PROS Rugged. Huge battery. Antenna ports. Supports all AT&T frequency bands, plus LTE roaming. CONS Bulky and Heavy BOTTOM LINE If you need to get multiple devices online when you’re away from Wi-Fi, the Netgear Unite Explore shows how hotspots are different from smartphones, and why you might just want one. PC Magazine Editors choice for best Hotspot of 2017 The Netgear Unite Explore ($199.99) shows why you need a mobile hotspot. In an era of smartphones with hotspot mode, the Unite Explore-also known as the Netgear AC815S-shows the battery, range, network, and signal advantages that just getting a separate hotspot when you really need Internet access for a family or group. It’s not only the best hotspot for AT&T but the best hotspot in terms of hardware you can get right now. This earns it our Editors’ Choice recommendation
DOES THIS DEVICE NEED A SIM CARD: Yes it does Being that this device is GSM unlocked it will work on any GSM Network with a Micro size SIM Card The sim card does not come included and you will need to contact your Network Provider to acquire your complimentary Sim card (Free from most Carriers with activating of an account)
WHAT NETWORK FREQUENCIES ARE SUPPORTED BY THIS DEVICE: LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/17/29/30 and HSPA 850/1900/2100. Bands 1, 3, and 7 give it the ability to roam on LTE in many foreign countries, including all of Europe and much of Asia
HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT THE BATTERY TO LAST ME: Well the battery has 4340mAh which in a Usage time frame means 22 solid hours of streaming at 4G LTE speeds as well it has a Standby time of up to 576 hours before you need to recharge the battery
WHAT DOES UNLOCKED REALLY MEAN: Unlocked devices are compatible with GSM carriers the kinds that Use SIM Cards for Service like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers) Unlocked Devices will not work with CDMA Carriers the kinds that dont use sim cards for service like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin
NOW REALLY WHERE CAN I USE THIS DEVICE: Internationally Compatible in 100 Countries that support GSM Frequencies (contact your network provider prior to purchasing for verification that they support GSM frequencies).