Friday, August 31, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Jason G. For Writing Review of a CradlePoint CTR35 Wireless N Portable Router Firmware 3.6.3

Congrats to Jason G. of Cleveland, Minnesota who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for CradlePoint CTR35 Wireless N Portable Router Firmware 3.6.3 at 3Gstore.com! 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 Jason G.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com 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 restaurant.com gift code!.

This is a great solution for taking your Verizon MiFi mobile hot spot and making it available to more devices than 4. I am using mine in my truck where I connect via wifi an IPod Touch, IPhone, IPad, a PC Laptop and an HP Printer. This device allows me to print wirelessly from each device, it expands the connection distance, and assigns individual IP addresses to each device and eliminates duplicate IP address errors. The only addition I would ask of this manufacturer is to have a battery back-up built in so you have the option of changing power sources without dropping the connection.


Shop the Labor Day Sale Now through Monday!



All the great 3Gstore products are on SALE and you get FREE shipping*?  It must be the 3Gstore Labor Day Sale!

Shop now for great deals on the Sleek 4G-V,  Surf On-The-Go, Remote Power Switch, routers, battery packs,antennas, amplifiers, repeaters and boosters, data cards and more!

*Free shipping offer: No coupon code necessary. Valid for orders over $50. Only valid for Ground service in the contiguous 48 states. Orders over $10,000 or over 50lbs are ineligible.

Sale: Enter coupon code LABOR at checkout to save 6% off your entire order! No restrictions or order limits. Limit one use per customer. Must use coupon code at checkout.

The Labor Day sale ends Monday 9/3/12 at 11:59pm CST — don't miss out!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Free Shipping + 6% Off at 3Gstore - Labor Day Sale!

This Labor Day weekend at 3Gstore, get FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50, and save 6% off your entire order by using coupon code LABOR at checkout.

Free shipping offer: No coupon code necessary. Valid for orders over $50. Only valid in the contiguous 48 states. Orders over $10,000 or over 50lbs are ineligible.

6% discount offer: Enter coupon code LABOR at checkout to save 6% off your entire order! No restrictions or order limits. Limit one use per customer. Must use coupon code at checkout.

The Labor Day sale ends Monday 9/3/12 at 11:59pm CST — don't miss out!

Shopping with Points at Amazon.com + 3GStore.com



Did you know that 3Gstore.com is part of Amazon.com?

  • Use your Credit card points you have racked up over the past months/years
  • One more way to take advantage of the Amazon Guarantee
  • No need to share your personal data with the merchant
  • Great way to really take advantage of our Sale that is fast approaching;-)
  • Amazon Points + 3Gstore sale = $avings

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Free iPhone 5


I got this text today to beta test a new iPhone 5.  Only the first 1000 users that reply get to test and keep the iPhone.

So, do you think someone really replied?  Really?  What a scam.

Add your Free iPhone 5 comments here



Sprint expands 4G LTE to four more cities



OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 29, 2012 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today introduced its 4G LTE high-speed data network to customers in Baltimore, Md., Gainesville, Ga., Manhattan/Junction City, Kan., and Sedalia, Mo. Additionally, Sprint customers in Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C., are beginning to enjoy the benefits of Sprint’s all-new 3G service – which is expected to deliver an exceptionally clear signal, better in-building coverage and fewer dropped/blocked calls.

Continue reading - More on Sprint 4G LTE launch 

Monday, August 27, 2012

New Nikon Camera Runs Android


Nikon has shortened the gap between camera phone and our digital point and shoot cameras. Coming in September, the $350 Coolpix S800c will now have access to the Android market. No cellular access, but WiFi is included. If no WiFi is available just tether it to your smartphone or tablet! Now, you’ll be able to take photos with your higher quality digital camera and upload them straight to your favorite social media site. In addition, the camera also has access to regular smartphone apps like email, internet, games, etc. The camera is complete with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, 10X zoom, 1080p video capability, includes GPS and maps for tagging images with locations, and is running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Just about the only thing this camera is missing is the ability to make phone calls!

Are you a Square?- The merits of a mobile card reader

Being a small business owner is a lot like being a contestant in the Hunger Games. You feel like you’re in constant peril, all alone and your second book was not as interesting as the first. The last one may not be true but the other two kind of are. With the economy still in a severe slump and businesses that seemed like a great idea at the time (I’m looking at you Virgin Mega Stores) are crumbling under the weight of the no longer interested. The question then is what are some of the things that keep you ahead of the poisonous darts of bankruptcy and/or a lifetime of shame?

