Wednesday, March 31, 2010

3Gstore Partners with Wireless Services Center to Sell Verizon


3Gstore is pleased to announce the re-launch of the Verizon Wireless mobile broadband category on our online store! By joining forces with Wireless Services Center (WSC), a California-based Verizon Wireless Authorized Agent, 3Gstore is able to offer new and existing Verizon Wireless customers the same benefits we offer our Sprint and CLEAR customers: a full selection of mobile broadband devices, esteemed pre-sale consultation and post-sale technical support, discounts on accessories like routers and antennas when purchased with mobile broadband service, and a "one-stop shopping" experience.

Our partnership with WSC allows customers to place an order for Verizon products securely on our website, along with any other products (routers, antennas, amplifiers, battery packs, etc) you may need. The Verizon order is then processed by WSC; Verizon ships your mobile broadband device and 3Gstore ships any other items you ordered. Your information remains secure and private, and there is no need for you to deal with Verizon yourself - 3Gstore and WSC take care of that for you! In just 1-4 days (depending on when you place your order and which shipping option you choose), you'll have all of your equipment delivered to your door. If you have any trouble getting things set up, 3Gstore's technical support team will be here to help!


Why place your Verizon Wireless order through 3Gstore? 3Gstore is unique in many ways when compared to other companies selling mobile broadband devices, service, and accessories (including the carriers themselves!). Where else will you find:
  • Employees who are all actual users of EVDO data devices and options/accessories
  • Authorized resellers of 3G and 4G mobile broadband data devices from multiple major carriers - we can help you make an un-biased decision on which carrier is best for you.
  • Industry experts for EVDO accessories like routers/antennas/amps
  • Experienced pre-sales engineering and consultation staff
  • An online store with (rare) EV SSL certificate (read more about why this is so important for safe online shopping)
  • Phone sales/support from 9am to 7pm central time, Monday to Friday
  • PROMPT response to email inquiries
  • Special relationships with vendors (We are CradlePoint Platinum Reseller - largest online reseller)
  • FREE post-sales technical support for our entire line of products
  • Experts with Mac compatibility (we were the FIRST to get EVDO working with Macs years ago - we've never paid attention to "not Mac compatible" warnings!)
  • Popular EVDO news/portal and user forums
  • Access to exclusive tip sheets and instructions on popular topics such as using EVDO for gaming for FREE to our customers

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Sprint Offers "Satisfaction Guarantee...

Sprint Offers "Satisfaction Guaranteed or Money-Back"
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Most Comprehensive Guarantee Offer among All Wireless Carriers Today

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Mar 31, 2010  Sprint is backing up its promise to be the best value in wireless, by announcing the only full money-back satisfaction guarantee on service plans that exists in the wireless industry today.


Beginning tomorrow, the Sprint Free Guarantee gives any customer opening a new line of service the chance to try Sprint for 30 days. If a customer isn't completely satisfied, they can get reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get the early termination fee waived, get a full refund for service plan monthly recurring charges incurred and get all associated taxes and Sprint surcharges associated with these charges waived. In addition, Sprint will waive the restocking fee for new customer exchanges as part of this policy.


Read about Sprint Money Back Offer

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cradlepoint Releases Firmware 1.6.12 for MBR1200

CradlePoint Firmware 1.6.12 for MBR1200 Adds Support for New Devices and Bug Fixes

Firmware 1.6.12 allows you to use your U301 in an MBR1200!

CradlePoint has released Firmware Version 1.6.12 that provides the MBR1200 with official support for the new Sprint 3G/4G U301 modem, as well as support for other modems and long-awaited fixes for stability and bugs.

After last month's firmware updates for the PHS300/CTR500/MBR1000/MBR900, the MBR1200 was Cradlepoint's only 4G-capable router that was not compatible with Sprint's 3G/4G U301. With this firmware update, U301 users can now use their modem with the MBR1200, too!

In addition to adding support for the U301, firmware 1.6.12 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
  • ZTE MF668 for Rogers
  • ZTE MF637 for T-Mobile
  • Option GE442 for T-Mobile
  • Additional newly-added international devices can be viewed in the release notes (PDF)

This latest firmware version also provides fixes for a few bugs:

  • WiFi Multimedia (WMM) problem, which prevented iPod Touch and iPhone users from connecting to the MBR1200
  • Blackberry Bold incompatibility issue
  • Blackberry Curve incompatibility issue
  • Blackberry Storm OS 5.0 incompatibility issues
  • Fixes to make WiMAX (4G) connection more reliable
  • U300 reset issue

Finally, firmware 1.6.12 added a couple new features:

