Friday, September 28, 2012

Sierra Wireless AirCard Watcher App upgraded

A new update to the AirCard watcher app for iPhone was released yesterday.

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer SHERMAN R L. For Writing Review of a Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.6.3

Congrats to SHERMAN R L. of MANSFIELD, Tennessee who just won a $25.00 gift code for writing a review for Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.6.3 at! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like SHERMAN R L.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from, we encourage you to log in and and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a gift code!.

IT was just what I was looking for and I am very pleased with it. FINALLY got my older desktop to go wireless.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

MiFi® Liberate – World’s First Touchscreen Mobile Hotspot Coming Soon

AT&T has announced the upcoming Mobile Hotspot MiFi Liberate by Novatel Wireless, the world’s first mobile hotspot with a touchscreen display and the most feature rich mobile hotspot available.

Novatel Wireless has again set the design and usability standard for mobile connectivity with this next generation device that puts freedom at your fingertips. MiFi Liberate’s new iconic design and leap-forward innovation take our industry leading user experience to new levels of ease and functionality. MiFi Liberate’s vibrant, feature-rich touchscreen makes it easier than ever to connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices to fast 4G LTE™ Internet. You can check data usage, manage connected devices, change settings, enable MiFi Media Center and more…directly on the touchscreen. With up to 11 hours of battery life and the industry’s most advanced security features MiFi Liberate lets you connect with confidence and power through your day.

Key features:
  • Interactive touchscreen
  • 11 hour battery 
  • 4G LTE connectivity for up to 10 devices

Samsung TouchWiz Warning: Bad Link Can Wipe Your Phone

At the Ekoparty security conference, Ravi Borganokar demonstrated a scary issue that can effect Samsung phones running the TouchWiz software (which includes the uber-popular Galaxy SIII and most other Samsung Droids). By clicking a link, Samsung’s TouchWiz phone dialer executes a total data wipe, clearing the phone completely and even damaging the SIM (which is much worse than a simple "factory reset" of the data on the phone). These "wipe" codes are typically used to register a phone on a network or perform other diagnostics, but the issue is that the TouchWiz software automatically dials the code when the link is tapped.

Check out  Borganokar's demo of the problem:

Samsung is working on a patch that will prevent the TouchWiz software from auto-dialing the code, which will solve the problem. In the meantime, Samsung smartphone users should be very careful about the links they're clicking!

Verizon Wireless-On Star-GM

OnStar and Verizon have joined forces to demonstrate the “future of in-vehicle entertainment.” By their powers combined, they’ve shown what could be possible by dropping a high-speed Internet connection into a car:
  • Vehicle Monitoring – Parked in a bad neighborhood? Monitor what’s going on with your ride from your smartphone or PC.
  • Impact Detection – You’re in the club and someone just hit your car in the parking lot. You know this because your car sent you a video of the offender.
  • Voice Portal – Call up YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, and music via Verizon VCAST on your in-vehicle display. Watch the road, though.
  • Home monitoring and control – Forgot to turn off the AC? No need to turn around, do it from your car. Check the security cameras when away as well.
  • Video chat – Oh, you thought you were doing it big using your car as a bluetooth headset? Wait until you can do video. Watch the road!

iPhone 5 Battery Life

The iPhone 5 Battery life is impressive.  BUT there is something you need to do to help get you the most battery life.  It is a good idea to “condition” your battery when you first get your iPhone 5.  This is very easy to do, just let the phone run down to 0%.  Then charge it back to 100% and then let it run down to 0% again, without charging it as it runs down to 0%.  Once you have done this, your battery is conditioned and should offer you longer uses.

After doing the battery conditioning, with WiFi On, LTE On, Brightness at 60%.  I was able to use my iPhone 5 for 9 hours of actual data usage and around 26 hours of standby.  This is much better than the iPhone 4S that this replaced.

There are a few other tips you can do to make your iOS 6 / iPhone 5 battery last longer.  As more and more location based PassBooks start popping up, your battery will be impacted, as your iPhone has to check where it is all the time and determine if it is in a Geofence area of the merchant - so the PassBook can automatically displayed.

If you are a heavy user, there are small battery packs that work with iPhone 5.  But we are waiting for the first vendor to have an iPhone 5 Battery Case.

