Friday, August 30, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Ken N. For Writing Review of a AT&T USBConnect Momentum (Sierra 313U) 3G/4G USB - Refurbished, Like New No Contract Upgrade

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Paired this up with a Pepwave SOHO in an RV. It is working well including under 4GLTE. Have Pepwave setup to use Wifi first, the fall back to this USB cell device when no Wifi is available.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Not Being Read Through A Prism: Swiss Make Email Away From Prying Eyes

Ever since the world found about Operation Prism, everything feels a bit creepier. Someone’s phone, email, Twitter, Facebook, can be thoroughly collected and digitized for later use without your knowledge. But the silver lining is that it has created a marketplace for electronic privacy that wasn’t there before. A marketplace that doesn’t include people  who have their own lair made from a hollowed out volcano.

Ever since the NSA can of worms opened, the idea of finding a place where you can communicate without your rights being violated has become very attractive.  Recently, a Swiss company has started giving people the option of email with discretion. MyKolab is a secure email service.  It allows premium service holders to have email accounts without pesky government agencies seeing what they bought on Zulliy.

Many companies, like technological law forum, Groklaw, shut down their forum due to their anger over the idea that the NSA has been peering into email accounts. They now maintain an online presence as a reference guide only. But they still wanted secure email accounts. So they have decided to switch to MyKolab. The interesting thing is what makes MyKolab so safe. It isn’t because it’s keeping data in a super secure location. Rather MyKolab keeps it in somewhere that no one would think to, or care, to look, Switzerland.

Keeping all their servers in the Switzerland keeps  members safe from the oversight from the USA. Giving people the privacy to discuss sensitive issues without the fear that the government will use it against them later. So more and more of these types of secure portals have been opening up.  

Protesting with your purchases has been a time honored tradition since the civil rights era. Merchants demanded an end to the civil rights dispute because it was keeping customers out of their stores. So as people today are voting with their wallets by giving money to the Swiss, email services who once agreed to let the NSA look through their laundry may not be so agreeable when the deal comes up for renewal.

Hands off my Magenta! Tmobile Sues AT&T for trademark use of Magenta

T-Mobile has filed a lawsuit against AT&T prepaid subsidiary Aio Wireless for alleged trademark infringement and unfair business practices. According to T-Mobile, Aio Wireless has chosen a color for its logo, in-store displays and coverage maps that's too close to T-Mo's trademarked magenta in an effort to "attract T-Mobile customers…dilute T-Mobile’s famous magenta color trademark, and to create initial interest confusion as to the source or affiliation of AT&T’s subsidiary’s business.” T-Mobile is asking that Aio change its logo color and hand over some cash for the trouble that it's caused.

In response to the suit, Aio Wireless said that "T-Mobile needs an art lesson," adding that "Aio doesn't do magenta."

Each major U.S. carrier is usually associated with its own color, with Verizon getting red, AT&T blue, Sprint yellow and T-Mobile's being magenta.

Does the hue of Aio's logo look too similar to T-Mobile's magenta?

Vodafone in Negotiations to Sell Off Verizon Wireless Stake

Vodafone today confirmed reports that it is in talks with Verizon Communications to sell its 45% stake of Verizon Wireless.

Verizon is working with banks to raise about $60 billion to help with the buyout. The total cost of the deal is said to between $100 and $130 billion.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sprint Axe 800 Customer Service Jobs

Sprint confirmed that it plans to axe about 800 jobs from its customer service organization.

The move, said Sprint, Customer complaints have decreased, and satisfaction levels are higher, requiring fewer positions.

The firings are “organizational adjustments being made to meet the changing needs of our business,” Jennifer Schuler, a spokeswoman for Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint, said in an e-mail. Sprint started notifying most of the affected employees last week. About a third of the workers -- 284 employees -- are based in the Texas cities of Fort Worth, Irving and Temple, according to a letter to the state’s workforce commission.