Friday, November 30, 2012

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

Congrats to Timothy T. of Attica, New York 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 Timothy T.\'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 spent a few hours on-line searching for a solution to the problem of using my Verizon Jetpack WiFi as WAN. I needed internet access integrated into my LAN so I could set up a SONOS music system in my house. Then I came across the 3G Store's tutorial on youtube. My local computer store told me this could not be done. I ordered the MRB95 and it shipped the same day. I received the router 2 days later, installed it using the 3G Store instructions, and solved the problem using the router's advanced settings. I only have average compter skills. Thank you so much!!


What's the Difference Between a Cellular Amplifier/Repeater and a Microcell/Network Extender?


left: Cellphone-Mate SOHO amplifier kit; right: Verizon Network Extender


If you're searching for options to improve weak signal for your cell phones or 3G or 4G modems, you'll quickly discover that there are two types of options available: Microcells or "Network Extenders" offered by your service provider and cellular amplifiers made by companies like Wilson Electronics and Cellphone-Mate. If you're like most people, at this point in your research you start wondering what the heck the difference is between the two!

It's important to understand that Microcells/Network Extenders are NOT the same as cellular amplifiers — they work completely differently and each is appropriate for different types of situations. Microcells and Network Extenders are sold by cellular providers, and they solve the problem of weak cellular signal by using your home internet connection instead — they don't actually improve the actual cellular signal, it simply allows your cell phones to route their traffic over your internet connection.  Cellular amplifiers, on the other hand, actually draw in signal from the cell tower(s) and boost it, resulting in improved performance on your cellular devices. Below are more details on the advantages and disadvantages to each option:

MICROCELL/NETWORK EXTENDER:

PROs:
  • Easy to install (no need to run cables or mount antennas outside)
  • Fairly inexpensive
CONS:
  • Uses your home cable or DSL internet — if you don't have high-speed cable or DSL, you can immediately disregard a Microcell or Network Extender as a potential option!
  • Must be purchased directly from your provider (and not all providers offer one)
  • Only helps with phones from that provider (e.g. if you have an AT&T Microcell for your AT&T iPhones and a friend comes over with a Verizon phone, his Verizon signal is not going to be affected by your Microcell)
  • Your phones must be within 40' of the unit to benefit from it, and this cannot be extended (if you want to cover more area, you have to purchase additional units from your provider)
CELLULAR AMPLIFIER/REPEATER:

PROs:
  • Boosts the cellular signal itself — has nothing to do with your home internet connection
  • Lots of options for virtually every situation (mobile, small building, large building, etc). Need to boost the signal throughout a large home or office? No problem! Want something you can take with you from your vehicle to your office? There are options for that, too! And everything in between!
  • Options available that can help with multiple networks instead of just one, so you can boost signal to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc all with one setup
CONs:
  • Effectiveness is limited by the signal situation at the location — there must be some signal nearby for the amplifier to boost; amplifiers cannot "create" cellular signal where there is none
  • Some installation is typically required, often including mounting an antenna outside and running cables inside
  • Most amplifiers are more expensive than Microcells/Network Extenders
The very first step we recommend taking when you're looking for a solution for a weak signal issue is to think about what exactly you are hoping to accomplish. Are you hoping to improve the signal just for one phone, or do you have a bunch of devices that need help (and if so, are they all from the same provider?)? What type of signal(s) do you need help with (e.g. Verizon 3G signal, Sprint voice signal, AT&T 4G signal, whatever)? Are you looking for something just for one location, or for taking with you in your RV/car/truck/etc? How large of an area are you hoping to provide boosted signal to?

With that information, you can then begin to narrow down your options. 3Gstore will be happy to help you determine what will work best for you — once you've thought about what you're hoping to accomplish, contact us and we'll guide you to the right solution!

iDen customers face $10 fee unless they move to Sprint



Sprint is working on their Network Vision plan and in order to expedite the process they’ve developed a new strategy to get people off the older iDen network. If you use an iDen phone you want to contact Sprint to upgrade to a new device, or you’ll face a $10 fee to stay on the iDen network until it officially closes in June of 2013. Customers that migrate over now are being offered a variety of very attractive device offers and can get rate packages similar to what they currently pay on the iDen network. After the iDen network is officially shut down Sprint plans to use that 800Mhz to help deploy 4G LTE coverage, which is currently available in 43 markets.