  • "Agressive Modem Reset" causes the router to attempt various reset techniques to attempt to re-establish connection if the modem becomes unresponsive
  • "4G auto-reconnect feature" allows you to configure whether you want to connect to 3G or 4G based on various conditions
  • "Make-before-Break"is a nice feature for dual-mode 3G/4G modem users - if you're connected to 3G and 4G becomes available, the router will connect to 4G before breaking the 3G connection

For full details on what this firmware release provides, view the release notes (PDF)

Important note about upgrading your MBR1200 to firmware version 1.6.12: Due to a bug in the 1.6.3 firmware (the version installed on all current MBR1200's by default), firmware upgrades must be done by using the automatic firmware upgrade option within the router's web administration page (an active internet connection is required) - you cannot upgrade the firmware by saving the file to your computer and then browsing for it. For those ordering the MBR1200 from 3Gstore.com, we can upgrade the firmware for you before shipping your router for a $15 fee.

If you plan to upgrade the firmware yourself, check out this article that demonstrates how to perform the upgrade from 1.6.3 to 1.6.12: MBR1200 Firmware Upgrade Issues


Pricing Note: The MBR1200's retail price is going UP on 4/1/2010 by $50 (MSRP to become $349.99). Also, the current $50 Mail-In Rebate on the MBR1200 ENDS on 3/31/2010. If you are thinking about getting an MBR1200, do so on or before 3/31/2010 to take advantage of the low pricing!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Sprint 4G Rockets Into Houston and De...

Sprint 4G Rockets Into Houston and Declares Texas "Biggest 4G State"

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HOUSTON, Mar 29, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Blasting into Texas at lightning speed, Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced the launch of 4G in the Lone Star state's biggest city: Houston. The next generation of wireless, also known as 4G, provides fast mobile downloads, streaming video and Web browsing at turbo-speed and delivers downloads that are faster than any wireless broadband service currently being offered by AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile.


With today's launch, Sprint makes Texas the "biggest 4G state" in terms of the number of people who have access to the Sprint mobile network. In addition to Houston, the 4G network is currently operating in Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco and Wichita Falls. Nationwide, Sprint boasts 28 markets that have 4G capability today.


Unlike competitors who are running high-speed mobile broadband trials in laboratories, Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to launch 4G technology. Sprint delivers 4G to consumers and businesses, and Sprint's 4G powered products, such as Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, USB Modem and USB Mobile Broadband, make any online experience better by enabling users to stream video, download files and browse the Web at download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1.


Texans will be able to enjoy the capabilities of the recently announced HTC EVO 4G - the world's first 3G/4G Android phone (available later in 2010). The HTC EVO 4G provides a superior and robust multimedia experience. It is a hotspot and a phone, making it possible to download music, pictures, videos in seconds - not minutes - and watch streaming video on-the-go.


 


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Friday, March 26, 2010

Franklin Wireless Unveils R526 Mobile Hotspot At CTIA


At CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas, Franklin Wireless unveiled their R526 mobile hotspot. Similar to the ultra popular Novatel MiFi 2200, the Franklin R526 also features an ethernet port for connecting devices that don't have WiFi connectivity. While its not as small as the MiFi at 2.46 ounces , the Franklin’s R526 is still a very portable device. It will support Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux without any special connection manager software, since you will be able to connect via WiFi or ethernet cable. Franklin indicates that it will be available in the US in April 2010, but we aren't 100% sure which carriers will be carrying this device. However; in the past Sprint has carried many Franklin devices such as the CDU680, U300, and U301. So it's likely that Sprint may be one of the carriers to offer the R526.

Read the full article: Franklin Wireless Unveils R526 Mobile Hotspot At CTIA

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

5barz Product Testing

5barz Road Warrior - Product Testing




At 3Gstore.com we test a lot of products that could imrpove our customers experience with their existing cellular devices, such as antennas, amplifiers, and wireless repeaters. Each product that we review goes through an extensive testing proccess in which we determine exactly how the device works and how well it performs its task. We also test the device for different applications and environments so that we can be sure that it will function properly for all of our customers who may be using the device for different applications or at different locations with variable environments. That being said, we are very cautious about approving a device that we will recommend to our customers.

One of the latest products we've tested is called "5 Barz" from a company that we've never heard of before called "Cel Lynx". They actually gaurntee that their 5 Barz equipment will give your phone 5 bars of signal strength anywhere you go. Well we were very skeptical of this bold claim! How could this unit guarantee that you will get five bars anywhere you go? Even the most expensive antenna and amplifier equipment is unable to provide any signal in remote locations where there just isn't any cellular signal available.

