Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

iBooster for iPhone - It's Here and it's AMAZING!

There are a LOT of accessories available for iPhone users, from headphones to speakers to cases, but we believe we have found the MOST useful iPhone accessory of them all: the Wilson iBooster for iPhone!

AT&T's voice and especially high-speed mobile broadband networks are not available "everywhere", and if you're an iPhone user chances are you've experienced the frustration of weak signal strength (which equals crappy call quality and sloooooooow internet speeds). Since the iPhone doesn't have an antenna port, there wasn't an easy way to improve your AT&T connection - until now!

The iBooster for iPhone is an amplifier + charging solution for your iPhone/iPhone 3G/iPhone 3G S that utilizes a cradle and magnetic mount antenna to boost your voice and data signal AND charge your phone at the same time. Simply place your iPhone into the cradle, plug the power cable into your cigarette lighter, and pop the mag-mount antenna on your car's roof, and watch your signal and performance soar! Plus, the cradle will charge the phone, and the pass-through Dock Connector allows you to use your iPhone accessories (like an FM transmitter, for example) at the same time.

The best part? It really, truly WORKS - and it works VERY well. For example, in our tests our initial RSSI was -81dBm without the iBooster (already a good signal), and it improved to -67 with the iBooster on (remember, closer to zero is better). 14dBm is a pretty impressive improvement, particularly since we were testing in the city where signal was already strong - had we been in a weak signal area, we are confident that the increase would have been just as strong if not stronger. We also noticed quite a significant speed increase when using the iBooster: download speeds jumped from just under 900kbps to over 1400kbps, and upload speeds jumped by 100kbps, from 230 to about 330kbps. Since AT&T's 3G coverage is not nearly as widespread as one might hope, travelers in particular will love being able to get more out of their data service.

Check out our iBooster for iPhone videos below:

Unboxing the iBooster:


Demoing the iBooster:



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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Why do we ask for site surveys?

3Gstore.com sells high gain cellular antennas and signal amplifiers to mobile broadband customers who are unhappy with the speeds they get from their cellular modems.

The primary reason for the poor performance is that where they want to use their mobile broadband service, they suffer from weak cellular reception. When it comes to mobile broadband data, weak signal really affects the download and upload speeds that a modem can deliver.

When these customers call us asking for recommended solutions we typically point them to an article we wrote called "Will an antenna help me?"

The article explains how to do a "local site survey" to measure and record signal strength (as RSSI) and throughput (speeds measured using a site like speedtest.net) at various locations both indoors and around their home or office.

When the "site survey" process is explained to some folks, they question why they need to go through all that when all they want to do is just want to buy an antenna.

Our answer is that some competitors would gladly just sell them something and tell the customer to "Buy It And Try It"... but that's not how 3Gstore.com prefers to operate.

We prefer that our customers experience the difference in speeds they can achieve with better signal, and a site survey will help them do just that.

You see, the gear we sell is designed to improve upon the signal reception, which in turn should result in better speeds... but it doesn't always work that way. Sometimes, customers are near a problematic cell tower, or in an area that is "oversold" by a carrier resulting in too many users on a cell tower. If that's the case, improving signal to that celltower may not result in any better performance ... and if that customer just "buys and tries" whatever someone wants to sell and finds no difference in the speed, who are they going to blame? The folks who sold it to them -- the competitor who doesn't make the same effort to educate customers like we do.

A site survey can show a customer what speeds to expect from better signal before a purchase, before a time-consuming installation, and before frustration and anger.

3Gstore.com prides itself in its reputation for providing exceptional pre- and post-sales customer support, and we hate it when a customer has to return products that did not provide the results the customer was hoping for.

That's why we ask customers to take the time to do a site survey, so we can better judge what equipment will bring them (and us) the satisfaction they want.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Verizon announces USB1000 GlobalAccess Modem

The new USB1000 Global Modem from Novatel Wireless, which gives customers high-speed data connectivity whether in the U.S. or beyond its borders.

The Verizon Wireless USB1000 Global Modem can be ordered beginning Friday for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

GlobalAccess is available either as a monthly plan or a pay-per-use plan. GlobalAccess Monthly Plans start at $129.99 monthly access, offering a 100 MB allowance in 31 select destinations ($0.005/KB after allowance) as well as access in the U.S. and Canada (5 GB allowance in the U.S. and Canada and $0.05/MB overage). Additionally, for $219.99 monthly access, customers can have a 200 MB allowance in 31 select destinations and a 5 GB allowance in the U.S. and Canada with the same rates for overage as the $129.99 monthly access plan.

GlobalAccess Pay Per Use must be purchased with a 5 GB monthly allowance Mobile Broadband service plan in the U.S. for $59.99 monthly access. The Pay Per Use rate is $0.002/KB in Canada, $0.005/KB in Mexico, and $0.02/KB in more than 175 other destinations.

Verizon Wireless' GlobalEmail Plans begin at $20.00 monthly access when added to a Nationwide Email Plan. Corporate e-mail and Web access is available as are data only plans for $64.99 and $69.99 monthly access respectively.

Full Press Release at: http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/2809/64/
Join the discussion about the USB1000 on EVDOforums.com

Friday, June 12, 2009

Battle! MiFi versus PHS300


Our customers have been asking us to compare the uber-popular MiFi 2200 to the OG portable hotspot: the Cradlepoint PHS300 ... and we've finally found time to compile our thoughts.

We don't pick either as champion because we've found that there are reasons one can be better suited to an application over the other.

Check out the complete article at:

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Sprint MiFi 2200 Hands On Review Posted


Even though the Verizon MiFi is only two weeks old, the Sprint MiFi has improved features beyond just enabling the GPS feature Verizon chooses to always turn off.

Read more about the differences we've discovered between the two versions of MiFi in our

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Sprint MiFi 2200 -- NOW SHIPPING!

The Sprint MiFi is currently IN STOCK
and shipping for all customers!


The Sprint MiFi is in stock. 3Gstore's price for the MiFi with a new 2-year contract is just $59.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate (price may vary for upgrade customers)!

Sprint MiFi links: