We got a chance to check out Novatel's next generation MiFi at CES this past January, and came away impressed with the update. Officially titled the Novatel Wireless MiFi 4620L 4G Global Ready Jetpack, it has big shoes to fill as the successor to the Wireless MiFi 4510L, which was our favorite LTE hotspot device when we reviewed it late last year. The Jetpack 4620L includes global WCDMA and GSM/EDGE support in addition to CDMA 2000 1x, EVDO and Verizon LTE support. Unfortunately, 5GHz WiFi is still not on board, as 802.11 connectivity is limited to b, g, and 2.4GHz n bands. But the most interesting thing about the Jetpack 4620L is the small OLED screen on the front, giving access to settings menus, device information, connectivity, and battery status. This makes it significantly easier to use and troubleshoot than the previous MiFis, and in our brief use, we found the display to be quite responsive and intuitive.
At the time, we didn't have any details on pricing or availability, but earlier today, Verizon announced that the Jetpack would go on sale April 12th for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate, with data starting at $50 a month for 5GB. We'll have a review unit soon, so stay tuned!



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