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Specifications

  • Battery Life: 24 hours hotspot usage, 27 days standby.
  • # of Connected Devices: 15 Wi-Fi / Supports USB Tethering
    WiFiRanger Tethering: Work Great
    Pepwave Tethering: Works Great
    Control Panel: http://192.168.1.1 or http://my.jetpack/
    Default Password: Random - Check Device Screen
  • Networks supported:
    Verizon LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 13, 66
    Global Roaming on LTE Bands: 3, 7, 20, 28
    4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported.
    3G: Verizon CDMA EVDO Supported
    2G: GSM EDGE - Quad band global roaming.
  • LTE-Advanced Carrier AggregationYes (3x 20MHz channels)
  • LTE Performance Category: Category 9
    (Max Theoretical Speed: 450Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
  • Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x TS9 'Test Ports' (not official antenna ports, but DO support MIMO)
  • Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac - Simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Dimensions: 4.29" x 2.64" x 0.7" /  5.38 oz
  • SIM Card Type: 4FF / Nano SIM
  • Retail Price:  $199.99 / $49.99 (w/ 2-year contract)

Review & Testing Status

Novatel sent us an evaluation unit in late January 2017, and we spent two months using the 7730L as our primary hotspot in a range of situations.

We have focused on testing it head-to-head against the AC791L, though we also compared the Novatel 7730L to the full past lineup of Verizon flagship hotspots: Netgear AC791L, Novatel MiFi 6620L, and the Pantech MHS291L.

Members can access some of our raw field testing results by viewing the embedded spreadsheet here:

Cellular Signal Enhancing Field Testing Results (Q1 2017)

In addition, we have included this unit in many rounds of testing since, including our most recent (1st Quarter 2018). Our field testing results can be found here, for our members who want to follow along: Cellular Signal & Embedded Router Field Testing – IBR900 | MAX-BR1 | Drive Sleek | MIMO Antennas (1st Quarter 2018)

Unboxing Video

Here is our unboxing video and first impressions of the Novatel 7730L after we received it:

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Purchasing Options

Verizon tends to closely guard new Jetpack releases, trying to make them only available in their stores.  As options become available on eBay, Amazon and other third party retailers - use caution. Make sure the devices are new, factory OEM and you are buying from a reputable seller.

Verizon 7730L Ratings
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Quick Take

Verizon's current flagship mobile hotspot has it all - LTE-Advanced, Cat-9, 802.11ac, and even antenna ports.

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