Thursday, November 29, 2007

PHS300 - Battery Powered EVDO Router by CradlePoint


First we were VERY impressed with the CTR350 (read our CTR350 review), and now we have been playing with the new CradlePoint PHS300. So what is the difference between the CTR350 and PHS300?
  • Make the Router 25% longer (for the battery)
  • Add a removable Li-ion replaceable battery (which lasts 2+ hours)
  • Add an on-off switch
  • remove the WAN port
The Personal Hotspot (PHS300) will open many new doors for portable WiFi hotspots.

Check out our PHS300 Full Review on EVDOinfo.com If you want one, you will have to wait until mid December before they ship (however, 3Gstore.com is taking pre-orders now).

Verizon BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Verizon announced that starting sometime next year they are going to open up their network to ANY CDMA ESN and CDMA phones.


What does this mean?

Basically you can bring your own device. For example, the Franklin CDU680 can now possibly be used with Verizon service. So you could cancel your Sprint service and sign up with Verizon and use your existing device on Verizon. Not just the CDU680 but ANY device and switch to Verizon service. Also with phones you will be able to use third-party However, there is always a catch. Verizon has also spent $20 million dollars on a tech lab and they will be publishing technical standards for the development. First, any device maker who wants to connect to Verizon's network will need to be certified for proper network connectivity procedures. Nothing else will be checked. Once they pass the standards customers will have the option to bring their own device. They should have the standards out early next year and then have the option to bring your own device by the end of 2008. This sounds like a good move for Verizon.

We will know more next year after we actually try what Verizon is offering :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

UTS600

Sprint to Announce UTS600 Mobile Broadband EVDO Card?

But, What is it?

While looking at the latest published Sprint Rebate Form we noticed a new Mobile Broadband Card called the UTS600, but we haven't heard anything about the UTS600. Based on some guessing and reading between the lines, we are guessing that UTS600 will be a new USB Modem, but that is only a guess.

Look for more info on the UTS600 coming soon to EVDOinfo.com.

For the latest speculation, see the UTS600 EVDOforums.com thread.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Alltel KPC680 + KR1, Solution from 3Gstore.com


Many Alltel users were excited to hear that the Kyocera KPC 680 will work with the KR1 router. However, most thought they could use the adapter that came with the card. WRONG! Alltel customers were pretty upset and confused.

Why would Kyocera KR1 not support the adapter that came with the KPC 680? It doesn’t make sense.

All they are doing is setting customers up for failure. Don’t you think this has to be pretty embarrassing for Alltel and Kyocera? Well of course 3Gstore comes to the rescue. The Kyocera KR1 will work with the KPC 680 as long as you purchase the Novatel ExpressCard to PCMCIA Adapter and the KR1 bundle that we sell. We also ship the KR1 with the latest firmware (which is required).


It is 2AM, You Cannot Connect to Sprint EVDO, Change your HA

If you're having a connection issue during a time of day when you can't get in touch with 3Gstore.com or Sprint, all hope may not be lost. Some of these Sprint EVDO issues can be fixed by changing your HA (Home Address).

We have a pretty extensive thread on EVDOForums.com discussing how to do this:

Sprint ##DATA tuning (changing Home Agent)

The process is relatively easy, the only problem we foresee customers having is not knowing their MSL/Activation Code. If you're a 3GStore.com EVDO Card customer, here are instructions on how to find that number:

1. Log in to 3GStore.com with your email address. If it tells you that your password is incorrect or that an account already exists with that email address, just click on "Forgot Password" and an email will be sent with a new password.

2. Once you are logged in, you will have access to the information you need. Click on "My Account" at the top, and find the order for your EVDO card. Click on "View", and you will see all comments made on your order.

3. One of the comments should have a format like this (the numbers will be different, of course):

PTN 3256661234 (this is your device phone number) ESN/MEID 09104612345 MSID 000004820535723 (BTW, drop the leading zeros for your MSID) SID/BID 23722 One time Subsidy Lock 923423 Alternative Lock 420473

The 6-digit "Alternative Lock" number listed is the MSL/Activation Code required to change your HA. And that's it! That's everything you need to know to change your HA and hopefully fix any connection issues or speed up your connection.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Get a Verizon 1 Year EVDO Contract for $59.99/mo

Previously, when ordering a Verizon EVDO Card, you would have to select from getting a 1 year contract and paying $79.99/month OR a 2 year contract an paying $59.99/mo. It didn't make sense getting a 1 year.

Now, you can purchase a Verizon card and service without being locked into a 2 year contract and without having to pay the higher monthly fee of $79.99. Purchase a Verizon EVDO card with a 1 year service contract AND only pay $59.99/month, from 3Gstore.com

ALSO...

While supplies last (for specific EVDO Devices), also get a free booster antenna (value $57.95).

3Gstore.com Verizon Order Form

Friday, November 16, 2007

Blogspot.com, Blog Gone, How To Recover?

I am writing this blog entry to help others.

It happened at 4:34PM last Friday. I get a panic call from Alex saying that our blog is gone (200+ posts). I log in and sure enough, IT IS COMPLETLY GONE. Not sure if one of our employees accidently deleted it OR we were comprised externally and someone deleted our blog and all posts. After talking with employees, it was not any of them. We see this message when viewing this blog:

Page Not Found

The requested URL was not found on this server. Please visit the Blogger homepage or the Blogger Knowledge Base for further assistance.


