Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sprint Helps Joplin Tornado Residents


It is nice when a company does the right thing - just because...




OVERLAND PARK, Kan. May 26, 2011 - To further assist the residents of Joplin, Mo. in the aftermath of last weekend’s devastating tornado, Sprint is proactively waiving late fees; overage charges for voice, text and data; and roaming fees for Sprint services between May 22 and June 22, 2011. This waiver applies to impacted Sprint residents in the following ZIP codes: 64801, 64802, 64803 and 64804.
Sprint’s other relief initiatives include:

  • A $100,000 donation the Sprint Foundation made to the American Red Cross in support of Joplin tornado relief, including matching donations made by Sprint employees and retirees and members of the Sprint board of directors.
  • Deploying a Sprint Mobile Services Van to Joplin to provide local residents with wireless devices to make free phone calls, with charging stations for their mobile devices and with free wall and car chargers.
  • Assembled and donated 10,000 sack lunches to Joplin families impacted by the tornadoes. The sack lunches were packed in one day by 700 Sprint employees for a food drive benefitting Harvesters.
  • Waiving standard text-messaging fees for mobile donations, between now and June 30, 2011, for the following campaigns:

    • Text “REDCROSS” to “90999” to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief
    • Text "JOPLIN" to “80888” to make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army
    • Text “CONVOY” to “50555” to give $10 to Convoy of Hope
    • Text “JOPLIN” to “864833” to give $10 to the United Way-Heart of Missouri
  • In partnership with KB Mobile in Springfield, Virgin Mobile is providing 50 Joplin residents with free mobile phones and two months of free service. The recipients can use these devices for 1,500 anytime domestic minutes, 500 messages (text, picture messages, email and/or IM) and 10MB of Web access per month. Sprint’s prepaid brands, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile are also notifying all locally based customers regarding credits and other support being provided.
Sprint’s dedicated support to first responders and emergency medical workers in Joplin
Sprint’s network technicians and engineers have restored service to 90 percent of the cell sites within Missouri’s Jasper and Newton Counties and routed network capacity to operational cell sites. To further aid impacts to its network assets caused by the tornadoes, Sprint has deployed a Cell Site on Wheels (COW) to provide wireless coverage.

Peplink Routers Supports 2 Firmwares

In our test of "Eating Your Own Dog Food", we are still testing the Peplink Balance 30 and came across a pretty cool feature that we haven't seen in any other router.  If I am testing a newer firmware (or beta firmware), when I reboot my router, I am giving the option to reboot under the current version OR the last version.  Pretty handy if you are testing a new firmware and for whatever reason need to revert to the previous one.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Cradlepoint MBR1400 Now Available @ 3Gstore.com


Around 6 weeks before the CradlePoint MBR1400 was released, 3Gstore.com started testing this new high-end 3G/4G router. CradlePoint changed their router platform last year to a more powerful / open BSD platform vs. the proprietary one they had been using for their older products. The first product to utilize the BSD platform was the Rover Puck by CLEAR, the next was the CradlePoint CTR35, and now the CradlePoint MBR1400 joins the ranks. We expect ALL future Cradlepoint routers to be based on the new BSD platform. Don’t worry if you have one of the previous routers - CradlePoint is expected to support them for some time.

After we received the MBR1400, we noticed some critical issues that we immediately communicated with CradlePoint engineers (we have a great partnership with both the sales and support teams over there). Unfortunately, they were not able to resolve these issues by launch date, so we had a dilemma. We typically are the first to announce and sell new CradlePoint products, BUT how could we sell something that we know had critical issues? So we did the right thing for our customers (and for our support department): we announced that we were NOT selling the MBR1400 because it had issues.

Now, six weeks later, Cradlepoint has resolved the issues and we are comfortable selling and recommending the MBR1400. In fact, during our testing a few weeks ago, we used the MBR1400 in a live environment for 3 days and it did a great job.

During our testing we liked the Site to Site VPN ability, so we created a step by step tip sheet that we will include with every MBR1400 order. This feature allows remote locations to share devices and network resources between locations. Imagine being able to print to your office printer while at home, or access any other network resource from the other location!

We would like to thank everyone at CradlePoint that has been working with us to make the MBR1400 the great product it now is. We really are excited about the MBR1400!

