Monday, March 31, 2014

Wilson SmarTech III DT 60db Repeater Kit (463105) Now Available - FCC Approved

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In anticipation of the upcoming FCC changes*, which will require cellular amplifiers to meet certain criteria (including only being sold in kits) and to be registered with the cell provider, Wilson Electronics has released a new FCC-approved version of their popular DT (desktop) amplifier kit: the SmarTech III DT 60db Repeater Kit (463105). With 60db gain, the new DT is able to provide boosted voice and 3G signal to a slightly larger area than the original model - up to 1,000 square feet. Like the original model, the 463105 utilizes RG6 cabling, which makes it a popular choice for users who prefer to use standard RG6 cabling instead of the thicker LMR400 cabling used by most amplifier kits.
amplifier with adjustable gain controls for each band
above: the DT amplifier with adjustable gain controls
below: the kit includes all necessary components
 
dt packaging
Features & Benefits:
  • Stronger cell signal indoors
  • Fewer dropped calls & lost connections
  • Faster data downloads
  • Clearer voice calls
  • Longer battery life for cellular devices
  • FCC certified to 2014 technical specs
  • Boosts voice and 3G for all major North American cell carriers
  • All needed components included in package
  • DIY installation
 
installation diagram
installation diagram (not to scale. representative graphic only - appearance of actual components may vary) 
 
The new DT is available now at 3Gstore at an introductory price of $268.99 (MSRP $299.99). See the full specs and order the Wilson SmarTech III DT 60db Repeater Kit (463105).

*It is important to note that users of currently available amplifiers that do not meet the upcoming new FCC regulations DO NOT need to worry - all amplifiers sold before the switchover date (May 1) will be “grandfathered in.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Dale K. For Writing Review of a CradlePoint MBR1200B 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 5.0.0

Congrats to Dale K. of Mt Juliet, Tennessee who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for CradlePoint MBR1200B 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Router w/ WiFi as WAN Firmware 5.0.0 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 Dale K.\'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!.

The MBR1200B was a breeze to set up and configure. We got a Verizon USB, plugged it and everything just started working! It's fast, has lots of options for control and the users love it.


Wilson SmarTech III DT4G 60db 5-Band Repeater Kit (460101) Now Available - FCC Approved

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In anticipation of the upcoming FCC changes*, which will require cellular amplifiers to meet certain criteria (including only being sold in kits) and to be registered with the cell provider, Wilson Electronics has released a new FCC-approved 5-band version of their popular DT (desktop) amplifier kit: the SmarTech III DT4G 60db 5-Band Repeater Kit (460101). Unlike the original DT kit, the DT4G works for all 5 frequency bands used in the US and will boost voice, 3G, and 4G signal for all carriers but Clearwire. With 60db gain, the new DT4G is able to provide boosted signal to a slightly larger area than the original model - up to 1,000 square feet. Like the original model, the 460101 utilizes RG6 cabling, which makes it a popular choice for users who prefer to use standard RG6 cabling instead of the thicker LMR400 cabling used by most amplifier kits.

amplifier with adjustable gain controls for each band
above: the DT4G amplifier with adjustable gain controls
below: the kit includes all necessary components
 
dt4g packaging
Features & Benefits:
  • Stronger cell signal indoors
  • Fewer dropped calls & lost connections
  • Faster data downloads
  • Clearer voice calls
  • Longer battery life for cellular devices
  • FCC certified to 2014 technical specs
  • Boosts voice, 3G, and 4G data signals for all major North American cell carriers except for Clearwire WiMAX
  • All needed components included in package
  • DIY installation
 
installation diagram
installation diagram (not to scale. representative graphic only - appearance of actual components may vary) 
 
The new 5-band DT4G is available now at 3Gstore at an introductory price of $348.99 (MSRP $399.99). See the full specs and order the Wilson SmarTech III DT4G 60db 5-Band Repeater Kit (4620101).

*It is important to note that users of currently available amplifiers that do not meet the upcoming new FCC regulations DO NOT need to worry - all amplifiers sold before the switchover date (May 1) will be “grandfathered in.”

