Monday, September 28, 2009

MBR1200 by CradlePoint

CradlePoint MBR1200 Shipping This Week!

The CradlePoint MBR1200 will be shipping from later this week (first retailer to offer the MBR1200). The MBR1200 has a MSRP of $299.99. The MBR1200 offers business users the following:
  • Multiple IPSec VPN Sessions
  • PCMCIA Support (anyone still use these?)
  • Gigabit
  • Wireless N
  • 3G/4G Failover
For more info on the MBR1200, see the following links:

Images of the MBR1200 and the MBR1200 Security Enclosure and the MBR1200 External WiFi Antennas

Friday, September 25, 2009

FREE Booster Antenna w/ Sprint 598U + EVDO Service

For a limited time, receive a FREE Booster Antenna ($57.95 value) when you purchase a Sprint 598U with 2-year service from!

With a new 2-year Sprint Mobile Broadband contract, the 598U is just $29.99 from 3Gstore, plus you'll also receive a $50 mail-in rebate from Sprint - meaning you MAKE $20! If you place your order for the Sprint 598U with 2-year contract with 3Gstore through October 31, 2009, we'll also send you a FREE Booster Antenna for the 598U - a $57.95 value!

Monday, September 21, 2009

FCC Chairman wants wireless net neutrality

In a major address given this morning, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski presented the case for net neutrality... here's an excerpt of the speech he gave:
This is not about government regulation of the Internet. It’s about fair rules of the road for companies that control access to the Internet. We will do as much as we need to do, and no more, to ensure that the Internet remains an unfettered platform for competition, creativity, and entrepreneurial activity.

This is not about protecting the Internet against imaginary dangers. We’re seeing the breaks and cracks emerge, and they threaten to change the Internet’s fundamental architecture of openness. This would shrink opportunities for innovators, content creators, and small businesses around the country, and limit the full and free expression the Internet promises. This is about preserving and maintaining something profoundly successful and ensuring that it’s not distorted or undermined. If we wait too long to preserve a free and open Internet, it will be too late.

Some will seek to invoke innovation and investment as reasons not to adopt open Internet rules. But history’s lesson is clear: Ensuring a robust and open Internet is the best thing we can do to promote investment and innovation. And while there are some who see every policy decision as either pro-business or pro-consumer, I reject that approach; it’s not the right way to see technology’s role in America.

An open Internet will benefit both consumers and businesses. The principles that will protect the open Internet are an essential step to maximize investment and innovation in the network and on the edge of it -- by establishing rules of the road that incentivize competition, empower entrepreneurs, and grow the economic pie to the benefit of all.
Read the entire speech here, or watch the video here.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sierra 598U w/ GPS for VERIZON now available from 3Gstore

You may have heard of the Sierra Wireless USB 598 EVDO device for Sprint's network, but now it is available for use on the Verizon Wireless network from!

What makes the USB 598 (598U) for Verizon from 3Gstore so special?

  • The USB 598 is the first & only EVDO device available for Verizon that supports GPS
  • It is the first EVDO device that supports SMS text messaging on Mac computers
  • First 3G Device to have native Windows 7 support
  • Full Mac OS X Support (Leopard, Snow Leopard)
  • support included
  • Compatible with CradlePoint Routers (including GPS Tracking support within the router admin)
The USB 598 for Verizon is available from 3Gstore for $229.99 with NO contract, making it a great device for existing customers to upgrade to. If you need to sign up for service as well, activation credits are available - contact 3Gstore for more information.

Click to read our full review of the
Sierra Wireless USB 598 for Verizon

Discuss the 598U for Verizon on the EVDO Forums

Monday, September 14, 2009

Verizon Rep Says Routers Use More Data - Not True!!

Sales and customer service representatives for carriers like Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T are typically quite knowledgeable about phones and PDAs, but when it comes to mobile broadband, the reps are often under-informed at best and clueless at worst. Inquiring about mobile broadband in a carrier's store can product some scary results - we've heard carrier reps say some wacky and downright untrue things about mobile broadband!

One of our customers called us inquiring about 3G routers, concerned that using their aircard in a router would use up their 5GB faster than using it directly in a computer. A Verizon rep had "cautioned" the customer against using a router, telling him that having his aircard in a router would eat up his 5GB allowance quickly, no matter what the computers connected to the router were doing.

