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.

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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Verizon Launches New Flagship Hotspot: Jetpack MiFi 7730L by Novatel

It has been over a year since Verizon last released a flagship mobile hotspot. Our current top pick, the Jetpack AC791L by Netgear, was released in September 2015 – and just this week we were discussing how long it had gone without a replacement, wondering if a more advanced update would ever come. As if on queue, Verizon yesterday […]

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FCC Finds Verizon and AT&T Violate Net Neutrality Rules, T-Mobile in the Clear

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler fired a parting shot at Verizon and AT&T yesterday – with his agency issuing an in depth analysis finding that the “free” video streaming service offerings from Go90 (Verizon) and DirecTV (AT&T) violate the FCC’s network neutrality rules. The network neutrality rules were designed to keep carriers from playing […]

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Breaking News: Verizon Aggressively Moves to Cancel High Usage Unlimited Data Plans

UPDATE: January 10th, 2016 – Verizon’s Statement on Cancelations Some large mainstream sites have started to cover the story about Verizon moving to cancel many unlimited data plans, and a few of them were able to get an official statement from Verizon. Here is what Verizon spokesperson Kelly Crummey told Ars Technica: “Because our network is a shared […]

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T-Mobile “Uncarrier-Next” Includes Taxes & Fees, Drops Simple Choice Tablet & Hotspot Options

T-Mobile today rolled out its next #uncarrier move during a big event held at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. Amidst the trademark trash talking of competitors, some major new initiatives designed to once again shake up the mobile industry were announced. In particular, T-Mobile is aiming to vastly simplify how cellular plans are priced […]

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New Cellular Boosters: Smoothtalker Mobile RV X6 & HiBoost Travel 4G LTE

Cellular boosters can be an indispensable tool to have in your connectivity arsenal, but other than the relatively solid options from market leader weBoost there have not been many LTE-compatible boosters that have come to market that have been worth mentioning over the past two years. And while many are still available for sale – […]

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WiFiRanger Announces “Passport” – Partnership with RV Parks for Guaranteed Fast Wi-Fi

The RV Wi-Fi specialists at WiFiRanger are announcing tomorrow that they will be rolling out a feature called “Passport” in the next few months with the ambitious goal of making fast campground Wi-Fi a lot easier to find and take advantage of. Campground Wi-Fi is notoriously disappointing – so any improvement here will be extremely welcome. WiFiRanger describes Passport this […]

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