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sprint HD Voice will go live in July

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Sprint CEO Dan Hesse stated their “HD Voice” service would go live around July of this year after speaking at the Oracle Industry Connect conference in Boston this week. This isn’t the same technology as VoLTE and HD Voice is simply designed to improve the clarity of a voice call across seven octaves, where current phones only use four octaves. In addition to the announcement of HD Voice Hesse also promised an increase in LTE speeds of 150 to 180Mbps in several markets courtesy of their 2.5Ghz LTE TDD spectrum and carrier aggregation. As of now Sprint offers 4G LTE in 340 markets across the country and is quickly expanding to compete with Verizon and AT&T LTE coverage.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wilson SmarTech III AG Pro 70db Repeater Kit (460105) Now Available - FCC Approved

ag pro 70
In anticipation of the upcoming FCC changes*, which will require cellular amplifiers to meet certain criteria (including only being sold in kits) and to be registered with the cell provider, Wilson Electronics has released a new FCC-approved version of their popular 70db 800/1900mhz amplifier kit: the AG Pro 70db SmarTech III Repeater Kit w/ Yagi Antenna (460105). It works for 800/1900mhz cellular networks, which includes most voice and 3G providers in the US, and includes all necessary components to provide boosted signal for homes/offices up to 10,000 square feet. Unlike the original AG Pro 70, which had an impedance of 75ohms and utilized RG6 cabling, the new model is 50ohms and uses LMR400 cable.

Features & Benefits:
  • Stronger cell signal indoors
  • Fewer dropped calls & lost connections
  • Faster data downloads
  • Clearer voice calls
  • Longer battery life for cellular devices
  • FCC certified to 2014 technical specs
  • Boosts voice & 3G data signals for all major North American cell carriers
  • All needed components included in package
  • DIY installation
 
installation diagram
installation diagram (not to scale. representative graphic only - appearance of actual components may vary) 
 
The new AG Pro 70 is available now at 3Gstore at an introductory price of $578.99 (MSRP $649.99). See the full specs and order the Wilson AG Pro 70db SmarTech III Repeater Kit w/ Yagi Antenna (460105)

*It is important to note that users of currently available amplifiers that do not meet the upcoming new FCC regulations DO NOT need to worry - all amplifiers sold before the switchover date (May 1) will be “grandfathered in.”

Monday, March 24, 2014

Wilson SmarTech III DB Pro Repeater Kits (462105 & 462205) Now Available - FCC Approved

db pro with yagi

In anticipation of the upcoming FCC changes*, which will require cellular amplifiers to meet certain criteria (including only being sold in kits) and to be registered with the cell provider, Wilson Electronics has released new FCC-approved versions of their popular DB Pro amplifier kits: the SmarTech III DB Pro with OMNI Antenna (462105) and SmarTech III DB Pro with YAGI Antenna (462205) (pictured above). Both models works for 800/1900mhz cellular networks, which includes most voice and 3G providers in the US (a model that works with 4G is due later this year) and include all necessary components. With 65db gain, the new SmarTech III DB Pros are able to provide boosted signal to a slightly larger area than the old model - about 1,000 - 5,000 square feet. Like the original DB Pro models, the 462105 and 462205 both utilize RG6 cabling, which makes it a popular choice for users who prefer to use standard RG6 cabling instead of the thicker LMR400 cabling used by most amplifier kits.

Features & Benefits:
  • Stronger cell signal indoors
  • Fewer dropped calls & lost connections
  • Faster data downloads
  • Clearer voice calls
  • Longer battery life for cellular devices
  • FCC certified to 2014 technical specs
  • Boosts voice & 3G data signals for all major North American cell carriers
  • All needed components included in package
  • DIY installation

installation diagram
installation diagram (not to scale. representative graphic only - appearance of actual components may vary) 
The new DB Pros are available now at 3Gstore at an introductory price of $398.99 (MSRP $449.99). See the full specs and order the Wilson SmarTech III DB Pro with OMNI Antenna (462105) or  Wilson SmarTech III DB Pro with YAGI Antenna (462205)

*It is important to note that users of currently available amplifiers that do not meet the upcoming new FCC regulations DO NOT need to worry - all amplifiers sold before the switchover date (May 1) will be “grandfathered in.”

Friday, March 21, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Larry W. For Writing Review of a Wilson Sleek 4G Universal Signal Booster - 813426 [700V/700A/800/1900/1700/2100mhz]

Congrats to Larry W. of San Marcos, Texas who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Wilson Sleek 4G Universal Signal Booster - 813426 [700V/700A/800/1900/1700/2100mhz] 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 Larry 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!.

