Product Overview: ZTE Warp Connect for Sprint & Boost Mobile (Mobile WiFi Hotspot)

May 10, 2018 Battery Warning: Mobile Beacon, supplier of the non-profit Sprint based plans available through organizations like Calyx and PCs for People is tracking an unusually high number of reports of swollen batteries and even fires caused by this device. No recall has been published yet. Given that this device does NOT have a user replaceable battery - we advise high caution with this device.  Keep an extra close eye on your unit for signs of battery swelling and discontinue use immediately if you notice any.

To reduce chances of battery swelling, we advise not keeping this unit plugged or charging 24/7 (unplug it for a few hours a day) - and be extra cautious of running consistent high loads on it, especially in weak signal areas which requires more power usage. For maximum safety, discontinue use entirely.

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:
ALERT: Future of ZTE In Doubt - Mobley, Warp, Velocity 2, other devices impacted

The ZTE Warp Connect is a 802.11b/g/n mobile hotspot device available for Sprint's network and offered by Boost Mobile, a prepaid subsidiary of Sprint.

The ZTE Warp can connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices at a time.

Its onscreen display allows users to to see usage and connection on device.

Specifications

  • Model: ZTE MF920VS
  • Battery Life: 8-10 hrs usage (not removable)
  • # of Connected Devices: 10
  • Default Control Panel Address: http://192.168.128.1 or http://myhotspot
  • Networks supported:
    LTE Bands: B25/26/41/2/4/5/12
    3G: Yes
  • LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Band 25, 26, 41 - Spark
  • LTE Performance Category: 
  • Cellular Antenna Ports: 2x MIMO (T-S9)
  • Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 802.11 b/g/n - 2.4GHz
  • Dimensions: 4.6'' x 2.6'' x 0.57''
  • SIM Card Type: Nano
  • Retail Price:  Sprint: $144  |  Boost Mobile: $49.99

Testing Status: We have purchased a Calyx membership with a year of unlimited Sprint service, which included the Warp device.  We currently have it in testing.

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)

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A mobile hotspot device sold exclusively for Boost Mobile plans.

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