AT&T Launches Extremely Underwhelming Mobile 5G Plan in 12 Cities

The entire mobile industry has been talking incessantly for the past year about how the upcoming fifth generation of cellular technologies will revolutionize connectivity – with some even going so far as saying that 5G will be the “fundamental platform for the fourth industrial revolution”. AT&T in particular has been pushing hard to be the […]

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Two Networks, One Pocket – Carriers Are Finally Starting to Provision Smartphone eSIMs

One of the headline features of this year’s crop of new iPhone models (our story) was support for having two cellular plans active at once – on one device. Apple has enabled this feature by pioneering eSIM (embedded SIM) technology that allows you to use one traditional physical SIM card, and one virtual SIM installed […]

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Carriers Preview Upcoming Mobile 5G Technology & Devices

This week in Hawaii mobile chipmaker Qualcomm is hosting its Snapdragon Technology Summit featuring the first public demonstration of standards-based 5G technology, and the first (almost) hands-on previews of several upcoming 5G devices. Verizon and Inseego have used this event to announce the MiFi 5G NR, Verizon’s first 5G hotspot. And AT&T and Netgear have […]

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Project Fi Rebranded to Google Fi – New Features and Phone Options

Google’s Project Fi has long been an interesting and unique entry in the mobile connectivity space, designed to use WiFi along with multiple cellular networks behind the scenes to automatically pick the best option wherever you happen to be to deliver voice, text and data service – even internationally! Google announced some major changes to the service […]

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Verizon Prepaid Unlimited $65/mo Data Plan for Jetpacks (And Prepaid Overhauls)

Verizon has overhauled its prepaid plans and has a very pleasant surprise in store – they are offering a prepaid Unlimited Jetpack/Tablet plan for $65/month with autopay discount, with no high speed data caps! Yes, you heard that right, Verizon once again has an unlimited data plan with no throttle for data-only devices (but see […]

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Sprint Increases Hotspot Limit to 100GB – & Adds Uber

(Original story: 11/2/18): While doing routine content updating yesterday, we noted that Sprint’s website was indicating a dramatic increase in hotspot data allotments on their Unlimited Plans. Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Premium were both debuted in August of this year with some impressive perks – including a 50GB high speed mobile hotspot cap. These new […]

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New iOS 12.1 Enables Dual SIM Usage – But Carriers Aren’t Ready For eSIM Yet

UPDATE (December 11th, 2018): Carriers Are Finally Offering eSIMs AT&T and Verizon have finally managed to enable eSIM support (and T-Mobile has given a sneak preview) – but things are still a little rough around the edges. Read our new story here for all the details: Two Networks, One Pocket – Carriers Are Finally Starting […]

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Verizon Launches New Flagship Mobile Hotspot Device – The MiFi 8800L

Verizon last released a new flagship high-performance mobile hotspot way back in January 2017, when the MiFi 7730L (our review) first came to market. The 7730L has been an admirable performer, but this nearly two-year-old design has been unable to take advantage of the latest LTE technology advancements. We had begun to wonder if perhaps Verizon […]

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AT&T Teases World’s First Mobile 5G Device – Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Coming Soon

UPDATE (December 4th): Coming Soon?? Despite announcing back in October that the launch of AT&T’s mobile 5G service would be “in the next few weeks” – AT&T has been running out the clock without sharing any further details. But today, as part of announcing intentions to bring out a 5G compatible Samsung phone sometime in the […]

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AT&T Connected Car Mobley SIMs Reporting as PIN Locked

Late last week we started getting reports that AT&T Mobley owners have begun seeing “SIM PIN Locked” alerts when they have tried to use a Mobley Connected Car SIM cards in alternative devices – such a Unite Explore or Netgear Nighthawk. With the SIM locked and the PIN unknown, the other devices will not connect. But […]

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AT&T Increases Military and First Responder Discounts on Unlimited &More Plans

Over the last year, the four major providers have tried to one-up each other with discounts to military personnel and veterans. With the roll-out of AT&T’s FirstNet and the Verizon firefighter throttling debacle, “first responders” (a large group of public safety professionals) are increasingly becoming benefactors of special group discounts. While we wait for Verizon’s promised first […]

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Wi-Fi Alliance Eliminating 802.11 Alphabet Soup – “Wi-Fi 6” Coming Next Year

The term “Wi-Fi” is the friendly name for the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.11 communication standards for short range wireless networking. It is only by complying with these agreed upon standard that interoperable communications is possible – allowing mixing and matching of wireless gear from various manufacturers without concerns about compatibility. The 802.11 […]

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AT&T Changes Mobile Share Plans – Again: Mobile Share Plus Replaces Mobile Share Flex

For the second time in a year, AT&T has revamped it’s tiered-data post paid Mobile Share plan lineup.  In 2017 it was Mobile Share Advantage, then back in January it was Mobile Share Flex, and now it’s Mobile Share Plus. Ironically, Mobile Share Plus is the same name as the Mobile Share plan that was […]

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AT&T Pushes Mobley Firmware Update VM6200V1.0.3 – Removes ‘No Time Out’ Power Save Setting

Bad news, Mobley fans. Yesterday AT&T started to push a mandatory minor firmware update to all Mobley devices. The minor update from VM6200V1.0.1 to VM6200V1.0.3 seems to have only a single change in it – removing the critical ‘No Time Out’ option from the power save settings page. This means that the Mobley will now by default […]

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Looking Ahead: Will 2019 Be The Year of the Smart & Connected RV?

RV manufacturers seem to have at last woken up to the reality that customers are interested in the comforts of home when on the road: Air conditioning, heat, hot water, ample AC power, and yes… perhaps most importantly for many – connectivity! Over the past few weeks we’ve seen an explosion of new RV-centric internet […]

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Visible by Verizon is Officially Available to (almost) All

In early May of 2018, Verizon released a new prepaid service called Visible to those with early access codes. Now, Visible is available to the general public – well, at least those with iPhones for now. And, since releasing its service in May, Visible has also worked through some of it’s ‘pre-sale’ kinks – including introducing […]

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AT&T Spark Connected Car OBD-II Device by Harman – Is It a Mobley Replacement?

AT&T announced today the launch of the brand new Harman Spark ($79.99) device to turn your car into an advanced connected car device.  The device will be available later this week. This is an exciting addition to the Connected Car space, enabling telematics for emergency assistance, fleet management, theft, tracking and more. These devices plug into the […]

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