Along with the Windows Phone flavored HTC One M8 yesterday, T-Mobile quietly launched the brand new LTE HotSpot Z915; a device we’ve been keeping our eye on for a little while now. Although it carries T-Mobile branding, it is manufactured by ZTE, a company well known across the world for producing carrier-branded mobile broadband devices.
The device costs just $109.92 full retail price, or 24 monthly payments of $4.58 with no down payment on EIP for well-qualified buyers. That makes it about $60 cheaper than the Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot Pro.
The Z915 measures in at 0.65-inches (16.6mm) thick, and weighs 4.23 ounces (120g) according to the specs listed on the product page. It’s powered by a 2,800mAh battery that should last 7 days on standby and has a single-core 1GHz processor working alongside 256MB RAM, with 512MB storage.
T-Mobile lists the following supported network bands:
- 2G/3G/4G/LTE Capable
- UMTS/HSPA: 2100 / 850 / AWS / 1900MHZ
- LTE band 2/4/17
- LTE CAT4 DL 150Mbps@20MHz
- DC-HSPA+ 42Mbps
But easily the most interesting spec is the one that isn’t on the list. Band 12. As we reported a few days ago, the Z915 has been tested and approved for use on T-Mobile’s 700MHz spectrum. Which means that this will be the first band 12 compatible mobile hotspot to be launched by T-Mo.
It also features a small LCD display and a set of four soft touch buttons, and will allow up to 8 separate devices to be connected at once.
As always, let us know if you plan on picking one of these up? Or are you content with using your smartphone as a personal hotspot when needed? Personally, the times I need an LTE hotspot are so rare that I just end up using my iPhone or Android device, rather than shell out for a bespoke hotspot.
UPDATED: Store page link