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.

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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.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

14 Responses

  1. Avatar for melanie melanie says:

    so it won’t work in smart LTE ??

  2. Avatar for Mark Caro Mark Caro says:

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

  3. Avatar for jearmed jearmed says:

    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.

  4. Avatar for Albert Albert says:

    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

  5. Avatar for mf90 mf90 says:

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

  6. Avatar for allen Brown allen Brown says:


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

    • Avatar for mf90 mf90 says:

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

  7. Avatar for Dean Calleja Dean Calleja says:

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

  8. Avatar for dabe dabe says:

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

    thanks in advance

  9. Avatar for Nora Nora says:

    Nice, I’m buying one.

  10. Avatar for Chris Chris says:

    Pwede po ba to gamitin sa ps3?


  11. Avatar for testUser testUser says:

    100Mbps downlink and 50Mbps downlink

  12. Avatar for Lala Lala says:

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

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