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Get fast, portable data with Verizon's 4G LTE Jetpack MiFi 4620L hotspot

Review by Michael Oryl on Friday April 27, 2012.

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Verizon 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L
Verizon 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L

The Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot - MiFi 4620L is the latest portable 3G/4G hotspot to be offered by the nation's largest carrier, and it is very likely its best. While all MiFi type devices offer bandwidth to Wi-Fi compatible laptops and other devices, the new 4620L does it just about anywhere in the world, and in a very simple to use manner.

There are a number of reasons that the new Jetpack is easier to use than previous MiFi devices. Not only does it have a relatively large, easy to read OLED(INFO) display, but the 4620L also features a menu button and dual arrow buttons for navigation. So if you don't see the information you need on the MiFi's home screen, you can navigate easily through the menu to find it. If that's not enough, you can actually use the Jetpack's web interface to get to all of the same status information or even change the way that the device works. Not satisfied with 802.11b/g support? No problem, you can enable 802.11n through the admin page. Or change the SSID. Or security type. Or password. You can find pretty much any setting you would find on your home Wi-Fi access point - even port forwarding.

Before you can make use of all that functionality, you'll need a network connection, and this Jetpack has you covered. The 4620L, naturally, supports Verizon's own 3G/4G network in the U.S., but it also works on just about any GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz) or UMTS/HSPA+ (850/900/1900/2100MHz) network in the world for when the user is roaming.

In my testing, while using the MiFi with my desktop PC, I got nearly 4.5 hours of use out of a full charge of the device's 1500mAh battery. In fact, I got over an hours worth of LTE use after the MiFi started complaining that its battery was dying. I like that it gives you an audio warning about the battery so that you are not caught off guard. Makes it all that much easier to drop the MiFi into your bag or backpack and just work - without having to worry.

In terms of performance, I managed to get 11Mbps download and 4.2Mbps upload speeds when the 4620L reported a 3 out of 5 bar signal in my office. The MiFi's status indicator LED blinks green when connected to LTE (and purple for 3G/1X connections), but you can also get all of that information from a quick glance at the bright OLED display.

Verizon 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L
Verizon 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L

Another feature that I can really appreciate is that the MiFi 4620L can share its data over Wi-Fi even when it is being charged, and that includes when its charging from a computer's USB port. Older MiFi devices could not do that, and could only be used as a USB modem when attached to a computer. In fact, this device doesn't seem to support use as a USB modem at all. That presents its own problems, as there are always times when there are so many Wi-Fi signals that nobody can use one properly, and those are the times when a USB connection shines.

In the end, there is an awful lot to like about the new Verizon MiFi 4620L. It offers good 4G LTE data speeds, great battery life, an easy to use interface, and you can connect to it while charging from a computer. There's also an extended double-size battery available for it. At $49.99 with a two-year contract, or $269.99 without, it's not horribly priced, either.

Verizon 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L
Verizon 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620L

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