Still using iDen? Order a Sprint 3G/4G Modem

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sprint In-Car Velocity Broadband



Earlier this week Sprint unveiled their new Velocity in-car broadband service at the Los Angeles Auto Show. By adding broadband capability to vehicles they plan to provide drivers with entertainment, navigation, security and safety features. The first car manufacture to pick this system up is Chrysler, where you’ll find the UConnect system featured on the Ram pickup truck and Dodge Viper. According to the director of global wholesale and solutions, Tom Nelson say “Sprint Velocity is a whole new platform we built specifically for the automobile industry.” It will be tough to say how successful this platform will be as many users already have multiple Internet enabled devices, or simply use a portable 4G LTE router to share connectivity with all their devices for one fee.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Do you Wanna Touch? Should Your Phone Touch Other Phones

Recently the world has been inundated by ads talking about how the new Samsung phones can touch each other and share photos, videos, and music. The one with the guys in front of the Apple store making nerds drool with jealousy, the one with the dad getting a naughty video from his wife just as he’s about to leave for the airport. The ad agency deserves top stars for funny commercials, but touching phones, is that something that anyone really does?

People sending what I’ll put down as files, for continuity sake, to each other has never really been a big issue. Downloading things to your phone or tablet is not really something people do. I would much rather see the picture on my Facebook page rather than download it. Same is true of playlists that I have been “gifted”. Often by friends who like the kind of music that causes epileptic fits.  Facebook can show you playlist for you to listen to without really much of a fuss. But maybe the reason that this does not cause a blip on the radar for me and my friends is because, we're not the demo they are looking for.

Say you're a millennial and you and your friends all decide to go to the Oates and Garfunkel show.  You are going to have your heads in your phones, only discussing the upcoming show through Facebook rather than actually physically interacting. Cause WebMD said interacting can cause acne. So how can you show them your cool new cat video unless you touch each other’s phones?  But this seems also to have little grounding in reality.

Because these are kids who have grown up tethered to technology. The actually understand Reddit, and have never paid for music in their lives.  Touching phones would slow down their eco-powered rocket cars on the super information highway. Champions of the Samsung say that they use it to share stuff right away with the people that they are with, giving them a cool thing they can do with each other. Also large files that cannot be done through email are now available through this new feature.  But this a sliver of the population. Who are unlikely to turn Samsung into the new Bo Burnham (look it up, he’s a thing).  

So does this mean that the new Samsung phones will go the way of the Zune? That’s kind of what it looks like. They main tenant of innovation is to make something that was cumbersome simple. Peanut butter and jelly into one container, letting your friends know what you were up to without having to actually hang out with them, driving to an address that you’ve never been to and not ending up in the wrong state. But sharing files since the introduction of cloud tech has pretty much been solved until someone finds a way to directly input things into our brains. And once Apple figures that out I think were pretty much done.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sprint 4G LTE Lights Up in 11 New Cities and Counties in Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia





OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 26, 2012 - Today, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced that it is delivering the speed, power and value of its all-new 4G LTE network to customers in 11 new cities/counties, including Harrisburg, Pa., South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind., Muncie, Ind., Peabody, Mass., and Salina, Kan.

Customers in these areas will be able to use their smartphones – such as Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Victory™ 4G LTE or HTC EVO™ 4G LTE – to share a picture, download a video, or check the Web with greater speed and reliability. When you combine the power of 4G LTE with an Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, which includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, Sprint becomes the best choice in wireless.

With today’s expansion, Sprint 4G LTE will light up in the following areas, with coverage continuing to expand in these areas in the coming weeks and months:
  • Anderson, Ind.
  • Clarke County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.
  • Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.
  • Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • Harrisonburg, Va.
  • Muncie, Ind.
  • Peabody, Mass.
  • Salina, Kan.
  • Shenandoah County, Va.
  • South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.
  • Winchester, Va.

