Wednesday, May 27, 2009

CradlePoint CTR350/PHS300 2.4 Firmware Adds Support For More Devices

Cradlepoint PHS300 and CTR350

CradlePoint has released Firmware Version 2.4 that provides official device support for:

  • Sprint AirCard 402 (requires USB to expresscard adapter)
  • Alltel EC168
  • AT&T QuickSilver and MC930D
  • Cricket CalComp A600

Other international market devices and additional information about this firmware release can be found in the official Cradlepoint release notes PDF for firmware 2.4

PLEASE NOTE: Upgrading to this firmware release will cause a factory reset from previous firmware. Please be sure to save your configuration settings (Tools -> Admin menu) before loading this firmware and then restore your configuration afterwards.


For those ordering the CTR350 or PHS300 from 3Gstore.com, starting 05/28/09, we will automatically include a CD that has the latest firmware.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

We Got Your MiFi, Right Here!


There is buzz all over the internet about how most Verizon stores were only allocated TWO MiFi's and that many who went out in search of the black shiny toys went home empty-handed.

If you want the MiFi for LESS than what Verizon stores are selling them for, you can find them at http://3gstore.com/MiFi -- we've got stock to sell and more on the way.


Thats $40 less than at Verizon store, IF you can find a store that has them in stock!

Need to learn more about it first? Check out the MiFi Review at:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Verizon MiFi 2200 Review now online


The MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot from Verizon Wireless will change the way a lot of people access the internet while "on the go".

Check out our complete Verizon MiFi Review at:

http://www.EVDOinfo.com/MiFi

here's the unboxing video:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Verizon lowers EVDO overage charge and tethering cost

As we suspected they might, Verizon has lowered their overage charges for their EVDO Mobile Broadband service.

The Verizon 5GB/mo data plan used to have a $250/GB overage charge, and should now only be $50/GB -- which matches that of EVDO competitor Sprint.

Additionally, Verizon changed their lower priced $39.99/mo data plan, increasing the allowance to 250MB (from 50MB) and dropping the overage charge from $250/GB to just $100/GB

FYI, we still don't think anyone will be able to stay under a 250MB/mo allowance.

Lastly, verizon's "Data feature" for tethering cell phones used to cost $59.99/mo, but should now just be $49.99/mo and will also have a lowered overage charge of $50/GB after the 5GB/mo allowance.

check out the full press release at:
http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/2782/64/

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sprint EVDO MiFi 2200: Save $599/yr vs. Verizon?

Not to be outdone by Verizon, the MiFi 2200 will be available on the Sprint Mobile Broadband EVDO network in June 2009, according to a press release this morning.

With so much already said about the MiFi, Sprint wants to make sure one important point gets across:
The Sprint Simply Everything Plan® + Mobile Broadband = $599 savings annually vs. comparable Verizon plan
Read the whole press release at:

http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/2780/64/

Discuss the Sprint MiFi on EVDOforums.com

Monday, May 11, 2009

$25 Mail-in Rebate Now Available for Cradlepoint Routers With Sprint or Verizon Activation

If you've been considering signing up for Verizon or Sprint EVDO service and getting a Cradlepoint router to allow you to share the signal with multiple computers, now is the time to strike!

In addition to the steep discounts already given when customers buy Cradlepoints along with Verizon or Sprint service, for a limited time Cradlepoint is offering an additional $25 mail-in rebate! When you purchase a CP router at the same time as your Sprint or Verizon service (either an aircard OR phone/PDA), the pricing will be as follows:

Cradlepoint prices with 2-year Sprint or Verizon activation*:
  • MBR1000: $164.99 less $25 mail-in rebate** (net cost $139.99)
  • CTR500: $114.99 less $25 mail-in rebate** (net cost $89.99)
  • PHS300: $94.99 less $25 mail-in rebate** (net cost $69.99)
  • CTR350: $64.99 less $25 mail-in rebate** (net cost $39.99)
To take advantage of this pricing, simply add the Cradlepoint router of your choice to your Verizon or Sprint order - the activation discount will automatically be given, but you will be responsible for mailing in the $25 rebate form to Cradlepoint July 30, 2009. Click here to read the full terms and conditions of this offer!

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Will MiFi plans become Verizon's new EVDO mobile broadband options?

UPDATE: 05/14/09 -- as suspected, Verizon has updated their mobile broadband plans.

We noted earlier that Verizon's MiFi 2200 press release included information about data plan options... but that the plans were different than current data plans.

Here's what was included in the MiFi press release yesterday:
  • $39.99 monthly access for 250 MB monthly allowance and 10 cents per megabyte overage
  • $59.99 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance and 5 cents per megabyte overage
Compare that to what was available as recently as a few minutes ago:

In case you aren't seeing the difference, the $39.99/mo plan increases the allowed monthly usage from a ridiculous 50MB to a larger (but still paltry) 250MB, and reduced the overage charge from 25cents/MB to 10cents/MB.

