Chris Dunphy

About Chris Dunphy

Chris has been a full-time technomad since 2006, starting out solo in a ridiculously small travel trailer - and now partnered with Cherie in a teched-out and restored vintage bus. A lifelong geek, he was one of the founding editors of 'boot Magazine' (still going strong as 'Maximum PC'), and before hitting the road full time he was the Director of Competitive Analysis for mobile technology pioneers Palm & PalmSource. Keeping up on mobile technology is a passion for him. Chris is one part of the Technomadia.com duo, and is co-host here at RVMobileInternet.com.

ALERT: Verizon Now Enforcing 10GB Hotspot Limit with New “Unlimited” Plan!

When Verizon launched the new Verizon Unlimited Plan in February, the fine print clearly stated that hotspot / tethering usage would be limited to 10GB per billing period – with tethering speeds supposed to be throttled to a glacial 600kbps once that limit was crossed. But Verizon’s own sales reps for the most part never understood […]

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Major Update to ‘Coverage?’ Released – Featuring HD Maps & Android Support

We’re thrilled to announce that the newly re-written ‘Coverage?’ app is now available – featuring fully updated maps, and the option to subscribe to get higher resolution coverage map overlays and a satellite view basemap. And at long last…. ‘Coverage?’ for Android is live in the Google Play store too! For those who may not be familiar […]

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weBoost Launches Drive 4G-X RV Cellular Booster / Antenna Kit

When weBoost first announced the Drive 4G-X cellular booster in February 2015, they also announced a special weBoost Drive 4G-XR bundle “coming soon” that was intended specifically for RVers. For the longest time – this upcoming kit was even featured prominently on the weBoost website. But then in April 2015, weBoost removed the Drive 4G-XR […]

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WiFiRanger Introduces Cellular-Integrated SkyPro LTE (and Millenicom Partnership)

WiFiRanger this week has announced the SkyPro LTE that combines the current SkyPro roof-mounted Wi-Fi receiver with an integrated LTE modem and antennas. Roof-mounted placement improves signal and performance by getting the cellular radio clear of obstructions and low-level clutter, while also eliminating any signal loss from long antenna cables running down into your RV. WiFiRanger […]

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Peplink Embraces LTE-A at Last, but Basic MAX BR1 Update Seemingly Delayed

We’ve been eagerly waiting for mobile router manufacturer Peplink to embrace LTE-Advanced technology in their cellular-integrated Pepwave routers – and at last Peplink has announced this long delayed and often teased update across the bulk of their product line! Peplink describes the advantages of the upgraded models this way: LTE-A also supports newer region and carrier […]

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Mobile Pricing Revealed for HughesNet “Gen5” Satellite Internet Service

We’ve been tracking the rollout of the fifth generation service from satellite internet provider HughesNet for a long time now. HughesNet “Gen5” is set to offer peak speeds of 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up, a substantial improvement over older satellite internet services that will make HughesNet a lot more competitive with LTE cellular technology. And unlike HughesNet’s […]

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AT&T Unleashes Affordable Unlimited Data for “Connected Cars” – Chevy OnStar or ZTE Mobley

Since 2015 most new Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles have come with “OnStar with 4G LTE” built in – adding an AT&T-powered Wi-Fi hotspot capability to the classic car-integrated OnStar security and navigation features. The basic idea is to keep your passengers entertained and online while underway. But the rather limited and expensive data plans […]

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AT&T Tries Again: New Unlimited Plus & Choice Plans are WAY More Competitive

AT&T was the last carrier to respond to Verizon’s surprise announcement of a reintroduction of unlimited data plans, and despite having the most time to think about it – AT&T underwhelmed everyone. Our reaction : “AT&T’s Unlimited Plan is more expensive than all the other carriers, and yet it has more limitations. Hopefully AT&T will try a bit harder […]

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Verizon Quietly Retires “XL” and Larger Data Plans

One of our favorite features of Verizon’s tiered cellular plans was how easy Verizon made it to change how much data you were signed up for each month. You could easily toggle between Verizon’s defined sizes as needed: S, M, L, XL, XXL – with extended data buckets available all the way up to 100GB for $450/mo. […]

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The Resurgence of Unlimited Data: A Crazy Week In Review

Last week was the busiest ever here at the RV Mobile Internet Resource Center – starting with Verizon’s surprise announcement that it was bringing back unlimited data plans. This started a chain reaction – with every other carrier scrambling to respond with new or updated unlimited plans of their own. Here is a quick recap of the […]

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Verizon Extends Grandfathered UDP Cancelation Deadline Until March 16th

In early January Verizon welcomed in the New Year by sending out thousands of letters to customers with out-of-contract grandfathered unlimited data plans – giving notice that they must change to a limited data plan by February 16th or face unilateral account cancelation. But then earlier this week Verizon brought back a new Unlimited Data Plan. […]

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T-Mobile Attempts to “One Up” Verizon – Matching 10GB Tethering and HD Video

UPDATE: T-Mobile One+ Price Drop T-Mobile used to charge $15/mo to add on the “One Plus” features to a line of service – giving subscribers access to HD video streaming and faster international roaming data speeds along with a few other perks. But the newly updated basic One plan now includes HD video streaming, and the […]

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HughesNet “Gen5” Satellite Internet Service – Coming April 1st!

Ever since satellite internet provider HughesNet launched its 5th generation satellite in December, we’ve been eagerly awaiting details around the service plans, pricing, and when the next generation service would roll out. But so far all HughesNet has teased the world with is this: “EchoStar XIX, the world’s highest-capacity broadband satellite, will power HughesNet Gen5, the next […]

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Cradlepoint Announces New Flagship COR IBR900 Mobile Router

High-end mobile router manufacturer Cradlepoint has announced a new flagship mobile router with a very impressive feature set – the brand new COR IBR900. On paper at least, this is the most advanced cellular integrated mobile router we have yet seen. Cradlepoint describes it this way: “With an embedded Category 6 modem for LTE Advanced, 802.11ac Wave […]

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SpaceX Launches First Wave of Iridium Next Satellite Constellation Into Orbit

SpaceX this past weekend launched the first ten satellites of the upgraded Iridium Next satellite constellation, the first step in replacing the decades-old Iridium service with something more advanced and capable. The current Iridium constellation was launched between 1997 and 2002, and is best known for enabling satellite telephones that work anywhere on the globe. But […]

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