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Mobile hotspots have significant benefits when compared to public networks or mobile tethering. They’re can protect your data privacy, ensure a stable and fast Internet, and support multiple connected devices at once.
However, choosing the right device may be complicated due to the wide range of available options. Not to worry – we’re here to help.
In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the best unlocked mobile hotspots available on the market in 2021. Below, you’ll find the specifications and advantages of each one to help you select the one that best fits your needs.
- ZTE Velocity Hotspot
- Netgear Beam Mobile USB Modem
- Unite Pro LTE Hotspot
- Netgear Unite Express Hotspot
- Novatel Wireless MiFi 2 Liberate
- Alcatel Link Zone Mobile Hotspot
- ZTE Z64 Mobile Hotspot
- Netgear NightHawk Mobile Router
- ZTE Falcon Mobile Hotspot
- Netgear Unite Explore Mobile Hotspot
- The Right Device
1. ZTE Velocity Hotspot
ZTE Velocity Hotspot was created to provide you with a secure 4G or 3G cellular network anywhere in the world. This device was originally designed for AT&T (its logo is prominently featured on the front). The professionals at Mr Aberthon have unlocked this hotspot to work with any GSM network to help you can pick the one that fits your needs and budget. In other words, ZTE Velocity can still be connected to AT&T, but it can also be used with Vodafone, T-Mobile, and other data providers. The hotspot can handle up to 10 connected devices at the same time.
ZTE Velocity lets you provide guest Wi-Fi access to ensure your privacy. It generates a random one-time password for new users so you don’t have to share your primary one. Additionally, you can protect your device with a custom PIN code.
One of the most important features of unlocked mobile hotspots is portability. This device easily fits in a pocket, weighs under 5 ounces, and measures 4.69 x 2.48 x 0.66 inches. Despite its compact size, ZTE Velocity has a large touchscreen for you to easily read all the necessary information.
The battery capacity is impressive, too – a 2800mAh Li-ion unit that can be removed and replaced to extend the device’s operating time. ZTE Velocity won’t let you down even after 10 hours of continuous work. A nice bonus of this device is a MicroSD memory card slot with up to 32GB capacity.
Overall, ZTE Velocity is a great mobile hotspot both for travelers and as a replacement for your home router. It cares about your data privacy, supports plenty of connected devices simultaneously, and is adequately priced.
2. Netgear Beam Mobile USB Modem
Beam Mobile USB Modem has been created in partnership with AT&T data provider. For this reason, you’ll see the AT&T logo on the front of the modem. However, at Mr. Aberton, we unlocked it so it can be used with any GSM network supporting 2G, 3G, or 4G frequencies. Thus, you can choose any data provider and plan you prefer in more than 200 countries across the globe.
This USB modem ensures fast loading speed, up to 100Mbps. It additionally features two MIMO antennas for increased data throughput. While it needs to be plugged into your laptop or PC to start sharing the internet, the modem can handle up to 10 connected devices simultaneously.
The choice to install USB 2.0 instead of more advanced USB 3.0 for this device can be easily explained. The maximum speed of 4G data is three times lower than the maximum speed USB 2.0 can provide. In other words, there’s no sense in going for the faster type of port. Furthermore, USB 2.0 is still more commonly supported in laptops than the modern version.
Finally, let’s look at the design and dimensions. This USB modem is one of the most compact unlocked mobile hotspot options on the market. It weighs half as much as the above-mentioned ZTE Velocity and is made for connection on the go. Also, because it’s only half as big as a standard business card, it can even fit in your wallet.
3. Netgear Unite Pro LTE Hotspot
This Netgear mobile hotspot was created in collaboration with AT&T and features the brand’s logo on the front, though it’s fully unlocked. You can freely use it with any other mobile data provider supporting 3G or 4G LTE network frequencies. Netgear Unite Pro is named so for a reason: it’s a professional-quality device capable of providing an internet connection to 15 devices at the same time.
Another significant advantage of this mobile hotspot is the powerful 4020mAh battery. It won’t let you down during 16 hours of active use. Despite being an advanced technological device, Netgear Unite Pro is extremely compact and weighs under 5 ounces. It’s perfect for traveling and can be a great replacement for your regular home router. A 2.4-inch touchscreen display shows you all the necessary information and allows you to tailor settings to your preference.
Last, but not least, the Netgear Unite Pro features a built-in VPN (Virtual Private Network) and the latest WPA2 security protocol. It’s made to keep your private data safe at all times. A guest Wi-Fi feature allows you to generate temporary passwords for one-off users so that you won’t have to share your real access details.
4. Netgear Unite Express Hotspot
The first thing that draws attention to Netgear Unite Express is the minimalistic design. It’s free from any unnecessary complications, featuring only a power button, a 1.77-inch LCD, and a brand logo. This unlocked mobile hotspot is lightweight (under 5 ounces) and compact, so it can be easily carried around wherever you go.
This hotspot sports the AT&T logo because it was a collaboration. However, Mr. Aberton’s professionals have unlocked it for you to have an option to freely use any other provider. Thus, you can choose any mobile data plan you find the most suitable for your needs and budget.
Unite Express Hotspot can provide an internet connection to 10 devices simultaneously. That’s fewer than compared to the affiliated model Netgear Unite Pro (15 devices), though sufficient for most users and adequate for such an affordable price. The maximum battery life is 10 hours of active use and 240 hours standby.
The best thing about Netgear Unite Express is its powerful signal range of 520 feet outdoors, thanks to MIMO antennas for increased data throughput.
