Friday, June 28, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Richard T. For Writing Review of a Cradlepoint ARC MBR1400 With Embedded AT&T 3G/4G Modem Firmware 4.2.1

Congrats to Richard T. of Texas City, Texas who just won a $25.00 gift code for writing a review for Cradlepoint ARC MBR1400 With Embedded AT&T 3G/4G Modem Firmware 4.2.1 at! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Richard T.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from, we encourage you to log in and and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a gift code!.

My T-1 line in my Beaumont, Texas office was shut off and there was no other way to get internet service at our location. We had to have the service back on Monday. AT&T 4G LTE was the only option we had for a quick replacement. It was a Friday afternoon and I needed the Cradlepoint ARC MBR1400 Router and a Modem for my office on Monday, therefore I needed it to be delivered on Saturday. I looked online and was unable to find an AT&T unit in stock anywhere. I finally ran across the 3GSTORE and went online to check, and their website said that they had these units in stock. I had a brief chat with Matt Bauman and he told me that they had the units in stock and that he could ship it for a Saturday delivery. I ordered the unit Friday afternoon not believing that I would have it by Saturday. Within one hour the 3GSTORE sent me an email with a FedX Tracking Number. Saturday morning at about 11:00AM there was a knock on my door and sure enough it was FedX with the package from 3 GSTORE. The service was the best and the delivery was super fast. Wonderful experiance. I picked up a 4G card at the AT&T Store Saturday activated it and had our office back online Monday morning as planned. Thanks Matt for all the help processing this order and thanks 3GSTORE!!!

Time Warner Cable + Microsoft = A More Entertaining Xbox

Since this year's E3, there's been a lot of buzz around the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game consoles. Until then, you'll have to settle for the updates coming to the existing consoles. The latest news comes from Time Warner Cable. Microsoft has gotten together with Time Warner to work on some additions for Xbox 360 users.

Time Warner Cable plans on launching its TV application on Xbox Live later this summer, which will release around 300 live TV channels to the console. Of course, like everything else that's proprietary, so is this. The service will be available only to users who are BOTH Time Warner Cable customers AND subscribers to Xbox Live Gold.

The channels that Time Warner will be making available include AMC, BBC, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Food Network, and CNN. More details will come once the Time Warner Cable TV application becomes available in the upcoming months. A note for Kinect users - the app will also work with voice controls through the Kinect sensor.

Microsoft has been making good headway with their 360 consoles that they hope to implement with the Xbox One. I think it's safe to assume this app will be available for new Xbox One users. In fact, another feature you may recall hearing of is the one that overlays the Xbox interface over live TV. With that, they also promise users will be able to instantly switch between watching their favorite show and playing a game. After all, it is quite time consuming to have to make that switch...

If you're looking to improve your gaming experience over mobile broadband, be sure to contact the experts at 3Gstore!

T-Mobile to acquire 10Mhz of LTE spectrum from US Cellular

BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 28, 2013-- T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has signed an agreement to purchase 10 MHz of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum from U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) for $308 million in cash. The spectrum covers a total of 32M people in 29 markets in the Mississippi Valley region - notably in St. Louis; Nashville; Kansas City; Memphis; Lexington; Little Rock-North Little Rock; Birmingham; New Orleans; and Louisville. This additional spectrum will allow for an incremental roll-out of T-Mobile's 4G LTE network coverage to new markets and expands the existing 4G LTE bandwidth in the important Mississippi Valley region.

"In today's marketplace, spectrum is gold," said John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile. "This is a rare opportunity to secure precious AWS spectrum in key markets that will immediately be put to use by both T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers. This deal expands our network and capacity, allowing for a broader roll-out of 4G LTE and an even faster and more reliable 4G experience for our customers – in addition to spurring competition in the wireless marketplace."

The agreement is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Justice, and other customary closing conditions. Following regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Verizon's Vision of the Vuture: More Verizon!

Verizon has seen the future. Interestingly, their future a lot of people as Verizon customers. But after the promises their CTO(Chief Technology Officer) has made, that future may actually become a reality.  They promise more places with 4G or better services, upgraded smartphones, and voice over LTE that will be so fast it will blow people’s mind. They are promising what AT&T has never quite delivered, the idea of 4G or better while driving around places that have yet to  enough of a population to have a traffic light.  Verizon currently says that 99% of the population has LTE ability on their phones.

The FCC is auctioning two pieces of 1900Mhz spectrum for cellular broadband

Washington, D.C. Today the Commission adopted a Report and Order that will increase the Nation's supply of spectrum for flexible use services, including mobile broadband, by opening 10 megahertz of spectrum in the bands 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz (H Block) for commercial licensing.

By enabling 10 megahertz of spectrum to be used for mobile broadband, the Report and Order furthers the Commission's efforts to ensure that the Nation's wireless networks have the capacity, speed and ubiquity to keep pace with consumers' expectations and ever rising demand for mobile services. It is also a step towards meeting its obligation under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Spectrum Act) to license 65 megahertz, including the 10 megahertz in the H Block, by February 2015.

The Report and Order pairs the two bands that comprise the H Block, and establishes that the paired bands will be licensed on an Economic Area basis and auctioned through a system of competitive bidding. In addition, the Report and Order sets technical rules to help ensure that operations in the H Block do not cause harmful interference to PCS downlink operations, consistent with a requirement in the Spectrum Act. Finally, the Report and Order adopts flexible use regulatory, licensing, and operating rules for H Block licensees.

Verizon Wireless hits 500 LTE markets, more than 99% covered with LTE

Verizon Wireless is nearing closer to complete coverage and now officially offers 4G LTE coverage in 500 markets across the country. They now cover 298 million POPs with LTE service and cover 99% of their existing 3G network with 4G LTE coverage. In addition to this milestone Verizon is also planning to bring 4G LTE to Alaska within the next month, which has never had native Verizon coverage before. When this happens Verizon will be available in all 50 states with international support for several countries across the globe. After Verizon completes their LTE rollout by the end of 2013 they’ll then bring VoLTE (Voice over LTE) so customers can use data and voice service over LTE, right now only data is done over the LTE network. Customers in a Verizon 4G LTE market can expect to see data speeds of 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up with many users reporting much faster speeds!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Big Red entering Canandian Territory

Reuters claims that Big Red has made a "tentative" bid for Wind Mobile and Mobilicity.  Estimated value ranges from $600 million to $800 million. Neither party is commenting on the rumor, although Verizon may still be open to alternative deals --

Verizon will likely need permission from both the Canadian government and Vodafone to make any takeover attempt official.