Mobility, in both small business and The Hunger Games is very important. Being available for the customer whenever wherever is edge that can make the difference between a lifelong customer and a grouponer. Mobility along with ease of access is a two pronged attack against becoming a worthless bum who once owned a thing. So how do you combine those things? You combine them, in the form of the mobile card reader.

If you have a smartphone/tablet you simply plug it into your phone and you can swipe debit/credit cards that then deposit directly into your account. The most popular mobile card reader is Square. Which funnily enough is a white square about the size of the keychain that plugs into the headphone jack of your device. The app downloaded gratis, from the company. The app does the rest.  They charge 2.75% a swipe for the privilege of using their service. But they are looking at just charging a monthly fee to customers so that those with small prices but high credit card volume can get in on the show as well.

This is the current hot ticket in the tech world that doesn’t create smartphones. Tons of companies are out there with different versions of this device. Even Paypal already came out with a triangle version of square. But they are not yet as popular due to the fact that many think that Paypal is the devil incarnate. But the big question is it worth it? Yea, the idea of it is great, but if it just gathers dust in the bottom of your bag it’s not much of innovation for your business.

The biggest positive to something like this is that you are ready for any kind of customer. If the little old lady that you spent two hours fixing her internet connection says that she can’t find her check book you can then whip out your card reader and direct her debit card towards it. A person calls and says he loved your jelly from the county fair two months ago you can easily look it up and send him ten crates without getting all his info again.

Another thing to think about is that you never know when you are going to meet your next customer. While meeting friends for coffee someone could mention that they have a job that they just can’t seem to get started. You offer your services, you have pricing and the ability to put their name on the dotted line right there instead of hoping they’ll call next week. Even though you let them eat your delicious pastry.

The negatives come from lack of use and the price of innovation. The percentages on each use will rack up every time you use it. So some profits will be eaten up by cost of using the service. For example every $10 swipe you lose $0.27. Add that up over a day and you have gotten $100 of profit and $2.70 of loss. Not a ton of loss but it does add up. Especially if you’re something like a coffee shop with people only wanting to spend $2.00 and pay with a credit card. That’s going to start to hurt. But not having it is a bit like being an armless zombie in The Walking Dead. You’re still gonna get fed but not before those with appendages. This is a fast moving innovation and they are working hard to make it almost completely free so the pros seem to outweigh the cons. This is a big way to help keep a business afloat as long as the risk is worth the reward for your company.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Jury Awards Apple 1.05 billion

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Apple wins! 

Samsung must pay Apple $1,051,855,000 in damages, the jury determined. The damages, by device, are as follows:
  • $57 million for the Samsung Prevail
  • $44,792,974 for the Infused 4G
  • $53,123,612 for the Mesmerize
  • $3,350,256 for the Replenish
  • $954,060 for the Transform
What do you think? Add your comments

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

Congrats to David D. of Volcano, Hawaii who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.6.3 at 3Gstore.com! 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 David D.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com 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 restaurant.com gift code!.

After ordering previously through 3G Store, I chose 3G as source for a replacement router. Our MBR95 performed very well and I have enjoyed excellent tech. support and customer service from both Cradlepoint and 3G Store. Cradlepoint staff have demonstrated commitment to customer satisfaction by prompt response to emails, answering tech. questions, and processing a warranty issue flawlessly. I highly recommend Cradlepoint products.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

AT&T 4G HSPA+ vs True 4G LTE: What Do You Have?

Since different cellular networks use different frequencies and not all antennas and amplifiers cover the same frequencies, one of the very first questions we ask customers when they contact us for help choosing a signal boosting product is "which network do you need to boost signal to?"

Unfortunately, AT&T has made things very confusing for their customers by having two "4G" networks. If you have an AT&T wireless phone, modem, or hotspot, you might have noticed that some of their devices claim to be "4G-capable" while others say "4G LTE," or you may have seen different commercials using various terms to describe their 4G network. If it seems confusing, you're not alone - it definitely is confusing!

