Getting an internet connection should be easy right?!? I recently had a chance to test the Verizon Jetpack® 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – AC791L and was pleasantly surprised to see what a good connection I could get even at places that my cell phone didn’t traditionally work. I had brought the hotspot with me during a recent visit to the doctor for my older son, as I anticipated a long wait and I knew that I would need to do some work. I pulled out my Verizon Wireless iPhone and got the dreaded no service bar, so honestly I wasn’t expecting that the Verizon Jetpack® 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot would get me a great connection. I was pleasantly surprised that when I turned it on and found that I had a good connection – strong enough in fact to log into a VPN connection and begin downloading emails. This test was off to a good start!
Next, I decided I would pair my iPad Mini and iPhone 6 to the hotspot since it supports up to 15 devices at a time. The data was fast, and the hotspot was super easy for all of us to use simultaneously and was password protected so not just anyone could get onto the hotspot and use up our data. I was logged into the VPN and my son streamed music for almost an hour while we waited for the doctor and we didn’t even put a dent into the 5 gigs of data I had downloaded. I liked that I could easily see how much data I had used in a period of time and when the cycle was ending. I also liked that I could plug in my iPhone to be charged – if my battery was running low but I did find that this drained the battery quite a bit faster. The battery will last up to 24 hours – I haven’t had it on for that long, typically I stow it in my purse and turn it on when I use it and off when I am not. I also liked the temporary password feature which meant that I could give my son a temporary password while in the doctors office and then when we left I didn’t have to worry about him using data unexpectedly. I also liked that you could use it all around the world, not just in the United States – although I don’t travel out of the country very often. I also found it was light enough to keep in my backpack with my work laptop and supplies so I would be sure to have internet where ever I was. I also tested it out on the commuter rail on a recent trip into Boston – and I was surprised that I had a great connection which allowed me to work all the way into the city.
In terms of improvements, I wish that it came with a pouch to store all of the cords and chargers. I often find that cords and chargers will get lost in my backpack during my commute so not losing anything is really important to me plus I want to make sure I can find everything when I need it.
The Verizon Jetpack AC791L is available for $49.99 (after $50 rebate) with a 2 year contract from Verizon Wireless or it can be added to an existing cell phone plan – we have the Verizon Everything Plan so I’m going to be adding it to our monthly plan so that when I bring our iPads and other devices that are wi-fi only my kids will be able to stream videos and I can stream music in the car. I’m really enjoying knowing that I can get internet where and when I need it – and not having to find a internet cafe or other place to login and check my emails. I also like knowing my information is more secure rather than just on public wi-fi. It’s a win-win! You can buy it directly from Verizon Wireless.