FCC to act on AT&T Facetime complaints

After the recent launch of the iPhone 5 AT&T hasn’t earned any friends by limiting facetime usage to customers on tiered based plans with overage charges. Customers on older unlimited accounts must switch to a tiered data plan to use Facetime over cellular despite using the same network tiered customers use. Consumer groups have said this violates the FCC’s new loophole-filled network neutrality rules. FCC boss Julius Genachowski said that after a proper complaint from consumer groups are filed and if AT&T doesn’t act in good faith they’ll exercise their responsibility and act. Only time will tell what AT&T will do after this statement but for customers not willing to switch data plans or pay extra for facetime Verizon Wireless doesn’t require any plan changes to use the service of their cellular network.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

iPhone 5 4800mAh Battery Pack

iphone 5 with tekkeon mp1820
The battery life on the iPhone 5 is better than many other smartphones, but most users would still love to get more life out of their phone before having to find an outlet to recharge. The Tekkeon TekCharge MP1820 is the answer! The TekCharge MP1820 is a 4800mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery pack that you can connect to your iPhone 5 (or any other phone, as well as many other portable devices like mp3 players). Depending on what you're using your phone for (talking, web browsing, video, etc), the MP1820 can add hours or even days to your usage time! For comparison, the iPhone 5 itself uses a 1440mAh battery — the MP1820's 4800mAh battery is more than 3 times the capacity.

The MP1820 is extremely convenient. Just charge it up (via USB) and the connect it to your iPhone 5 with your iPhone 5 USB cable and you're good to go! At just 4.5oz, it's barely heavier than the iPhone itself, and it easily fits in your pocket, purse, or backpack.
mp1820 and iphone 5
The Tekkeon TekCharge MP1820 is available now at 3Gstore for $49.95

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

T-Mobile Starts to Move 3G to 1900 MHZ for its forthcoming 4G LTE Network

T-Mobile announced that the company has fully refarmed its 1900MHz spectrum in Las Vegas and launched HSPA+ service using that frequency. 

Nationwide, T-Mobile USA uses 1700MHz AWS spectrum for its HSPA+ 3G/4G network and the 1900MHz PCS spectrum for its voice network and 2.5G data network. T-Mobile is in the process of refarming -- or repurposing -- its 1900MHz spectrum so that it can free up its 1700MHz spectrum for its forthcoming LTE 4G network. 

It will migrate the small percentage of its customers who still have 2.5G devices to newer hardware and continue to roll out HSPA+ service in the 1900MHz band, cutting off its 2.5G service. 

New York City, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. are next up for the spectrum switch. With respect to its LTE 4G network. 

T-Mobile will begin deploying LTE 4G in 2013 and expects to complete the LTE roll out by the end of next year.

Sprint launches four more LTE markets

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 24, 2012 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced availability of 4G LTE to customers in Lawrence, Kan.; Topeka, Kan.; Wichita, Kan.; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; and Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass. Sprint’s wireless customers in these metro areas will benefit from the speed, value and simplicity of the Sprint 4G LTE experience. Through its exceptional selection of smartphones and a Truly UnlimitedSM data plan, Sprint offers an unbeatable package for wireless users.

“In addition to the 19 cities we have already launched, we recently announced that Sprint 4G LTE will be available in more than 100 cities in the coming months,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Today’s news moves us even further toward achieving that goal. We strive to deliver a top-notch network experience combined with winning devices and unlimited nationwide data plans – all of which are designed to support the ways our customers use their mobile devices today and tomorrow.”

Continue reading - More on Sprint 4G LTE markets

Verizon iPhone 5 unlocked out of the box

Verizon Wireless has surprised a lot of customers by offering the iPhone 5 unlocked out of the box. According to Engadget they have no plans to re-lock the device with any future iOS updates either! This means that customers can easily use the device internationally or even switch to an AT&T sim, however, LTE on AT&T’s network won’t work and you’ll get HSPA+ 4G speed.

In order to take advantage of LTE the international carrier must be operating on the following bands: Verizon's CDMA model A1429 supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B at 800, 1900 and 2100 MHz; WCDMA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA at 850, 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz; GSM/EDGE at 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; and LTE Bands 1, 3, 5, 13 and 25.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cradlepoint Releases Firmware 4.0.3 for Business-Class NetBSD Routers
Cradlepoint has released firmware version 4.0.3 for their business-class routers (MBR12000, MBR1400IBR600, IBR650, CBR400, CBR450; the MBR95 and CTR35 are NOT included in this firmware release).  

