Thursday, February 25, 2010

Digg! Sprint 598U + CTR350 Router Just $29.99 - WOW!

Sprint 598U w/ Service + Cradlepoint CTR350 Router Just $29.99 - AND Receive $50 Mail-in Rebate! You MAKE $20!

598U + CTR350 promotion

Did you miss our holiday deals? Well, 3gstore is running yet another AMAZING deal. Right now you can purchase a brand new Sprint 598U Rev-A USB modem (2-year Sprint service required), plus a Cradlepoint CTR350 router (so that you can share your Sprint connection with multiple computers/devices!) for just $29.99! But the great deal doesn't end there - you'll also receive a $50 mail-in rebate from Sprint, meaning that when all is said and done you end up MAKING $20 on the deal.

We're still not done! 3gstore tests everything before shipping your order, so there are no DOA (dead on arrival) units, and we also update the router to the latest firmware at no additional charge (a $15 value). Plus, you'll of course have access to our esteemed technical support should you need any help getting set up. Don't miss out on this great deal - this promotion expires on March 31, 2010!

Order the 598U + CTR350 for $29.99 securely from 3Gstore

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cradlepoint Firmware 2.5.2 for PHS300/CTR350 Adds Support For U301*, AT&T Lightning, and More

PHS300 and U301
Firmware 2.5.2 allows you to use your U301 in a PHS300!

CradlePoint has released Firmware Version 2.5.2 that provides the PHS300 with official support for the new Sprint 3G/4G U301 modem, as well as support for other modems and bug fixes for both the PHS300 and CTR350.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THIS FIRMWARE: This latest release of firmware is for both the PHS300 and CTR350, but since the CTR350 is a 3G-only router (and always will be), the 4G devices (like the U301) that this release provides support for will NOT work on the CTR350.

In addition to adding support for the U301, firmware 2.5.2 also adds support for the following devices:

  • Pantech UMW190 for Verizon
  • Pantech UM185 for Cricket
  • Sierra Wireless 305 USB (AKA "Lightning") for AT&T
  • Sierra Wireless 306 USB for AT&T and Telus
  • Ubee PXU1900 for CLEAR (PHS300 only)
  • ZTE MF668 for Rogers
  • Additional newly-added international devices can be viewed in the release notes (PDF)

Sprint Overdrive 3G 4G Firmware 1.07 Released

We had previously mentioned on EVDOinfo some issues that the new Sierra 3G/4G Overdrive was having, including WiFi problems with the iPhone/iPod Touch devices. This new firmware update solves those WiFi problems!

Key Performance Enhancements:
  • Improved Wi-Fi operation and throughput – especially for "power-save" clients: e.g., Windows XP (without changing Power Save setting), iPhone and iTouch.
  • Auto Update enhancements to improve download reliability over 3G Wi-Fi connection; Wi-Fi driver workarounds on handling unexpected freezes or crashes.
  • Fix for when device stays in offline after upgrade.
Release Details:
  • Dated: 02/24/2010
  • Firmware Version: 1.07

Sprint Overdrive Firmware 1.0.7 Download

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cradlepoints for Clunkers - Trade in Your Old Router for an MBR1200 + Free PHS300

Cradlepoints for Clunkers is back for a limited time, and better than ever - trade in your router for an MBR1200 and get a FREE PHS300 3G router*

If you purchased your Kyocera KR1 or KR2, Top Global MB8000/MB6800/6000, or Linksys WRT54G3G-ST or WRT54G3GV2-ST router from 3Gstore, you can trade it in for credit towards a brand new Cradlepoint MBR1200! MSRP on the MBR1200 is $299.99, with your trade-in you can purchase it for $149.99 or $199.99! Plus, Cradlepoint will also send you a FREE PHS300*

Whenever new or improved technology becomes available, folks who own older equipment often wish there was a way they could exchange their now-outdated products for the latest and greatest models. Usually, these folks are out of luck and stuck with their old gear, but not this time! 3Gstore is offering a special trade-in program for our customers who purchased a KR1, KR2, MB8000, MB6800, MB6000, Linksys WRT54G3G or WRT54G3GV2-ST - send us your "clunker", and we'll give you a credit to use towards a brand new Cradlepoint MBR1200 !

How much can I save by trading in my "clunker"?

