T-Mobile 4G Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspots | 2011 Review


Since last year’s broadband card review, T-Mobile’s updated all devices to be 4G HSPA+ capable and has geared up to launch their first 4G mobile hotspot.

In total, that brings the broadband card and mobile hotspot line of products up to 3 devices.


T-Mobile USB 4G Broadband Cards

T-Mobile currently has 2 broadband cards available. The 4G T-Mobile Jet and the 4G T-Mobile Rocket 2.0. Since both are 4G devices, the natural question is, what’s different about each?

T-Mobile 4G USB  Broadband Card

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Full Review

T-Mobile Jet 2.0

T-Mobile Rocket 2.0

Video Review

T-Mobile Jet 2.0 Unboxing


Form Factor

HSPA+ USB Broadband Card

HSPA+ USB Broadband Card

External Antenna Jack



Download Speed Potential

21 Mbps (4G)

21 Mbps (4G)

OS Compatibility

Windows 7, XP, Vista, or MAC OS X 10.4 or higher.

Windows 7, XP, Vista, or MAC OS X 10.4 or higher.

Network Support






Extra Storage



Support Info




Free On The Spot

Available Refurbished from T-Mobile for Free


T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspots

T-Mobile has one forthcoming mobile hotspot called (*drumroll*):

The T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot.

So far, the official word is that it’ll have a microSD slot and naturally, WiFi sharing similar to the MiFi.

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Full Review T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot by ZTE
Video Review N/A
Form Factor 4G Mobile Hotspot
External Antenna Jack No
Download Speed Potential

21 Mbps

OS Compatibility Anything that works via WiFi (computers, phones, game consoles, etc)
Network Compatibility EDGE / HSPA / HSPA+
WiFi Connections Connects up to 5 Devices
Extra Storage No
Price Available from T-Mobile for $80


Which Device Should You Get?

If you’re in the market for a 4G broadband card, the device of choice is the T-Mobile Jet 2.0.

While it has practically the same features as the T-Mobile Rocket 2.0 (i.e. microSD, 4G speed and Windows/Mac compatibility), the Rocket 2.0 comes refurbished from T-Mobile while the Jet 2.0 is a newer device.

Better to go with new rather than refurbished especially if you can get either one for free.

If you’re in the market for a 4G mobile hotspot, then the only option available at this time is the T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot.

With the functionality of connecting up to 5 devices you’ve come to expect from similar "MiFi-esque" devices, it’s the first of its kind on T-Mobile’s 4G network.


Get The T-Mobile Jet 2.0 For Free Here


Also, see how they stack up against the competition in the 2011 Broadband Card Comparison, the 2011 Mobile Hotspot Comparison & the 2011 Mobile Broadband Comparison.

Also in this review:

  1. T-Mobile 4G Review
  2. T-Mobile 4G Plans Review
  3. T-Mobile 4G Speed Review
  4. T-Mobile 4G Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspots Review

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