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AT&T Elevate 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot (AT&T)
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AT&T Elevate 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot (AT&T)

by AT&T
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Technical Details

  • Easy setup via 1.77-inch LCD screen; microSD memory card slot; supports 802.11b/g/n devices
  • Share mobile broadband connectivity with laptops, smartphones, tablets, and more
  • Share AT&T's ultra-fast 4G LTE network with up to five devices via Wi-Fi (also compatible with 4G HSPA+ technology)
  • Up to 5 hours of continuous use; released in November, 2011
  • What's in the Box: hotspot; rechargeable battery; charger; USB cable; quick start guide; SIM card (preinstalled)
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Product Description

Product Description

Get ready for 4G LTE speeds with the AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G. View device status and quick connection setup information with the 1.77" LCD Sceen. Connect your Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Internet by creating your own mobile hotspot. With the AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G you can travel internationally and stay connected globally with GSM global connection capability in more than 200 countries. Order the AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G today!

Get ready to experience 4G LTE speeds on all your Wi-Fi enabled devices with the AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G, which provides fast mobile broadband Internet connectivity to up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices--from a laptop or tablet to a gaming console or another phone. You'll be able to browse the web, e-mail, download presentations, and more when you're out and about without skipping a beat--no matter if you are on 4G LTE or AT&T's nationwide HSPA+ network.

Setup is fast and simple via LCD screen (see home screen details).

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With no software to install and a 1.77-inch LCD screen to guide you, setup is fast and intuitive. Just power it up and connect your laptop using the Wi-Fi network name and security key displayed on the screen. Easily view device and connection status on the LCD, including battery status, signal strength, and data usage.

The Elevate 4G also includes a microSD memory card slot that's compatible with optional cards up to 32 GB in size, and you can receive text messages (viewable via a web user interface; sending text messages not supported). And it can help you stay connected even when travelling the globe, allowing you to connect to international 3G networks in over 200 countries (international roaming rates apply outside the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S.V.I.).


  • Display: 1.77-inch color LCD (160 x 128 pixels)
  • Wi-Fi networking: Compatible with 802.11b/g/n devices within a 60-foot radius
  • Wi-Fi security: WPS
  • Memory expansion: Integrated microSD slot for optional cards up to 32 GB
  • Device management: Web user interface for advanced features and administrative settings
  • Battery: 1800 mAh rechargeable battery (removable) for up to 5 hours of continuous use
  • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP; Apple Mac OS (v10.5 or later); Ubuntu Linux 9.04
  • Wireless technology: LTE (700/AWS); 3G (HSDPA, 850/1900/2100 MHz); GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

What's in the Box

AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G; rechargeable battery; charger; USB cable; quick start guide; SIM card (preinstalled)

AT&T 4G LTE Network

AT&T's 4G LTE network allows for quicker access, smoother media streaming, and faster web experiences. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile broadband speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Additionally, LTE technology offers a faster response time due to lower latency--the processing time it takes to move data through a network--vastly speeding download times for web pages as well as improving services such as mobile gaming and two-way video calling.

By the end of 2011, AT&T plans to launch its 4G LTE network in 15 major metropolitan areas, covering at least 70 million Americans. Coverage will continue to expand in the next few years and is planned to be largely complete by the end of 2013.

And when combined with 4G HSPA+ technology, AT&T is capable of delivering a quicker, more consistent mobile broadband experience than ever before. AT&T has deployed HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul (via Ethernet or fiber). Backhaul is one of the major pieces of a telecommunications network. Think of it as the limbs connecting AT&T's cell towers with AT&T's backbone network that provides access to the Internet.

Tech Talk

LTE = Long Term Evolution
Advanced wireless technology capable of increasing AT&T's already-fast network speeds. Now in select markets with deployment ongoing.
HSPA+ = High Speed Packet Access
Paired with enhanced backhaul--the accelerated pipeline between our network backbone and cell towers across the country--this technology boosts network performance.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Firmware update April 2012 May 1, 2012
I purchased mine from AT&T immediately after it came out (and dropped "tethering" data service from my cell-phone). I cannot get decent broadband service at my home, and I wanted to be able to simultaneously connect my (base model) iPad, and my laptop. I've been pretty happy with it overall, with these caveats:

- All the wireless activity chews through the battery pretty fast (a few hours) and I always keep it connected to external power at home.

- Like virtually all cell phone data service, you're limited to 5 GB per month (unless you want to pay overage charges); thus its not intended for downloading/streaming video (i.e. Netflix). The display has the amazing feature of a progress-bar showing your current monthly usage, which resets every month.

- Like any wireless broadband service (including Clear WiMAX), its *VERY* dependent on the current load on the cell tower its attached to (which can change moment to moment) and on the tower's backhaul bandwidth. I've seen mine run under 1 Mbps up to 7 Mbps.

Tricks I've got it to do:

- Streaming Pandora music from my iPad while driving for miles down the freeway, with no dropouts.

- I added the obscure AT&T "i2gold" APN feature to my account, to enable Static IP and accept inbound connections via Port Forwarding, and it actually works.

Features I haven't tried:

- I inserted a MicroSD memory card, but haven't used it.

- AT&T has not lit up LTE in my area yet (waiting, waiting, waiting...)

- It has ports for special external antennas for use in weak signal areas.

