Monday, November 24, 2008

Cradlepoint CTR500/MBR1000 Firmware 1.4 supports Alltel UM175, ATT Mercury - adds fixes and features

Cradlepoint's Firmware 1.4 for CTR500 and MBR1000 cellular routers
  • Adds official support for Alltel's UM175 & EC228 as well as AT&T's Mercury 885 USB modems
  • Fixes World of Warcraft / Alltel UM150 issue
  • Supports multiple VPN while load balancing
and more! read all about the latest firmware in this article:

For those ordering the CTR500 or MBR1000 from, starting 12/02/2008, we will automatically include a CD that has the latest firmware.

For known issues and much more information, check out the official Full Firmware 1.4 Release Notes (PDF).

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sprint Compass 597 USB EVDO Modem FREE with 2 year contract

Free Sprint Compass 597 USB EVDO Rev A modem

Looking for a Sprint Rev-A USB modem on a 2 year contract? is now offering the Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB modem for FREE on a 2 year contract for a limited time. No need to wait for a mail-in rebate!

The Compass 597 is also FREE as an upgrade for any Sprint customer with an EVDO data contract that is 22 or more months into a 24month contract. You can read all about the Compass in this full review.

All of the same great 3Gstore discounts on antennas, amplifiers and routers still apply when purchasing the 597U with a contract. Customers who get their new or upgrade 2-year contract through 3Gstore will recieve $20 off any antenna, router or amplifier.

For example: the Compass 597U, Cradlepoint CTR350 Router and portable booster antenna would cost only $107.94! (after package discounts, after $25 cradlepoint mail-in rebate, plus shipping)

This special pricing will only be available for a limited time, so if you're considering creating a Sprint EVDO account, this would be a great time to do so! Place your Sprint order at the link to our Sprint Order Form below!*

Order your Compass 597 from now

*Please note: When you order any EVDO device from 3Gstore and cancel service during 30 day trial period, the EVDO device needs to be returned to 3GStore, otherwise you will be responsible for paying retail price for the device if you decide to keep it.

Monday, November 17, 2008

3GStore Celebrates Order #40000!

3Gstore hit a big milestone last week: on Friday evening, Kevin Barker of Fredericksburg, Virginia, placed the 40,000th order in our store history! As a token of our appreciation, we are fulfilling and shipping Kevin's order at no charge to him. Thank you, Kevin - and the 39,999 who came before!

3Gstore shipped its first order over three years ago in 2005, and we have truly enjoyed serving all 40,000+ of our customers. Since the beginning, we have prided ourselves on supplying the community with information and offering the best 3G products, and most importantly providing the best customer service possible. We look forward to the next 40,000 (and more!) orders!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Verizon USB760 Rev. A EVDO 3G USB modem

Update: Check out our USB760 Review:
Verizon USB760 -- First Impressions

Verizon announced the USB760 today. This is the smallest USB EVDO Rev A device available. Features include:
  • USB EVDO Rev A Device
  • "Micro Modem"
  • RF Antenna Jack (we already have high gain antennas that work with USB760)
  • MicroSD slot to add flash drive (up to 8GB)
  • Auto Install of VZAccess Manager (no CD needed)
  • NovaSpeed for increased upload and download speeds
  • Compatible with Windows Vista/XP/2000, Mac OS X
  • Supports NDIS and VPN

We have confirmed CradlePoint compatibility for their CTR500 and MBR1000 routers.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Reserve Your Blackberry Storm and SAVE $50!

Verizon's much-anticipated touch-screen multimedia super-device, the Blackberry Storm, will finally be released in a couple weeks (no "official" date yet - projected to be 11/23), and Verizon already has 70,000 pre-orders! If you're one of the many folks excited about the Storm and would like to make sure one is reserved for YOU, 3Gstore is happy to announce that we are now taking pre-orders for the Blackberry Storm - and new Verizon customers can save $50 by pre-ordering with 3Gstore!

Verizon's price is estimated to be $219, which means NEW Verizon customers signing up for a 2-year contract can get the Storm for just $179. The $50 discount will only be available to NEW Verizon customers (remember, if you're a customer with another carrier, you can keep your number in most cases) - if you're an existing customer looking to upgrade you can still pre-order with 3GStore at Verizon's price.

