Verizon Jetpack MiFi 4620L mobile hot-spot review: It's a Rocketeer

CNET editor Dong Ngo reviews the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L by Novatel Wireless and finds that it's one of the best mobile routers on the market, if you can afford its data plans.

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Even when used with the included double-capacity battery, the MiFi 4620L mobile router is still very compact.
Even when used with the included double-capacity battery, the MiFi 4620L mobile router is still very compact. Dong Ngo/CNET

I can't count anymore how many mobile routers I have reviewed, but that also means that I know the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L by Novatel Wireless is different.

And it's not because of its crazy long name. Instead, it's partly because of its craz,y long battery life. The router is the first I've seen that comes with two batteries. The standard one offers about 5.5 hours of continuous usage on a charge, and the second one offers about twice that. Combine the two, you have about two days' worth of charge, if you only use it during working hours that is.

Chances are, however, that you will use it all the time since it also offers one of the fastest 4G connection speeds I've seen. Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, I was able to consistently get a solid 4G signal and download speeds of around 10Mbps, and upload speeds of around 9Mbps. That's comparable to, if not faster than, many high-end home broadband services.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to use the router as much as you want since it comes with two expensive and limited data plans of $50 and $80 per month with data caps of just 5GB and 10GB, respectively. After that, you'd have to pay another $10 per gigabyte. Not a very good deal.

The router itself, however, is quite reasonable if you're willing to sign up for a two-year contract. In this case it costs just around $50. If you're not, it will cost around $260.

For more information on how this new, compact router will make a great travel companion, check out the full review of the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L by Novatel Wireless .

 

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