Here are a few other resources for the MBR1400:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Verizon Ends 3GB/$35 for MiFi 2200/Fivespot Promotional Plan

In November of last year Verizon announced a promotional 3GB data plan for the MiFi 2200 and Fivespot 3G hotspots that cost just $35/mo, which was an instant hit with customers across the U.S who didn't need 5GB of data and were eager for a more affordable plan. Unfortunately, today Verizon has announced that this promotion has ended, which means customers must now choose between the 5GB plan for $50/mo or 10GB plan $80/mo (the same plans that are available for 3G/4G devices like the newer MiFi 4510L). The good news is if you're an existing Verizon customer and you're already signed up for the 3GB plan, you will NOT lose it - as long as you don't make any changes to your plan!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Sprint Updates 3G/4G Plan Options + Special Savings for Smartphone Users

Over the past few months Sprint has seemed to be the most expensive 3G/4G carrier with their $59.99/mo plan for 3G/4G service, while both Verizon and AT&T adapted new $50/mo plan offers for at least some of their devices (Verizon also offers a $35/mo 3GB plan for hotspots). Effective Sunday 5/8/11, Sprint will be updating their 3G/4G offerings to provide more options as well as special "bundle" savings for customers who also have a Sprint phone with the Everything Data, ED Share, Simply Everything, SE Share, Everything Business or Business Advantage Messaging & Data plan!

Service options for the 3G/4G hotspots (MiFi 4082 and Overdrive Pro) will be as follows:
  1. 3GB of 3G and Unlimited 4G for $44.99/mo (only $34.99 for customers with a Sprint phone on one of the above-mentioned plans)
  2. 5GB of 3G and Unlimited 4G for $59.99/mo (only $49.99 for customers with a Sprint phone on one of the above-mentioned plans)
  3. 10GB of 3G and Unlimited 4G for $89.99/mo (only $79.99 for customers with a Sprint phone on one of the above-mentioned plans)
Full details - Sprint Updates 3G/4G Plan Options + Special Savings for Smartphone Users

3G Failover from 3Gstore for $15/mo

We are thrilled to announce our new 3Gstore 3G Failover Solutions, which allow you to utilize an affordable, reliable cellular broadband backup so that when your primary internet connection fails, you'll be back online and doing business again in a matter of moments. 3Gstore’s 3G Failover Solutions utilize a cellular broadband connection, powered by DataJack's nationwide 3G network, that serves as a backup when your cable, DSL, or T-1 line goes down, so that your business does not need to come to a standstill in the event of an internet outage!

The 3G USB modem costs $119.99, plus a one-time activation fee of $29.99. You will also need a 3G router, which costs $170-$270 (depending on the router you select). The 3G service costs just $15/month plus $0.05/mb - so if you don't use it at all one month, you pay just $15. If your primary connection does go down and you do use the backup connection, usage is billed at $0.05/mb. One megabyte goes a long way in terms of ATM, kiosk, POS or similar applications - up to 2,000 credit card transactions can be completed with just one megabyte of data! And there is NO contract for the 3G service - if you determine that you no longer need it, or simply need to put your service on hold at any time, there is NO penalty for doing so (and you can always reactivate the service in the future!).

3Gstore's 3G Failover Solutions are available NOW. Read more, estimate your costs, and place an order at 3Gstore.com/failover

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Peplink Balance 20/30 3G Failover


Checkout how fast a Peplink Balance 30 can failover from Cable/DSL/T1 to 3G.  We are preparing an article comparing how fast all the different 3G failover routers, actually fail over.  This one is just amazing!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Peplink Balance Routers Provide Bandwidth Allowance and Monitoring Statistics

As of 2011, over 56% of ISPs have implemented some type of monthly data cap on internet usage, which can result in overage charges or potentially cause account throttling. Typically these overage charges are associated with wireless modem providers like Verizon and Sprint, which many businesses use for a backup connection when their primary ISP goes down (AKA "failover"). These ISP limitations make it crucial for companies to be able to easily monitor their data consumption to avoid additional charges. The Peplink Balance series (20, 30, 210, 310, 380, 580, 710 and 1350) provides data monitoring statistics in real time as well as by date, connection type, and individual clients connected to the network (to determine who is using large amounts of data).

Full details -
Peplink Balance Monitoring Features

Monday, May 02, 2011

$25 Mail-In Rebate Offer for MBR1200 Through 6/30/2011

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If you've been considering a Cradlepoint MBR1200, we've got great news for you: Cradlepoint is offering a $25 mail-in rebate for customers purchasing the router between 5/1/2011 and 6/30/2011. If that wasn't a great enough deal, you can save an additional $20 if you're buying the MBR1200 along with a 2-year Sprint or 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: $349.99

3Gstore's sale price: $269.99

- $25 mail-in rebate = $244.99 ($105 below MSRP!)

If you're signing up for a 2-year Sprint or Verizon service plan through 3Gstore as well, your price after rebate is just $224.99 ($125 below MSRP!)

How it works: Place your order for the MBR1200 online at 3Gstore.com or over the phone (866-3GSTORE) by 11:59pm CST on 6/30/11. Once you receive your MBR1200, simply mail in the included rebate form by 7/31/11 and Cradlepoint will send you a $25 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 6/15/11. 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.