After our testing, technically the product does give you five bars anywhere you go. HOWEVER; it's just an illusion! Here's how it actually works... there are two parts to this device, a receiver and wireless cradle. The receiver picks up the available cellular signal in the area, and then re-broadcasts the signal at a higher level using the cradle. Since its re-broadcasting the signal at a higher level, its able to fool the phone into thinking its getting a really good signal. In reality this "stronger" re-broadcasted signal is only as good as what the receiver is able to pick up, and with this product thats not much better than what your phone is able to pickup on its own.




When connecting the 5 Barz unit to our iPhone 3GS it went from 1 bar to 5 bars as advertised, but our connection speeds were identical. This proves that this device is still giving you the same signal that your already getting, but tricks your phone into thinking that its getting a stronger signal. This can cause a lot of issues too if your trying to troubleshoot issues with your phone, because you never would know what the true signal strength is when using this device. So our final verdict is that this product currently doesn't meet our standards in order for 3Gstore.com to sell and support the product.

Sprint Announces the 4G-Capable HTC EVO PDA


After months of speculation, Sprint has finally officially announced that they will be offering their first ever 4G-capable phone this summer, the HTC EVO!

The HTC EVO is Android-based and will include such features as 4G WiMAX capability (obviously), an 8.0MP camera, integrated HD video capture, the ability to use it as a wifi hotspot, and more.


You can read the official announcement via this link: Sprint Announces HTC EVO, or read about the HTC EVO Features

The HTC EVO should be available on Sprint's network in the summer of 2010. If you'd like to be notified when the HTC EVO is available, send an email to futureitems "at" 3gstore.com.

Sprint Announces 4G Expansion to LA, Miami, St Louis, and More!

Sprint 4G Expansion Plans to Stretch Coast-to-Coast from Los Angeles to Miami

Sprint extends its lead in making 4G technology a reality for millions of customers by announcing more planned coverage across the country


OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Mar 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- On a path to equip an expected 120 million Americans by end of the year with a mobile Internet experience that is turbo-charged, Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced plans to bring 4G technology to several additional markets, including Los Angeles and Miami. With 27 markets already equipped with 4G and more being planned for this year, Sprint is fulfilling its promise to light up major metropolitan areas with speeds that are up to 10 times faster1 than 3G.


Newly announced markets that will see 4G in 2010 are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and St. Louis. Earlier this year Sprint announced that it planned to launch 4G in Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., in 2010.


Continue reading about Sprint's 4G Expansion plans on EVDOinfo.com

RIM Scheduled Maintenance: BIS 3.0 For North American BlackBerry Users

There will be scheduled network maintenance by Research In Motion (RIM) affecting BIS customers between 0100 CT / 0200 EDT on March 28th and 0500 CT / 0600 EDT on March 28th. Here is what you can expect:
  • Blackberry will be performing a BlackBerry Internet Service v2.8 upgrade to BlackBerry Internet Service v3.0
  • BlackBerry Internet Service subscribers may be unable to send or receive messages using their BlackBerry hosted email account or integrated third-party email accounts, view email attachments, activate email service, or request to see ""more"" text during the maintenance.
  • Wireless service providers and device resellers may be unable to create subscriber accounts or provision services for subscribers.
  • The estimated duration of impact is 4 hours and affects 100% of BIS customers.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Introducing LG Remarq

Sprint announced a new upcoming phone today: the LG Remarq, an environment friendly messaging phone that is a step in the green direction. Made from 87% recyclable materials, it comes packed with a full QWERTY keyboard, MP3 player, micorSD slot, and Stereo Bluetooth®. Of course, it also has your social productivity vices such as Facebook and Photobucket to keep you connected throughout the day.

You can read the official announcement on Sprint Announces LG Remarq, or read about the LG Remarq Features

The Remarq should be available on Sprint's network in early May, 2010. If you'd like to be notified when the Remarq is available, send an email to futureitems "at" 3gstore.com.

Wilson Electronics Amplifiers are Recommended by the NTSB


Wilson amplifiers like this one (the SoHo) have now been adopted by the San Juan County sheriff's department in Utah

One afternoon in January 2008, a coach bus with 50 occupants was involved in a major accident in Utah. The motorcoach careened off a 25-foot embankment, overturned, struck several rocks separating the roof from its body, and finally came to rest in a ditch on its wheels. Nine people were killed and 43 others suffered minor to serious injuries according to the National Transportation and Safety Board’s (NTSB) investigation of the incident (read more about the story here).

This was obviously a horrible tragedy, but there may have been fewer fatalities and serious injuries if help had been able to arrive sooner. There was a witness that saw this unfortunate accident, but they had to travel about 35 minutes just to get a cell signal to call the local emergency team. The NTSB concluded that if someone had been able to make a call earlier, they might have been able to save some lives. As a result, the NTSB has begun recommending cell phone amplifiers for vehicles in rural areas, to ensure a lack of solid cell signal doesn't prevent future emergency calls from being made. They have teamed up with Wilson Electronics for the best equipment, and the Sheriff’s department has installed amplifiers in their vehicles that Sheriff Mike Lacy confirms have made a "significant difference" in their cellphone range - meaning they can make calls from places where they previously had no service.