I am giving 4 stars as my use has been limited to this point but I am very happy with the unit. The included mounts work well with my Galaxy S4. I have only used the unit on the Verizon network with the factory antenna and I am getting a 20 dBm boost of signal on the 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks. I am looking forward to trying it with my 9 db trucker antenna after I get the connection adaptors. I RV boondock in fringe area's and have used a hardwired booster on 3G area's for years but unfortunately the new phones cannot be used on that type of amp. The true test will come when we travel next year and I have a chance to use it on the road.


Wilson Sleek SmarTech III Cradle Amplifier (460106) Now Available - FCC Approved

wilson sleek
In anticipation of the upcoming FCC changes*, which will require cellular amplifiers to meet certain criteria (including only being sold in kits) and to be registered with the cell provider, Wilson Electronics has released a new FCC-approved version of their popular Sleek cradle amplifier: the SmarTech III Sleek Cradle Amplifier (460106). The Sleek works for 800/1900mhz cellular networks, which includes most voice and 3G providers in the US (a model that works with 4G is due later this year) and includes everything you need to boost the signal to a single phone or hotspot in a vehicle (a home/office accessory kit is available for use indoors).

sleek contents
The 460106 kit includes (clockwise from left): manual, Sleek cradle amplifier, 4" magnetic mount antenna w/ 12' cable, USB cable and cigarette lighter power supply, and mount

Features & Benefits:
  • Stronger cell signal indoors
  • Fewer dropped calls & lost connections
  • Faster data downloads
  • Clearer voice calls
  • Longer battery life for cellular devices
  • FCC certified to 2014 technical specs
  • Boosts voice & 3G data signals for all major North American cell carriers
  • All needed components included in package
  • Optional home accessory kit sold separately
  • DIY installation

installation diagram
installation diagram (not to scale. representative graphic only - appearance of actual components may vary) 
The new Sleek is available now at 3Gstore at an introductory price of $98.99 (MSRP $119.99). See the full specs and order the Wilson Sleek SmarTech III (460106)

*It is important to note that users of currently available amplifiers that do not meet the upcoming new FCC regulations DO NOT need to worry - all amplifiers sold before the switchover date (May 1) will be “grandfathered in.”

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cradlepoint joins Cloud Security Alliance

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CradlePoint, the global leader in cloud-managed, 3G/4G networking solutions for distributed enterprises, today announced that it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). CSA is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing. CradlePoint's participation within the alliance provides an additional layer of confidence and aligns its cloud-based management solution, Enterprise Cloud Manager, with an industry-accepted framework. 

CradlePoint's Enterprise Cloud Manager will look to the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) as a security framework for the solution. CCM provides fundamental security principles that are aligned to Cloud Security Alliance guidance in 13 distinct domains. The foundation of the Cloud Controls Matrix was built based on industry-accepted security standards, regulations, and control frameworks. The CCM provides the needed structure, detail and clarity relating to information security tailored to the evolving cloud industry.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sprint Expands LTE by 20 Markets

Sprint launched LTE 4G in 20 new markets around the U.S. Some of the markets include Hope Springs, Ark.; Bridgeport, Stamford, and Norwalk, Conn.; Sarasota and Bradenton, Fla.; Peoria, Ill.; Ocean City, N.J.; Omaha, Neb.; and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Sprint said it is on track to cover 250 million people with 4G LTE by the middle of the year.

Friday, March 14, 2014

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

Congrats to Raphael N. of Cut Off, Louisiana 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 Raphael N.\'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!.

Great Product!. I have a Flir Sensor and encoder that sometimes gets stuck and all of it just needs a good power cycle. With that equipment being out in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, the IP switch saves me a trip out there. Also, it saves on down time.


Wilson AG Pro Quint 5 Band Repeater Kit (461104) - the First FCC-Approved Amplifier is Here

wilson ag pro quint

In anticipation of the upcoming FCC changes for cellular amplifiers*, which will require amplifiers to meet certain criteria (including only being sold in kits) and to be registered with the user's cell provider, Wilson Electronics has released their first FCC-approved model: the AG Pro Quint 70db SmarTech III 5-Band Repeater Kit (461104). An all-in-one kit that works for all voice, 3G, and 4G carriers in the US (with the exception of WiMAX), the Quint can provide boosted signal for buildings up to 10,000 square feet.

