Chris and Cherie

About Chris and Cherie

Chris & Cherie have been traveling perpetually since 2006, mostly in an RV. They are high tech professionals who rely on mobile internet for their livelihood.

2016 RV Mobile Internet Year in Review & Looking Forward Into 2017

2016 has been a good year for staying connected. It has never been easier to get online in more places than ever – but the number of options and the tradeoffs between them remains as overwhelming as always. Things may be getting faster, data more bountiful, and connectivity better overall – but the world of RV Mobile […]

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2015 RV Mobile Internet Year in Review

2015 has been a fabulous year for keeping connected on the road – with technology options, speeds, and coverage all getting better than ever. This is our end-of-year quick update on the state of the RV mobile internet world – chronicling some of the major changes that happened in 2015, and giving a glimpse at what we’re most looking forward […]

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Verizon XLTE and Sprint Spark Deployment Maps

We just ran the maps for updating our app Coverage? (which overlays the data coverage maps of all of the major carriers). Thought we’d share with you the maps that show where Verizon and Sprint have been deploying their advanced LTE technology. Neither company shows these on their coverage maps, they just provide a list […]

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FCC Chairman: Not a Fan of Verizon’s Throttling Plan

A lot of people are concerned about Verizon’s newly announced plan to begin throttling users with grandfathered LTE accounts beginning in October. And it seems one of the most upset is FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. In a scathing letter to Verizon, he says: “Reasonable network management” concerns the technical management of your network; it is not […]

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FreedomPop to offer Free Data on Tablets

Sprint MVNO FreedomPop will soon be selling refurbished tablet devices, starting with the iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. All customers will receive 500 MB a month of free LTE data on the device, and customers can also bring their own Sprint enabled LTE tablets to the plan. As an added twist, FreedomPop will also […]

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Congress Says: It is OK to Unlock Your Phone

For those of us who rely on the cellular networks to get online – one longstanding annoyance has been that it is often impossible to move devices from one carrier to another. Often the reasons are technical (incompatible technology and frequency bands), but very often devices are sold “locked” to the original carrier, and without […]

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Verizon to Begin Throttling Unlimited Data Plans in October

Big news today – Verizon has announced that they are going to begin ‘network optimization’ of the speeds of LTE customers on “unlimited” grandfathered plans, starting in October. Verizon is targeting the top 5% of heaviest data users – and at the moment that is averaging out at about 4.7GB a month of usage. Speeds will not be […]

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WiFiRanger Firmware Update – 6.6.5P1

The bad news from WiFiRanger is that the 6.6.7 firmware full of lots of nifty new features is taking longer than they hoped to finish. The good news – they have back-ported a lot of the most critical bug fixes to 6.6.5, and this update is being released to the general public today. A lot […]

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goTenna – Turn your Smartphone into a Radio Wave Network

Startup goTenna is accepting pre sales of their new device that is intended to bridge the gap between cell and satellite phones. The device is a 2 ounce wand that communicates with your smartphone via bluetooth to transmit via low frequency radio waves to other users of the device. The range can be a mile in […]

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Verizon offering Prepaid LTE Data Service

Starting tomorrow, Verizon is making the move to including LTE data service for their prepaid AllSet plans direct with them. Previously, all prepaid plans, both with them and via other MVNOs, were limited to 3G service only. The linked article below talks about the new phone plans which include talk, text and limited buckets of […]

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T-Mobile Reveals What AT&T Charges Wholesale For Roaming Data

T-Mobile has filed with the FCC asking that it clarify what “commercially reasonable” means in regards to roaming agreements between carriers, and that the FCC then force AT&T and Verizon to fairly negotiate new more “reasonable” lower rates with the smaller carriers who are dependent on roaming. T-Mobiles objects to the big carriers charging wholesale […]

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Sprint’s LivePro Hotspot & Video Projector – Uhm. Yeah.

How many times have you been using your mobile hotspot to get your gadgets online, when you found yourself wishing that the hotspot could help entertain you during long downloads by projecting a movie onto the nearest wall? At last – your dreams are answered by Sprint’s new all-in-one LivePro. The LivePro combines a hotspot, […]

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Got Karma? — Buy data that does not expire!

Karma is perhaps the most unique MVNO out there. Their only product is $99 personal hotspot, and you can then buy data (which never expires) for $14/1GB, or $99/10GB – with no contracts, monthly fees, or fine print. The Karma hotspot is designed to be shared – and if it is turned on, it is […]

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Cradlepoint Orphans Consumer-Friendly Mobile Routers

Cradlepoint was a pioneer in creating small routers that could directly tether to USB cellular modems to get online and create a mobile hotspot, and they used to specifically target the mobile professional and RV market. We used the tiny CTR350 as our primary router for years before we switched to WiFiRanger, and have always […]

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Sprint: “Unlimited Data for Life” vs “The Fairness Algorithm”

It wasn’t long ago that Sprint’s marketing revolved around offering “Truly Unlimited Data for Life”. But things have changed – and lately Sprint has been letting users know that there is a new sherif in town. Sprint’s new “fairness algorithm” subjects customers who were in the top 5% of data users the prior month to […]

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New in the Testing Lab: SureCall TriFlex2Go Boosters

Just arrived – the SureCall TriFlex2Go mobile boosters.www.PowerfulSignal.com sent us the Verizon LTE and AT&T LTE versions. The claim for this product is that it’s higher end than the Wilson Mobile 4G. We’ll be testing to find out just what exactly that means, and if the price point is worthwhile. (the 5-band Wilson Mobile 4G retails […]

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