In addition to the changes on the lower cost plan, the overage charge for the $59.99/mo plan that allows for 5GB of data per month has dropped from 25cents/MB all the way down to 5cents/MB -- which is exactly what rival Sprint has been charging ever since they started data plan overage charges in November, 2008.

The question we're pondering -- are the plans from yesterday's press release going to be "MiFi specific"? ... or are they going to be the plans made available to all mobile broadband devices like the current USB760 when the MiFi 2200 launches?

You can see the press release at:
http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/2765/64/

Discuss this blogpost on EVDOforums.com

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Does your 3G/EVDO modem have an antenna jack?

Got Jack? ... antenna jack, that is. Like the one we've got an 'adapter cable' stuck into on the side of a new Sprint 598U, below:


Every day we get calls from customers asking if we can help with weak cellular signal, and not all our customers believe us when we tell them their modem has a little antenna jack that allows them to attach our high gain antennas to.

To help our customers understand what we already know, we've put together the "3Gstore Antenna Jack Locator" -- an index to modems that we've attached adapters cables to and taken pictures of.

Did you know there was an rf/antenna jack on every currently sold USB modem and/or expresscard from Verizon and Sprint? its true. USB760? check. UM175? check. V740? check. 598U? yessir. EX720? youbetcha.

Want to see if your 3G / EVDO modem has an antenna jack? Want to see what our selection of 3G antennas looks like? already have an antenna and need a different adapter cable? ... then check out the info we've collected at: http://3gstore.com/jacks

Verizon MiFi 2200 to ship this month


Get ready soccer moms... the coolest gadget you'll have in your bag will soon launch on Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband network - the MiFi 2200 "Intelligent Mobile Hotspot".

We're pretty sure this new toy is going to get a LOT of press, resulting in a lot of sales -- but until we get our hands on a production unit and run a gamut of tests on it, we don't understand the claim of "intelligence".

We played with a near-production unit at CTIA and were impressed by it, but we don't see how its any more 'intelligent' than the popular Cradlepoint routers we currently promote.

Our review will happen as soon as we get a unit for testing. For now, check out the official Verizon MiFi 2200 press release

Its worth noting that the press release lists two data plans that are not currently offered -- a $39.99/mo plan that offers a 250mb/mo 'data allowance' 10cents/mb overage charge, and their $59.99/mo plan with 5gb allowance, but with only a 5cents/mb overage charge. We're not sure if these new plans are MiFi-specific or if Verizon intends on changing their current 39.99 and 59.99/mo plans. Time will tell!

FYI, this Verizon unit is getting all the hype right now, but folks who prefer a Sprint MiFi should expect a similar unit to follow sometime after the Verizon unit actually ships.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

Kyocera KR2 Reaching End of Life

Kyocera's KR2 router has only been on the market for a little over a year, but it's already on the way out! Kyocera has confirmed that there will be no further firmware updates for the KR2, meaning that even if your current aircard is supported you will likely not be able to use the KR2 with your next device when you upgrade! Similarly, without firmware updates, there will be no new features added to the KR2 in the future.

Kyocera has never been very consistent with their firmware updates (for comparison, they released just 3 firmware updates for the KR2 in the same amount of time that Cradlepoint released 10 updates for the MBR1000), but the confirmation that they are choosing to let the KR2 "die" is very disappointing. At EVDOinfo/3Gstore we have generally recommended the Cradlepoint MBR1000 over the KR2 for most customers, as the two units are actually nearly identical and both were developed by Cradlepoint. However, the KR2 has a PCMCIA card slot, which made it the better and often ONLY option for customers using aircards like the AC595, PX-500, PC5750, etc. Since the Cradlepoint routers do not support PCMCIA cards and the Linksys V2 only supports a very limited assortment of Sprint models, there are now going to be a lot of customers asking themselves (and us) "if the KR2 is on its way out, which router can I buy for my PCMCIA card??"

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer for that question. If you have a PCMCIA aircard and need a router, you have three options:

  • Purchase the KR2, knowing that it will become outdated and likely won't support any future devices if you ever upgrade.
  • If you have a SPRINT AC580, S620, PC5740, AC595, S720 or PX500, you can purchase the Linksys WRT4G3GV2-ST (please note that this router has problems of its own and we don't often recommend it - Linksys does not release firmware updates often and it is unlikely that THIS router will support future device, either!)
  • Upgrade your PCMCIA card to a USB or ExpressCard model and purchase a Cradlepoint router.
While it may sound like a hassle to upgrade your PCMCIA aircard if it's still working, we HIGHLY recommend going that route rather than buying a KR2. PCMCIA as a format is on its way out itself and upgrading to a USB modem will give you much more versatility - all computers have USB ports, and you'll also have more options for routers. For more info on upgrading a Sprint or Verizon aircard, check out this article: Upgrading Your Sprint/Verizon EVDO Modem.


Discuss the end of the KR2 on EVDO Forums.