That is NOT true. Routers do NOT "use up" data themselves. All a router does is accept the internet connection from the aircard and then allow you to share it with multiple computers or WiFi devices. The only time you actually USE data is when the devices CONNECTING to the router (your laptops, TiVO, Playstation, XBox, etc) are using data. If the aircard is plugged into the router but all the computers/devices connected to the router are off or dormant, no data is being used. Of course, when you are sharing the connection with multiple devices/computers you may hit your 5GB limit faster then if you were only using computer, but that is not because of the router (remember that you can always check how much data you're using online - click here to find out how).

This obviously begs the question: why would a Verizon rep say such a thing? Shouldn't they know how their own products and services work? There are a couple reasons why a rep might not give you accurate information about mobile broadband and routers:
  • They are not familiar with mobile broadband. Unfortunately, many carrier employees are simply under-trained when it comes to mobile broadband, or don't understand the technology. Many reps have truly never heard of an antenna or router for mobile broadband devices.
  • Alternatively, some reps DO understand the technology but would rather you purchase another card and service than share one card in a router. After all, Verizon associates' main goal is to get new sales.
The moral of this story is that when it comes to mobile broadband, employees and representatives for the carriers themselves are largely uninformed or may give inaccurate information just to make a sale. That's why 3Gstore has such a great reputation - we live and breathe mobile broadband and customer service is our number # priority, NOT making sales. Just like doctors advise folks to go to a site that is endorsed by doctors when doing research about their health online, the same goes for taking advice on mobile broadband products: go straight to the experts, don't rely on carrier reps whose specialty is cell phones and not mobile broadband!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sprint adds new "Any Mobile, Anytime" Feature for "Everything Data" Plans

If you're subscribed Sprint's "Everything Data" plan, Sprint has some good news for you: with their new "Any Mobile, Anytime" addition, you can now call ANY mobile number on ANY carrier in the US without using your minute allowance! The "Everything Data" plan has always been popular, as it includes a minute allowance and unlimited messaging and data use on your phone, but the plan is even more of a bargain now that calling any mobile number on any US carrier will not use your minutes.

The "Everything Data" plan is available for individual and family lines. Individual subscribers can opt for 450 minutes for $69.99/mo or 900 minutes for $89.99/mo; for family plans, users can share 1500 minutes for $129.99/mo or 3000 minutes for $169.99/mo (for two lines - additional lines will add $19.99/mo).

If you're already subscribed the the Everything Data plan, you don't have to do anything to take advantage of this new feature. If you'd like to sign up for Sprint service or upgrade your existing phone, you can order securely from 3Gstore.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Sprint/Verizon EVDO compatibility

For over four years now, has been the home of the Mac+EVDO Experts and in that time we've been helping our brethren in the Mac community to get the most out of their mobile broadband.

Our latest article takes an in-depth look at what Sprint and Verizon Wireless EVDO devices are supported by Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) built-in WWAN support.

Any Mac user interested in EVDO from Sprint or Verizon Wireless should read up on what works and what doesn't. Check it out at:

Friday, September 04, 2009

Verizon Wireless global UMW190 EVDO/HSPA Modem

Yet another 'Global' solution: Verizon Wireless UMW190 USB Modem

Global USB Modem Dual-Band CDMA/Tri-Band UMTS/HSPA and Quad-Band GSM Modem Delivers Fast Global Wireless Internet Connectivity

The new Verizon Wireless UMW190 offers high-speed Internet connectivity around the world through a combination of Dual-Band CDMA Revision A (Rev. A), Tri-Band UMTS/HSPA and Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE capabilities. Paired with Verizon Wireless’ easy-to-use VZAccess Manager software, the UMW190 offers simple “plug and play” installation and configuration.

Color/design: Stylish and compact black design with sliding cover

Key features:

* Dual-Band CDMA Rev. A; Tri-Band (850/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA) and Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (900/1800, 850/1900)
* Pre-installed SIM card
* Convenient USB connection
* Compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista
* VZAccess Manager software
* Visual status indicator
* Built-in text messaging, an added communication option
* USB modem extension cable already has high gain UMW190 Booster antennas

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