T-Mobile HotSpot Z915 now available

 

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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
  • GSM/EDGE:850/1900MHz
  • 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

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  • mingkee

    Am I missing something?

    T-Mobile lists the following supported network bands:

    2G/3G/4G/LTE Capable

    GSM/EDGE:850/1900MHz

    UMTS/HSPA: 2100 / 850 / AWS / 1900MHZ

    LTE band 2/4/17

    LTE CAT4 DL 150Mbps@20MHz

    DC-HSPA+ 42Mbps

    • Aaron C

      Yeah, I don’t see it in that list either. Time to go to the optometrist.

  • besweeet

    *wondering why T-Mobile’s store page doesn’t list its LTE bands*

  • bryck

    What about band 12

  • 8inchesuncut

    I have my primary line on AT&T because voice coverage is mission critical and data is less so, but nice to have with AT&T’s footprint. That said, I have and use a T-Mobile hotspot for use with my other devices and because in general where I have both AT&T and T-Mobile LTE, T-Mobile’s LTE is usually faster. This was a great setup especially when I only had an AT&T 3G device, I didn’t feel the need to upgrade my iPhone 4 until it finally died on me. Now that I have an LTE capable AT&T device I use my T-Mobile hotspot as a means to avoid overages on my AT&T line and it also helps me get better power management because my phone doesn’t need to be charged up more than one time a day. Having a T-Mobile hotspot is also great because you can share it. I’d rather lend my hotspot to my parents when they travel abroad or go on a road trip than have them use my phone as hotspot. It also saves me money by avoiding tablets/devices that require a data plan. So in my mibd , I have the best of both worlds – AT&T coverage and T-Mobile speeds (in many places).

  • Alex

    Bespoke? What does that mean?

  • Brad

    I know this isn’t the intended use… but how plausible would it be to use this as an internet replacement at home? I DO use a lot of netflix, but it seems t-mo is really only concerned with P2P traffic for the unlimited folks…

    • I’ve got an older Hotspot, and the mobile broadband plans don’t have an unlimited option. You can get up to 21 GB of high speed data ($120/mo), but no unlimited. Mobile broadband plans still have unlimited capped data, but I’m sure that’s not what you meant (somehow I’ve learned to live with it, as I don’t have a wired internet connection at home…)

      Haven’t tried to set up service for a phone and then switching the plan over to the Hotspot though

    • bill

      It work great in my home, and all netflix, hulu and such look real good, but unless you are willing to spend big $$$$$$$$ this is not a replacement for your home internet , its about .5gb to 1gb per hour of use wuth streaming vids, but the thing works like a champ in my home!! ( it all about where you are at and coverage )

  • Ryan M.

    The reported bands were copied from the International specs. TMo never specified specific domestic bands. Just:
    Sync methods: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
    4G Capable
    4G LTE Capable

  • Singleweird

    at 109, its a deal. but it feels like you went back in time 10 years when you put the thing in your hand. i’m interested to see what kind of feedback we get and if the specs carry the device.

  • tomnewtn

    haha, love it.