You can view and purchase Wilson Electronics amplifiers at 3Gstore.com. Not sure if you could benefit from an amplifier? Contact 3Gstore to discuss your needs!



Friday, March 19, 2010

In-Vehicle Signal Boosting: SignalBoost MP vs In-Vehicle Repeater


left to right: the 12" magnetic mount antenna (included with SignalBoost MP), SignalBoost MP amplifier, In-Vehicle amplifier, "candy bar" internal antenna (included with In-Vehicle amp), 12" magnetic mount antenna (one of the antenna options for In-Vehicle amp)

Two of the most popular options for boosting the signal to more than one cellular device in a vehicle are the Wilson SignalBoost Mobile Professional Kit (801241) and Wilson Cellular 40dB In-Vehicle Repeater (801201).

Both of those options accomplish the same goal - wireless signal boosting to more than one device in a vehicle - and they are both portable and don't require permanent installation. But how do they measure up performance-wise?

Read our comparison of the two to find out! EVDOinfo.com/vehiclerepeaters

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

$50 Mail-in Rebate for Cradlepoint MBR1200

Cradlepoint/3Gstore Spring Promotion: Purchase a Cradlepoint MBR1200 and Receive a $50 Mail-In Rebate!

If you've been considering a Cradlepoint MBR1200, we've got great news for you: Cradlepoint is offering an exclusive $50 mail-in rebate for 3Gstore customers! Between 3/17/2010 and 3/31/2010, customers who purchase the 3G/4G MBR1200 from 3Gstore will receive a $50 mail-in rebate from Cradlepoint. If that wasn't a great enough deal, 3Gstore also has the MBR1200 at our lowest price ever - just $229.99 (MSRP is $299.99) - and you can save an additional $20 if you're buying the MBR1200 along with a 2-year Sprint/CLEAR/Verizon service plan! Plus, don't forget about the amazing technical support and exclusive support CD you'll also receive (for free!) when you purchase from 3Gstore.

MBR1200 MSRP: $299.99

3Gstore's sale price: $229.99

- $50 mail-in rebate = $179.99 ($120 below MSRP!)

If you're signing up for a 2-year Sprint/CLEAR/Verizon service plan through 3Gstore as well, your price after rebate is just $159.99 ($140 below MSRP!)

Cradlepoint is raising the price of the MBR1200 to $349.99 on 4/1/2010, so this is an excellent opportunity to get the MBR1200 at an unbeatable price before it's too late!!!

How it works: Place your order for the MBR1200 online at 3Gstore.com or over the phone (866-3GSTORE) by 11:59pm CST on 3/31/10. Once you receive your MBR1200, simply mail in the included rebate form by 4/20/10 and Cradlepoint will send you a $50 rebate check - it's as simple as that!

Important details: This is a mail-in offer provided by Cradlepoint. Customers must submit their rebate form and all other required documentation to Cradlepoint by 4/20/10. Please allow up to 10 weeks for Cradlepoint to receive and process your rebate form and send your rebate. No substitutions are allowed. Valid for US and Canada residents only. Limit 2 rebates per household/address.


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Nexus One Coming To Sprint



Today Sprint announced that the Nexus One Is Coming To Sprint! Google's Nexus One has been available for T-Mobile since January, but since T-Mobile 3G coverage is very limited, it hasn't been extremely popular. Sprint will announce pricing and an exact availaiblity date soon. The Nexus One will be a great addition to the Sprint Network as Sprint has twice the network coverage of AT&T and ten times the network coverage of T-Mobile. Sprint's Vice President Fared Adib said "Nexus One is a powerful device that belongs on a powerful network. This is another step in our continued partnership of innovation with Google."

EVDOinfo Beginner's Corner #1: Sharing Your Connection with a 3G/4G Router

beginner's cornerAt EVDOinfo.com, we publish Tip of The Week and Tech Corner articles which provide our readers with information and advice on how to use more advanced features of 3G/4G products, but we know that many of our readers are still new to the wonderful world of mobile internet. Our "Beginner's Corner" series will provide tips for new users who are just starting to use mobile broadband. To suggest future topics, contact us at suggestions@evdoinfo.com or post your suggestions in the EVDO Forums.

Tiny Embedded 2G and 3G Modules Creat...