4.0.3 is a significant re-architecture of CradlePoint firmware. Key features and updates include:
  • IP Passthrough: Ethernet WAN to LAN with failover to modem is available.
  • Networking improvements: Better IP Filtering, more powerful routing (per-interface routing), rule-based policy routing.
  • QoS: Improved bandwidth & priority traffic shaping (CBQ to HTB as a queuing discipline, Fair Queuing added). QoS can handle FTP/PPTP now.
  • Hotspot: Improved client rate limiting.
  • WPA2 Enterprise/RADIUS settings can be set with any WiFi interface, not just the primary.
  • Improved WiFi-as-WAN (WWAN) reconnection ability.
  • A number of Data Usage Management defects have been fixed.
  • Load Balance schedule selection: A user may now select either Round-Robin, Rate, Spillover, or Data Usage as a Load Balance algorithm.
  • Improved UPnP support, including “Type 2” NAT support on PS3.
  • Most high-speed modems (HSPA+ and LTE) should see higher upload and download performance in 4.0 than in 3.0
  • The CBR450/CBR400 in particular work better under stress (high network loads or VPN tunnels) than they used to.
Several new modems are also now supported with the latest firmware:
  • Huawei E173-SD2 / Orange (UK)
  • Huawei E173 / T-Mobile (UK)
  • Huawei E397 (“4G LTE Mobile Internet Key”) / Telus (Canada)
  • Novatel U679 (“4G LTE Novatel Wireless U679 Turbo Stick”) / Bell Mobility (Canada)
  • Sierra Wireless 330U (“4G LTE Sierra Wireless U330 - Turbo Stick”) / Bell Mobility (Canada)
  • Sierra Wireless 330U (“LTE Rocket Stick – Sierra Wireless AirCard 330U”) / Rogers (Canada)
  • ZTE MF680 (“Rogers HSPA+ Rocket Stick”) / Rogers (Canada)
  • Franklin X720 (“4G LTE 2-in-1 Data Card”) / Verizon (USA)
You can read all of the improvements, fixes, and notes in the 4.0.3 release notes.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Chris S. For Writing Review of a 9.5" Full Band Outdoor Omni 3G/4G Antenna - CM288W

Congrats to Chris S. of Williamsburg, Ohio who just won a $25.00 gift code for writing a review for 9.5" Full Band Outdoor Omni 3G/4G Antenna - CM288W at! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Chris S.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from, we encourage you to log in and and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a gift code!.

Well manufactured, is very compact for the spectrum it serves, very easy to put up, was able to pick up towers over 18 miles away while the previous antenna did not even see these towers, so it works quit well and I am very pleased. The only thing to note, the mount does not come with U bolts and holes in the mount are located in a fation that you can not "clamp mount" this antenna, I simply used normal bolts and drilled holes through my pole.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

American Airlines first to support PassBook

Congrats to American Airlines for being the first airlines to support PassBook. Passbook will change the way you use your iPhone, watch how's my companies ad support over the coming days and weeks - as Apple made it easy.

iOS 6 Maps App Needs Cell Signal to Start Turn by Turn

It looks like there may be an issue in Apple's turn by turn Maps application which is part of iOS6.

When you are first starting turn by turn navigation, iOS6 Maps sends the request to Apple's servers who in turn send back the directions to follow.   If you are in a "No Service" area, you cannot start turn by turn navigation.   If you already started turn by turn and you happen to drop out of cell coverage, that still works, just no starting a new route.

It may be handy one of the paid navigation services as a backup (Navigon, TomTom, etc.) because if you are lost and in a no cell area - you cannot use iOS 6 Maps

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Microsoft quick fix, not that easy!

On September 14, a security researcher discovered that the browser was vulnerable to a piece of malware known as “Poison Ivy.” This is called a, “zero-day exploit”. This happens when someone takes advantage of a security vulnerability on the same day that the vulnerability becomes generally known. There are zero days between the time the vulnerability is discovered and the first attack.
Microsoft is requesting those who use Internet Explorer versions 6 through 9 to download and deploy its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) as a temporary workaround, while they work to develop a permanent solution.
Microsoft has released a temporary fix for a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer. Many experts say the EMET is so complicated that most computer users would do better to switch to a different browser. Some popular browsers are Firefox, Chrome or Opera.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer ken d. For Writing Review of a Wilson SignalBoost DT Amplifier/Repeater Kit - 801247 [800/1900mhz]

Congrats to ken d. of harrow, Ontario who just won a $25.00 gift code for writing a review for Wilson SignalBoost DT Amplifier/Repeater Kit - 801247 [800/1900mhz] at! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like ken d.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from, we encourage you to log in and and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a gift code!.

this product was very easy to install and increased my reception form 1 bar to 4 bars. great product.

Verizon iPhone 5 will not support simultaneous Voice/Data

Despite initial speculation that Verizon’s iPhone 5 with 4G LTE would support simultaneous voice/data service Verizon has confirmed that it will not work. This is a shock to a lot of customers because most 4G LTE handsets on Verizon support voice of 3G and data over 4G LTE at the same time.

According to Verizon the limitation is caused from Apple integrating the CDMA/LTE radios into one chip, rather than two. Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokeswoman says “It was an Apple decision” and users will still be able to use simultaneous voice/data service as long as they’re on a WiFI connection. If you’re an AT&T user don’t worry the iPhone 5 will still support simultaneous voice/data just like previous generations. Let us know in the comments below if this will be a dealbreaker for you.

I Can't Live If Living Is Without You: Apps you Can't Live without

Almost every app company in the world are working towards one goal. Make your life easier. Whether it’s making you laugh, making your work more accessible, letting you show family and friends just how cute your dog is, helping you find a cheaper scarf, or where your new favorite place is they will climb over the dead carcasses of those that came before them to get your $.99.  Here are some of them that have done a better job climbing over the dead than others.

