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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Cell Carriers Respond to Hurricane Irma

On the heels of Harvey’s hit to Texas & Louisiana, Hurricane Irma decided to pay a visit to the Caribbean, Florida and other parts of the Southern US. Once again, the nation has watched, prayed, and sent good vibes to those in Irma’s path. And now, many will send aid in hopes of helping those […]

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Cell Carriers Respond to Hurricane Harvey With Free Data, Calls, COWs, and COLTs

It is heartbreaking to see the disaster unfolding across the Texas Gulf Coast as Harvey slowly rolls through, dumping absolutely unimaginable amounts of rain. In this sort of disaster – wired infrastructure is easily damaged, and people forced to evacuate are left with only mobile technology to rely on. Fortunately – all the major cellular […]

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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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Virgin Mobile Going Unlimited – And iPhone Only

UPDATE (8/27/17): Inner Circle plan no longer requires purchase of a new iPhone. Virgin Mobile, a Sprint prepaid subsidiary, has trimmed their plan offerings to a single option: the new ‘Inner Circle’ plan. Virgin Mobile’s revamp from multiple data bucket plans to a singular ‘unlimited data’ plan is not surprising, as many carriers and subsidiaries […]

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Sprint’s “Magic Box” Promises Improved Coverage – If You Qualify

Sprint this week announced “The Sprint Magic Box” – the “World’s First All-Wireless Small Cell” designed to act as a relay to help overcome Sprint’s notorious problem with indoor slow speeds and dead zones. Sprint describes the box this way: “The Sprint Magic Box is an indoor, self-configuring small cell, about the size of a […]

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FCC’s 600MHz Auction Concludes: T-Mobile Wins Big Nationwide

600MHz UPDATE – August 2017 T-Mobile has announced that they have just deployed the world’s first 600MHz LTE (now known as LTE Band 71) cellular towers in Cheyenne, Wyoming – and that T-Mobile is pushing hard to encourage UHF TV stations to fast-track their migrations so that T-Mobile can free up spectrum to deploy 600MHz […]

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Major Update to ‘Coverage?’ Released – Featuring HD Maps & Android Support

We’re thrilled to announce that the newly re-written ‘Coverage?’ app is now available – featuring fully updated maps, and the option to subscribe to get higher resolution coverage map overlays and a satellite view basemap. And at long last…. ‘Coverage?’ for Android is live in the Google Play store too! For those who may not be familiar […]

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The Resurgence of Unlimited Data: A Crazy Week In Review

Last week was the busiest ever here at the RV Mobile Internet Resource Center – starting with Verizon’s surprise announcement that it was bringing back unlimited data plans. This started a chain reaction – with every other carrier scrambling to respond with new or updated unlimited plans of their own. Here is a quick recap of the […]

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Sprint Responds to Verizon & T-Mobile – Also Adding 10GB Tethering and HD Video

With Verizon’s surprise announcement that they are once again offering an ‘unlimited’ plan, and T-Mobile’s speedy retort in ‘one upping’ that offer, we’ve been waiting patiently to see the response from the other two major carriers. Sprint has now responded, and their response is a basic ‘matching’ of what Verizon & T-Mobile have decided to […]

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2016 RV Mobile Internet Year in Review & Looking Forward Into 2017

2016 has been a good year for staying connected. It has never been easier to get online in more places than ever – but the number of options and the tradeoffs between them remains as overwhelming as always. Things may be getting faster, data more bountiful, and connectivity better overall – but the world of RV Mobile […]

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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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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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PCs for People Offering $10/Month Unlimited LTE Data for Low Income Households

Update: Another similar non-profit Sprint based unlimited plan has also appeared from 4GCommunity, that is open to all with no qualifications. Cost is $250 for the first year (includes a mobile hotspot device) and $168/year afterwards. We have started a new Product Listing page for these types of Sprint unlimited non-profit plans that will track […]

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TPO Mobile Offers Unlimited Data Plan on Sprint Network

TPO Mobile, also known as The People’s Operator, is a reseller that originally started in the UK in 2012 and launched service in the US in 2015. TPO Mobile began offering their service over the Sprint network, but have since added T-Mobile to their coverage. There are some caveats to TPO Mobile’s Infinity plan: The […]

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Sprint Launches $20/mo Unlimited Data for Tablets

Copying the $20 unlimited tablet plan T-Mobile rolled out in August, Sprint on Friday rolled out a very similar unlimited tablet plan of its own. And just like on T-Mobile – the $20/mo tablet line pricing applies only if you also already have a voice line. If you only want a tablet plan (without a […]

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