Tiny Embedded 2G and 3G Modules Created for Mobile Internet Devices

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New EVDO and HSPA modules to be showcased at the CTIA show in Las Vegas

IRVINE, Calif., March 17, 2010 — AnyDATA Corporation, a global leader in the design and manufacture of wireless communications devices, announces the DTW series (AnyDATA DTW600) of low cost embedded CDMA and GSM/HSPA modules designed for mobile Internet devices. The tiny broadband modules measure only 21mm x 22mm x 4.5mm, which is smaller in size than a quarter and weighs only 4 grams. The wireless modules serve as the communications platform for a wide array of connected devices, including digital photo frames, mobile healthcare devices, smart grid and meter readers, automotive telematics, as well as interactive multimedia terminals.


AnyDATA is producing multiple versions of the broadband embedded wireless modules that are based upon Qualcomm’s Wearable Mobile Device module designs. All modules in the AnyDATA DTW series include GPS for real-time tracking and accelerometer for motion sensing applications. Engineering samples of the AnyDATA wireless modules will be available in April for OEM customers.


The DTW series of miniature embedded modules will utilize the same 90-pin connector and USB 2.0 interface. This enables device companies to utilize different versions of the modules to cost effectively operate on various cellular networks. The AnyDATA DTW-200 module operates on CDMA 1X networks while the AnyDATA DTW-500 utilizes 3G EVDO Rev A technology. Both wireless modules support the RUIM interface and operate on CDMA 800 and 1900 MHz frequencies. The embedded modules feature A-GPS location that enables indoor tracking of the device without seeing the GPS satellites.


The AnyDATA DTW-400 module operates on UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks, while the DTW-600 version operates on quad band GSM networks as well as tri-band UMTS networks that support high speed HSPA technology.


“We are pleased to continue AnyDATA’s trademark innovation by offering these tiny, embedded 2G and 3G data modules,” said Dr. Soon B. Shin, CEO of AnyDATA. “We believe this small form factor will enable a new category of connected consumer devices for better healthcare, personal security, and anywhere Internet connectivity.”


“Qualcomm’s Wearable Mobile Device module design leverages our chipset technology to provide high performance in a very small form factor,” said Jack Steenstra, vice president of engineering. “AnyDATA’s new module products will open entirely new opportunities for developers seeking to create wearable wireless products.”



Specifications:

UMTS (850/1900/2100MHz)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz
HSPDA 3.6 Mbps (DL) / 384Kbps (UL)
USB 2.0 (External Interface)
  • Main Chipset: Qualcomm QSC6270
  • RF band: UMTS 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • HSDPA 3.6Mbps (DL) / 384Kbps (UL)
  • Connectivity: High-Speed USB 2.0 compliant
  • Dimension: 50.95mm (L) x 30mm (W) x 4.5mm (H)
  • Max Output power: 0.32W (Power Class 3)
  • Power : DC 3.3V~4.2V
  • Operating Temperature : (0°C~+60°C)


Discuss AnyDATA Tiny Modules - EVDOforums.com


The FCC Outlines Its National Broadband Plan


Many Americans, from large cities to rural areas, still do not have access to broadband internet, and the FCC is forming a plan to make high-speed internet available to more people. The full plan hasn't been released yet, but here are the details that we do from the preliminary reports this week:

  • Currently only 65 percent of Americans have high speed internet access at home
  • The plan is part of President Obama's 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which flags $7.2 billion to internet related advancements
  • The initial plan aims for each community in America to have at least one "ultra high speed" connection at a library, school, or military base.
  • The FCC plans to move forward in creating an infrastructure that would allow 100 million American households to transfer 100Mbps   
  • The overall goal is to provide 90 percent of Americans with high speed internet access by 2020.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said this about the plan: "the National Broadband Plan is a 21st century roadmap to spur economic growth and investment, create jobs, educate our children, protect our citizens, and engage in our democracy."  Some are critical of this plan, arguing that it will do far too little to decrease the overall costs to broadband customers that currently spending $30 - $60 monthly for their service, which is why some believe there is such a gap between the number of broadband haves and broadband have-nots (in addition, of course, to coverage/availability).  

On a list of countries that have the fastest internet, the US is currently ranked #14 with 3.9Mbps (South Korea is ranked #1 with 14.6Mbps, which is expected to be at 1 gigabit by 2012), and as previously mentioned, only 65% of Americans have high-speed internet. It's clear that something needs to be done to get the country up to speed, and we are very much looking forward to seeing the specifics of the plan as more details become available.

Discuss the FCC's broadband plans on the EVDO Forums

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Opera Mini 5 Now Available

Opera Mini 5 Now Available



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Opera 5 - Blackberry OS



Opera 5 - Android OS


Today Opera released final version of  Opera Mini 5, one of the world's most popular web browsers. Today's release puts the finishing touches on the Opera Mini 5 browser. The focus is on deliver the best internet experience on nearly any mobile phone, along with a unified look and feel and innovative favorite features, such as speed dial, password manager, and tabbed browsing. “Keeping in mind the needs and wants of our 50+ million users, we have emphasized speed, desktop-like functionality and data savings in our mobile browsers. Today, we have made it even easier for everyone to surf, search and socialize on the Web,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.

