Friday, December 28, 2012

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

Congrats to pedro a. of Palmdale, California 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 pedro a.\'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!.

Worked as advertised, good quality, great customer support


Microsoft Surface:Does it Rise Above or Sink Below


The Microsoft Surface is Microsoft’s run at the future. The Surface has been in development since the IPad 2 was a twinkle in Steve Jobs’ eyes. With it’s Gorilla Glass, magnesium casing, Tegra software and laughably simple yet intriguing kickstand, The Surface certainly has the ability to give other tablets a run for their money. But being that it’s a giant evil conglomerate I expected more.

I give The Surface a lot of credit for simple but workable design. The brightly colored tiles are a great way to give an identity for your new brand. I enjoy it much more than the oh look it’s a giant phone-ness of the IPad. This is the future, make it look like it. Also I think it is a great size for those in the artistic community. It’s bigger than a piece of paper,  but small enough to carry around in your bag,

The Surface is bigger, and feels heavier, thicker, more like a book rather than the frothy lightness of the IPad. It continues the tablet tradition of shiny in the front and matte black everywhere else. It’s not as smooth as the IPad due to the fact that they did not round off the corners as many have done before.  The size may work for some but it is mostly ridiculous. For those with mild or extreme cases of OCD it’s going to drive them crazy. Because the screen is a little bit too big for anything except video.

As you read books or magazines on The Surface there’s a hint of the page that comes next. Now in the lab I’m guessing they were thinking, people will love this. If you can see the next page then you don’t have to worry as much about touching the wrong part of the page accidentally highlighting or going backward.  Interesting in theory, but I would have preferred they just make the page I was reading fill the screen, would have been gutsier.

Also The Surface just doesn’t have enough stuff. The ITunes,and Google Play have way more apps available. Which leads me to the big question, who did they make this tablet for?  The reason why everyone has a laptop and a tablet is because, they want the joy of portability from their tablet and serious work with their laptop.  Microsoft had the laptop game covered. Microsoft Suite, Windows, all these have great features for the drone in sector 6 who has to get out his TPS reports out.

But Microsoft didn’t use what they knew to create this tablet. They should have looked around and saw that no tablet can really be worked from. The IPad keyboards on the screen are not good, and do not have the apps that can seriously compete with a laptop.  So why not make a tablet that was a great work engine with some  other enjoyable features? Because they wanted to be fun.

I have no interest in Microsoft being fun. Ke$ha’s life is “fun”, but if I was her, I would want to kill myself(I’m sure she’s very nice, but after one all night glitter rave I would sleep for a week and I’m sure that’s just her Tuesday).  But instead they tried to chase after the hip, cool, and fun instead. And they kind of failed. But the first IPad was tech marvel and that is why everyone loved it despite it’s flaws. So maybe The Surface just needs to get its bearings, use this as an educational tool for what to do next. I suggest letting your nerd flag fly, I know there’s a market for it cause it has it’s own channel on YouTube.

FCC Announces New Rules For In-Flight Internet

For those of you who travel often, whether it be for business or pleasure, the FCC brings good news! Back on December 6th, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a letter to the FAA urging them that they should 'enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices.' The new rules have since been announced and are currently in the process of being implemented. Genachowski has stated that, "These new rules will help airlines and broadband providers offer high-speed Internet to passengers, including by accelerating by up to 50 percent the processing of applications to provide broadband on planes. This will enable providers to bring broadband to planes more efficiently, helping passengers connect with friends, family, or the office." 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Another Apple Rumor...

That's right, as soon as you all snatch 'em up, they're releasing a newer/better version almost immediately. According to a Japanese blog, Macotakara, this time it's another iPad and it's expected sometime this March. Rumors say it is supposed to be thinner - about as thin as the recent iPad mini - and include the Retina display. Possibly the next gen iPad or even a retina display iPad mini? I guess we'll have to wait and see. For those still out shopping, you may want to hold off the trip to Apple...

Omni Antenna vs. Directional Antenna


A common question we hear from customers looking at all our antenna options is, “do I need an omnidirectional or a directional antenna?”

