Best Mobile Hotspots in 2022

Unnati Nigam
Unnati Nigam June 23, 2022
Updated 2022/06/23 at 7:48 PM

The best mobile hotspots can be a lifeline for staying connected while on the road or stuck somewhere with a shaky wireless network. Even if you have a smartphone and a data plan that includes hotspot data, having a dedicated device that keeps you connected can be critical to remain productive while on the go.

In a pinch, a phone can function perfectly well as a hotspot. A standalone hotspot, on the other hand, makes more sense for anyone who is frequently on the go. Making phone calls, sending and receiving emails, and catching up on Slack, Twitter, or the latest news are all activities that require access to a cellular network.

Furthermore, the smartphone you are carrying is most likely your personal device. If that is the case, you will not want to use your cellular data allocation for anything other than personal use. As a result, a mobile hotspot is an essential tool for mobile workers and frequent business travelers.

Whether you are stuck somewhere with bad Wi-Fi or you just want to stay connected no matter where you go, the best mobile hotspots can help. And, as 5G networks expand, 5G hotspots are becoming more widely available, promising faster download speeds.

1. Orbic Speed 5G

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $299
  • Screen size: 2.4-inch LCD touch
  • Connectivity: 5G, 5G Ultra-Wideband, LTE, 802.11 a/ac/ax, Wi-Fi 6
  • Rated battery life: Up to 12 hours
  • Size: 4.9 x 3.4 x 0.87 inches inches
  • Weight: 9.91 ounces

Customers of Verizon should consider the Orbic Speed 5G UW, which connects not only to the carrier’s nationwide 5G coverage but also to its super-fast Ultra Wideband service in areas where mmWave-based 5G connectivity is available. The Orbic Speed can connect up to 30 Wi-Fi-enabled devices, and the hotspot’s dual-band Wi-Fi 6 support should translate to fast data speeds.

This is one of the heavier hotspots we have seen, weighing 9.91 ounces, and the promised 12 hours of continuous battery life is nothing to write home about. Still, the promise of faster 5G speeds via the C-Band 5G support this hotspot provides to Verizon customers is a compelling reason to choose the Orbic Speed.

2. Netgear Nighthawk M6

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $309
  • Screen size: 2.4-inch color touch
  • Connectivity: 5G, LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wi-Fi 6
  • Rated battery life: Up to 12 hours
  • Size: 4.2 x 4.2 x 0.84 inches
  • Weight: 9 ounces

The Netgear Nighthawk M6 weighs about the same as Verizon’s 5G hotspot and promises up to 12 hours of continuous use. This AT&T-compatible hotspot, on the other hand, has a removable battery, so you can always swap in another power pack to keep the 5G connectivity going.

The Netgear Nighthawk M6 supports up to 32 devices, which is two more than Verizon’s 5G hotspot. The M6 costs $309, which is slightly more than the Orbic Speed 5G UW, but 36 monthly payments reduce the cost to $8.62 per month.

3. Netgear Nighthawk M6 Pro

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $459
  • Screen size: 2.4-inch color touch
  • Connectivity: 5G, 5G Plus, LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wi-Fi 6E
  • Rated battery life: Up to 12 hours
  • Size: 4.2 x 4.2 x 0.84 inches
  • Weight: 9 ounces

Except for the black exterior, there appears to be little difference between the Netgear Nighthawk M6 Pro and the standard M6. The Nighthawk M6 Pro, however, has an important distinction hidden in the specifications: it can connect to AT&T’s 5G Plus network for the fastest speeds.

5G Plus is not as widely available as AT&T’s nationwide 5G network — as of this writing, it is only available in 43 cities, as well as a few stadiums, arenas, and airports. If your travels take you to a location where 5G Plus is available, having a hotspot capable of delivering those faster speeds should help justify the Nighthawk M6 Pro’s higher price.

And, despite the fact that they share many other features, you will pay more for this hotspot than the M6. (In addition to 5G Plus compatibility, the Pro model supports the more advanced Wi-Fi 6E rather than Wi-Fi 6.) The Nighthawk M6 Pro costs $459, which is divided into 36 monthly payments of $12,78.

4. Jetpack 8800L

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $199.99
  • Screen size: 2.4-inch touchscreen
  • Connectivity: LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Rated battery life: Up to 24 hours
  • Size: 4.3 x 2.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 5.4 ounces

If 5G is not an issue, the Jetpack 8800L is the best choice for Verizon’s network. It employs a new Qualcomm modem capable of aggregating signals from up to five carriers, ensuring a strong connection no matter where you are, and it supports a wide range of LTE bands as well as UTMS 3G.

The Jetpack 880L is compatible with Verizon’s network and supports international roaming for up to 15 Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as laptops.

5. T-Mobile 5G Hotspot

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $198
  • Screen size: 2.4-inch color touch (approx.)
  • Connectivity: 5G, LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wi-Fi 6
  • Rated battery life: Up to 24 hours
  • Size: 4.9 x 3.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 7.6 ounces

T-Mobile customers can get 5G connectivity by using one of the more affordable mobile hotspots. That is great news because T-Mobile currently has the largest and fastest 5G network in the country.

dT-5G Mobile’s coverage now reaches 315 million people, with 225 million having access to the carrier’s faster Ultra Capacity 5G. The good news is that the T-Mobile 5G Hotspot supports Ultra Capacity as well as Extended Range 5G.

A massive 6,460 mAh battery ensures all-day battery life, and the T-Mobile 5G Hotspot can connect up to 32 devices at the same time. This hotspot is also relatively small in comparison to what other carriers offer for 5G connectivity, making it portable. T-5G Mobile’s Hotspot costs $198, but it is currently free for T-Mobile customers who add a new line.

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