Friday, May 31, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer James D. For Writing Review of a MiFi 4620LE Hotspot for Millenicom's $69.99/mo 20GB 3G/4G Plan (Includes Activation Fee)

Congrats to James D. of Casa Grande, Arizona who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for MiFi 4620LE Hotspot for Millenicom's $69.99/mo 20GB 3G/4G Plan (Includes Activation Fee) 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 James 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!.

It works great , I like the antenna port for use in dead areas it happens to all company's . We are full time R V ers it is important to us to have top of the line equipment and I believe the 4620le is it. Thanks James Drury.


Moto X To be Made in the USA

Motorola's CEO Dennis Woodside today personally announced a handful of details about the company's next flagship phone.

The phone - to be called the Moto X - will be assembled in the USA, in a Texas factory previously used to make Nokia phones.

AT&T LTE launches 11 new markets

ATT logo
 
Yesterday AT&T announced the launch of 4G LTE service in eleven new markets, which means the company now reaches over 200 million potential POPs with faster LTE service. Within AT&T’s press release they’ve expanded LTE service to the following areas; Dover, Del.; Leonardtown, Md.; Ocean City, Md.; Asheville, N.C.; Goldsboro, N.C.; Salem, Ore.; Culpeper, Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Longview, Wash.; Port Townsend-North Whidbey Island-Camano Island, Wash.; and Shelton, Wash. The latest deployment brings them up to 239 markets covered with LTE and they plan to have over 300 million people covered by the end of 2014. Although this is more than Sprint or T-Mobile offer, it’s still a far cry from the 497 markets Verizon has covering 95% of the population with 4G LTE service. To play catch up AT&T will be launching another 77 markets throughout the summer months and offers excellent wireless speed.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dish raises offer for Clearwire

 
Not to be outdone by Sprint, Dish has just raised their offer to $4.40 per share in cash to acquire the 50% remainder of Clearwire. This comes soon after Sprint made the announcement last week that they raised their offer to $3.40 per share, up from their previous $3.20 per share offer. Dish said in a letter to Clearwire that their offer offers "substantially greater value to Clearwire and your minority stockholders and a clearer path to value realization for all parties.” In addition to this news Dish also announced a partnership with nTelos to offer a fixed 4G LTE broadband system for rural customers. In the past Dish has talked about LTE and wireless service and many thought it was simply a bluff, but both of these actions show that Dish has taken a more serious stance on wireless Internet options.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dish to offer fixed LTE broadband offering

Dish Network
 

WAYNESBORO, Va. & ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) and NTELOS Holdings Corp. (nTelos)(NASDAQ: NTLS), a leading regional provider of nationwide wireless voice and data communications and home to the “best value in wireless,” announced today that nTelos and a wholly owned subsidiary of DISH have executed a Letter of Intent to pursue a strategic relationship to co-develop a fixed-mobile broadband service within nTelos’s coverage territory serving Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky.

Once complete, the service is expected to give nTelos and DISH customers, many of whom are located in underserved rural communities, access to reliable high-speed Internet, whether at home or on the go.

“We are pleased to team with nTelos on this exciting opportunity to leverage their mobile capabilities along with our technical service infrastructure to develop broadband services,” said Charlie Ergen, chairman and co-founder of DISH. “With users consuming more data, the demand for fast, reliable Internet service remains stronger than ever, particularly in rural areas where the FCC estimates nearly a fifth of American households lack broadband access. By working with nTelos, we believe we can create a service that simultaneously addresses the mobile and in-home requirements of rural residents, with the potential to serve as a model for how we can utilize spectrum more effectively while creating differentiated consumer offerings.”

“Today’s announcement demonstrates nTelos’s commitment to finding new and innovative ways to serve our customers, while maximizing the value of our network assets to grow our business,” said James A. Hyde, CEO of NTELOS Holdings Corp. “The convergence of fixed and mobile broadband networks holds tremendous promise for consumers and telecom service providers alike, allowing for an improved customer experience and new sources of incremental revenue. Our relationship with DISH puts us at the forefront of that convergence and creates an opportunity for nTelos to establish itself as a thought leader among wireless service providers.”

