T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot ZTE MF61

The Good The T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot ZTE MF61 mobile router is good-looking and compact, and offers a fast cellular Internet connection and long battery life. The device can send and receive text messages and comes with multiple and relatively affordable data plans that include T-Mobile's Wi-Fi hot-spot service.

The Bad The T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot operates at significantly reduced Internet speeds when the data allowance is reached, doesn't feature Wireless-N, and takes a long time to apply changes. It supports a maximum of five wireless clients.

The Bottom Line For mobile users who want a fast and flexible mobile Internet access solution and who have moderate data usage needs, the T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot ZTE MF61 will make a good investment.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.6 Overall

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Review

T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot ZTE MF61

T-Mobile's 4G Mobile Hotspot joins Sprint's MiFi 4082 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot as the second 4G mobile router we've reviewed. Though it's inferior to the MiFi 4082 in terms of Wi-Fi speed, due to the lack of support for Wireless-N, the T-Mobile router offers faster 4G speeds and much longer battery life. It also comes with the ability to send and receive text messages.

But it's not perfect. While the MiFi 4082 offers unlimited 4G and limited 3G access, T-Mobile bundles its 4G Mobile Hotspot mobile router with pseudo-unlimited data plans of $85 per month, $50 per month, and $30 per month that have data caps of 10GB, 5GB, and 200MB respectively. When these allowances are used up, the device will throttle down to work at much slower Internet speeds for the rest of the month.

If you just want a fast connection for e-mail, Web surfing, and casual YouTube and movie streaming, T-Mobile's 4G Mobile Hotspot would make a great choice. If you want true unlimited 4G data downloads, however, we'd recommend the Sprint MiFi 4082 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $130
  • Brand ZTE
  • Type Wireless access point
  • Form Factor external
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