Here's the breakdown on AT&T's "4G" network versus their "4G LTE" network:

When AT&T refers to "4G" they are talking about their HSPA+ network, which is not truly 4G. AT&T's 4G HSPA+ network is essentially just a souped-up version of their 3G network. It is faster than 3G, but it's not technically 4G and it uses the same frequencies as their 3G network (800/1900mhz). If you have an AT&T phone or hotspot and you see a "4G" icon by your signal bars, you are connected to the HSPA+ network. For example, AT&T iPhone 4S users will see a 4G indicator when they're in an HSPA+ coverage area:


4G LTE, on the other hand, is a true 4G (fourth generation) mobile broadband technology. It is a brand new network that AT&T is currently in the process of deploying; it's not available in nearly as many locations as 3G or HSPA+, and there are only a few devices that are LTE-capable so far. LTE is MUCH faster than 3G or 4G HSPA+, and it uses a different frequency: 700mhz.

If you're shopping for a 4G antenna or amplifier for your AT&T device, it's very important that you confirm whether you're using 4G HSPA+ or 4G LTE, so you can make sure you're buying a compatible signal booster. Luckily, AT&T does display the network you're connected to on any device - for example, the Elevate hotspot below is connected to 4G LTE (you can see the "4G LTE" icon next to the signal bars in the upper left corner; if you were connected to 4G HSPA+ it would just say "4G"):



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Switching from AT&T to Verizon When iPhone 5 Arrives...

Wondering how many iPhone users on AT&T are going to be switching to Verizon once the iPhone 5 (or 'The New iPhone') arrives in September 2012?    Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Switch from AT&T to Verizon when the iPhone 5 is released:

#10 Verizon LTE Network HUGE compared to AT&T 4G LTE

#9 AT&T tried to confuse everyone by calling their HSPA+ network 4G, when it really isn't.

#8 AT&T successfully got Apple to label the iPhone 4S as "4G" after the last update when it really isn't

#7 AT&T is going to NOT include FaceTime over Cellular for all their customers (Hint: FCC might consider this illegal and clamp down)

#6 AT&T voice quality sucks.  Really tired of dropped calls.

#5 Simultaneous voice/data will be possible with 4G LTE iPhone, right not only AT&T iPhone 3G/4/4S can claim this (Hint, you will need to be in a 4G LTE area for this to work, as data goes over 700 mhz and voice over 800/1900).

#4 Stuck with AT&T years ago when they were the exclusive one

#3 Even Verizon iPhone can do international roaming - used to be only AT&T GSM phones would only support this.

#2 AT&T is usually first to charge more for features (can you say tethering)

And the #1 Reason (worth repeating):  Verizon LTE Network HUGE compared to AT&T 4G LTE


Google Docs: The Librarian

In an earlier post, we introduced a series about how 3Gstore uses Google Docs to collaborate between employees spread across the country.  Welcome back for the second installment!  This time we’ll get into some of the basic features that make this such a great library tool.

We have a lot of information that we need to share with our staff.  But having access is not the only key factor.  What good is a document if it’s out of date?  Sharing a doc among the people that need it reduces the hassle of emailing the attachment, hoping everyone opened/read/retained the latest version, and re-sending as changes occur.  In Google Docs, it’s easy to keep one document current, in one location that everyone can find easily.  People can even see changes in real-time, which makes it great for brainstorming or completing tasks for a project, especially when our staff is nowhere near each other physically.

One of the easiest things about Google Docs is actually getting a doc into the cloud.  It allows us to upload almost any kind of file including entire folders.  We can create new items of various kinds, from documents to spreadsheets to presentations and more.  Then of course we can share (or not) as needed.

A storage system wouldn’t be much good without a way to easily retrieve what’s in it.  It goes without saying that Google Docs has robust search capabilities, similar to what you can do in Gmail.  There are some other creature comforts as well.  “Star” your favorite/most used docs.  Create folders for similar docs.  Easily see when a doc was last modified.  The list goes on and on.

The good news?  Google Docs comes with 5GB free storage (on top of the tons available through Gmail).  The better news?  For very low monthly fees, you can increase that storage, making it a valuable addition for businesses, organizations, or groups of any kind (hello, rec leagues, fundraisers, reunion committees, and study groups!)  Get more details here, and keep your eyes on the blog for more real-world applications!

AT&T requires shared data plan for FaceTime use



Have you been anxiously awaiting the latest gen iPhone 5 to release in September? AT&T has recently announced that subscribers must sign up for a data-sharing plan if you want to use FaceTime video over their cellular network. This means if you’re on an older grandfathered unlimited account you will not be able to use FaceTime over the cellular network, unless you jailbreak your device.