Peplink Balance and Max Firmware 5.4.9 now available

Peplink Balance 380
 
Today Peplink announced firmware build 5.4.9 available for Peplink Balance and their Pepwave Max lineup. The latest build features new SpeedFusion functionality to enhance performance and diagnostic tools to tweak your WAN links for optimal performance. This includes a new lowest latency mode and manual mapping for SpeedFusion support. In addition to these enhancements they’ve also increased overall system stability, local DNS proxy stability and fixed a client bandwidth usage display issue. Below you’ll find links to the latest firmware build for your Peplink/Pepwave products:
Important notes - SpeedFusion Site to Site VPN v5.4 is backwards compatible with firmware 5.2/5.3 and it’s recommended to upgrade all equipment to v5.4 for the best performance. The 5.4 build firmware will also be using TCP port 32015 and UDP port 4500 (Firmware v5.2/5.3 used TCP port 32015 and UDP port 32015). 

MarketPlaceFairness Act - Wolf in Sheeps Clothing



There has been much written about the Marketplace Fairness Act.  This bill has recently passed the congress and Obama said that he would sign it.  All that is left is for it to pass or fail at the house.  If you are not familiar with it, you should really read this article below, it perfectly summarizes the problems with this and who the real winners are.

http://www.nwherald.com/2013/05/28/moroney-a-wolf-in-sheeps-clothing-for-small-businesses-in-illinois/abhlbac/


Friday, May 24, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Diana R. For Writing Review of a Pepwave Surf On-The-Go 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WAN (Surf OTG) Version 2.0

Congrats to Diana R. of Coburg, Oregon who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Pepwave Surf On-The-Go 3G/4G Router w/ WiFi as WAN (Surf OTG) Version 2.0 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 Diana 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 small device works great. The amplified antenna pulls in wifi much better than my laptop. It works perfectly allowing us to use our two laptops with one usb air card. 3Gstore's support has been fantastic!


Verizon plans to install "Small Cells"


Verizon Wireless announced this week, beginning the second half of this year, they will begin deploying “small cells” (think tiny cell towers the size of a mini-fridge) around the country.  This will help, not only fill in gaps in coverage, but keep the 4G LTE flowing in dense, high traffic areas like malls or business districts. No more dropped calls in busy areas.


You’ll start seeing these small cells popping up on lightposts, building walls and utility poles in your city later this year and combined with Verizon’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to help penetrate into marble and building basements. Plus if you still can't get signal in your building, just call 3gstore.com. We have plenty of different repeater setups that will help bring the signal in from the outside.
Verizon has 497 US markets of 4G LTE service and is planning to keep expanding.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Verizon's 4G LTE network now covers 497 markets

This morning at  CTIA in Las Vegas, Marni Walden-chief operating officer announced that Verizon's 4G LTE network now covers 497 markets, which is 95% of their 3G network. Remember that their initial goal was to cover 100% of their 3G network by the end of 2013, but have since moved the date up to mid-year as LTE build-out has increased dramatically. With 95% complete, they’ll hit their goal and then some. Back in January they were at 473 markets, so already this year they have added another 20+ along with countless expansions is existing markets.

Check the coverage maps at 3gstore.com/coverage to see if Verizon is in your area.

Sprint raises offer for Clearwire

 

Yesterday Sprint increased their offer for their acquisition of Clearwire now offering $3.40 per share for the 50% of Clearwire that Sprint doesn’t currently own. Previously their offer was $3.20 per share so this increases per share value by $.20 cents and values Clearwire’s total value around $10.7 billion. The increased offer is likely a counter after Dish came into the mix and started negotiations with Clearwire in an attempt to acquire them and take the deal away from Sprint. Dish CEO Charlie Ergen has said their offer for Dish is a better value saying dish is better suited because their company “speaks English,” while Sprint is now majority owned by Japanese carrier Softbank.

ATT says all video chat apps will work over cellular by end of 2013

 
Recently AT&T has been taking heat for selecting different video applications that can and can’t work over their cellular network. The most notable applications that were restricted were Facetime for iOS devices, which was later reversed after AT&T took heat, and now they’ve pulled the same stunt with Google’s new Hangouts app that launched last week. If a user isn’t on WiFi they’ll be greeted by a message that says “You must be connected to a WiFi network to join a video call”. After yet another video backlash AT&T has pledged to support all video chat applications by the end of this year regardless of the device you own or what you pay in fees. Below is AT&T’s official statement on their position with video chat: 

For video chat apps that come pre-loaded on devices, we currently give all OS and device makers the ability for those apps to work over cellular for our customers who are on Mobile Share or Tiered plans. Apple, Samsung and Blackberry have chosen to enable this for their pre-loaded video chat apps. And by mid-June, we'll have enabled those apps over cellular for our unlimited plan customers who have LTE devices from those three manufacturers.
 
Throughout the second half of this year, we plan to enable pre-loaded video chat apps over cellular for all our customers, regardless of data plan or device; that work is expected to be complete by year-end.
 
