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.

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

Just hours after Verizon’s bombshell announcement about the return of unlimited data plans, T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter to attempt to “One Up” Verizon by making some tweaks to the T-Mobile One unlimited data plan. But rather than a dramatic one upping, he merely matched Verizon’s key features. With T-Mobile’s plans being cheaper than Verizon’s […]

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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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Reminder: AT&T’s 2G Network Shutting Down on January 1st!

If you still have an original first generation iPhone sitting around, you’ve got ten days left to take it for a spin around the cellular block. That’s because on January 1st, 2017 AT&T will be shutting down its nationwide 2G GSM network for good, leaving all pre-3G phones unable to connect to cellular service on […]

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T-Mobile Revises One+ Plan – Offers Lower Priced Option Without LTE Tethering

T-Mobile this morning announced some changes to its T-Mobile One+ plan – adding some features, lowering the base price, and introducing a new “One+ International” plan. T-Mobile first introduced the One+ plan back in August in response to criticism of the new “Unlimited Everything” $70/mo T-Mobile One smartphone plan lacking support for high-speed tethering. In response to […]

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Sprint Unveils “High Performance User Equipment” Technology – Promising Increased LTE Range / Performance

Sprint yesterday announced and publicly demonstrated for the first time “High Performance User Equipment” (HPUE) technology – a “breakthrough innovation” designed to “give Sprint customers better coverage and faster data speeds in more locations.” Sprint also announced that they are deploying 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM technologies that together with HPUE and increasing LTE-A carrier aggregation rollouts (Sprint […]

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AT&T Announces DirecTV Now: Unlimited Cellular Streaming, No Dish Required

AT&T on Monday afternoon announced its long awaited new online version of its DirecTV satellite TV service: DirecTV Now. Now at last RVers can stream 100+ channels of DirecTV content without needing to worry about signing long-term contracts, or carting around and aiming a portable satellite dish. And if you are on AT&T cellular – you can […]

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Pepwave Launches Next Generation Surf SOHO, MAX BR1 Mini

WiFiRanger isn’t the only company with new routers appealing to RVers launching this week – mobile router manufacturer Peplink also has a major new release The long awaited third generation Pepwave Surf SOHO is at last available! Peplink is also now shipping an interesting new lower-cost addition to the MAX BR1 line of cellular integrated […]

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WiFiRanger Revamps Entire Product Line – Embracing 802.11ac Wi-Fi

WiFiRanger has a long history of serving the RV market with indoor routers and roof-mounted long-range gear that many have come to rely on. The simplified user interface, RVer friendly features, and customer service that is willing to dive into troubleshooting unique issues such as problems with connecting to campground Wi-Fi login screens has always […]

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