Verizon's Jetpack MiFi 6620L is very similar tothat I reviewed a year ago -- but it's better in every way.
While both can also work as a juice pack, Big Red's mobile hotspot has a much higher capacity battery and supports more concurrent Wi-Fi clients -- 15 in total. On top of that, it's unlocked and very compact. In testing around the San Francisco Bay Area, the MiFi 6620L performed very well, with excellent 4G LTE Internet speed.
But all of that comes at a high price. The Jetpack costs $200, or $50 if you're willing to sign up for a two-year contract. After that, data plans start at $30 per month, for 4GB of data, all the way up to a staggering $710 per month for 100GB.
That said, if you're looking for a capable mobile hotspot that likely won't run out of battery on a camping trip, the Jetpack MiFi 6620L is an excellent choice. If you prefer another carrier, check out CNET's roundup of the top mobile hotspots on the market.
Compact and simple design
Looking from the top, the MiFi 6620L is very compact, just slightly larger than a credit card. From the side, however, the device is quite thick at 0.76 inch. That girth is due to the very high capacity 4,000 mAh Li-Ion battery on the inside. To put this in perspective, the iPhone 6's battery is just slightly more than 1,800 mAh.
On one side, there's a Micro-USB B-female port (for charging the hotspot) and another USB A-female port for powering a mobile device, such as a phone or a tablet. Note, however, that a sliding door between these two USB ports means that you can only use one at a time.
The MiFi 6620L includes a standard USB charger, but you can also charge it via a computer's USB port. When connected to a computer, you also have the option to use the hotspot as the computer's modem. Even more handy, it can operate as a tethered modem and a mobile hotspot at the same time.
On the other side, there's a port for external antenna (not included and only necessary in places with low cell reception) and a power button.
The underside of the MiFi also works as the battery bay's cover, which you can access easily to remove the battery. Beneath the battery is the SIM-card slot. The MiFi 6620L uses a nano-SIM, similar to those used the iPhone 5 or later. Unlike the case of the Samsung Hotspot Pro, the MiFi doesn't have an microSD-card slot. To make up for this, Verizon includes 25GB of online storage with the device, for as long as you use one of its More Everything data plans.
Verizon Jetpack MiFi 6620L specs
|Dimensions (inches)||2.6 x 3.7 x 0.76|
|Cellular||LTE Band 13/4 (700/1700 MHz), CDMA/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz); Global Network: EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA/UMTS(850/900/1900/2100)|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5.0GHz a/b/g/n|
|Clients supported||15 concurrent Wi-Fi clients|
|SIM type||Nano SIM|
|Cost||$200 or $50 with a 2-year contract|
|Monthly data cap and cost||4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 10GB, 12GB, 14GB, 16GB, 18GB, 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, 50GB, 60GB, 80GB and 100GB for $30, $40, $50, $60, $70, $80, $90, $100, $110, $185, $260, $335, $410, $560 and $710 respectively.|
Helpful LCD screen, great feature set
The MiFi 6620L is super easy to use; all you have to do is turn it on. Its handy LCD screen comes with three navigation buttons for you to change the settings and view the status of the mobile hotspot. You can also quickly find out its current Wi-Fi network's name and password for client hookups.
The screen also displays an alert each time a new client connects to its Wi-Fi network. And each time you plug the MiFi into a computer via USB, the screen will ask whether you want to use it as a tether modem, or only for charging. You then can use the navigation button to decide one way or the other.
If you want to change more in-depth settings or access other features of the MiFi, you'll need to use its Web interface. From a connected computer just point the browser to 192.168.1.1 and login with the default admin password, which is the same as the default Wi-Fi password.