Continue Reading - More on Sprint 4G LTE Deployment 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Andrew R. For Writing Review of a CradlePoint CTR35 Wireless N Portable Router + FREE Cigarette Lighter Adapter

Congrats to Andrew R. of Summerville, South Carolina who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for CradlePoint CTR35 Wireless N Portable Router + FREE Cigarette Lighter Adapter 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 Andrew R.\'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!.

Just installed this router today on 11-21-2012. I took it out of the box and hooked it up per the quick install guide. The first 30 min was touch and go. The router would drop in and out. I checked the firm ware and everything was up to date. After 30 minutes the router worked flawlessly. Its almost like it needed to warm up or something. I have two PC's connected now and everything has been working fine for hours. This is a very good product so far and i would recommend it.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks to our Troops Overseas


Everyday 3Gstore ships a package, we include an insert for an organization called ‘Cell Phones for Soldiers.’ If any of our customers have an old cell phone they’re looking to get rid of, they can donate it to this organization. Each donated used cell phone allows Cell Phones for Soldiers to fulfill the mission of providing service men and women with the opportunity to communicate with loved ones for free.

Each month, Cell Phones for Soldiers reports back to 3Gstore thanking us for our support. In their most recent e-mail they told us the following, “On behalf of Cell Phones for Soldiers and the troops that benefit from your generous donation, thank you! Thanks to kind people such as you, we can provide enriching experiences to soldiers overseas who cannot talk to their families often. One phone call can truly make a difference.”

To date, Cell Phones for Soldiers has raised more than $7 million and provided more than 150 million minutes of free talk time. Due to the cell phone recycling program, more than 10 million cell phones have been recycled since 2004, thus reducing the impact on landfills.

So in the holiday season, we’d like to give thanks to all our customers, past and present, who have made a donation to this great cause! Just this October, they received 12 cell phones from our customers’ efforts – providing 720 minutes of talk time for troops. We encourage you to continue to do support Cell Phones for Soldiers yourself, but also to let family and friends know how they can help as well - cell phones and cash donations are welcome.

Happy Holidays from your friends at 3Gstore!

Friday, November 16, 2012

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

Congrats to David L. of Howell, MI 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 L.\'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 router handles 4G throughout my entire house without fail. Previously, I owned a Cradlepoint MBR900 with twin external antenna's (purchased from the 3G Store 3 years ago). When I recently switched wireless providers to achieve 4G LTE, I was made aware of a need for firmware updates to my old router (sometimes difficult to achieve), and since the 900 model was not being made any longer...I called the 3G Store to learn my options. Valerie was very helpful, and suggested the MBR95 at such a low cost (including the proper USB device connector, 110-volt power adapter, and shipping), I couldn't say no. So I ordered it. First, I asked for expedited shipping (needed it fast!), but Valerie mentioned the regular shipping would probably arrive as fast as overnight. The order I placed was made around 11:00 AM EST, and by 3 PM the next day I had my order in hand. I was a bit concerned at first, that the new unit did not have external antenna's (3 floors and and some distance to tr avel), but it works flawlessly. I am not only very pleased with the results of the MBR95 router...the 3G Store is the only place I would go in the future to stay connected.


Dish network AWS-4 Wireless Spectrum approved by 3GPP



3GPP Approves DISH Wireless Spectrum Standards
DISH calls on FCC to resist Sprint's effort to delay wireless competition, billions in investment, tens of thousands of U.S. jobs

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 14, 2012 – The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) working group yesterday approved the technical specifications that govern 40 MHz of broadband-ready wireless spectrum controlled by DISH (called Band 23), despite the objections of Sprint Nextel Corporation over the last 12 months. DISH urges the FCC to do the same.