Features I wish it included:

- DynDNS support, but I might be the only one on the planet to ever use it.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Needed! December 8, 2011
I purchased the Elevate since I need internet connectivity for multiple devices, depending on which I have with me at the time: iPad, iPod Touch, or laptop. I've had mine since the day they came out, a few months ago.

Two favorite things about it:

-My internet connection is secure. I use the Elevate in Starbucks or B&N or other public areas when I'm going onto a site such as banking or PayPal.

-I can connect up to 5 devices on it at the same time, so I'm able to share with a friend, wherever I am, if I want to do so.

The unit is smaller than my Blackberry. I keep it in my purse or pocket when I have it on.

The $50/month (AT&T) is a bit steep, but I'm able to do with the iPod Touch instead of iPhone (saving $25/month, since I have a contract-free Blackberry to use as a phone anyway) and I was able to get the less expensive iPad
(saving $25/month and about $100 for wifi instead of 3G).

I haven't run into any dead-spots, using the Elevate on the highway or in towns and country. I haven't traveled far with it yet, though.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best charging capabilities July 11, 2012
The mifi doesn't charge when it's powered on. It's kind of useless for an 8 hour workday, because at some point you need to turn off the MiFi and charge it back up to 100% so you can use it for the rest of the day. It's only good for short term use. It just seems like a ridiculous design flaw-you would think if it was plugged in, it would pull power from that but alas it does not. If you need something for longer than 4 hours, go with a different mifi.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars seems pretty slow January 6, 2012
I just bought the item today 1-6-12, it was a breeze setting it up, but took awhile for certain pages to load, but other than that, seems okay, I like that it's small and fits in your pocket, or purse, and I also like how it's an LCD screen which displays the life of the battery, how many GB are remaining, and any text messages you may have.

as far as it being a little slow, I'm glad I have a 30 day money back guarantee, so that said, I'm planning on waiting and see, hopefully it wont disappoint me.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product April 12, 2012
I run an IT firm from my home in a rural area and had a T1 line for the internet and vonage VOIP phone lines for a year, at $520 per month. We moved from the T1 to a totally wireless broadband solution using ATT devices. The Elevate is used for internet service and I configured a CradlePoint MBR 1400 router, with a USB broadband device and two Vonage devices for telephone and internet on a different level of the home.

Setup is fast and easy. Just contact ATT to give them the identifying numbers of the device to activate it, then you're in business. I recommend getting an antenna for the device. The Elevate has two ports for antenna attachments.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice product March 12, 2012
This is a very polished product. The device's own display is very helpful but it also has full web interface that lets you control a lot of the behavior of the wi-fi "router". When connected to 4G LTE (see explanation below) it is amazingly fast. The battery life is as advertised (not great), but it can provide service while charging which early LTE modems _did_ _not_ do.

Note: I have seen 7Mbps downloads in Nassau County, NY with this modem on 4G LTE.

AT&T 3G vs AT&T 4G vs AT&T 4G LTE:

AT&T 3G, available for years, is HSDPA technology which peaks at 7.2 Mbps download. Real results are probably more like 3+ Mbps

AT&T 4G, available in many markets since 2010/2011, is HSDPA+ (better 3G done with upgrades to existing equipment). Peak downloads are 21 Mbps -- real results are lower.

AT&T 4G LTE, available from 2011 in some markets is LTE (Long Term Evolution) and requires deployment of new equipment. Some websites have reported getting >20 Mbps consistently on AT&T 4G LTE. This could change as more users adopt LTE.

Note: That AT&T LTE deployment is limited and you should check the AT&T website for coverage.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Works great with Consumer Cellular SIM card
I purchased this unit to enable me to have 4G WI-FI service when travelling in areas without any decent local WI-FI in conjunction with my WI-FI enabled tablet. Read more
Published 11 months ago by custombill
1.0 out of 5 stars The connetion constantly goes down, especially in the afternoon.
Don't waste your time with AT&T you will tear your hair out with their service, it is constantly down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. Rehart
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it at a good price - 49.99, Do not belive what you read as - this...
Not much info AT@T, As a stand alone pay as you go unit, NO CONTRACT, THEY SET ME UP ON A PLAN I FERST REQURESTED....... WEEK AT A TIME. Read more
Published 11 months ago by seeking1124
3.0 out of 5 stars Works fair.
I brought this to use with multiple computers. It's the least expensive option over using your cell phone for thethering and hot spot. It drops the signal every now and then.
Published 12 months ago by Ace
1.0 out of 5 stars this thing is such a pain and im only 12 mo into 24 mo contract
If you read bad reviews on this device you should believe them! I had my first hotspot device croak on me a few months ago and AT&T sent me a new one at no charge but it was a... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Jess
1.0 out of 5 stars connection issues with win vista, xp, older computer.
have 4 different computers, the device only works with windows 7, wont work on older operating system.
battery issues, don't seem to work right. Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by atariboy
2.0 out of 5 stars Lack of tech support
I bought this from the at&t store the first day it was available. It worked until a couple of weeks ago. It doesn't work with now. Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by sam
2.0 out of 5 stars Nifty idea, but drops connections A LOT
I was going to be a passenger in a van driving from Salt Lake City to San Francisco, and wanted to get some work done on the road. Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by aryxus
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