Top 5 reasons why you cannot live without Opera on your phone

  • Get the best Internet experience on your phone

    Opera delivers the full Web experience on nearly any mobile phone, and it is easy and free to download.

  • No more slow surfing

    Opera mobile browsers are designed to boost your browsing speed significantly. Opera brings the best and fastest browsing experience on any mobile phone.

  • Get your mobile phone bills under control

    Opera Mini’s compression technology reduces the amount of data sent to your phone by up to 90 percent, resulting in lower costs on pay-per-MB data plans or when roaming.

  • Web made easy, even on your phone

    Opera keeps it simple with a sleekly designed user interface, regardless of the phone you are using, and with the same great feature set, such as Speed Dial, tabs, and the password manager.

  • Never leave your personal information behind

    Opera Link lets you synchronize your bookmarks, notes and Speed Dial between your computer and your mobile phone. Make your information available wherever you are - at work, at home or on the road.



If you use a BlackBerry or other smartphone and you are not happy with the built-in browser, Opera 5 is your answer.

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MiFi 4G / WiMax

MiFi 4G / WiMax


A few weeks ago, Novatel Wireless successfully completed over the air testing of its new MiFi  Intelligent Mobile Hotspot prototype based on 4G-WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for  Microwave Access). Novatel's WiMAX implementation immediately achieved throughput of 18Mbps in over-the-air testing and can support theoretical peak throughput speeds exceeding 30Mbps downlink and 10Mbps uplink in a 10 MHz channel.  The current MiFi is based on 3G technologies.

Novatel Wireless has selected to use Beceem's high performance 4G-WiMAX chips.  This makes sense, since both CLEAR and Sprint use the same chips.   Sprint's first 3G/4G mobile hotspot was introduced January 2010, the Sierra Wireless OverDrive - which is a 3G/4G mobile hotspot, but this device has been plagued with problems since it's introduction.  Sierra has been working on them, but the OverDrive still has outstanding issues.

We expect to have a lot more info on this product after the CTIA 2010 show in Las Vegas.

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FCC Introduces First Mobile App, C...

FCC Introduces First Mobile App, Consumer Broadband Test,  and Broadband Dead Zone Report


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iPhone App 

FCC Broadband <br />Consumer Speed Test Tool Android
Droid App

Washington, D.C. –Today, the Federal Communications Commission launched new digital tools, the Consumer Broadband Test and the Broadband Dead Zone Report--that allow consumers  to test their broadband service and report areas where broadband is not available. 

The Consumer Broadband Test measures broadband quality indicators such as speed and latency, and reports that information to consumers and the FCC. The mobile version --the FCC’s first mobile app --is available through the Apple and Android app stores.  The fixed version is available at www.broadband.gov . Two popular broadband testing tools are used in this beta version --the Ookla, Inc. Speed Test and the Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT) running on the Measurement Lab (M-Lab) platform. In the future, the FCC anticipates making additional broadband testing applications available for consumer use.The Commission does not endorse any specific testing application.

 

Read more on the FCC Broadband Tool - EVDOinfo.com

Discuss FCC Broadband Tool on EVDOforums.com


Friday, March 12, 2010

3/15/10 Is Your Last Chance to Get a FREE PHS300 or CTR350 From Cradlepoint!

Cradlepoint Promotion

If you're in the market for a Cradlepoint MBR1000 or MBR1200 3G/4G router, now is the time to strike! Cradlepoint's "Buy an MBR1000, get a free CTR350" and "Buy an MBR1200, get a free PHS300" promotions are ending on Monday, 3/15/10. You must order by midnight CST on 3/15/10 to qualify for the promotion!

If that wasn't a great enough deal, 3Gstore also has the MBR1000 at one of our lowest prices ever - just $189.99 (MSRP is $249.99) and the MBR1200 is just $229.99 (MSRP is $299.99). And don't forget about the amazing technical support and exclusive support CD you'll also receive (for free!) when you purchase from 3Gstore!

How it works: Place your order for the MBR1000 or MBR1200 online at 3Gstore.com or over the phone (866-3GSTORE) by 11:59pm CST on 3/15/2010. Once you receive your MBR1000 or MBR1200, simply mail in the included rebate form by 4/1/10 and Cradlepoint will send you a FREE CTR350 or PHS300 - it's as simple as that!

