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Novatel MiFi 3G/4G 4082 for Sprint Review


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Performance and Conclusion:

Novatel MiFi 3G/4G 4082 for Sprint Review
Performance on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network was on par with our past experiences.  In our testing it averaged just over 7mbps down and just under 1mbps up with an average ping of 129ms. These results are slightly better overall than we got with the Sierra U250 when we did our 4G comparison. Novatel claims that you can get 4 hours of usage with the MiFi 3G/4G thanks to the larger battery, but heavy users will probably want to pack the charger or pick up an extra battery.

So this new MiFi is faster, prettier, has a bigger battery and is more functional, what’s not to like?  Despite the overhaul, the MiFi 3G/4G still doesn’t stack up to the Sierra Overdrive.  The Overdrive has a bigger, more functional LCD and the Overdrive has longer battery life.  The MiFi 3G/4G launched April 6 at $79.99 on a two year contract, but two weeks before that Sierra released the Overdrive Pro, a faster, smaller and more functional Overdrive.  This new Overdrive offers a bigger display that displays more info than its predecessor, boots 35% faster and allows up to eight simultaneous connections.  Plus, Sierra has an optional docking station available for the Pro that will boost reception by 50%. All this, and the Overdrive Pro comes in at just $49.99 on contract.

The Novatel MiFi 3G/4G 4082 is a fine device, and addresses all of the shortcomings of the MiFi 2200.  Unfortunately for Novatel, it is too little, too late as they’ve been outdone by Sierra’s Overdrive lineup.  The MiFi literally has nothing to fight the Overdrive Pro with; the Sierra offering out-specs and out performs the MiFi in every imaginable category and comes in $30 cheaper.  You won’t be disappointed by the MiFi 3G/4G, but in our opinion we don’t see why you’d pick it over the Overdrive Pro in the first place.

Novatel MiFi 3G/4G 4082 for Sprint Video Review:


  • 4G connectivity
  • microSD slot for network storage


  • LCD has limited functionality
  • Battery could be better
  • It was already outdone by the competition before it launched
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posted on 13 Apr 2011, 11:31

1. I really hate it overdrive Pro (unregistered)

I bought the Overdrive Pro, It really sucks, It has really poor battery life, only 3hours with my video streaming. and really HOT. Too hot. I couldn't touch after 3 hours.
How this company selling this product to market. ??

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 14:29

2. m simons (unregistered)

I had a number of Sierra Overdrives. Got tired of the micro-usb breaking as many others had. Took a look at the Pro in the store and thought it wouldn't be any better.
Got the mifi yesterday. Its ok, but didn't know I'd have to use Sprint software if I wanted to use it via the USB.

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 12:45

3. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

I tried the Overdrive Pro and it was atrocious. Worked fine with one of my laptops, wouldn't connect with the other. Tech support said it was because the Overdrive didn't support the driver that was current for the computer and they didn't know if Sierra would have an update for it that would fix the problem.. Kinda ridiculous that it wouldn't work on a 3 year old Toshiba running Vista. Haven't been hearing great things about the Overdrive in general, I hope the Mifi is a better unit. Will update.

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 23:09

4. overdriveh8 (unregistered)

I have never had a worse experience with any wireless device mbb or phone a like than the Overdrive. Overheating/powercycling on my first one, followed by charging port failure (read I am a Sprint retail store employee I know how to treat devices) and the second one will not stay connected to 4g at my house, where my last one had no problem, to save its life. Literally. I will be activating my MIFI tomorrow when I get to work in the a.m.

I never looked at the display on my Overdrive to begin with. As far as battery life. I generally have it plugged in anyway, but if im with out electric the overdrive would outlive the laptop anyway. So I am sure if the MIFI really has less battery life it wont be a noticeable inconvenience. And certainly not if it stays connected and powered on.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 07:49

5. Vight (unregistered)

Advertised to operate up to five separate devices. Really? Sleek, convenient discrete design no wires. 3G/4G possibility. Where and/or when does this feature activate? And what actually does that WPS switch do? Do you push it frequently, why do you press it, what does it do to improve the "lagging during XBOX C.O.D online streaming, and how does it prevent netflix from moving so slowly?
Well enough, we tried it for thirty days and went to return it and it was like a "ghost-town" of unresolvability. The store where traditionally we are treated like royalty and on this matter their hand are tied because I was late by a day returning this device.
Please someone anyone tell me how to modify this "goose-egg" so we are not totally stuck with a two year contract for this piece of c#&p.
At fifty years old I got a two year lesson in the fundamentals of a "fool is born everyday," or "if it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is."
Until now they have been like family. As of today yet another smooth talker goes to the trash heap.

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