Friday, October 31, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Benoit P. For Writing Review of a Remote Power Switch - 1 Outlet - Home Automation and Remote Reboot (Routers, WebCams, Servers, etc)

Congrats to Benoit P. of St-Hubert, Quebec who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Remote Power Switch - 1 Outlet - Home Automation and Remote Reboot (Routers, WebCams, Servers, etc) 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 Benoit P.\'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!.

Just perfect . no glitch no problem on installation work like a charm !!!!!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sprint Spark launches in 17 new markets

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Today Sprint customers in 17 new cities such as Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Sacramento, Seattle and the Minneapolis-St. Paul, now have access to the power of Sprint Spark™, an enhanced LTE service delivering peak wireless speeds of 50-60Mbps with increasing speed potential over time. Sprint Spark, available in 46 markets across the country, is expected to cover 100 million people by year-end.  

Today’s 17 new Sprint Spark markets include:
  • Bay City, MI
  • Midland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Seattle, WA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Mount Vernon, OH
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Denver, CO
  • New Philadelphia, OH
  • Tiffin, OH
  • Flint, MI
  • Ogden, UT
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Henderson, NC
  • Sacramento, CA
Sprint offers 38 Sprint Spark-enabled devices, including some of the world’s most popular devices such as the iPhone® 6, iPad Air™ 2, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S® 5, LG G3, HTC One (M8) and many others. With its unique combination of network technologies, spectrum capacity and tri-band devices, Sprint Spark is designed to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. It enables stutter-free video chat on-the-go and mobile gaming that leaves lag behind. 

The Sprint network also includes nationwide HD Voice and 4G LTE service in 540 markets. In addition, Sprint’s Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program includes 27 carriers, with plans to extend 4G LTE coverage in 27 states, covering a population of more than 38 million.  

As part of a multi-year network overhaul, the company has transformed its network to deliver improved network performance. Sprint recently received 84 first-place or shared first-place RootScore® Awards for network reliability, call and/or text performance* in cities across the country, according to reports by independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics®. Looking ahead, Sprint will continue to invest in its nationwide network by implementing new technologies and techniques to make the network more efficient and deliver improved performance and faster data speeds than before.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Surecall FCC-Approved Verizon Direct Connect Amplifier Now Available at 3Gstore

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The first direct connect 4G LTE amplifier since this year's FCC rule changes for amplifiers is here: the Surecall SC-SoloVI-15. The SC-SoloVI-15 has an MSRP of $220 and works on the Verizon 700mhz LTE frequency ONLY (it will not help with Verizon 2G or 3G signal, nor wiill it help with the Verizon AWS "XLTE" frequency, nor will it help with ANY other carriers' networks - an AT&T version is due later this year) and, along with a high-gain LTE antenna, is the best way to improve and stabilize weak LTE signal.

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The SC-SoloVI-15 include two 6' cables (one to use if you're connecting to a traditional adapter cable, and one to use if you're connecting to a device with an SMA antenna connector), power supply, mounting kit, and a 6" magnetic mount antenna

The SC-Solo-VI-15 replaces the popular CM700V-32 amplifier, which was discontinued earlier this year when the new FCC regulations went into place. 3Gstore received a small batch of amplifiers last month and were impressed with the results, as were the lucky few customers who were able to purchase from that first batch. Michael from Amherst, NY, shared his thoughts in this review: "+15db gain with this little unit. Tested with a small Wilson directional panel antenna also purchased from 3GSTORE. Tested with/without panel antenna. Gained an additional 15db with the panel antenna on top of the 15db from the amp, excellent compliment. Works ridiculously well and easy!"

Specifications
  • Frequency Range: Uplink: 776-787 Mhz / Downlink: 746-757 Mhz
  • Standards Supported: LTE
  • Gain: 15dB
  • Max Output Power: 1 watt EIRP
  • Impedance: 50ohms
  • Noise Figure: Maximum 5 dB
  • VSWR: Less than 2:1
  • AC Power Transformer: 110VAC,60Hz IN/6V
  • RF Connectors: SMA/Female (SMA to FME adapters included)
  • Power Consumption: <9W
  • Dimensions: 4⅞” x 2¾” x 2”
  • Weight: 1lb 13oz
  • FCC ID: RSNM2M-V
The Surecall Verizon Direct Connect Amplifier is available NOW at 3Gstore!