Important details: The free CTR350 or PHS300 is a mail-in offer provided by Cradlepoint. Customers must submit their rebate form and all other required documentation to Cradlepoint by 4/1/10. Please allow up to 10 weeks for Cradlepoint to receive and process your rebate form and send your free router. No substitutions are allowed. Valid for US residents only. *Please note that the free PHS300 Cradlepoint sends is the 3G-only version; it is not compatible with 4G modems (and never will be)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Portable WiFi: Internet Access On The Go

Many of our readers are always on the go, making 3G or 4G mobile broadband a great fit for their internet needs. For those that require mobile internet connectivity for more than just a single computer or device, we often hear questions about how to get truly portable WiFi. With a mobile hotspot, you can access the internet almost anywhere you go, just as long as there is a cellular signal. Unlike a 3G or 4G device that is directly connected to your computer, with a mobile broadband WiFi hotspot several people can get online to check their email, watch YouTube videos, checking social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, or even have a video chat conference - all at the same time! The possibilities are endless. Whether you're an average consumer who wants to entertain yourself and the family while traveling or a business professional who must be able to stay in contact with clients at all times, a portable mobile broadband WiFi hotspot will allow you to keep all your devices online anywhere you go.

The most popular options for portable WiFi are the Novatel MiFi (Verizon or Sprint 3G) and Sierra Overdrive (Sprint 3G/4G), as these devices contain both the modem and wireless router capabilities in one ultra portable device, but these are not the only options!

Oops - Sprint Packages Wrong Charger With Blackberry Curve 8530


We just found out that
some Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8530 devices are only packaged with the international AC charger, meaning it won't work in United States.  3gstore has checked our inventory and confirmed that all of our stock has the correct charger, but if you purchased your phone elsewhere or are planning to do so, make sure you check the charger before trying to use it! If you're not sure if the correct charger is included, try it in an outlet - you'll know right away if it is the right one or not.

If you purchased a Blackberry Curve 8530 from Sprint and it was packaged with the incorrect charger, they will replace it -  call them or visit the dealer that you purchased from for more details. Also, keep in mind that when purchasing from 3gstore you can expect to receive products that have been tested by our trained technicians!

If you're interested in the new Curve (with the correct charger!), you can purchase the Sprint Blackberry Curve 8530 with service
for a super-low price (or if you already have service you can order it with no contract).

Monday, March 08, 2010

Cradlepoint Firmware 1.6.9 for CTR500/MBR900/MBR1000 Adds Support

MBR1000 and U301
Firmware 1.6.9 allows you to use your U301 in an MBR1000!


CradlePoint has released Firmware Version 1.6.9 that provides the MBR1000, MBR900, CTR500, CBA250, and CBA750 with official support for the new Sprint 3G/4G U301 modem, as well as support for other modems and a few bug fixes and feature updates. 


With its ability to connect to both Sprint's nationwide 3G network and their new super-fast 4G WiMAX network, the U301 has quickly become one of Sprint's hottest devices. U301 users have been eager for Cradlepoint to support it so that they can share their 3G or 4G connection with multiple computers, and now they'll be able to do just that!

In addition to adding support for the U301, firmware 1.6.9 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
  • ZTE MF668 for Rogers
  • Adds compatibility with BlackBerry OS5
  • Additional newly-added international devices can be viewed in the release notes (PDF)


Friday, March 05, 2010

Sierra Wireless Overdrive Issues



Sprint has recently released the Sierra Wireless Overdrive (model W801), which is a 3G/4G Mobile hotspot; it's similar to the popular Novatel MiFi, but with both 3G and 4G capabilities (MiFi is 3G only).  With the rollout of 4G underway in the US, it makes sense to get a device that can handle the network of today (3G/EVDO) and the network of tomorrow (4G/WiMAX) - especially when signing a 2-year service contract - so the Overdrive has been extremely popular since it was launched.

Like so many customers who were instantly excited about the Overdrive, we really like the concept of the product, but unfortunately there have been numerous problems with it from the start. We are confident that Sierra Wireless and Sprint will work through the issues, and there has already been a firmware upgrade that resolved the Overdrive WiFi Problem. More updates will hopefully be on the way soon to fix the other problems users have experienced.

Not everyone is experiencing problems - many customers that are in a 3G only area are not experiencing any issues at all. Hopefully, by the time 4G rolls out in their area, the issues will have been resolved by Sierra Wireless and Sprint.

If you have an Overdrive, please share your experiences with others in the Overdrive forums.



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CTIA 2010 - New Products/Services



EVDOinfo.com / 3Gstore.com will be attending the CTIA Wireless 2010 Show in Las Vegas in a few weeks and we will be reporting on some of the coolest and latest gadgets and services live from the show.  Be sure to check our web sites between 3/23 - 3/26/2010.  If you are a manufacturer/carrier/company with new product or service, please email ctia2010@evdoinfo.com and include:

  • product name/info
  • company info
  • contact info (email, phone, cell phone during show)
  • booth number
  • what is unique about your product/service?