First, remember that before buying any antenna for a fixed location (home, office, etc), we recommend doing a site survey first so you can get an idea of whether an antenna will help you, if you need an amplifier as well, and what kind of improvement you can expect to see from your signal boosting equipment. Click here for site survey instructions: 3gstore.com/rssi

Once you’ve determined that an antenna will indeed help you, it’s time to decide which one is going to be best for your needs. There are two basic classifications of antennas: directional antennas, which must be aimed towards the cell tower you’re using, and omnidirectional antennas, which pick up signal from 360 degrees around and don’t need to be aimed.

Directional antennas are higher gain than omnidirectional antennas, but only if they’re aimed properly — if a directional antenna isn’t aimed at the tower, it won’t be very effective at all. A directional antenna is great when you know there’s only one tower serving you, or when there are multiple towers in the area and your device is bouncing between towers, because you can aim the antenna right towards the tower you want to use.

3Gstore carries two kinds of directional antenna, Yagi and Panel. A Yagi antenna is the hardest to install and isn’t appropriate for most users. Yagis are made to be installed at a fixed location with direct line of sight to the cell tower and are obviously NOT a good choice portable use. Yagi antennas are recommended only if you have line of sight to the cell tower (i.e. no obstructions in the way) and can be very effective in situations where the signal is extremely weak at the location but better signal is available within a mile or so.

If a customer doesn’t have line of sight to the tower but does know where the tower is (or doesn’t mind doing some trial-and-error while installing to find the optimum direction to aim it), then we recommend the panel antenna. Panel antennas are directional but they are more forgiving than Yagis, they just need to be aimed in the general direction of the tower. Panel antennas are also not recommended for portable use, since you would have to locate the new tower and re-aim it every time you got to a new location.

If you want to use a directional antenna but don’t know where your tower is located, check out this tip of the week: www.evdoinfo.com/tip75

Omni antennas are used more frequently, because they are easier to set up and you can use them in both fixed and traveling applications. When installing an omni antenna in a fixed location, you don’t need to worry about aiming it, although we do recommend installing it on the side of the building where signal is best if possible. Omni antennas aren’t as high-gain as directional antennas, BUT an omnidirectional antenna will actually be MORE effective than a directional antenna if you aren’t able to aim a directional antenna properly — so don’t discount an omni antenna simply because you see that the directional antennas have “better specs”!

Friday, December 21, 2012

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

Congrats to Mike S. of Georgetown, Indiana 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 Mike 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!.

This is my third Cradlepoint router, came up from the CTR350 -_ CTR35 -_ MBR95. I use them it only for the USB wideband wireless connectivity since this is my only internet option where I live other than dialup or satellite. I upgraded from the CTR35 only because wireless USB speed was significantly slower thru it than when connecting the USB card directly to computer. Cradlepoint tech support said it may be defective and just 2 months out of warranty they wouldn't do a thing. The MBR95 does give me the same wireless speeds as when directly connecting the card to the PC. I like the router and Cradlepoint support however I am extremely displeased that Cradlepoint does not have a technical manual for ANY of the products I have purchased. I was going to try another brand due to Cradlepoint not making a technical manual but I was unable to find another router that worked with USB wireless broadband anywhere close to this price range.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Verizon launches more 4G LTE markets



Today Verizon Wireless announced they’ve added 4G LTE coverage to 26 markets and extended coverage in 36 existing markets. This brings Verizon’s total 4G LTE deployment to 470 cities across the country and now covers over 80% of the population! The speed at which Verizon has deployed LTE is amazing and they have more LTE coverage than all other major carriers combined. In a 4G LTE area customers should expect to see 5-12Mbps download and 2-5Mbps.

List of new markets:
  • Selma, AL
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Yuma, AZ
  • Eureka, CA
  • Burlington, IA
  • Marshalltown, IA
  • Mason City, IA
  • Oskaloosa, IA
  • Ashland, KY
  • Bangor, ME
  • Lewiston-Auburn, ME
  • Menominee, MI
  • Petoskey, MI
  • McComb-Brookhaven, MS
  • Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Hastings, NE
  • Farmington, NM
  • Gallup, NM
  • Roswell, NM
  • Muskogee, OK
  • Klamath Falls, OR
  • Sumter, SC
  • Port Angeles, WA
  • Clarksburg, WV
Poor Verizon LTE Signal? Get a 4G LTE repeater