Why all the hype, you ask? What are these 70,000 loons lining up for?

Here's a sprinkling of the features:
  • Touch Screen
  • EVDO Rev A: (1900/800 MHz) - making it the ONLY Verizon PDA with Rev-A
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Global Capabilities
  • Expandable Memory: Comes pre-installed with 8GB, can support up to 16GB
  • Camera: 3.2 MP camera plus vanity mirror
  • Audio: 3.5mm jack, bluetooth stereo
  • Tether-capable (+$15/month)
  • Browser: Full HTML. No Flash support or support for tabs.
  • Facebook and Flickr
For the full feature list and a cool video, read the full article on!

Discuss the Blackberry Storm at the 4G Forums

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cradlepoint CTR350 EVDO / HSPA Router now $99 after rebate

Buy a CradlePoint CTR350 from 3Gstore for only $99
(Pay $124 up front - $25 Cradlepoint mail-in rebate = Net Cost $99)
Rebate offer expires December 31, 2008

Buy the CTR350 with a Verizon or Sprint EVDO card or USB modem on 1 or 2 year contract through 3Gstore and save an additional $20 -- your net cost for the CTR350 is only $79

Related Links:

* Read our CTR350 Router Review
* Order a CTR350 from
* Order Verizon Mobile Broadband with CTR350 from
* Order Sprint Mobile Broadband with a CTR350 from

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Novatel Announces Ovation MC760 EVDO Micro Modem

Novatel Wireless Launches Ovation MC760 EVDO Rev-A USB Micro Modem

Novatel Wireless MC760 USB Micro Modem

Novatel announced the Ovation MC760 Micro Modem today. This is Novatel's smallest USB EVDO Modem and is packed with features. The features include:
  • EVDO Rev A Modem
  • Weighs less than one ounce
  • Windows Vista/XP/2000, Mac OS X, Linux Compatible
  • MicroSD Slot (supports up to 8gb)
  • advanced internal dual band antenna and diversity
  • LED Indicators
  • GPS Support
  • one touch activation (if carrier supports)
Based on looking at the latest Sprint Rebate Form, we noticed the Ovation U760 is already listed. However, we are not expecting the launch of the Novatel Ovation U760 for another few months on Sprint.

We would guess this would be called the USB760, when it is lauched on Verizon.

Discuss the U760 Micro Modem on
Read the Novatel Ovation U760 Press Release
Read's Review of the Novatel U760

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

FCC approves Verizon's purchase of Alltel: largest 3G / EVDO network created

Federal Communications Commission approves Verizon Wireless purchase of Alltel for $28 billion
Verizon Gobbles Up AlltelMerger will create largest 3G / EVDO network in USA

WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators are signing off on Verizon Wireless' planned $28 billion purchase of Alltel Corp. The deal will create the nation's largest wireless carrier.

With partial dissents by the two Democrats on the five-member panel, the Federal Communications Commission decided Tuesday to allow Verizon Wireless to move ahead with the deal for Alltel. Verizon is paying $5.9 billion and assuming $22.2 billion of Alltel's debt.

The FCC is attaching several conditions to the deal, including a requirement that Verizon Wireless honor Alltel's existing roaming agreements for four years.

The Justice Department approved the deal last week after Verizon agreed to sell assets in 22 states.

Verizon Wireless is a joint venture between Verizon and Vodafone Group PLC.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Verizon to STOP Refunding Activation Fees

Just a day after Sprint's new policy regarding activation fees went into effect - they will now be refunding the $36 activation fee to customers canceling within the first 30 days of their contract - Verizon has made a decision in the opposite vain.

In the past, if you canceled within the first 30 days of your Verizon contract, your only charge would be for the time the service was active. As of today, that has changed: if you cancel your service after the first 3 days, you will not be eligible for a refund of the $35 activation fee. Only customers stopping their service and returning their device on days 1, 2, or 3 of the contract will receive a refund.

It's interesting that the last two moves made by Sprint have made giving their service a try more affordable, while Verizon has decided to take away a generous gesture that had been standard for quite a while.