Friday, February 28, 2014

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

Congrats to Richard A. of Rio Oso, California 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 Richard 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!.

Very good product, shipping, and support, as usual, was stellar! I really do appreciate 3G's ability to cut through all the confusion and be such a great supplier! Thanks!


AT&T delays VoLTE, has no launch date

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According to Fierce Wireless AT&T is still working on their VoLTE (Voice over Long Term Evolution). Originally the carrier hoped to launch VoLTE by the end of 2013 but were delayed due to issues with devices running out of battery power too fast. VoLTE will move voice calls from circuit switched networks to IP based networks. Originally Mark Collins, Senior Vice President of data and voice products said the majority of AT&T devices would be VoLTE ready by the second half of 2013. For now they haven’t released any updates on when VoLTE will actually launch but know Verizon is targeting the first half of 2014 so AT&T won’t likely be far behind.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cradlepoint introduces AER2100 to European customers at 2014 Mobile World Congress

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CradlePoint, the global leader in cloud-managed, 3G/4G networking solutions for distributed enterprises, today announced the immediate availability of the CradlePoint AER 2100, Advanced Edge Router at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Spain. The CradlePoint AER 2100 (pronounced “AIR”) is designed to support and scale to the unique networking needs of distributed enterprises at branch locations. The CradlePoint AER 2100 will be demoed as a cloud-managed networking solution in stand 5J20 at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. 

CradlePoint’s solutions will be distributed directly into Europe through its earlier announced partnership with UK-based distributor, Westbase Technology. The European market is predominantly made up of mobile broadband networking solutions that are compatible with 3G networks and do not offer the enterprise-grade performance, management, reliability, and LTE connectivity that CradlePoint’s solutions afford.

In its booth, CradlePoint will also feature its cloud-managed ARC and COR networking solutions, which are certified to support 4G LTE across Europe. The CradlePoint ARC solutions are used in a variety of enterprise applications for wireless failover and primary connectivity. The CradlePoint COR series is used for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications like kiosks, digital signage, vehicles, and CCTV.

“CradlePoint’s commitment to the broader European market kicked off at this week’s Mobile World Congress as it demonstrates the value of 4G LTE to the operator and enterprise market,” said George Mulhern, CEO and Chairman of the Board at CradlePoint. “We are quickly ramping up operations and expanding partnerships to better meet the demand of Europe’s enterprise customers. With our entire suite of solutions being LTE-enabled, CradlePoint looks to build on the momentum that it has experienced throughout North America and deliver proven and reliable solutions that improve operations, lower costs and optimize customers’ network connections.” 


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Netflix and Comcast strike a deal to improve streaming

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Over the last several months many Comcast customers have been complaining about poor streaming with Netflix. The Wall Street Journal has announced that Comcast has opted to pay Comcast for smoother streaming so customers don’t end up with videos that constantly buffer. The move by Netflix could set an ugly precedent as other ISP’s will be sure to jump on the same bandwagon and demand money for carrying their traffic too, despite the fact customers are already paying for the connection to the ISP and Netflix is paying fees to Cogent. This looks like the Comcast is trying to double dip here, getting Netflix to pay for additional capacity that should be handled by the ISP instead of Netflix. Only time will tell how fast other companies jump on the bandwagon to get more money from Netflix just so they can get a reliable stream out to their customers.

Monday, February 24, 2014

WhatsApp to Add Voice



According to Baron's, WhatsApp (which was recently acquired by FaceBook) plans to expand their services to add voice calling between WhatsApp users.  They plan on releasing this service in the 2nd half of 2014.  This would directly complete with carriers and services such as Skype, BBM and FaceTime Audio

Friday, February 21, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Blaine P. For Writing Review of a Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 5.0.1

Congrats to Blaine P. of Columbus, Ohio who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cradlepoint MBR95 Wireless 3G/4G Router Firmware 5.0.1 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 Blaine P.\'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!.

Found this product to be the easiest, most flexible to setup for our needs and reliable..


How Much Data Are Your Apps Really Using?

If you’re like most people these days who rely on their smartphone for just about anything, this one’s for you! Whether you have a dozen apps, or more like 50, it’s probably quite important to you that you don’t go over your data limit each month. Of course, most carriers offer an unlimited data plan for phones, some of us are still stuck with only 2-5GB/month.

Perhaps you don’t use your apps very often, you may not think you’re using much data. Well, you’re probably wrong. What most don’t consider, is what it takes to update those apps - something that usually happens in the background, unbeknownst to you.

Regarding the iPhone specifically, starting with iOS 7, your apps will update over cellular by default. To avoid going over your limit for something like this on your iPhone, simply go to: Settings -> Cellular -> Switch the app setting to OFF. Just see for yourself how much data one of us used (793mb) before turning this off!