Without 3GPP approval, wireless companies do not have the required technical blueprints needed to design and build everything from cellphone chipsets to broadband networks.
With 3GPP's standards now approved, DISH is poised to enter the wireless business as rapidly as possible, assuming favorable FCC approval of rules that will allow DISH to use the spectrum (which is already approved for satellite and terrestrial service) more efficiently for terrestrial wireless services for smartphones, tablets and computers.

"We applaud 3GPP for rightly concluding the Band 23 question," said Jeff Blum, DISH Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel. "Now we call on the FCC to reject Sprint's proposals for AWS-4 rules that would re-open Band 23 and jeopardize DISH's ability bring its spectrum to market, and provide much needed wireless competition."

Continue reading - More on Dish AWS-4 Wireless Spectrum 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

LTE can be taken down by $650 Radio Jammer

A research group at Virginia Tech is claiming that, due to the particular way 4G data is transmitted, an LTE base station can be sabotaged using lightweight equipment that costs as little as $650. Such a thing is possible because, unlike 2G and 3G, LTE depends on control instructions that occupy only a tiny fraction of the total signal -- and details of those specific frequencies have been openly published.

According to the research group's director, Jeff Reed, a single malicious operative with a hot briefcase and a bit of know-how could take down "miles of LTE signals." If the attacker splashed out on an amplifier, they could cut off reception for thousands of people across a whole city or region.

Reed stresses that there are no known instances of this happening yet, but also warns that he can see no "mitigation strategies" that can "cover it all."

AT&T launches 4G LTE in 9 more markets



Lately AT&T has been generating headlines with more and more 4G LTE deployments and the company recently announced another nine LTE markets. AT&T's now offering LTE in Annapolis, Maryland; York, Pennsylvania, Daytona Beach, Florida; Tacoma, Washington; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Louisville, Kentucky; and Provo, Utah. This brings their market total to almost 90 units, which may sound impressive until you hear that Verizon Wireless is offering LTE in over 400 markets covering over 80% of the population. This still gives Verizon a 4 to 1 lead in the race to 4G LTE dominance, but AT&T is starting to catch back up. According to DSLreports users in the Daytona beach area are seeing speeds above 40Mbps downstream, however, this is a brand new market with only a handful of users taking advantage of LTE. Speeds should settle down around 5-12Mbps download and 2-5Mbps upload.

Do you have 4G LTE? Check our 4G LTE coverage map

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Verizon Spectrum sale coming early next year

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo recently said "We have more coverage than all of our competitors combined," after giving an update on the company’s 4G LTE buildout that is six months ahead of schedule. It was also mentioned that the company has more spectrum than they need and they’re getting ready for a sale as long as their deal with the cable industry gets regulatory approval. Included in this sale will be spectrum from the 2008 AWS auction and uses 700Mhz in the lower A and B blocks. Shammo says the spectrum sale should happen in the first quarter of 2013 and the company is having "very serious discussions" about the sale of the spectrum. Verizon also mentioned that there are already 64 companies interested in the spectrum.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sprint to add 4G LTE to nine cities in the coming months




OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 13, 2012 - Continuing its aggressive push to deliver an enhanced top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that its 4G LTE network build is progressing in nine additional cities within its nationwide 3G footprint.

Work has begun on the 4G LTE Network in the following additional areas:
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn
  • Fort Smith, Ark
  • Ardmore, Okla
  • Oakland/Fremont
  • Michigan City
  • McAllen/Edinburg
  • Hayward, Calif
  • La Porte, Ind
  • Mission, Texas
  • Key West, Fla
  • Bloomington, Ind
  • Eau Claire, Wis
“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”

During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, followed by continued enhancements in coverage, performance and reliability. Ultimately, Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage is expected to largely match the existing nationwide 3G footprint.