However, regardless of the plan selected customers will still be able to enjoy FaceTime over WiFi. According to Apple spokesman Mark Siegel AT&T has said “AT&T will offer FaceTime over cellular as an added benefit of our new Mobile Share data plans.” Let us know in the comments below if you feel this move violates Net Neutrality since FaceTime is just data anyway you look at it. 

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Roy S. For Writing Review of a Wilson Outdoor Weatherproof Directional Panel Antenna - 304453/301157 (Cables Sold Separately)

Congrats to Roy S. of Cowpens, South Carolina who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Wilson Outdoor Weatherproof Directional Panel Antenna - 304453/301157 (Cables Sold Separately) at 3Gstore.com! 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 Roy S.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com 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 restaurant.com gift code!.

When I bought this antenna, I lived 4 miles from the closest 4G tower and without an antenna, my dbm was around 86 and my 4G speed was very slow, about the same as a 3G speed. But when I hooked up this antenna, my speed increased by a factor of 4 but the dbm remained about the same, but I think the reason for this is because my house is L shaped and my house was blocking the path of the signal, plus I had the antenna indoors. So the antenna was definitely worth the money at the time. But as it turned out, Verizon finally turned on a tower closer to my house with 4G, about 1/2 mile away, so now I do not need the antenna. As a matter of fact, using this antenna when the tower is close by will not make any difference. So, even though I do not need this antenna anymore, I am not sorry I bought it because it helped when I needed it.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

AT&T disabling texting for teens?


       Texting while driving is very dangerous and we see accidents caused by it everyday. If caught texting while driving, you will receive a pretty large ticket.  Most parents want to trust that their kids are following the law, however we all know kids don’t always listen.     
       AT&T is currently working on an app that will let parents disable texting, calling, and even internet access on their child's phone remotely.  The app could also send parents alerts if their kids are driving too fast or dangerously, keeping a log of potentially reckless activity so that they can be gone over once the child returns home.   
      They don’t know yet how it will determine if the child is actually the one driving or simply a passenger in the car. Parents are worried if they remotely shut it off, children will not be able to be used in the event the child is involved in an accident. As of right now the app is just in the works, but we think the issue will be solved when the app is ready to launch. Hopefully other carriers will follow in AT&T’s plan to help save lives. Remember stay alive...don't text and drive!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Verizon Tethering: Now a Right not just a Privilege

The world of litigation has been kept in cigars and monocles by wireless companies. These mighty gladiators of the tort promise results for these companies that keep them in their $1500 lunch billables. But recently the paper pushers had the paper pushed down their throats instead of the other way around. It seems like a small victory, but it has the wireless world abuzz as to what it means and how it will affect the way all of it will move forward. Because the US government finally said no to someone.  Which if you’ve watched the news lately, they don’t do a lot.

Verizon Wireless is at the center of this hurricane. Verizon Wireless agreed when the government sold them their new bandwidth that they would allow users to use the bandwidth however they pleased. They could use it for their tablets, phones, refrigerators whatever they wanted. Verizon had no problem at first, but then they realized that some people were using their wireless devices as WiFi hotspots for their other devices. Without paying the extra $20  for it!


That could equal a couple thousand dollars for this multi-billion dollar company. This would not stand, so they sent in their lawyers who charged millions to get people to stop “tethering” their devices.  I’m sure this all made sense at the time. But when it finally reached the highest court Verizon’s lawyers valiantly fought the FCC. Until they finally conceded that, yes, they did agree to let people do whatever they wanted with the bandwidth. 

So they gave the US Treasury 1.25 million dollars and told Google they could go letting people do that thing that only .02% of the population knows how to do anyway. So the big question is, why does anyone care?  Probably thing that is most important is that the government is starting to crack the whip on wireless companies. Wireless companies are still continuing grow so they are job creators, even if most of those jobs are in China.

So when the gov’t doesn’t give them exactly what they want they may take their ball and go home. But the gov’t told them no anyway. Verizon agreed to certain things when they bought the bandwidth and now they have to abide by them. And shockingly Verizon didn’t take their ball and go home, cause there’s nowhere else to go.

