Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What is Going on with Millenicom and the Transfer to Verizon?

Since 1998, Millenicom has been providing customers with a low cost mobile Internet solution. As an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) they have utilized the Sprint and Verizon Wireless network infrastructure to provide the service. With the backbone of these 2 major US providers, and the ability to provide the service at discounted price, Millenicom was the go to solution for both rural homeowners and travelers alike. When the news broke late Thursday (10/16) that Millenicom had been acquired by Verizon Wireless, it’s no wonder it came as a total surprise to everyone involved.

Millenicom customers, or at least most of them, received the following email from the company’s owner Dennis Castle…

Dear Customer, 

We are announcing the acquisition by Verizon of the Millenicom customers who use their service. There should be no interruption with your Internet connection, they will be in contact with you regarding plan options. 

Please accept our most sincere appreciation for the opportunity to be your Internet provider. 

Dennis Castle 
Owner 
Millenicom Inc.

However, a lot of other customers are reporting that they ONLY received this 2nd email the company had sent out…

Dear Customer, 

This is to correct an earlier email that was sent to you regarding your service. Verizon Wireless, the carrier providing your wireless service, may be contacting you about options for your ongoing service. Going forward your relationship will be directly with Verizon Wireless. Millenicom will no longer have any role concerning your account and Millenicom does not now or will have any relationship with Verizon Wireless. Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience this notice may cause. 

Even now, there is a level of uncertainty throughout the customer base, ourselves included. “How long will my service stay active?” Or, “What options will Verizon be offering?” We wish we had a definite answer to give you all, but it’s still just speculation and hearsay.

What we do know, from our customer reports, is that Millenicom no longer has the ability to update data usage. This MIGHT mean that you can get away with using more than your 20GB allotment for the rest of the month, but no promises! Regarding service options - Verizon requested one of our other Millenicom customers to provide their Mobile Number (or MDN) for the service so they could assist, but to what extent, we cannot be sure at this time.

There’s also been a lot of talk about them grandfathering Millenicom customers in on the same plan, same cost, but no confirmation. We suggest contacting Verizon in the mean time and see if they can tell you anything. If you cannot find the mobile number of your line of service, we suggest giving them the SIM card number, which the service is attached to.

For now, we believe that service should at least stay active until 10/30 or 10/31. Verizon should be contacting customers sometime this week to go over options. However, without knowing how many customers they actually need to contact, there’s no telling if or when it will happen.

New questions and answers keep coming up all the time so please check out Verizon Takes Over Millenicom Customers for regular updates!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sprint announces layoff of 452 jobs at headquarters

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Earlier this year in a Sprint SEC filing they announced their plan to cut costs by laying off employees to better meet the changing dynamics of the workplace. At the end of quarter 2 Sprint took a $160 million hit due to severance packages from the last round of layoffs after Marcelo Claure took over as CEO of Sprint. In a filing last Friday they announced that 452 jobs will be terminated at the company’s main headquarters after 477 job cuts earlier this year. The layoffs are to reduce company overhead as Sprint plays catch up deploying Sprint Spark 4G LTE coverage to areas to compete with Verizon’s XLTE network and AT&T’s 4G LTE coverage. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Ray G. For Writing Review of a Pepwave Surf SOHO 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 6.1.0

Congrats to Ray G. of Villa Ridge, Missouri who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Pepwave Surf SOHO 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 6.1.0 at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Ray G.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

Ordered the router because my old Craddelpoint was starting to deteriorate. This router is said to have a strong wireless signal and works well with my Verizon air card. Ordering was a breeze and the router was here in a day or two. It was plug and play, only configuration that I did was because I just wanted to play around with settings. Works like a charm and the 3gStore was a pleasure to work with as always.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

iPad Air 2 Uses new Apple SIM to Switch Between Carriers with Ease!


Good news for cellular iPad users! The new iPad Air 2, which goes on sale tomorrow, will come with Apple’s own semi-unlocked SIM card. The SIM will work with multiple US carriers including AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

Unfortunately, Verizon won’t be supported! Users who want Verizon service instead will likely need a CDMA model of the iPad. Of course, Sprint does support CDMA as well, but for some reason the Apple SIM won’t support Verizon’s.