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dish needs to build 40% of LTE network within four years



The FCC recently released details on the conditions Dish Network must meet in order to create their 4G LTE. According to two FCC documents, Dish must build out 40% of their planned LTE network within four years, and 70% of the network within seven years. If Dish fails to hit the 40% mark within four years they will need to hit 70% within six years instead of seven years. If they’re unable to hit the 70% mark they will not be able to offer service in any of the areas where initial coverage wasn’t provided. Many analysts still believe this is just a ploy by Dish network to drive up spectrum costs of 2000-2005 Mhz, 1915-1920 Mhz and 1995-2000 Mhz bands. If Dish does release this LTE network it is rumored to be called “Ollo,” and potential customers can expect the network to launch around 2015 when LTE-Advanced) is available.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

LTE Upgrades are Radiating across the USA this Month From Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.  Now is the Time to get the LTE Amplifier, or LTE Antenna from 3G Store.

 
Sprint has followed AT&T's announcements with news that its own LTE coverage has grown. Sprint's expansions are peppered throughout the U.S., including both coasts as well as a new Puerto Rico area.  Sprint's 4G LTE network now covers 49 markets.

 New markets
  • Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.
  • Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.
  • Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.
  • Southern Puerto Rico (including Ponce, Coamo and Guayama)
  • York/Hanover, Pa.
  • Franklin County, Pa
  • Page County, Va.
Expanded markets
  • Chicago, Ill. metro area
  • Shenandoah County, Va.
 
AT&T announced this morning its 4G LTE coverage to customers in several parts of the U.S. AT&T has rolled its LTE network out to a handful of new markets in various parts of the country, and there are also a few locations that are receiving some expanded coverage. Here's the list of areas announced by AT&T so far today:
New markets
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Melbourne, Fla.
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Green Bay, Wis.
Expanded markets
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
This is the latest in a string of recent 4G LTE expansions from AT&T.

 

Here's the list of areas that've been recently announced by Verizon:
  • Casa Grande, Ariz. (also includes Coolidge and Eloy)
  • Flagstaff, Ariz. (also includes Williams, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Mayer, Sedona, Village of Oak Creek and Cottonwood)
  • Payson, Ariz, (also includes Star Valley and Rye)
  • Saddlebrooke, Ariz.
  • Marshalltown, Iowa (includes U.S. Highway 30 from Marshalltown west to State Center and east to Tama)
  • Mason City and Charles City, Iowa (also includes Clear Lake and Osage)
  • Oskaloosa, Iowa (includes Albia, Bloomfield, Centerville, Eddyville, Fairfield, New Sharon and Sigourney)
  • Hastings and Kearney, Neb. (also includes Axtell, Heartwell, Holdrege, Juniata, Kenesaw, Minden, Gibbon, Pleasanton and Ravenna)
  • McCook, Neb. (also includes Arapahoe, Bartley, Benkelman, Culbertson, Holbrook, Indianola Imperial, Oxford and Trenton)
  • Farmington and Gallup, N.M. (also includes Prewitt)
  • Ruidoso, N.M., (also includes Corrizozo)
  • Clarksburg, W.Va. (also includes Grafton and Salem)
Verizon says that its 4G coverage will be available in over 470 markets


Sprint Expands 4G LTE Network in Chicago Metro Area



CHICAGO (BUSINESS WIRE), December 18, 2012 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that more customers in the metropolitan Chicago area will have access to high-speed 4G LTE service – bringing faster speeds for uploading holiday photos, surfing the Web for the best bargains, and streaming homemade winter videos. Sprint continues to show significant progress in the buildout of its all-new 4G LTE network – reaching more customers every day.

“Now even more Chicagoans can experience 4G LTE on their smartphones, tablets and wireless modems,” said Kimberly Green-Kerr, regional vice president-Business Sales, Sprint. “In the Windy City area, customers will find that 4G LTE is available downtown and in more places around the metropolitan area. And, we continue to invest in and make improvements to Sprint’s 3G network in the Chicago area so customers can expect to experience fewer dropped and/or blocked calls as they reach out to their friends and family this holiday season.”

Earlier in 2012, Sprint announced the availability of 4G LTE to Illinois customers in Addison, Bolingbrook, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Kankakee, Waukegan-Lake County, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Palatine and Plainfield, along with Gary, Ind.