Combining Facebook and TomTom, Waze  has saved many from life sucking traffic jams and flashing blue and red lights. It uses real time info. from other users to tell you know where the knots in traffic are as well as giving you a crisp clean map along with shots of other users near you. It gives you alternate routes and stays constantly updated. That way you don’t look for that BandB that shut down two years ago but, for some reason, is still on the map. It’s simple, it’s cheap, and it gets you where you need to go. Can’t ask for much more.

Grouper is great way to keep your contacts separate so that you don’t have to scroll through your work contacts, friends, and family all while holding a coffee, yelling at your kids and driving sixty mph. I have known many who have said this is a life saver.  Yes, your phone has a basic version of this. But this one lets you pick the names of your folder, and doesn’t hide those that you don’t always need. This is another excellent way to compartmentalize your life, just like your feelings.

Now many would say you can only take my Safari from my cold dead hands but the reason I think Google is a great app to have is because you can do more that just surf the net. You can check your gmail with it, look up your work in the new Google Drive, use the maps whatever you want. It makes my world more available to me while I’m on the go without the high price of an IPad. So though it may not be as awesome to some as the Safari it’s still gets my vote for pure accessibility.

Pandora is the beginning and the end of app radio. Others come close but none seems to get past their simple interface, good music selection and giant library. While the skipping ability can get annoying it’s still better than a lot of stuff out there because it’s got the perfect amount of more without too much less. is the best app for what so many people need. Something to read while they're waiting to do something more interesting. With funny articles, and fun photoplasty that’ll put a smile on your face without giving anything away.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

German Court Says Motorola Mobility Infringed on Apple's Rubber Band Patent

Just one day after announcing the iPhone 5, Apple scored a major victory in Germany today when the regional Munich court agreed that Motorola Mobility (owned by Google) infringed on Apple's "rubber band" or "overscroll" patent. The "rubber band" functionality is something Apple and Android users are probably quite familiar with: it's that "bounce back" you see when you scroll down past the boundary on web pages, documents or photos on a touchscreen device. The ruling affects Adroid OS smartphones and tablets sold in Germany, including the Motorola Milestone XT720, the Motorola DEFY, the Motorola Atrix and Motorola XOOM.

Because of the ruling, Motorola is not allowed to utilize the patent in Germany. This effectively results in a ban in sales on all the devices that use the patent. Apple has also requested a recall of all the effected devices so that they can be destroyed to prevent them from ever being sold.

The decision is not yet final, though, and Motorola has an opportunity to appeal. The ruling today was a preliminary injunction, but Apple must pay a 25 million euros bond (about 32 million USD) to enforce it. Another option for Motorola would be to simply change the software they're using (like Samsung did last year to avoid a similar situation) and no longer use that patented technology.

This is the third time this year that Apple has won a patent-infringement case against Motorola in Germany; they won one over the slide-to-unlock patent and another over the photo gallery page-flipping patent. With these cases and the recent billion dollar Samsung verdict here in the US, it is clear that Apple is ready and willing to fight for their patent rights wherever necessary.

Our Relationship With Technology: A New Film Raises Some Questions

If you’re anything like me, new cutting edge movies (especially sci-fi) excite you just as much as new tech. So when I heard about an upcoming film about a man who falls in love with a machine, it immediately sparked interest.

Writer/Director Spike Jonze has married the two, so to speak, and taken things to a new level. Of course we’ve seen our share of androids with emotions in countless films, but I can’t think of any having to do with a talking computer (I think we can rule out Hal from the classic 2001, because let’s face it, that thing had no feelings).

Apple’s Siri comes to mind with Jonze’s new film ‘Her’. So far, IndieWire has the most information on the new film and lists this as the synopsis: “In the not-so-distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer, purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every need. To Theodore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.”

With technology ever growing, who’s to say this won’t be possible in the future? I’m sure we’ll have androids like the ones we’ve seen already before that, but what’s this say about us as a society? I think this film is going to raise, at least I hope, lots of questions regarding our relationships with technology. We should find out just how far is too far when the film comes out sometime next year.

FaceTime Won't Cost Extra with Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless today said that users of iOS 6 devices will be able to use the FaceTime feature over Verizon's cellular network without paying extra for it. The feature will be available to the iPhone 5 and other Apple devices as a part of their monthly data allotment..

FaceTime Won't Cost Extra with SPRINT

Sprint  announced info regarding the iPhone 5, including availability and price. Sprint reiterated that the iPhone 5 will continue to have access to truly unlimited data. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said, "We are proud to offer Truly Unlimited data to iPhone customers so they can enjoy everything iPhone 5 has to offer on our 4G LTE network." That includes FaceTime over cellular.