Continue reading - More on Sprint 4G LTE networks

T-Mobile 4G LTE Plans for 2013

At 4G World 2012 conference in Chicago T-Mobile announced that they plan to deploy LTE (Long Term Evolution). They hope to "cover 200 million people with LTE by the end of 2013" and complete the rollout in 2014, according to CTO Neville Ray from his keynote on Wednesday. Their plan includes releasing LTE in major metropolitan areas in 2013, and they’ll be testing LTE-Advanced this summer. In order to meet these broad expectations T-mobile is planning to merge with MetroPCS in 2013, which will give them more spectrum to improve both download and upload speeds. Right now T-Mobile is relying on their HSPA+ network capable of delivering either 21Mbps or 42Mbps speeds in upgraded markets.

AT&T launches 4G LTE in new markets



AT&T has recently turned 4G LTE on in Ft. Myers, Tulsa, Knoxville and Knox County, including parts of surrounding Anderson and Blount Counties and parts of Loudon, Roane and Sevier Counties.

  • Faster speeds. LTE technology is capable of delivering speeds faster than many other mobile Internet technologies. Customers can stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before.
  • Cool new devices. AT&T offers several LTE-compatible devices, including new AT&T 4G LTE smartphones and tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy S III, Motorola ATRIX ™ HD, HTC One™ X, Nokia Lumia 900, Samsung Galaxy Note™, and Pantech Element™ tablet.
  • Faster response time. LTE technology offers lower latency, or the processing time it takes to move data through a network, such as how long it takes to start downloading a webpage or file once you’ve sent the request. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine.
  • More efficient use of spectrum. Wireless spectrum is a finite resource, and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than other technologies, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience.

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Ft. Myers responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices,” said AT&T Florida President Marshall Criser, lll

“I’m proud to say that Ft. Myers is among the communities enjoying this cutting-edge technology,” said Jennifer Berg, Marketing and Communications Director for the Ft. Myers Regional Partnership, "AT&T's investment in Ft. Myers builds on our reputation as a strong region for business investment.”

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Tulsa responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices,” said Steve Gray, Vice President and General Manager for AT&T Oklahoma and Arkansas.

“Knox County is thriving and a great place to do business,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. “Large and small businesses have a home here, and AT&T’s investment and launch of 4G LTE  reflects their confidence in our county and adds next generation capabilities for our businesses and consumers.”

Friday, November 09, 2012

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Samuel R. For Writing Review of a 3Gstore IP Switch - 2 Outlet - US - Latest Firmware

Congrats to Samuel R. of Webster, New York who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for 3Gstore IP Switch - 2 Outlet - US - Latest Firmware 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 Samuel R.\'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 thing is awesome. It's sad it has to exist but let's be real: modems and routers have to be power cycled all the time. My "business-class" modem fails bi-weekly. And so does its replacement. I witnessed this device bring my network back up the moment my terrible modem failed.



Verizon to complete 4G LTE build out by mid-2013



According to Verizon Wireless the carrier plans to complete their 4G LTE build-out by the middle of 2013. At the end of the third quarter Verizon reported that 35% of its data traffic was coming from 14.9 million postpaid LTE devices covering over 80% of the U.S. population, or 250 million people across 400 markets. Typical speeds over 4G LTE average 5-12Mbps download and 2-5Mbps with many customers experiencing even faster speeds! These increased speeds make for an interesting option for backup failover for businesses looking for redundant backup connectivity. Both AT&T and Sprint combined don’t offer half the market total that Verizon offers and will not complete their 4G LTE rollouts until 2014. This gives Verizon a significant edge for anybody that is looking for reliable 4G LTE connectivity throughout the country.

Poor 4G LTE signal? Buy a 4G LTE antenna

Thursday, November 08, 2012

What Carrier Used the Most Data in the past six months?

A joint FierceWireless/NPD Connected Intelligence study conducted over the past six months tracked the data usage patterns of 1000 smartphones on the nation’s top four carriers.

These 1000 smartphones are generally Android devices, however NPD recently added 100 iPhones to its survey database.

The results are unsurprising as this is just the latest in a series of studies that show T-Mobile customers consume the most data. In fact, T-Mobile customers dipped a little over the summer but data usage has increased in the past couple months, perhaps in response to the release of the company’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G data plan.

One thing seems certain with all of these recent studies, T-Mobile customers are data hungry.