Hands-on: ZTE MF90 LTE Pocket WiFi

The successor to the ZTE MF80 pocket WiFi from 2 years ago is the new ZTE MF90 which is now an LTE modem as well. This new model was officially released last month by MSI-ECS.

The previous model supported HSPA+ networks with speeds of up to 42Mbps (prior to that we had the ZTE MF60). During that time, telcos have already deployed their HSPA+ network and we were getting a good 10-12Mbps using the pocket WiFi.

Having used the MF60 and the MF80, it would seem that ZTE does not have some sort of design signature in every pocket WiFi they manufacture. Each new one looks totally different from the other.

In fact, the new MF90 comes in all white while the previous models were all in black. In any case, this is probably the first LTE-capable pocket WiFi that ZTE has released in the Philippines.

This model supports LTE CAT3 with up to 100Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink speeds and degrades well to HSPA+ networks when not LTE is available.

The WiFi router supports up to 10 simultaneous WiFi devices. The removable battery is rated at 2300mAh and should last around 4 to 5 hours on a single full charge.

We bought this unit earlier for around Php5,800 and will be testing it out on both Smart and Globe to see how fast and robust it can get. Stay tune for the full review in a week.

14 Comments on this Post

  1. Kasama ba sa FUP ng Globe ang mga plan na may pocket wifi?

  2. testUser

    100Mbps downlink and 50Mbps downlink

  3. Pwede po ba to gamitin sa ps3?


  4. Nice, I’m buying one.

  5. ano yung size nung sim card nya?
    regular or micro?

    thanks in advance

  6. Dean Calleja

    Still waiting for the full review. Hope it comes out soon =)

  7. Hello,

    Is the ZTE MF90 also named ZTE Bolt? How does it perform for connecting?

    • I recently bought this model, mine only lasts 2 hours of continuous use, is that normal?

  8. I recently bought this model, mine only lasts 2 hours of continuous use, is that normal?

  9. The appearance of ZTE MF90 is nice, but the battery is not as good as Huawei E589.

    Buy unlocked ZTE Bolt MF90 from here: http://www.4gltemall.com/zte-mf90-ufi-4g-lte-mobile-router.html

  10. jearmed

    I bought one online.. the device detects the network carrier of the SIM card ( I tried Globe and Sun) I put but it won’t connect to the internet. When the SIM card is placed to another pocket wi-fi device, it works pretty well. Is there any specific configurations to make the device work?

    Please help.

  11. Mark Caro

    whatever happened to the promised full review?!?! Did it even work with Smart LTE?

  12. so it won’t work in smart LTE ??


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