Today, all of our customers can use any mobile video chat app that they download from the Internet, such as Skype.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sierra Wireless Airlink GX440 now available at 3Gstore

Sierra GX440
 
The AirLink GX440 4G LTE intelligent gateway is ideal for M2M and mobile data applications where the highest data speeds are required. An embedded LTE data module and robust ARM11 class micro-processor enable the GX440 to support today’s highest band-width solutions. The 100base-T Ethernet port enables simple integration with any IP enabled device, such as video surveillance cameras, in-vehicle mobile data terminals, digital signs and much more. It's a “one device fits all” solution allows customers to deploy and manage the same device for multiple applications, simplifying deployment and management. 

Fast Facts About This Product:
  • This router is best for: The AirLink GX440 is ideal for rugged applications where a traditional router and wireless modem wouldn't be applicable, such as ATMs, kiosks, digital signage, or M2M applications.
  • Form Factors Supported: N/A - utilizes integrated AT&T 3G/4G module
  • WiFi Standard: 802.11 B, G, & N
  • WiFi Range: 100-150'
  • Number of Ethernet ports: 1 LAN port
  • Size: 5.6" x 3.8" x 1.7"
  • Power supply: AC power supply included, cigarette lighter and DC harness power supplies are available separately
  • RS-232 Serial Port
  • 1 Digital I/O Port

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Sierra Wireless LS300 now available at 3Gstore

The AirLink® LS300 is the most compact 3G gateway from Sierra Wireless and features an embedded Sprint 3G module. Rugged aluminum casing ensures reliable operation in the harshest environments with quick and easy deployment. A comprehensive set of configurable options means the LS300 gateway works with most industrial, enterprise and transportation applications out-of-the-box.
 
Fast Facts About This Product:
  • This router is best for: The LS300 is ideal for rugged applications where a traditional router and wireless modem wouldn't be applicable, such as ATMs, kiosks, digital signage, or M2M applications. This router does NOT feature WiFi - if you need WiFi, check out the GX440 series.
  • Form Factors Supported: N/A - utilizes integrated Sprint 3G module
  • WiFi Standard: N/A
  • Number of Ethernet ports: 1 LAN port
  • Size: 3.2" x 3.7" x 1.2"
  • Power supply: AC power supply included, cigarette lighter and DC harness power supplies are available separately
Specific applications:

Industrial: Remotely monitor and control infrastructure and surveillance equipment or pipelines, meters, pumps, valves in any energy or utility application.
Enterprise: Instantly deploy reliable internet connectivity to remote point-of-sale locations, temporary installations, or retail operations.
Transportation: Track the location and speed of vehicles or heavy equipment and provide reliable internet to a mobile workforce.

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T-Mobile 4G LTE signal shows up in NYC, Minneapolis and Detroit


Customers are now reporting to see T-Mobile 4G LTE pop up in locations that weren’t set to go live until later this year. It appears they’re running some pre-commercial launch tests to see how real world speeds and load is handled in larger markets. So far customers in New York City, Detroit and Minneapolis are reporting LTE showing up on LTE compatible handsets. T-Mobile plans to officially launch Minneapolis in late May, while Detroit and New York City won’t be officially live until June. T-Mobile’s goal is to cover 100 million POPs with LTE by the mid part of 2013 and over 200 million POPs by the end of 2013. If they meet their goal it will put them close to Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage, but far behind both Verizon and AT&T who are dominating LTE coverage now.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Sprint Aquisition of US Cellular Assets Complete

Sprint announced that it has finalized its purchase of spectrum and customers from U.S. Cellular in a handful of mid-western markets.

The transaction gives Sprint 20MHz of spectrum in Chicago, South Bend, Ind., and Champaign, Ill., and 10MHz of spectrum in St. Louis. In addition to the spectrum, Sprint also gains about 420,000 U.S. Cellular subscribers.

Sprint and U.S. Cellular have already notified the affected customers about the transition, which will take several months to complete.  Sprint plans to use the newly-gained spectrum to enhance its capacity in those markets.

Supreme Court say Local Jurisdictions must give way to Cellular Towers

The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the Federal Communications Commission regarding a dispute over cell towers. CELLULAR providers rejoice.

Wireless industry players complained to the FCC that local governments are often slowing down the process to adjust existing cell towers or install new ones.

The FCC recommends that local jurisdictions should act on amendments to existing towers within three months and on new towers within five months. The Supreme Court agrees. Several cities had challenged the FCC's authority on the matter.