ag pro quint contents
The 461104 kit includes (clockwise from left): interior panel antenna, 75’ and 60’ LMR400 cables, amplifier, yagi antenna, mounting hardware for the antennas, and manuals

Features & Benefits:
  • Fewer dropped calls & lost connections
  • Faster data downloads
  • Clearer voice calls
  • Longer battery life for cellular devices
  • FCC certified to 2014 technical specs
  • Boosts signal – including 4G – for all major U.S. cell carriers (except WiMAX)
  • All needed components included in package
  • Maximum FCC-allowed output power
  • DIY installation
ag pro quint adjustable gain controls
adjustable gain controls allow you to control the gain on each frequency independently
installation diagram
installation diagram (not to scale. representative graphic only - appearance of actual components may vary) 
The Quint is available now at 3Gstore at an introductory price of $768.99 (MSRP $899.99). See the full specs and order the Wilson Quint SmarTech III Kit (461104)

Watch our unboxing video:


*It is important to note that users of currently available amplifiers that do not meet the upcoming new FCC regulations DO NOT need to worry - all amplifiers sold before the switchover date (May 1) will be “grandfathered in.”

T-Mobile celebrates 1st anniversary of LTE rollout by launching more network upgrades

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BELLEVUE, Wash. - March 13, 2014 - Over the past year, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) has abolished a litany of consumer pain points through a series of revolutionary new programs and services - and Americans have responded by making T-Mobile the fastest growing wireless company in the U.S. Today, the Un-carrier announced it is continuing its relentless pace of industry innovation by launching a major new program to expand what has already become the fastest LTE deployment the U.S. has ever seen. 

Less than one year since launch, T-Mobile's 4G LTE network already reaches 210 million people in 273 metro areas nationwide. Building on the unprecedented pace of its LTE rollout, T-Mobile is now kicking off a major new program to upgrade its 2G/EDGE network with 4G LTE. The company plans to complete 50 percent of the work this year alone, and expects the program to be substantially complete by the middle of next year. The upgrade will provide customers who currently experience 2G/EDGE coverage new access to 4G LTE, and many already covered by 4G LTE will enjoy access to 4G LTE in even more places. In addition, T-Mobile plans to begin deploying 4G LTE this year in the new 700 MHz A-Block spectrum the company is in the process of acquiring. 

"Right now, T-Mobile covers 96 percent of Americans, and over the past year, we've completely shattered records with the fastest 4G LTE deployment the U.S. wireless industry has ever seen." said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "Our competitors want you to believe our network doesn't measure up. But that just isn't true. And American consumers are going to see right through the spin and half-truths when given the facts." 

In a span of just six months, T-Mobile deployed its 4G LTE network coast to coast and at a pace unprecedented in the U.S. wireless industry - going from zero to nationwide coverage between March and September 2013. Already, T-Mobile has built America's fastest nationwide 4G LTE network - based on millions of speed tests by real customers using Ookla's Speedtest.net app on their own devices. More than 6.5 million customer tests have been conducted in 2014 alone. 

"Through this major new network upgrade program, and other initiatives already underway, we're driving hard toward our multi-billion dollar strategy to further improve what is already an amazing network experience for our customers," said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. "Our 4G LTE is going to reach 230 million people across the U.S. by mid-year. By year's end, we're going to be delivering wicked-fast 4G LTE to more than 250 million people. That's how the Un-carrier rolls out 4G LTE." 

In addition to these network updates, T-Mobile announced it is pushing back against misleading competitive claims through a new primetime television ad that began airing in primetime last night - and the company has demanded Verizon cease and desist with its well-known map ads.
"Verizon's ink blots massively understate our coverage and don't begin to represent the actual customer experience on T-Mobile's network," said Legere. "So we're setting the record straight - both by demanding an end to the misinformation, and by going straight to the people with the truth." 

T-Mobile has taken legal action demanding that Verizon cease and desist the carrier's network map advertising, arguing that Verizon has cherry-picked a single network technology to depict in its ads rather than accurately reflecting the many technologies widely in use today. T-Mobile reaches over 230 million people nationwide with 4G HSPA+, which provides 4G coverage in many locations where LTE has not yet been rolled out.  This is in addition to T-Mobile's nationwide 4G LTE coverage.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Audi and AT&T announce in-vehicle 4G LTE connectivity

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Audi of America and AT&T announced new data plans for the all-new 2015 A3 sedan, which debuts this month, and will enable the first-ever in-vehicle 4G LTE data connection in North America. The data plans will be competitively priced, starting at $99 for a 6-month plan and $499 for a 30-month plan. 