Peplink Releases New InControl 2 Version

Peplink has released a new version of their cloud based device management tool, InControl 2. InControl gives you a way to remotely manage multiple routers all in one place. You’ll have access to such things as advanced administration tools, configuration settings, and reports. This new version is 2.0.21.4.

Here’s what’s included in the changes:
  • VLAN ID setting support* for SSIDs now available for the Peplink Balance, and MAX models  
  • Device names defined on InControl 2 are now pushed to devices as their Router/AP Name 
  • Users can choose which types of events to receive email notifications on. 
  • Wi-Fi/Device Reports can now be downloaded as a CSV file. 
  • Location tracking data can now be downloaded as a GPX file. 
  • Implemented various UX tweaks, fixed various bugs. 

*This will only work if the VLAN ID set within an InControl-configured SSID is one of the VLAN IDs set in the local device Web Admin LAN settings. For example, if the InControl SSID VLAN ID is set to 25, then 25 needs to be among the VLAN IDs set in the local device. 

Create your own InControl 2 account and start managing your devices today!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FTC Sues AT&T for Misleading Customers


The FTC (U.S. Federal Trade Commission) announced today that it is suing AT&T for misleading millions of their smartphone customers. Apparently, customers who have paid for unlimited data plans are being throttled, even though this was NOT disclosed in the information AT&T provided to them. Reports show that in some cases, speeds have dropped almost 90%.

The charges filed in the lawsuit were put forth with the assistance of the FCC, which technically has jurisdiction over the mobile provider. The FTC states that the company had performed a "deceptive failure" to disclose its mobile throttling plan. An additional comment from FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez sums up their view on the issue: "Unlimited means unlimited. AT&T promised its customers 'unlimited' data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise."

It was found that AT&T began throttling data in 2011 after customers used 2GB of data - an amount most of us can go through quite quickly. In fact, the FTC claims that about 3.5 million individual customers may have been throttled more than two-dozen times.

After learning of the news, AT&T general counsel Wayne Watts made the following comments:

“The FTC’s allegations are baseless and have nothing to do with the substance of our network management program. It’s baffling as to why the FTC would choose to take this action against a company that, like all major wireless providers, manages its network resources to provide the best possible service to all customers, and does it in a way that is fully transparent and consistent with the law and our contracts. It's the second time this month the company has been bitten by the federal government. Earlier in October, AT&T was forced to pay $80 million back to consumers after it billed customers for unauthorized third-party charges. The FTC claimed the company billed for "hundreds of millions of dollars in charges originated by other companies," usually in amounts of about $10, for subscriptions to ringtones and other text message-based content. AT&T was said to have kept at least 35 percent of the charges it billed to its customers in a practice known as "mobile cramming."

Friday, October 24, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer James L L. For Writing Review of a MobileMark BLACK Multi-Band 4-Cable Antenna for MiMo 3G/4G Cellular, GPS, & WiFi

Congrats to James L L. of Boynton Beach, Florida who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for MobileMark BLACK Multi-Band 4-Cable Antenna for MiMo 3G/4G Cellular, GPS, & WiFi 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 James L L.\'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!.

Superb antenna. Works great!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

3Gstore.com is Mobile Friendly!

Did you that 3Gstore.com has a mobile friendly site? We wanted to make it easier for our customers to access our web page on the go. No need to download an app that you then need to update regularly. Just pull up a web browser on your iOS or Android device and simply type in 3gstore.com!

Want to access a specific item? Click Search, then type in the shortcut # + the item number (i.e. #4136) and the product page comes right up.

Want to access your saved 3Gstore shopping cart? Click Search, then type in the shortcut c + your cart number (i.e. c1234) and your shopping cart will load.

You can also log into your 3Gstore account to change/update your information, check past orders, and access our Support Portal for available documents on the products you’ve purchased!

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.