The Cradlepoint MBR1200 has an MSRP of $299.99. During the "Cradlepoints for Clunkers" program, 3Gstore will be offering up to $150 off MSRP when you trade in your eligible "clunker" router. Below is a list of the eligible routers and the price you can get on the MBR1200 when you trade yours in:

Trade-in Model Your MBR1200 Price
Kyocera KR1 $199.99
Kyocera KR2 $199.99
Top Global MB8000
Top Global MB6800 $199.99
Top Global MB6000 $199.99
Linksys WRT54G3G $199.99
Linksys WRT54G3GV2 $199.99

Your old router does not have to be in good condition, or even functional! As long as your router model is on the above list and you purchased it from 3Gstore, you can trade it in for a discount on the MBR1200! Please note that ONLY customers who purchased their clunker from 3Gstore (formerly can participate in this program.

For full details on this promotion, visit

Monday, February 22, 2010

Satellite Internet vs Mobile Broadband

For folks in rural areas without access to fixed-line broadband like cable or DSL wanting an alternative to dial-up internet, or RV-ers wanting internet access on the road, there are essentially two options: satellite service from providers like WildBlue or HughesNet, and cellular mobile broadband. Many users choose satellite simply because they are more familiar with it, but as so many users have come to find out, mobile broadband is a more affordable, more convenient choice that typically offers better performance!

Just to get set up, satellite internet requires a lot of expensive equipment (often hundreds of dollars) and installation. For RV-ers, using satellite internet is particularly cumbersome - you can only use it when you're parked (the receiver can't be deployed while you're moving and can take up to 15 minutes to set up when you want to use it), and you have to be parked in a spot with a clear view of the sky. Mobile broadband, on the other hand, has minimal start-up costs and is easy to use and install. The modem (aka "aircard" - the USB, Expresscard, or PCMCIA card that you use to connect to the network) is the only equipment you need and is very affordable (often free) when you sign up for service. There is virtually no setup with mobile broadband - simply connect the aircard to your computer or router and you're ready to connect in seconds. No need to be parked, no need to have a view of the sky... use it anywhere you have cell service!

Performance is also a concern. Satellite internet has far more latency than mobile broadband - the information has to go from the server, all the way to the satellite and then back to you. How does this affect you? Gaming, VOIP, and video chat are severely compromised over a satellite connection. Additionally, most satellite providers have a daily limit of how much bandwidth you can use (the "fair access policy"). When you hit that limit they throttle your speeds, meaning after you hit your limit you'll only be able to connect at dial-up speeds! While most 3G mobile broadband providers do impose a 5GB monthly allowance, there is no actual limit - if you exceed 5GB of usage in a month they will charge overage fees, but your speeds won't be throttled.

Interested in making the move to mobile broadband? Check out our Satellite vs Mobile Broadband FAQ!

Monday, February 15, 2010

SlingPlayer Mobile now working over 3G - Good News or Bad News?

Chalk this up as a win for iPhone customers who love TV on the small screen... and a loss for the rest of AT&T's data subscribers!

Yes, you can finally watch NCIS during its regularly scheduled time from anywhere on your iPhone! AT&T used to block SlingPlayer Mobile, an iPhone app that allows you to view your TV/Tivo/DVR from your iPhone, from streaming over their 3G network, only allowing it to work over WiFi due to potential 3G network congestion as Sling utilizes a lot of bandwidth. Today, they released an update to the Sling app that allows you to stream your video over 3G.

The bad news is that Sling uses huge amounts of bandwidth, and therefore could impact the AT&T network - not good for iPhone users already irritated with AT&T's 3G network!

Recently, AT&T has cited the popularity of the iPhone and all the bandwidth its users consume as the cause for such annoyances as dropped calls and lack of 3G performance overall. There is only so much capacity on their network, and the more that users utilize apps like this, the worse it is for everyone else. While we are fans of the Sling app and admit to using lots of data ourselves, allowing more apps like this is obviously a concern. If AT&T is going to allow more and more apps like this stream over 3G, they better improve their network to handle the load!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Blackberry Smartphones are a Lifesaver - Literally and Figuratively!

Good thing a Dayton, Ohio resident lived by this motto. She was in a restaurant where her boyfriend’s concealed handgun accidently went off. The bullet put a hole in his coat pocket and a hole in her jeans. It just so happen it hit directly where the blackberry was located. The police on duty said, “the blackberry saved her life.” She even refused medical treatment. All she has to show is bruising from the bullet.

