Xfinity Mobile Adjusts Plan – Implements Hotspot & Video Throttle

In August of 2017, Comcast launched Xfinity Mobile, a Verizon + Wi-Fi hotspot based smartphone offering, with hotspot features enabled so that it could act as a solid mobile internet option. Now, Xfinity has added a 600kbps throttle to ALL hotspotted data – and a 480p video throttle as well. This is a very unwelcome […]

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Spectrum Launches Mobile Service for Home Internet Customers

As we’ve been expecting, cable giant Spectrum Communications has at last launched a new mobile offering called Spectrum Mobile. The service is very similar to Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile service, with both options running on Verizon’s network behind the scenes. Spectrum Mobile service is only available to Spectrum home internet customers, but for those that qualify it […]

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KVH Introduces TracPhone LTE-1 For Improved Offshore Cellular Connectivity

KVH Industries is best known for providing TracVision satellite TV receiver domes for the RV and marine market, as well as for its popular TracPhone global satellite voice and data service that is often found providing connectivity on mega-yachts (with the budgets to match). But now KVH is introducing its first cellular-powered system, for cruisers with […]

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Verizon Prepaid Offers Double Data

(Original story – 6/27/18): Verizon Prepaid is currently offering a ‘Double Data Promo’, including as much as 20GB of high speed, tetherable data for $60. In early May of 2018, we noted a ‘Double Data Promo’ available from Verizon Prepaid. While everyone loves ‘free’ data, this deal had a major sticking point: there was little […]

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AT&T Rolling Out “Unlimited” Mobile Hotspot Tracking and High-Speed Cap Enforcement

When all of the carriers rolled out their new unlimited plans earlier last year, they all came with clear and advertised caps on high-speed mobile hotspot use. On-device data is unlimited at full speed (just subject to network management), but after you reached your mobile hotspot cap, speeds would be throttled to a set point. […]

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New AT&T Plans Announced: “Unlimited &More” Brings on the Streaming Bundles

UPDATE: The new AT&T plans went live this morning (June 28th) – and we’ve been digging deep into the fine print. A few interesting discoveries: You can only change between the free premium channels (HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Pandora, Amazon Music, or VRV) that come with the &More Premium plan once every twelve months. This seems […]

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Unreal Mobile – New Sprint-Based MVNO from FreedomPop Launches

Unreal Mobile, a new Sprint-based MVNO, launched today with a line of inexpensive, low-data smartphone plans. Unreal Mobile was created by, and is a subsidiary of, Freedom Pop. It appears the intended purpose of the new MVNO is to provide a higher level of service than that of bargain-basement MVNO Freedom Pop. Unreal includes more […]

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AT&T Mobile Share Advantage Plans to Get Data & Price Increase

If you’re holding on to a now retired AT&T Mobile Share Advantage plan, which was available from August 2016 to January 2018, changes are coming. Beginning on July 1st, 2018, Mobile Share Advantage (MSA) Customers will see both their data and their plan prices increased. There is no option to opt out of this change, unless […]

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FCC Repeal Goes Into Effect – Network Neutrality Rules Are Officially Dead

UPDATE: October 1st, 2018 – California Strikes Back As expected, despite being dead at the federal level, the fight for network neutrality has continued at the state level – and last night California signed strong new state level network neutrality rules into law – prohibiting carriers from blocking or throttling lawful internet traffic, charging fees […]

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Verizon Complicates Unlimited Plans – Adds “Above Unlimited” along with Beyond Unlimited & Go Unlimited

Early this morning Verizon announced that on June 18th, 2018 it will be rolling out a new tier of unlimited data plan:  Above Unlimited. It’s a little more ‘unlimited’ than Verizon’s existing ‘Beyond Unlimited’ plan. And definitely more unlimited than the speed-throttled (for hotspot data) ‘Go Unlimited’ plan. But Verizon must have laughed the executive out […]

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AT&T Increasing Price on Original iPhone Unlimited Plans – Again

(Original Story: 5/29/2018) Folks who have been hanging on to the AT&T Original iPhone Unlimited Plans, released in 2007 when the iPhone first debuted – have been seeing notices on their bill that another $5 increase is coming in July 2018. This will bring the data portion of the bill from $40 to $45/month. That is […]

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Urgent FBI Warning: Should You Reboot All The Things?

The internet is abuzz this Memorial Day weekend about an urgent warning put out by the FBI encouraging everyone to reboot their routers to help disrupt an ongoing Russian cyber attack. The warning is pretty straightforward: “The FBI recommends any owner of small office and home office routers reboot the devices to temporarily disrupt the […]

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New Satellite Messaging Options: Garmin inReach Mini, Somewear Global, Globalstar Sat-Fi2, & SPOT X

Every technology enabled nomad dreams of being able to be connected from absolutely anywhere (when they want to be). But unfortunately, things get tricky as you travel to places where Wi-Fi hotspots turn cold and even boosted cellular fails to dial in a single bar of service. Satellite broadband gear is the answer for some […]

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WARNING: DirecTV Now 2.0 Update Breaks HDMI Output, Chromecast Support

JULY 2018 UPDATE: It’s Fixed! The DirecTV Now 2.1 update fixes HDMI output, and seemingly many other issues. Read our article about the update, and other changes to AT&T’s treatment of DirecTV streaming data, here. Original article continues below… If you’re a DirecTV Now app user, and you utilize HDMI or Chromecast to broadcast your […]

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