I try recreating our blog, so that our competitors cannot steal our name. Blogspot tells me that the name is not available. I start googling around and find this page to ask BlogSpot/Google for help:

http://help.blogger.com/?page=contact

I select "Report a Bug or Problem" -> I can't Locate My Blog

and I send the following message at 5:30pm

Help!

I run a blog for our business. It appears that the blog has been deleted, all posts and the main URL is no longer working. I added a new entry today, but it was working. Is there a problem going on that is preventing me from getting in OR from the blog from working.

HELP!


Within 20 MINUTES, our blog is back up and I get this response:

Hello,

Your blog has been reviewed, verified, and cleared for regular use so that it will no longer appear as potential spam. If you sign out of Blogger and sign back in again, you should be able to post as normal. Thanks for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Sincerely,
The Blogger Team



So, keep a backup AND if you have a problem with BlogSpot - contact them immediately, and you should get things back up. Also, for those of you that tried visiting our blog last Friday night and got an error message - no you know why.

I hope this post, helps someone else who finds their blog complete removed one day.

Pssst…..Verizon is launching the Kyocera KPC 680

Verizon finally came out with a new ExpressCard. It’s the Kyocera KPC 680, which is a nice upgrade if you already have the Kyocera KR1 router and a PCMCIA adapter. It is both windows and mac compatible. However, it doesn’t look like it will be Mac WWAN native. So mac users will still have to use VZAccess. This device has a unique antenna, it’s a corkscrew flip-up antenna and has dual external antenna ports to enhance RF performance while on the go.

We will start testing this device once we receive one. We are expecting antenna adapters in the next 2-4 weeks and the price of the device very soon.

You don’t need to keep this a secret; this is some exciting news for Verizon.

So keep checking 3Gstore.com for your new Kyocera KPC 680.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Some like it HOT! A portable hotspot that is.


Thanks to our new Cradlepoint CTR350 router we will now have a portable hotspot for the BlackBerry 8830. Just think all you need is a CTR 350 (tiny travel router) and your BlackBerry 8830. Then in twelve seconds you can have an active hotspot. That means this connection can be shared with others. Are you impressed? We are because, Cradlepoint just came out with a new firmware today to support the Sprint BlackBerry 8830. 3gstore will be including the latest firmware on a CD starting November 13, 2007. Hurry and get your hotspot today (from 3Gstore).

So, how powerful is this new hotspot? Right now, I am sitting in my car (not moving) posting this entry - that is pretty cool, huh?

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Verizon Releases UM150 USB EVDO! Excited? We're not.

Verizon released their latest USB device - the UM150 made by Pantech - and we are not impressed! While the UM150 is inexpensive - $29.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate - it is just not up to par with the other USB devices available now.

Let's take a look at size. Considering the USB727 just came out and is 1/3 of the size of the USB720, one would think this other new device would be nice and compact as well - no suck luck. The UM150 is even BIGGER than the USB720! Here's a comparison shot next to the USB727 and the CDU-680 (offered on Sprint):


In addition to it's size, the UM150 has no router support at all. It doesn't work in the KR1, MB6800, or the CTR-350. While this could change down the road, any customer interested in sharing their EVDO connection is certainly not going to be interested in the UM150.

The UM150 is cheap - both in price and in quality. It is made of a cheap, flimsy plastic, and you can tell.

Now, the UM150 does have two features that are completely new to EVDO devices. One of them is a telescoping antenna. While at first this may seem like a good way of increasing signal, at second glance you see this for what it is - a HORRIBLE IDEA! This skinny little antenna is just BEGGING to be broken or snapped off. It will break. Easily.


The other new feature is actually pretty neat (must have had one person on their design team who wasn't falling asleep at the wheel). Users can see their signal strength via LEDs on the front of the card. Also, the UM150 has a microSD slot that will support up to a 4GB card for storing pictures, videos, etc. And with this external LED display, you can see when the microSD card is actively reading or writing data.


A couple of other good things about the UM150 - it has external antenna port, and we have the antenna adapter available for it - so any antenna/amplifier combination can be used. Also, it has the same swivel feature as the CDU-680, so you can use it up, instead of straight out, which might decrease the chances of breaking that already highly susceptible antenna.

Related links:
Discuss on EVDOForums
Read Our First Impressions on EVDOInfo.com

Sunday, November 04, 2007

“Hello Sprint 595U, Goodbye, Hello????”

A few weeks ago Sprint was retiring the Sierra Aircard 595U. Now they are going to just replace the Sierra Aircard 595U with a new one. Instead of having a docking station they will now have one with a USB cable.

The “new 595U” should be available very soon.

Remember, the Sierra Aircard 595U is the only EVDO card with a built-in battery. We still would not recommend going with this card because of the battery. We have however, resolved the router issue with this card. All you need is the Top Global MB6800 with a powered usb hub or using the new CradlePoint CTR 350 by itself.

EVDOinfo favorite EVDO USB are still Sprint’s Novatel U727 (or Verizon U727) for Window users and the Franklin CDU-680 for Mac users.

So time will tell if this new device will add to that favorite list!