If you have a product/service that seems news worthy, we will contact you prior to setup a time to visit your company during CTIA (OK to contact us during the show - as we will still get your email).  Not all products will be reported on, BUT if you have something that stands out and want some FREE publicity, be sure to contact us before the show.


CradlePoint Price Increase 4/1/2010 - Leaked!



In the market for a new CradlePoint Router, might be a good time to purchase quickly, as there is a price increase on CradlePoint routers that will happen on April 1, 2010.  The current affected products are the MBR1200, CBA750 and CBA250.  If you are on the fence about getting a state of the art 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Router, 3Gstore.com has a current promotion where you get a FREE PHS300 via mail-in rebate that ends on 3/15/2010.  Finally, if you purchased an older 3G Router from 3Gstore.com, you can also take advantage of 3GStore's "CradlePoint For Clunkers" Program and trade in your older router and get a MBR1200 for $199.99 (and if you purchase by 3/15, still get a FREE PHS300 via mail-in offer).


Product
Current Price
New Price
Current 3Gstore
MBR1200
$299.99
$349.99
$229.99
(plus free PHS300)

CBA750
$249.99
$299.99
$219.99
CBA250
$179.99
$199.99
$159.99




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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

PHS300 for $99.99 Too Good to Be True - Don't Be Fooled!

Cradlepoint's battery-powered PHS300 router is one of the most popular routers for 3G and 4G users, but did you know that Cradlepoint has two versions for the PHS300 - and only one of them is 4G-compatible?

Lately we've noticed several online retailers advertising the PHS300 router for super-low prices, as low as $99.99. For a router with an MSRP of $179.99, that certainly sounds like a great deal... until you realize that these $99.99 PHS300's are the old 3G-only version!

The "Hardware Version 1" PHS300, which has been available since late 2007, is the original version and is only capable of working with 3g devices - even with firmware updates, a PHS300 with Version 1 hardware is not capable of supporting a 4G WiMAX connection and never will be. Version 2 has new hardware that allows it to support the new 4g WiMAX modems. 3gstore has been exclusively selling/shipping the Version 2 PHS300 since it became available last year, but other retailers are still selling the PHS300 with Version 1 hardware, which means it can't be used with the new 4g modems like the U300, U301 and CLEAR USB modems.
phs300 version 1 and 2
Left: PHS300 w/ Hardware Version 1; Right: PHS300 w/ Hardware Version 2

We urge customers to be wary of any deal that seems too good to be true... it probably is! Make sure you know exactly what you're buying - look closely at the specs, not just the price.


Already have a PHS300 and aren't sure if it's the 3G or 3G/4G version? Check out this article for info on how to tell!

***It is worth noting here that the current "buy an MBR1200, get a free PHS300" promotion currently offered by Cradlepoint/3Gstore is for the "version 1.0" PHS300 - all of the PHS300's that we sell are version 2.0 for 4G compatibility, but the free PHS300 Cradlepoint is sending as a part of that promotion is the older model. We know it's not ideal (and we wouldn't have made that choice ourselves!) but it's a Cradlepoint promotion... and hey, free is free!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Playstation Network Down

Playstation Network Down

Many of our readers use mobile broadband to play online games on gaming consoles such as the PS3 using 3G Routers which allow you to use mobile broadband aircards to connect multiple devices [like the PS3] simultaneously via WiFi or ethernet. Currently the Playstation Online network is down, so gamers are unable to play online using the Playstation Network. 3Gstore.com tech support received calls today from customers who thought there was an issue with their router, if you configured your PS3 following the EVDO Gaming Guide that is included with every Cradlepoint router from 3Gstore.com, then there is nothing to worry about. You will just need to wait until Sony has resolved the issue with their service. Sony made the following statement regarding the issue:


As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3.

We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.

Errors include:

  • The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
  • When the user tries to sign in to the PlayStation Network, the following
    message appears on the screen; “An error has occurred. You have been
    signed out of PlayStation Network (8001050F)”.
  • When the user tries to launch a game, the following error message appears
    on the screen and the trophy data may disappear; “Failed to install
    trophies. Please exit your game.”
  • When the user tries to set the time and date of the system via the
    Internet, the following message appears on the screen; “The current date
    and time could not be obtained. (8001050F)”
  • Users are not able to play back certain rental video downloaded from the
    PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.

As mentioned above, please be advised that the new slim PS3 is not affected with this error. We are doing our best to resolve the issue and do apologize for any inconvenience caused.


For updates regarding this issue, check out our Playstation Network Down Discussion on EVDOForums.com