But what does having the ability to tether actually mean to you as a consumer? Not really that much. If you have an Iphone it means nothing, if you have any other kind of smartphone you can download a tethering app and use it for your other devices, which is cool. How great the wifi is just from your phone? Probably not great. But now you have the ability to do it, whether Verizon likes it or not. Which is also kind of cool, until they find a way around it.

Verizon LTE Lights Up 75% of the Market Aug. 16th


Verizon Wireless plans to light up LTE 4G in 34 new markets on August 16, Bringing the total number of markets covered with LTE to 371. Verizon is also expanded the reach of its LTE network in 38 existing markets. The new markets and expansion in existing market coverage means Verizon's LTE 4G network will cover 75% of the U.S. population.
View New City Coverage Areas and when your ready to purchase.  Buy with confidence at 3GStore.com

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Virtual View of Mars!



Times have certainly changed from the days of the moon landing, when we were privy to live footage on our TVs. Now, with the obvious progression of technology, we can take a virtual tour in space just by going on the internet. With NASA’s Curiosity rover, and Panographer Andrew Bodrov, we have the privilege of seeing what the rover sees on Mars. Bodrov stitched together photographs sent from the rover and created a very detailed 360 degree view of the Mars surface. You can zoom in and out, as well as rotate left and right. Let’s just hope they’re not on Verizon’s 5GB plan because I’m sure the overage charges will kill their budget!

Receiving orders




Online retailers have made shopping a breeze.
No more driving, parking lot fiasco, or check out lines.
Now our orders are shipped right to our door, and the transit time is always up to the purchaser.

When ordering items online, there are a few hints to make receiving the purchase more enjoyable than it already is.

  • use a proper address
  • note additional delivery instructions
  • determine the transit time needed
  • double check the order acknowledgment
  • check all entrances for packages
  • know the tracking number.

If you receive more than one order number,  tracking number, or if there is any question after you receive the order confirmation, contact the retailer right away.

Upon receipt open and check the contents. Any issues should be reported to the retailer immediately.

iPhone 5 pre-orders start September 12



Late last month iMore found out Apple planned a special event for September 12, 2012 and there is now speculation that pre-orders will begin on the same date. The latest iPhone will support 4G LTE on Verizon and AT&T, while it’s still unknown if a Sprint LTE version exists. After the iPhone 5 announcement the planned release of the device will be on September 21, just 9 days after the rumored pre-order date. Carriers like AT&T are already letting employees know not to make any plans for September through October due to the launch of Apple’s new iPhone. The latest gen iPhone is rumored to come with a larger 4” screen and 16:9 display type.

What Apple Should Do if they are Awarded 2.5 billion


The Apple vs. Samsung trial is around 1/2 way done and now it is time for Samsung to make their case.  Many have thought that Apple had presented a good case.  So, if they should win 2.5 billion in damages, what should Apple do with the money?  They already have a ton of money in the bank, adding another 2.5 billion isn't going to really help them too much.  Since, one of the claims is that customers who bought a Samsung thought they were buying an iPad, I have a great idea for the 2.5 billion.

Deposit the 2.5 billion in a new account and offer anyone that purchased a Galaxy phone or Tablet the ability to send in their device and get a free iPhone or iPad.  No strings attached, no gimmicks..  After Apple receives the Galaxy, they send them a like iOS device and from an accounting point of view, just deduct the charge from the bank account.

Based on my math of using a value of $600, Apple should be able to replace 4.1 million Galaxy devices with the 2.5 billion.

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Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE hits Sprint August 19th

 
Offering a device packed with features to provide the ideal work-life balance, Sprint (NYSE: S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, today announced the Sunday, Aug. 19, availability of the first 4G LTE-enabled smartphone from Sprint with a full QWERTY keyboard and international roaming capabilities, Motorola PHOTON™ Q™ 4G LTE. Motorola PHOTON Q will cost $199.99 (excludes taxes) with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.

Combined with a large 4.3-inch ColorBoost™ display, Motorola PHOTON Q offers the largest screen currently available on a 4G LTE smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. Its 8-megapiexal rear-facing camera with 1080p capture and playback along with an HD front-facing camera produce a high-quality multimedia experience that provides the perfect blend of business and pleasure with blazing speed on the Sprint 4G LTE network2.