5. Novatel Wireless MiFi 2 Liberate
The purpose of unlocked mobile hotspots is portability. Novatel Liberate is extremely lightweight (1.6 ounces) and compact. It still features a large 2.8-inch touchscreen display with exceptional picture quality and a powerful, removable 2900mAh battery. This mobile hotspot can ensure you up to 11 hours of continuous internet usage. A microSD memory card slot was added to help you download all the necessary files even if your laptop or phone is out of storage.
Novatel Liberate is an unlocked hotspot. Though, it has been created in partnership with AT&T. Now, it can be used with any mobile data provider supporting 3G and 4G LTE data frequencies. Novatel Liberate can provide Wi-Fi to 10 devices at the same time from a 30-foot radius.
As for security, Novatel Liberate allows you to create custom login details to protect your data and uses the latest privacy security protocol.
6. Alcatel Link Zone Mobile Hotspot
Alcatel Link Zone mobile hotspot locked to T-Mobile. You can use it with any T-Mobile data plan that best suits your needs and budget. The best thing about this mobile hotspot is it’s created to keep friends and family connected. Alcatel Link Zone handles up to 15 connected devices at the same time while remaining one of the most affordable options on the market.
The battery capacity isn’t as impressive as that of the above-mentioned options, though sufficient for casual users – up to seven hours. The battery is removable and replaceable in case you need to prolong the device’s power output while not at home.
As for the design and measurements, Alcatel Link Zone is compact and simple. It’s made of smooth black high-quality plastic to ensure low weight and is extremely thin. The device features a small screen with only the most necessary information and a Micro SD memory card slot.
7. ZTE Z64 Mobile Hotspot
ZTE Z64 Mobile Hotspot is the cheapest option in our selection, yet certainly not the worst. The device is locked into T-Mobile, so you can’t use it with other mobile data providers. But you can select any T-Mobile data plan you find suitable.
This mobile hotspot supports up to eight connected devices at once, which will likely be enough for most families or single users. The ZTE Z64 features a 1500mAh battery that, unfortunately, can only last up to four hours. However, the battery is removable, so you can replace it if required. The maximum standby time is 100 hours.
The ZTE Z64 weighs under 5 ounces and is very compact, this is perfect for traveling. What makes this mobile hotspot stand out is the internal memory of 64GB. It allows you to download music, movies, and anything else you need, even if your laptop’s storage is full.
8. Netgear NightHawk Mobile Router
The most tech-savvy and active internet users will likely appreciate this mobile hotspot from Netgear. It’s the most advanced option of our selection, supporting download speed up to 1Gbps. If you’re frequently downloading large files or are a gamer, this hotspot is a perfect choice. The Wi-Fi offloading feature is used to move the connection between networks without dropping the signal. Despite an AT&T logo at the front, this one of the unlocked mobile hotspots done by our professionals. It can be used with any mobile data provider you like.
The advantages of Netgear NightHawk don’t end at the internet speed. It also features the most powerful battery in the industry, a 5040mAh Li-ion battery that will last for approximately 24 hours of active use.
Furthermore, this mobile hotspot can provide an internet connection to 20 devices at the same time. This means the Netgear NightHawk is made to share with . And if that’s not enough, this mobile hotspot can charge other devices, thanks to the JumpBoost functionality.
Netgear NightHawk is a powerful device yet remains highly portable. It weighs 8 ounces and is 0.8-inch thin. Overall, the design is very stylish, with a textured surface for a better grip and a round display. A 256GB microSD memory card slot allows you to store all your files right on the hotspot instead of using your laptop or phone memory. Additionally, the device features two USB ports.
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9. ZTE Falcon Mobile Hotspot
ZTE Falcon Mobile Hotspot is an affordable but advanced device. It was originally created to be used with T-Mobile, but after unlocking, you’re free to use it with any other mobile data provider. ZTE Falcon supports high-speed 4G LTE data frequency and can provide internet access to 10 devices simultaneously. The device can achieve download speeds of 150Mbps.
The 2000mAh battery ensures a seven-day standby time. Furthermore, the battery is removable and can be replaced if required. It’s especially useful when traveling. Despite a powerful accumulator, ZTE Falcon is lightweight, compact, and can easily fit in a pocket. The design is simple and elegant, without any additional elements apart from a small display and a couple of buttons.
10. Netgear Unite Explore Mobile Hotspot
Like all Netgear mobile hotspots, this device was created in partnership with AT&T and features the brand’s logo on the front. Mr Aberthon’s professionals have unlocked this hotspot to work with any mobile data provider.
It’s one of the most technologically advanced options on the market, supporting 15 connected devices at the same time. A 4340mAh removable battery ensures 20 hours of active use. This is one of the perfect unlocked mobile hotspots is for traveling with friends or family.
One thing that truly distinguishes Netgear Unite Explore from other unlocked mobile hotspots is the rugged body. It complies with the MIL-STD 810 military standard and can sustain drops on concrete with few if any, consequences. It’s dust and waterproof and can withstand the most extreme temperatures the world has to offer.
Due to a comparably high price, Netgear Unite Explore may not be the best option for casual internet users. But if you have an active lifestyle, it’s undoubtedly the best choice.
The Right Device
Hopefully, our guide has helped you decide on one of the unlocked mobile hotspots we mentioned. When choosing which device to purchase, consider how often you download large files, whether you always need access to a charger, and how many devices you need to connect. Data privacy is another important factor to keep in mind. Contact us if you still aren’t sure which mobile hotspot is right for you. We always strive to answer all the questions our customers have and are happy to hear from you.