Friday, February 22, 2008

Verizon overage charges to be added to EVDO data plans?

There is a lot of chatter about forthcoming changes to Verizon's BroadBandAccess EVDO Data plans in early March.

Rumors point to a less expensive monthly plan with a lower data threshold than the current data plan's 5 GB limit, and new overage charges for both plans.

Not just overage charges. Ridiculously high overage charges. How so? Well, the current Verizon EVDO data plan is $59.99/mo and offers 5 GB of un-throttled broadband wireless capacity... or about $12/GB or about $0.012 per MB. That's +/- 1.2 cents per MB on a real calculator.

The rumored overage charges are an incredulous 40 to 100 times more than the rate being charged per month!

Yeah, we understand the need for the overage charge to be a deterrent... but conspiracy theorists wonder if this isn't just some new way to profit from folks who blindly pay their bills?

The first thing many customers calling us about these rumors asks us is, "Can these charges be avoided by signing up NOW, before the charges are in black and white on their site?"

Many questions remain about how these rumored overage charges might affect existing customers -- Will they be 'grandfathered in' and not subject to overage charges? or will they also be subjected to the same overage charges... and if they are, isn't that a breach of their original contract?? Would a breach of contract allow existing customers to quit their contract without a termination fee?

Back when Verizon called their broadbandaccess plan "unlimited", Verizon cancelled accounts of some customers who exceeded the 'unlimited' data threshold... Makes sense, right? Their stupidity raised such a ruckus that the NY AG's office made Verizon pay back a million bucks to those customers who had their accounts cancelled, but were never given back the money they paid for hardware.

We remind you of that, just to explain the precedence for stupidity that Verizon has already set. Would they be stupid enough to apply rumored overage charges to existing customers who were not originally subject to them?

Why, yes... they could be that stupid.

We won't know for sure if/when/who/why... probably until a month after they start the rumored overage charges.

At this point in time, if you have been considering Verizon EVDO data plans and don't have the option of getting Sprint EVDO... we believe it IS A GOOD time to sign up before any changes take place. If for some reason, you do not get 'grandfathered' in, remember you have 30 days to cancel, so you have a way out.

If you are about to get Verizon mobile broadband service, now may be the perfect time to do it.

For the latest discussion on the topic see:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Franklin Updates Mac OSX Connection Manager for CDU680 EVDO USB Modem

Franklin Technologies has released the latest version of their Mac OSX Connection Manager software for use with the popular Franklin CDU680 and CDU550 EVDO USB Modems and the Sprint EVDO Network.

The main features of this software revision are:
  • RSSI 'Tooltip' Display over Antenna bar (as shown in graphic above)
  • Support for Mac OSX 10.4.11 (Tiger) and 10.5.x (Leopard).
Users of the Franklin CDU680 or CDU550 that bought their equipment from can get the update by emailing support at

Please include your invoice number in subject or body of the email and we will reply with a download link for the update.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Cradlepoint MBR1000 Now Shipping, Includes HSDPA Device Support

The Cradlepoint MBR1000 Router is Now Shipping from

The MBR1000 is the first router to have an ExpressCard slot and WiFi N for incredible wireless range, and with Firmware 1.1 that 3Gstore includes on CD, the MBR1000 also becomes the first HSDPA Router to natively support the AT&T Option GT Max ExpressCard as well as the AT&T USBConnect AirCard 881U USB Modem and certain AT&T Phones and PDA's.

Here's a photo showing some of the pre-ordered MBR1000's, ready for pickup by FedEx just a few hours after we received them this morning:

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Cradlepoint CTR350 and PHS300 Are Newest ATT HSDPA Routers

The already very popular Cradlepoint Ctr350 and PHS300 Routers are now also the coolest and tiniest AT&T HSDPA Routers on the market today.

With the release of firmware 2.0.0, both routers now support not just more EVDO devices, but they now support the Sierra Wireless 881u USB HSDPA Modem and Option GT Max HSDPA ExpressCard, as well as several AT&T handsets like the Motorola RAZR v3xx, Motorola Q v9h Samsung SGH-A707, and Samsung Blackjack.

Customers who buy their Cradlepoint routers at will be provided the latest firmware on CD with their order, to serve as a backup in case they need it and cannot get online to download it.

Join the EVDOforums discussion about the latest firmware by clicking here.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

MBR1000 Review on

Cradlepoint MBR1000 Review Now Available @
We have been testing and evaluating the Cradlepoint MBR1000 EVDO Router for the last few weeks and now we get to tell everyone about it.

Read our CradlePoint MBR1000 Full Review.

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