Now, if you start with one carrier, you’ll have the option and ease to switch to another!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cradlepoint COR IBR1100 & IBR1150 announced

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The CradlePoint COR IBR1100 & IBR1150 Series is a compact, ruggedized 3G/4G/LTE networking solution designed for mission critical connectivity in the most challenging environments.
Ideal for in-vehicle networks including police cars, ambulances, and mass transit, this cloud-managed solution provides organizations the ability to scale deployments quickly and manage their vehicle networks easily in real time. 

With an extensive list of safety and hardening certifications, the COR IBR1100 is engineered to protect against extreme temperatures, humidity, shocks, vibrations, dust, water splash, reverse polarity and transient voltage. 

Key Features:
  • Cloud Managed through ECM
  • Dual-Band, dual concurrent WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
  • Ruggedized for vibration, shock, dust, splash & humidity
  • Ignition sensing
  • Certified 3G/4G/LTE enterprise grade internal modems
  • Software defined radio supports multiple carriers (Gobi)
  • Built-in Transient and reverse polarity voltage protection
  • 9-36 DC voltage input range
  • Integrated temperature sensor
  • Active GPS support
Specifications:
WAN
  • Integrated 4G LTE modem (with 3G failover)
  • Three LAN/WAN switchable 10/100 Ethernet ports – one default WAN (cable/DSL/T1/satellite/Metro Ethernet)
  • WiFi as WAN, Metro WiFi; 2x2 MIMO "N" 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz; 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (IBR1100 only)
LAN
  • Dual-band dual-concurrent WiFi; 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (IBR1100 only)
  • Three LAN/WAN switchable 10/100 Ethernet ports – two default LAN
  • Serial console support for out-of-band management of a connected device
  • PORTS
  • Power
  • 2-wire GPIO
  • USB 2.0
  • 3 Ethernet LAN/WAN
  • 2 cellular antenna connectors (SMA)
  • 1 active GPS antenna connector (SMA)
  • 2 WiFi antenna connectors (R-SMA)
  • Serial DE-9 (commonly called "DB-9") connector – RS-232 (out-of-band management of an external device requires a null modem adapter/cable)
TEMPERATURE
  • −30° C to 70° C (−22 °F to +158 °F) operating
  • −40 °C to 85 °C (−40 °F to +185 °F) storage
  • Includes temperature sensor with options for alerts and automatic shutoff
HUMIDITY (non-condensing)
  • 5% to 95% operating
  • 5% to 95% storage
POWER
  • DC input steady state voltage range: 9–36 VDC (requires inline fuse for vehicle installations)
  • For 9–24 VDC installations, use a 3 A fuse
  • For > 24 VDC installations, use a 2.5 A fuse
  • Reverse polarity and transient voltage protection per ISO 7637-2
  • Ignition sensing (automatic ON and time-delay OFF)
  • Power consumption:
  • idle: typical=400mA@12VDC (4.8W); worst case=800mA@12VDC (9.6W)
  • Tx/Rx: typical=650mA@12VDC (7.8W); worst case=1300mA@12VDC (15.6W)
  • 12VDC 2A adapter recommended
SIZE – 5.3 in x 4.4 in x 1.4 in (134 mm x 112 mm x 35 mm)
WEIGHT – 16.1 oz (457 g)
CERTIFICATIONS
  • FCC, CE, IC
  • WiFi Alliance (IBR1100 only) – 802.11a/b/g/n certified, 802.11ac supported
  • Safety: UL/CUL, CB Scheme, EN60950-1
  • Hazardous Locations: Class I, Div. 2 (pending)
  • Shock/Vibration/Humidity: compliant with MIL STD 810G and SAEJ1455
  • Ingress Protection: compliant with IP64 (includes protection from dust and splashing water)
  • Materials: WEEE, RoHS, RoHS-2, California Prop 65
  • Vehicle: E-Mark, compliant with ISO 7637-2
  • Telecom: PTCRB/CTIA, GCF-CC
GPS
  • GPS Protocols: TAIP and NMEA 0183 V3.0
  • Accuracy:
  • < 2m: 50%
  • < 5m: 90%
  • Acquisition:
  • Hot start: 1 second
  • Warm start: 29 seconds
  • Cold start: 32 seconds
  • Sensitivity
  • Tracking: −161 dBm (tracking sensitivity is the lowest GNSS signal level for which the device can still detect an in-view satellite 50% of the time when in sequential tracking mode)
  • Acquisition (standalone): −145 dBm (acquisition sensitivity is the lowest GNSS signal level for which the device can still detect an in-view satellite 50% of the time)
  • Operational limits: altitude < 6000 m or velocity < 100 m/s (either limit may be exceeded, but not both)
Large Cradlepoint deployment? Request a formal quote

