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Verizon MiFi 4620L Review: Perfect for Travel

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The Verizon MiFi Jetpack 4620L is the perfect travel companion, delivering a fast 4G LTE connection, long battery life and overcoming areas where the early MiFi units struggled.

We’ve already reviewed the MiFi Jetpack 4620L, but this past week I took a trip to San Francisco, where I put the MiFI 4620L through the paces as a business and personal traveler.

Most smartphones can share their internet connection in a similar fashion, and the mobile hotspot function is even included on the new Verizon Share Everything plans, but a dedicated mobile hotspot is still the best solution for users who need reliable connectivity without compromising the battery and usefulness of the their phone.

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The Verizon Wireless MiFi 4620L delivers fast and reliable connectivity without tying up a phone.

The MiFi 4620L saved the day when I was stranded for 6 hours in O’Hare airport (thanks United). While the Social Barter Kings Challenge was wrapping up I was able to connect on my laptop while on the phone with a last-minute trade to complete my trade string, moving from an iPod Touch to $40,000 in NASCAR advertising, a trade that required me to be online, on Twitter and on the phone at the same time. The MiFi 4620L Jetpack was significantly more convenient than Airport WiFi.

Throughout the trip I used the MiFi 462oL Jetpack to connect to the internet for occasional work and for streaming video in the evening. Most hotels offer WiFi these days, but again it was nice to have a trusted connection to use without any additional fees.

Normally I would add a hotspot plan to my Galaxy Nexus, but using a phone as a hotspot is a good way to end up with a dead phone. I love that the huge extended battery option for the MiFI 4620L Jetpack is large enough to handle a full day of mobile use, which is one of the reasons we gave the Verizon MiFi 4620L Jetpack a GottaBeMobile Editor’s Choice Award.

The MiFi 4620L includes a number of improvements including a much nicer display that shows battery life, the current security key and signal strength. The new MiFi can also act as a hotspot while plugged into a computer to recharge, which is another great feature.

Check out my first impressions and hands on with the MiFI 4620L Jetpack to see more about these new features.

Casual users can get by with a mobile hotspot plan, but the benefits of the MiFi 4620L Jetpack’s dedicated mobile connection make it a worthwhile investment for business users.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

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    I picked one of these up today.I work in the field as a telephone tech.So being a gadget nut it made it difficult to enjoy my android tablets,ipad and vita to name a few that i carry in my big bag every day.And with me having a sprint S3 which is still on slow 3g in wake forest nc area,not to mention an extra $30 per month to hotspot sprint phone.I decided to give this a try.All i can say is SWEET.It’s going to cost about the same per month but its worth every penny.Because i’ve heard sprints promises for years now,heck i never even got wimax as promised.Even if lte ever does come it will be spoty at best.But i tried the mifi from verizon in some remote locations that i couldnt even get a sprint signal and was getting 4g,a couple times only 3g but still a very useable 1meg up to 2 meg.So in conclusion if i didnt still have year and 1/2 contract i think i would jump over to verizon.Yeah thier plans are more but having wife 2 kids and me,sprints plan is more affordable.As competion in the market grows as well as technology i can see all carriers having to lower prices.Its happened in every tech market i’ve dealt with.Remember when you had to get a loan to buy a hdtv flat screen.Didnt take long for that to change did it.

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