Continue reading - More about the Sprint Photon Q 4G LTE

Monday, August 13, 2012

Happy Birthday HyperCard



This past weekend was a birthday for us old-timers.  HyperCard has a 25th birthday!  If you remember that great application from Apple, you are probably over 40.  HyperCard has great meaning to me.  It was my first endeavor into creating commercial software (but not my last).  In 1989, I was doing network consulting for Citibank in Chicago.  Part of my job was to make sure that there 200+ Macs were up to date and current.  I spent many weekends getting computers updated, I even employed a friend to help me get things done.  It was important work, but I thought, that there must be a better way to do this.  Using HyperCard, I created a “stack” that I called “NetUpdater”.  NetUpdater was set to launch as a startup application on all the Macs and it would check in with a server for any directions to follow.  If I needed to update a document or application, now I can do it in minutes vs. hours or days by just creating directions on the server for the 200+ Macs to follow.

Some people at our local Apple office heard about it and came in for a demo and they encouraged me to sell it, as it could save so much time for network administrator with lots of Macs.  So, I did exactly that and
NetUpdater was born.

I started getting traction, so I decided to try to get some big shots at Apple interested in this and I was able to contact Jean-Loius Gassée  (#3 at Apple at the time) and told him about what I had created.  He wanted to meet with me, so I could give him a demo.  He picked a coffee shop on a Sunday to meet.  Since, I was in Chicago, I purchased a plane ticket and made a hotel reservation.  I was more then excited - perhaps Apple would purchase this application and make it an Apple one.  Two days before my meeting with Gassée, his secretary called me and told me that he would have to cancel.  I tried rescheduling an appointment for a month, but decided becoming a stalker wasn’t a good idea - so I stopped.  I wonder what could have been...

Anyways, happy birthday HyperCard - I had great memories with you!

Michael Ginsberg
President, 3Gstore.com

Friday, August 10, 2012

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

Congrats to Jim S. of Montello, Wisconsin who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 3.6.3 at 3Gstore.com! 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 Jim S.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com 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 restaurant.com gift code!.

I tried a different router that I could not get set up no matter what I did. I ordered the Cradlepoint and had it up and running in 5 minutes. Works perfect for my US Cellular aircard.


Brick and Mortar vs. Keyboard and Monitor

When it comes to shopping people are now faced with an almost impossible question. Get it from the store, or get it online? Even your most basic items, milk, bread, Xbox 360 controllers, are now available through a point and a click. The nice grocery person comes and drops off your supplies while you continue to crush (virtual) rebel scum.  But at what point do you need to stand in front of something, feel it, hold it, caress it, get told to stop caressing it? Where should the line be? Is it your big purchases? Purchases you’re planning on ingesting? Or is it like pornography, do you know it when you see it?

Everything media related there is no reason to go out and get it at all. Books,movies, music, the internet shops give you about fifty more options in both what you can get and pricing so that there is no point in venturing out into the wilderness. Just ask Borders. Anything that does not need to be used for any kind of physical activity, unlike say, you’re lawnmower, can and usually is purchased online. Also not available in the store is the comments sections underneath any item you're interested in. And if you have any questions they are answered by a chat window, or the specs underneath.
Online stores with a niche focus are the experts that you want to but can never seem to find in a blue shirt at the store.

 So heading to a brick and mortar store for those items seems kind of pointless.Most people would say that large purchases need to be seen up close. Cars, houses, boats, hot air balloons, before buying the purchaser must physically see it and analyze whether it is worth money. Computers do play a part, they are integral to the research that people do to make sure they get the best price, get all the extras they want, and give them a base haggle position. But if you look at it on paper it’s not really necessary.

You can find a used car or have a car built to your specifications online. If you get the car’s carfax, you know that the dealer can’t screw you over, so why go in? After you’ve dropped a few thousand the dealership will be happy to drive the car to your driveway and make the guy who made the least sales that month walk back. So even the old standbys it’s difficult to rationalize a reason to leave your house.

The other thing that most people expect you to do is go out and buy groceries. Why? Peapod is available in tons of places, and those that aren’t can cheat a little bit with using the internet to pick out what they want and then pick it up at the store. Thanks to the litigious nature of our country, it is very unlikely that anything is tainted. Because that is something that could cause them to be sued so hard, that someone could be given the fillings out the CEO’s teeth as recompense.

So what are the brick and mortars to do? Well they’ve slowly come to realize that the experience is what makes people want to come in. On paper you have no reason to go outside except for work, and for some of us not even then.  But as humans we still crave silly things like sunlight, and human companionship. That’s why movie theaters, which people were sure are going to be obsolete in five years continue to make money. Less than money than they want to, but if you look at it they shouldn’t be making any.

