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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AT&T Grandfathered Unlimited Smartphone Plans to Increase by $5/Month- Again.

Beginning in March, AT&T is raising the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans (UDP) by $5 a month – again. An initial $5/month increase occurred back in February of 2016. AT&T has made no official announcement of this price hike as of this writing, but trustworthy outlets have reportedly confirmed the policy modification with AT&T representatives and customers […]

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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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FreedomPop Now Offering AT&T Based Data Options

FreedomPop, an MVNO known for reselling Sprint based cellular plans, has added an AT&T based LTE data option to their line up. FreedomPop has been a long time player in the reseller market, most known for their free phone plans that usually include 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500mb of data a month, with add-ons available. […]

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EchoStar 19 Launches from Cape Canaveral, A Huge Step for Mobile Satellite Internet

On Sunday afternoon, the long awaited EchoStar 19 satellite built for HughesNet launched from Cape Canaveral Florida after a few delays. The launch is exciting news for RVers awaiting the next potential viable option for mobile satellite internet. In Summer 2015, RTC Communications announced they were working with HughesNet to allow mobility with their KA-band […]

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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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Netflix Introduces ‘Offline’ Mode

As hopes for the ‘perfect’ mobile internet plan (i.e. low cost, fast, reliable, widespread, unlimited) continue to go largely unanswered, we can find some solace in a new offering by Netflix. Netflix just announced an offline feature, which allows Netflix members to download a selection of their library in addition to streaming- at no extra cost. Streaming and downloading […]

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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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