DirecTV Now 2.1 Update Fixes HDMI Out – And Now Streams “Data Free” on AT&T

We’ve long recommended using HDMI output from smartphones to allow for big screen streaming using unlimited on device data. This is a clever way to avoid hotspot data usage limits that make using tethered Smart TV devices (Apple TV, Roku, Samsung, Chromecast, etc…) while mobile a recipe for blowing  through your entire monthly hotspot usage […]

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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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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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FCC Abandons Network Neutrality Rules – What Does It Mean?

UPDATE: February 22nd, 2018 The upcoming changes to the network neutrality rules were officially published in the Federal Register today, opening the door to a wave of pending lawsuits to be filed to block the changes from going into effect. Ars Technica has two stories detailing the latest legal fights: We still don’t know when […]

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AT&T Mobile Hotspots “No Longer Eligible” for Unlimited Data Plans

Update (1/3/2018) – No news is good news? We have not seen any evidence that AT&T has decided to follow through on the statement released in their memos from October 2017. We will continue to monitor for any changes that take place. Update (10/29/2017) – Unlimited Plus Hotspots Still Being Activated The original leaked deadline […]

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Apple’s New iPhones – Cellular Performance Potential Analyzed

This past week Apple unveiled the new iPhone 8 line, and the stunning all-new iPhone X. In just about every way these new phones raise the bar for the entire mobile industry, with laptop-caliber CPU performance in your pocket, incredible augmented reality features, and cameras that promise to take absolutely stunning pictures. But… While the latest iPhones are […]

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The Race to Gigabit LTE (And Why Things Seem To Actually Be Getting Slower)

Two of the top stories in the past week in the cellular industry seem to be in direct conflict with each other. On one hand – there are reports of carriers demonstrating real-world gigabit cellular speeds, with Verizon and T-Mobile both boasting that they will be rolling out gigabit capability in some areas and on […]

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FMCA Rolls Out Unlimited Verizon Hotspot Plan

Update (6/19/2017): The FMCA has posted in several public locations a message saying that Verizon has “pulled the offering” – canceling all orders before any of the hotspots had shipped. We’ve published a new story with all the details: Verizon Pulls The Plug: FMCA’s Insanely Good Verizon Unlimited Hotspot Deal WAS Too Good To Be […]

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AT&T Unleashes Affordable Unlimited Data for “Connected Cars” – Chevy OnStar or ZTE Mobley

Late 2017: AT&T has removed the fine print from the Mobley device page that included the $20/month Connected Car plan as a data plan option.  The stated available plans are now: “Rate Plans:  Requires AT&T Unlimited Plus or Choice, Mobile Share Advantage or DataConnect 1GB or 5GB plan.” It seems officially aftermarket devices like the Mobley […]

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