But the idea to meet up with people and sit in the dark for a while and complain about how bad it was afterwards are still around. And movie theaters have been smart in moving towards making it an overall experience. They offer dinner, fun stuff during and after the show to keep people from just staying home. So brick and mortar may not be dead, but that may just be the sheer will of human nature and not so much because it is the best option.

T-Mobile USA Q2 2012 results




BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--T-Mobile USA, Inc. today reported second quarter 2012 results. In the second quarter of 2012, T-Mobile USA reported adjusted OIBDA of $1.34 billion, up 4.8% from $1.28 billion reported in the second quarter of 2011. Net customer losses were 205,000 in the second quarter of 2012, compared to 50,000 net customer losses in the second quarter of 2011.

"In the second quarter T-Mobile USA started the implementation of key initiatives, such as network modernization, which will improve its competitiveness going forward"

"In the second quarter, T-Mobile USA continued to show considerable progress in a number of key areas delivering solid adjusted OIBDA growth. While we reported encouraging branded contract and branded prepaid churn improvements in the quarter, we remain focused on customer loyalty as we continue to execute against our strategy," said Jim Alling, Interim CEO and President of T-Mobile USA. "Looking ahead, T-Mobile USA will continue to invest in a number of key areas including the modernization of our network as we pave the way for LTE service in 2013, retail expansion, as well as an increased investment in promoting our brand."

"In the second quarter T-Mobile USA started the implementation of key initiatives, such as network modernization, which will improve its competitiveness going forward," said René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom

Summary:
  • Adjusted OIBDA increased 4.8% year-on-year to $1.3 billion in the second quarter of 2012
  • Adjusted OIBDA margin improved 3 percentage points year-on-year to 31% in the second quarter of 2012
  • Total service revenues of $4.4 billion in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $4.4 billion in the first quarter of 2012 and $4.6 billion in the second quarter of 2011, a decrease of 5.2% year-on-year
  • Branded contract churn of 2.10% in the second quarter of 2012; 40 bps decrease quarter-over-quarter and 50 bps decrease year-on-year
  • Net customer losses of 205,000 in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 50,000 net customer losses in the second quarter of 2011
  • Branded contract net customer losses of 557,000 in the second quarter of 2012, compared to 510,000 branded contract net customer losses in the first quarter of 2012 and 536,000 branded contract net customer losses in the second quarter of 2011
  • Strong branded prepaid net customer additions of 227,000 in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 71,000 branded prepaid net customer losses in the second quarter of 2011 and branded prepaid net customer additions of 249,000 in the first quarter of 2012
  • Branded contract ARPU increased slightly year-on-year to $57.35 in the second quarter of 2012
  • Branded contract data ARPU increased 14.6% year-on-year to $19.16 in the second quarter of 2012
  • Branded prepaid ARPU increased 13.6% year-on-year to $26.81 in the second quarter of 2012
  • 3G/4G smartphones sold increased 31% year-on-year to 2.1 million in the second quarter of 2012
  • Solid progress on key strategic initiatives, including plans to expand network coverage and rollout LTE service in 2013

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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Metro PCS Launches VoLTE


MetroPCS today announced that it has become the first carrier in the world to launch Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service, and started selling the world's first commercially-available VoLTE phone. All previous 4G LTE phones must rely on 3G or 2G networks for voice calls, requiring two overlapping networks for full service, one for voice and one for data. The launch of VoLTE permits 4G-only voice and data, paving the way for the eventual sunset of 2G and 3G networks. In MetroPCS' case, it will allow the company to shut down its CDMA network sooner. LTE is more efficient than CDMA, and running two networks adds its own inefficiencies.

Therefore an accelerated move to 4G LTE-only service will allow MetroPCS to make better use of its licensed radio spectrum.

Pepwave Max BR1





The need for reliable cellular connectivity is growing everyday in M2M (Machine to Machine), Telemetry, POS and travel industries. Coming soon is the new Pepwave Max BR1 unit, which will feature embedded 4G LTE, or a 3G embedded modem that supports virtually all cellular types (see below for full support). For large deployments this means you’ll no longer need to worry about which provider has the best coverage in an area, if you find Verizon isn’t working well a quick phone call and your Max BR1 can be activated on AT&T!