With most Blackberry phones you can now chat with friends, email colleagues, share pictures, listen to your favorite tunes and stay in touch through networking sites like Facebook®, MySpace and flickr®. With full multimedia support, proven BlackBerry push technology, GPS capability, faster browsing, and document editing and viewing capability, you have the power to do more of the things that matter in your life. Take your life with you, almost anywhere you go.

So next time your running out the door, don’t forget your lifesaver, the Blackberry. If you don’t own a blackberry, you can purchase them with 3gstore:

Sprint U301 3G/4G USB Modem Review Now Online!

sprint 3g/4g u301
Like it's predecessor the U300, the new Franklin U301 for Sprint is a dual-mode 3G/4G USB modem, meaning it is able to connect to Sprint's nationwide EVDO Rev-A 3G network as well as the new 4G WiMAX network. Sprint's 4G network is only available in about 30 cities right now (although it is launching in new cities every quarter), but a 3G/4G device like the U301 can be a great option even for users who aren't currently in a Sprint 4G area. The monthly cost for Sprint's 3G/4G service is the same as their 3G-only plan ($59.99/month), so the U301 should not be discounted as an option even if you're not looking for 4G capabilities at this time.
Read more about the U301, including our setup and performance tests, in our full review!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

3Gstore Now Selling the IP Power Switch is now carrying the "3Gstore IP Switch", a brand new exclusive product that will save you time, money and frustration! The 3Gstore IP Switch's is a very simple power switch that has an ethernet port which connects to your router to monitor the status of your internet connection. If you lose internet connectivity, then the 3Gstore IP Switch will automatically reset power to any devices that are connected to it. This can be a very useful device if you have internet connectivity at multiple locations, and you can't always be there to reset devices if internet connectivity is lost. For example, if you have your modem and router's power cables connected into the 3Gstore IP Switch, then the 3Gstore IP Switch is able to detect when the internet connection is down, and it automatically power-cycles the modem and router, which will force your connection to restart, and re-gain connectivity! No need to have an IT guy around every time you need to reset your router - the 3Gstore IP Switch will do this for you automatically, which will save you a lot of frustration, time, and money!

Who and what is the IP Switch useful for?
  • Home users who have to manually power-cycle their router to re-gain internet connectivity
  • IT Professionals who need to automatically or remotely reset devices
  • Having devices on an automatic power schedule [Ex: Turn on at 9am & turn off at 5pm]
  • Preventing your connection from timing out or going dormant

Read the 3Gstore IP Switch In-Depth Review at

Purchase the 3Gstore IP Switch for $99.99

Monday, February 01, 2010

New CLEAR 4G WiMAX Devices and Plan Changes

CLEAR is kicking off the month of February with some very exciting changes to their lineup of 4G modems and service plans!

New CLEAR Devices:


CLEAR "Series M" Home Modem (left): The new "Series M" modem is the successor to the original Home Modem and features an enhanced internal antenna for improved reception. The "Series M" modem is available for $79.99 or it can be leased for $4.99/mo if you select a 2-year contract.

clear pxu1900

CLEAR 4G Mobile USB Modem (PXU1900) (right): This is the successor to the CLEAR USB modem, and offers some nice benefits over the original, including the fact that it can be used with the optional USB Performance Dock, which also debuted today, for better signal (see more below)!

The PXU1900 is available for $59.99 or it can be leased for $4.99/mo if you select a 2-year contract.

clear usb performance dockCLEAR USB Performance Dock (left): This is a great accessory for the new PXU1900 USB modem, and the first of its kind for WiMAX! The Performance Dock provides increased signal and performance to the PXU1900, and is super portable and easy to use. Instead of connecting the modem directly to your computer, you simply place it in the Performance Dock and then connect the Dock to your computer via USB. Best of all, the USB Performance Dock is a bargain at just $9.99!

CLEAR Plan Changes:

  • CLEAR has responded to Sprint's new 3G/4G pricing by lowering their price for 3G/4G service, too: CLEAR users can now get unlimited 4G access and 5GB of 3G access for just $55/mo (the price was previously $70/mo)!
  • CLEAR has also added a new promo just for customers in the Portland/Salem market - these lucky folks can get the "Pick 2" service plan (service for either two USB devices or home modem and one USB modem) for just $45/month (regular price is $65/month)!