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Upgrade Complete: Final Ten Iridium Next Satellites Launched!

Iridium Communications has been busy for the past two years replacing all 66 of their Iridium satellites with an entirely new generation – accomplishing this massive task without disrupting any existing services. Think of it like replacing the engines on a fleet of jumbo jets (in space), without landing them. SpaceX (the launch provider) describes […]

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2018 Mobile Internet Year in Review & Looking Forward Into 2019

2018 has been yet another wild ride in the world of mobile internet! The undeniable biggest story of the year was the surprise release of an actual (mostly) unlimited mobile hotspot data plan from Verizon, once again making Verizon an obvious Top Pick for anyone with serious mobile data needs. But there were plenty of […]

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AT&T Discontinuing Unlimited Plus for Business Lines – Are Consumer Lines Next?

AT&T’s Unlimited Plus plan was one of our Top Picks of 2017. Particularly because you could add on mobile hotspot lines with no high-speed usage limits – this plan developed a massive following amongst many with demanding internet needs. AT&T retired this sweet plan in February 2018, but everyone who heeded our warnings and grabbed […]

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AT&T to “Upgrade” Millions of 4G/LTE Phones to Pretend They Are 5G

Today (December 21st, 2018) is AT&T’s official launch date for the first mobile 5G network in America. But though that launch is limited to just a single compatible device available for free to “select” customers in tiny parts of just twelve cities, AT&T today revealed plans to get “5G” onto potentially millions of existing devices across […]

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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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Republic Wireless Offering 20GB Data-only Sim Cards Through Amazon

T-Mobile/Sprint reseller Republic Wireless is now selling an interesting and unique data-only, prepaid, one-time-use, plug-and-play SIM card.  Available only through Amazon, the sim can be installed in any unlocked, GSM-compatible device and comes in 30 and 90-day versions. Although advertised as “unlimited” data, it only includes 20GB of high-speed (4G/LTE) data per 30 day period, […]

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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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American Booster Launches VOLTEX 50 Mobile Boosters for RVs, Vehicles & Yachts

American Booster is a South Korean company, new in the cellular signal booster game. They are not, however, new to telecommunications equipment – touting more than 10 years of experience in developing and manufacturing telecommunication equipment for cellular operators American Booster recently launched a new line of mobile cellular boosters called the VOLTEX 50. American […]

Verizon Now Offering First Responders Discounts and Priority on Personal Plans

Yesterday, Verizon announced it is extending a First Responders discount to those who hold personal Verizon plan lines, complementing Verizon’s first responder and public safety plan for government agencies, which was made available to national and state contract procurement offices in August. Starting today, customers who are state & local police, fire and EMS employees, […]

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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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T-Mobile Brings Back Unlimited Hotspot Data with Global Plus 15GB

Back in August 2018, T-Mobile eliminated the “One Plus International” add-on to its ONE line of smartphone plans.  T-Mobile seemed to be following in AT&T’s footsteps by eliminating the only remaining direct carrier option that provided unlimited and unthrottled hotspot data. But now, just two months later, unlimited hotspot data (for smartphones only) is back, […]

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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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AT&T Offers $20 AutoPay Discount on Prepaid Unlimited Plans – Limited Time Promotion

AT&T is running a limited-time offer for it’s prepaid unlimited plans, which increases the autopay discount by $10/month to $20/month. This brings their unlimited prepaid smartphone plans down to as low as $45/month. The time period for signing up is limited, but once signed up and enrolled in autopay, the discount will remain for as […]

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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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