Specifications:
  • 4G LTE
  • 3G supporting GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/CDMA/1xRtt/EVDO
  • Captive Portal - Create custom login screens for retail applications
  • Bandwidth usage monitoring
  • FusionHub Central Management
  • IPSec VPN
  • QoS for Voip and E-Commerce
  • Terminal Block - Directly wire to battery for mobile applications
  • Built in GPS
  • Automatic Failover
  • 1 WAN port and 2 LAN ports
  • 802.11n WiFi AP
Stay tuned for a full in depth review of the new Pepwave Max BR1 unit. We will update this with a specific ETA for release and if you’d like more information please use this form to contact us - Click: Contact for more info on the Pepwave Max BR1



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Apple vs. Samsung

Samsung claims they are NOT copying Apple.  In this Conan O'Brien comedy spoof, you can clearly see that Samsung is not copying Apple :)



Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Google Docs: The Intro



Like many people, I’ve been a Gmail person forever.  It wasn’t until I started working at 3Gstore over 2 years ago that I realized just how much Google Apps (now the newly launched Google Drive) actually offer users, and what an easy, practically maintenance-free collaboration tool they provide.  

We have employees all over the country so we use Google Docs constantly to allow our people to work together, regardless of location.  Since it is cloud-based, it doesn’t matter which operating system, browser or version of a program anyone is using.  It also doesn’t require a flurry of emails back and forth with attachments to collaborate on a newsletter or project.  We don’t have to worry that someone might be working off an old version due to missing a message.  We also avoid having several people duplicating efforts on the same project as you can see who is currently in the doc and get near real-time changes as they happen!

Even our customers use Google Docs!  Want to sign up for notification when the next hot product is released, like the Sleek 4G-A amplifier for AT&T?  Fill in the fields and it populates our database on the back end so we can easily send out notifications when we have updates!

One of the features I really like is that I can control who has access to the doc and change that as the project evolves.  For example, I can sketch out a quick outline for a system enhancement, share it with one or two other people to get some initial feedback, polish the proposal and then send it up the flagpole for approval just by inviting more people to have access to it.  Oh what I wouldn’t have given for this in previous jobs when everyone that would ever touch a project was looped-in on every minor detail, regardless of whether or not they needed (or wanted) to be.  Everyone with access has the ability to see previous versions so people can see how things came to be, but those that only want the finished product are spared the minutiae of the development process.

There is of course a figurative cloud to this silver lining (yes, pun intended).  But I’ll save that for another post.  Keep your eyes on the blog to find out more about how 3Gstore manages the challenges, and more importantly, thrives by using Google Docs!

AT&T Strike - 20,000 workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut





Earlier today AT&T confirmed to Reuters that 20,000 of their wireline employees are now striking in California, Nevada and Connecticut. Employees in the south east region are unaffected after AT&T struck a three year tentative agreement with the CWA to prevent further strikes. Their workforce consists of 256,000 employees and they’re looking for ways to cut costs on the wireline portion that has declined rapidly over the last few years. AT&T says that a deal still needs to be ratified by a union vote that would provide a wage increase and “modest” pension increase over a three year span for employees.

Update 1:

AT&T statement “On July 21 AT&T reached tentative agreements in the Midwest Region and AT&T Corp, covering nearly 18,000 wireline employees. The New York Times noted that the CWA “applauded the agreements, saying they did not contain the deep concessions many American companies are demanding.” And AT&T Midwest on July 13 announced that it has reached an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on a one-year contract extension covering nearly 7,000 wireline employees in the Midwest region.”

AT&T shared data plans arrive August 23



Last month AT&T announced shared family data plans shortly after Verizon announced their new shared packages. The plans are similar to Verizon’s offerings including a $15 per GB overage fee and network fees depending on device type. However, AT&T users can still keep their grandfathered unlimited accounts when doing a subsidy upgrade, while Verizon users must purchase devices off contract if they want to maintain an unlimited account (Grandfathered customers only).

Users pay $45 per smartphone (special discounts apply on large data pools), $30 per standard phone, $20 per laptop and $10 per tablet just to attach to the network. Customers then need to choose the data pool that includes 1, 4, 6, 10, 15 or 20 gigabytes at $40, $70, $90, $120, $160, and $200 respectively. According to AT&T’s blog post customers can expect to see the new plans available on August 23.