“The demand for smartphones continues to increase and therefore a strong network is more important than ever this holiday season,” said Kevin Gleason, vice president-Consumer Sales, Sprint. “Our 4G LTE network in the Chicago area will enable our customers to access emails quickly, upload photos and videos, and keep in touch with colleagues while spending time with the family.”

Sprint’s network buildout, known as Network Vision, not only delivers 4G LTE but also is expected to provide 3G customers better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These 3G improvements are already available to customers in several cities across the country, such as Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. All Sprint 3G customers in these areas, including the company’s prepaid customers on Assurance Wireless, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, can expect to see better coverage and improved network reliability and voice quality once the improvements come to their areas.

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers service in 49 markets. For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visit http://3gstore.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced.

Monday, December 17, 2012

NASA Assures Us the World will Prevail 12/22/2012



Most of us have already assumed the Mayan's end of the world prediction would go the same route as Y2K, but now the scientists at NASA have come up with solid reasons why we shouldn't worry. They're so positive that the world won't end this Friday, they've created a video essentially saying, "Told you so," which will go viral the day after the supposed 'end of time.' If you're interested in reading their FAQ on the event, you can do so on NASA's site.

Sprint Bids $2.2B, Clearwire Agrees


Sprint announced that it has agreed to acquire Clearwire for $2.2 billion. According to Sprint, the deal will put it in a better position for its LTE 4G plans moving forward, and help it to be a better competitor to AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Victoria Soto - my latest Super Hero


There are many careers and jobs that put one in harms way.  Armed forces, police officers, fire fighters, SWAT teams and many others that fall into this category.  When these brave people report to work for the day, there is a chance they may not come home.  These people are my heros.  Without them, our country wouldn’t be free or my family wouldn’t be safe.

But there is also another category, that I call Super Hero.  There aren’t many people that go into this category, there are just a few.  In order to be a supe rhero, you are typically thrown into an impossible situation where you have a split second to make a decision.

My first super hero is someone named Todd Beamer.  For those that don’t know, he was a passenger on flight 93 on September 11, 2001.  That was the 4th plane that never made it to its intended target.  Todd and others on the plane had found out what had happened to the other 3 planes and they knew if they sat back and did nothing, many people were going to die.  So, they took action and stormed the cockpit.  The plane crashed and all on board died, but they saved so many.  In a split second they made the decision to fight evil and they won.  Todd Beamer was my first super hero.  He was just a regular guy thrown into an impossible situation and he is a super hero.

I have a new super hero.  Her name is Victoria Soto (or known as Vicki Soto).  She was a 1st grade teacher at Sandy Hook school where so many innocent lives were lost a few days ago, including 20 children aged 6-7 years old.  When this tragic event started happening, Vicki had a split second to react.  She knew what was going on.  She instructed her kids to hide in the cabinets and closets.  When evil entered her room, she told him the kids were in the gym.  He murdered Vicki while the kids hid and were safe.  Not a single child in Vicki’s room was injured.  Vicki was thrown into an impossible situation and she had a split second to make the decision what to do.  Vicki called her students, her “16 angels”.  Those 16 kids are going to have the opportunity to experience life because of Vicki Soto, my newest super hero.


Michael Ginsberg
President, 3Gstore.com

Friday, December 14, 2012

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

Congrats to Michael W. of Ida, Michigan 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 Michael W.\'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!.

First of all we received the router the second day after we ordered it. Great service. The router was set up and ready to use in a matter of minutes. the device works great. Response is quick and the range allows us to go anywhere within our hose and basement without service interruption. Highly recommend this product and the 3G Store.


US Cellular 4G LTE goes Unlimited

U.S. Cellular today announced a new data plan that will allow unlimited access to its 4G LTE network available in select markets.

The new $40 per month plan ends the monitoring of data usage because customers will be allowed to use as much data as they want when connected to U.S. Cellular's LTE network.  The only additional data cost would be an extra $20 per month to be able to use tethering.

The carrier expects to have 4G available to 58 percent of its current customers by the end of the year, but faster speeds are already available in Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, and several other areas.


Get your Amps and Antennas Ready.