Friday, October 10, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer JESS M. For Writing Review of a CradlePoint MBR1200B 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 5.1.2

Congrats to JESS M. of Columbia City, Indiana who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for CradlePoint MBR1200B 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 5.1.2 at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like JESS M.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

I bought this as a replacement for a previous Cradlepoint, and I thought it was easier to set up than the previous models that I've had. I've had it on line for a couple weeks, with no problems whatsoever. I'm currently using only a cable ISP, so I can't comment on the 3G/4G capabilities at this time. Upgrading the firmware was straightforward and simple.


Sprint doubles the data for business customers

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sprint (NYSE: S) continues to keep its pledge to double the data compared to AT&T and Verizon1 at the same or lower price. Beginning Oct. 10, the Sprint® Business Share Plan will again double the data, now delivering 240GB to 800GB of data to business customers with 50 to 100 lines. 

The latest promotion, running through Oct. 31, 2014, provides businesses double the data for $50 to $150 less per month than a similar promotion from AT&T. What’s more, Sprint will waive the $15 access charges for unlimited talk and text through the end of 2015 for customers who bring their number to Sprint and activate a phone. This new pricing promotion is available only through installment billing.

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The limited time promotion builds on the recent launch of the Sprint Business Share Plans. The affordable new pricing plans challenge the high cost of doing business with wireless companies by offering large amounts of data and savings – with double the data at pricing that is equal or less than comparable plans offered by the competition. 

Poor Sprint Signal? Get a wireless repeater

How to Activate Your Sprint Cradlepoint Modem


This tip sheet provides the necessary steps on how to get a SIM card (size 2FF) from Sprint and how to activate the SIM on a compatible CradlePoint router.

Pages: 1

Download How to Activate Your Sprint Cradlepoint Modem (only available for 3Gstore customers who have purchased one of the products below)

Products:

Cradlepoint AER 2100 w/ Sprint MC400 3G/4G, Cradlepoint COR IBR600 w/ Sprint 3G/4G, Cradlepoint COR IBR650 w/ Sprint 3G/4G, Cradlepoint ARC MBR1400 w/ Sprint 3G/4G

Thursday, October 09, 2014

How to Activate Your Verizon Cradlepoint Modem


This tip sheet provides the necessary steps on how to get a SIM card (size 2FF) from Verizon (unless you've purchased from 3Gstore.com) and how to activate the SIM on a compatible CradlePoint router.

Pages: 1

Download How to Activate Your Verizon Cradlepoint Modem (only available for 3Gstore customers who have purchased one of the products below)

Products:

Cradlepoint AER 2100 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Cradlepoint AER 2100 w/ Verizon MC400 3G/4G, Cradlepoint ARC CBA750 w/ Verizon Multi-Band 3G/4G, Cradlepoint ARC CBA750B w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Cradlepoint COR IBR600 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Cradlepoint COR IBR600 w/ Verizon 3G/4G & GPS, Cradlepoint COR IBR600 w/ Verizon Multi-Band 3G/4G, Cradlepoint COR IBR650 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Cradlepoint COR IBR650 w/ Verizon Multi-Band 3G/4G , Cradlepoint ARC MBR1400 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Cradlepoint ARC MBR1400 w/ Verizon Multi-Band 3G/4G

How to Activate Your Verizon Cradlepoint Modem




Pages: 1

Download How to Activate Your Verizon Cradlepoint Modem (only available for 3Gstore customers who have purchased one of the products below)

Products:

Cradlepoint AER 2100 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Cradlepoint AER 2100 w/ Verizon MC400 3G/4G, Cradlepoint ARC CBA750 w/ Verizon Multi-Band 3G/4G, Cradlepoint ARC CBA750B w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Cradlepoint COR IBR600 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Cradlepoint COR IBR600 w/ Verizon 3G/4G & GPS, Cradlepoint COR IBR600 w/ Verizon Multi-Band 3G/4G, Cradlepoint COR IBR650 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Cradlepoint COR IBR650 w/ Verizon Multi-Band 3G/4G, Cradlepoint ARC MBR1400 w/ Verizon 3G/4G, Cradlepoint ARC MBR1400 w/ Verizon Multi-Band 3G/4G