For Android, simply open the Google Play store, then go to: Menu -> Settings -> Auto Update Apps -> Select Auto-update apps over cellular only.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cary It Forward

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Michael Ginsberg of 3Gstore.com was on the receiving end of 2 random acts of kindness this past week.  When a friend posted that she also had received a random act of kindness and was looking to find out who did the deed so that she can “Pay It Forward”.  The next day, Michael had an idea.  Since, he lived in Cary, Illinois.  Instead of paying it forward, we should “Cary It Forward”.


Michael started a FaceBook page called Cary It Forward and started a web site called CaryItForward.com on Monday (2/17/2014).  He ordered some “business cards” so that others could do a random act of kindness and drop off a card to the person on the receiving end.


Word quickly spread in Cary and four days later, over 400 people had liked the Facebook page.  You can pickup the free cards at 3Gstore.com or Cary Chamber of Commerce and there should be more Cary businesses supporting this soon.


It should be fun to see where this goes, as there are so many giving people in this community. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Verizon wants payment for carrying Netflix traffic

 
According to a Wall Street Journal report Verizon is in a battle with Netflix to handle their video streaming content. Verizon does not want to carry their entire streaming catalog and limit the customer experience, unless additional fees are applied. This concept would be new to ISP based streaming services, but has been ongoing with satellite or cable subscriptions where customers must pay premium rates for channels like HBO or Starz. How they’d manage or inforce this is unclear, it’s also possible they could only allow you so many hours of viewing before you or Netflix would be forced to pay more to deliver content to you. 

Last year Netflix encouraged all ISP’s to sign up for their video-distribution network without paying them fees for carrying its traffic. All of the major ISP have turned down this option stating they need additional compensation, despite the fact that Netflix pays for their bandwidth to the ISP and each and every customer is paying their ISP to have access to services like Netflix already. As Verizon and other ISP’s try to make moves like this the rules of Net Neutrality are slowly coming more into question and all we can do is wait and see if they’re who wins the battle.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Outernet - Free WiFi From Space To Every Human Being?


Is this for real?

A new project to launch miniature satellites in a low earth orbit by June 2015 will bring free WiFi to every human being on the earth?  Even those with restricted internet like North Korea and China.  Wonder about bandwidth and speeds and how they will make money as nothing is really free.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

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

Congrats to Barry S. of Seneca, South Carolina 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 Barry 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!.

Works great...now. I've got a DSL connection which I share with my tenants, but the system would lock up randomly, sometimes a couple times a day; requiring a power-on reboot of the router/modem. I installed the switch and the lockups persisted. The helpful 3G tech support wanted to help me troubleshoot it, but the failures often were not during support hours. After more failures, I changed the switch's connection validation choice from UDP (ping) to DCP (dragging in a page). Bingo! I haven't had a noticeable lockup in a month.. although the switch's log shows that it has been doing it's job. I love it and recommend it to anyone who occasionally has to power-on reset their modem/router and needs 24/7 internet connection. It has lots of other functions, but that's the lifesaver for me. Thx.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

BBB Complaint Free Award

3gstore received some exciting news today! The Better Business Bureau sent us an award for having no complaints for 2013! We strive on providing our customers the best pre and post support. Customer service is our specialty and we love making our customers happy! We believe that is why we have so many repeat customers. This award is exclusive to BBB Accredited Businesses and recognizes businesses for superior performance in the area of ethical business practices. Thanks BBB, we feel so proud and honored. We will continue to let customers know we are a BBB Accredited Business and that they can be confident to “Start With Trust.”

Worm attacks Linksys routers with self-replicating malware

An attack that infects home and small-office wireless routers from Linksys with self-replicating malware, has been uncovered. Once a device is compromised, it scans the Internet for other vulnerable devices to infect.

The worm appears to include strings that point to a command and control channel. The worm also includes basic HTML pages with images that look benign and more like a calling card.

The exploit may also change some routers' domain name system server to 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4, which are IP addresses used by Google's DNS service. Compromised routers remain infected until they are rebooted. Once the devices are restarted, they appear to return to their normal state. People who are wondering if their device is infected should check for heavy outbound scanning on port 80 and 8080, and inbound connection attempts to miscellaneous ports below 1024.

Linksys routers. As the routers scanned IP ports 80 and 8080 as fast as they could, they consumed the bandwidth of the unidentified ISP's customers, slowed down their legitimate activity, and interrupted streams and VPN connections.

The objective behind this ongoing attack remains unclear. Given that the only observable behavior is to temporarily infect a highly select range of devices, one possible motivation is to test how viable a self-replicating worm can be in targeting routers.

More details can be found here and here.