“Having the choice of two data plans gives the consumer the opportunity to choose a contract that works best for their lifestyle and allows them to maintain connectivity in the vehicle for an extended period of time,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “The new AT&T data plans with 4G LTE connectivity will allow Audi drivers to enjoy seamless navigation, streaming and high-speed access to the Internet.” 

Audi and AT&T will offer two limited data plans: a 6-month plan with 5 Gigabytes of data and a 30- month plan with 30 GB. All Audi A3 sedans equipped with Audi connect® will receive a free six-month trial period. Previous experience with 3G+ Audi connect owners has shown they prefer either a 6-month or a 30-month term, which are designed to accommodate the consumer’s typical usage. The plans are based off typical usage in a vehicle. Customers can be sent e-mail alerts if they near the data plan limit. 

As previously announced, this summer Audi will become the first automaker to offer a Mobile Share data plan option to AT&T wireless customers who would like to add their vehicle to their existing Mobile Share plan. 

Audi plans to roll out 4G LTE capability across its entire lineup as new or refreshed models come to market. AT&T has the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network.* AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study, and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest. 

The new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect, including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook and Twitter alerts, access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations, personalized RSS news feeds, and more. 

An accompanying mobile app will allow advanced functionality between the MMI system and smartphones, reducing the need for Audi motorists to handle their devices when accessing some smartphone-based features.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

13 Day Standby, iOS 7.1 on iPhone 4



I have an iPhone 5S.  I really enjoy it, BUT the battery life is't that great.  I don't travel much, but when I do and I am not near power - I have lots of battery cases and battery packs that I travel with.  This shouldn't be.  Look at the screen shot above.  This is from an iPhone 4 running the latest iOS.  Of course, I only used the phone for 3 hours, but it was in standby for almost 2 weeks.  Why can't the latest iOS devices get this kind of battery life?

Friday, March 07, 2014

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer David M. For Writing Review of a Peplink Balance 20 Load Balancing 3G/4G Router

Congrats to David M. of Belle Haven, Virginia who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Peplink Balance 20 Load Balancing 3G/4G Router 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 David M.\'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!.

Product works as advertised. Very nice user interface. What sets everything apart, however, is the support provided by 3G. Outstanding would not be praise high enough. They answer the phone and the person you talk to is very knowledgeable. I only purchased a $300 router and I've already received more than that in patient help/support in getting it setup.


Boeing Releases Details on a Self-Destructing Smartphone!

Boeing, known for their fighter jets, airliners, and satellites is getting into another market - smartphones. This isn’t just any old smartphone however, it’s the type of phone you’d use if you were some super secret agent. The Boeing Black is being marketed as a secure mobile device geared for U.S. Defense and security communities.

Not many details have been released about the phone as of yet, but what we do know is this:
  • Uses Android OS 
  • Can communicate over satellite transceivers and discrete radio channels 
  • Advanced location tracking and biometric sensors 
  • Encrypted storage for sensitive data 
  • Self-destruct mode - YES, you heard that right - If someone tries to pop open the device, it is automatically wiped of its data and made inoperable 
Becky Yeamans, a company spokeswoman, commented on the new mobile device, “Designed to meet the evolving security needs of defense and security customers, Boeing has released a modular smartphone to enable secure access and exchange of critical data and communications on a trusted mobile device.”

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

US says Sprint Overcharged them for Wiretaps

The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against Sprint, stating the company overcharged them for wiretapping services by $21 million give or take a million.

Carriers are required to assist the government and must maintain certain types of equipment to do so. Carriers are allowed to bill the government for the upkeep of that equipment. During the periods between January 2007 and July 2007, Sprint inflated the costs by as much as 58%.

Sprint denies the charges and says all its invoices comply with the law

Monday, March 03, 2014

CarPlay and Verizon



Apple announced CarPlay today and this sounds awesome.  Here is an important question.  If the CarPlat screen is using your iPhone for Navigation, what happens when a phone call comes in and you are on Verizon or Sprint (CDMA carriers)?  The way it works now, is that you cannot do voice and data at the same time, so if I am navigating and a call comes in, will mapping stop working?  If you are using TomTom on your iPhone, you won't have that problem, BUT iOS Maps requires a data connection to work.