Unlimited Data Update: AT&T Eases Off Throttle, T-Mobile Slows “The Top 3%”

AT&T and T-Mobile have both made some clarifications this week on how they “throttle” their unlimited data users. Or rather – how they insist that they do NOT throttle. But in practice – though the word “throttle” is being avoided – the “congestion management” practices being applied to unlimited data customers will have a significant slowing […]

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Sprint Aims to “Densify” Network – and Advances on Chicago

Sprint this week announced its quarterly earnings results – revealing subscriber numbers that show it just barely clinging on to third place in the cellular market ahead of rapidly advancing T-Mobile. Much more interesting to those of us keen on mobile data – Sprint gave some guidance on the upcoming improvements coming to the Sprint LTE network. […]

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Sprint Adds International Data In 15 Countries

UPDATE (4/2017): Sprint has indeed added a good sum of countries to their International roaming list – 165+. In addition, customers now get free ‘basic data use’ in all 165+ of those countries at no additional cost. Sprint has also changed their high speed data pricing scheme as follows: Canada & Mexico: LTE high-speed data $2/day […]

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Google’s Cellular Service Unveiled: Introducing Project Fi

Google today unveiled its long-rumored cellular service: Project Fi. Project Fi is unique in that it is taking a true “pay as you go” approach to cellular data – refunding you every month for data you do not use. Rather than losing your data at the end of the month, or “rolling it over” for […]

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WiFi Calling Progress Report: Sprint Brings VoWiFi to the iPhone

WiFi calling (also known as “voice over WiFi” or VoWiFi) is a feature of some phones and cellular networks that allows for voice calls and text messages to be routed over any available WiFi network when cellular service is not available. In practice – VoWiFi turns any WiFi hotspot into a cell tower, expanding coverage indoors […]

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Bad Karma Slips Again

Several RVers have expressed interested in Karma – the unique mobile internet company that offers a Sprint-powered WiFi hotspot with no recurring monthly fees, and data that can be purchased when needed ($14.99/GB – $9.99/GB) and which then never expires. For part-time travelers who only occasionally need data (and who are willing to put up with Sprint’s […]

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Starting Today – Carriers Must Unlock Phones & Tablets When Asked

One of the most frustrating things about cellular devices is the practice of carriers “locking” them so that they can not be used on other networks. Locking phones prevents users from keeping their current phones as they change carriers, decreases the resale value of used devices, and locking is especially frustrating for international travelers – blocking the usage […]

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Google Planning Wireless Service – Tapping Sprint & T-Mobile Networks

The Wall Street Journal and tech news site The Information today are reporting that Google has closed deals with Sprint and T-Mobile, and is moving ahead this year on long brewing plans to launch a wireless service of its own. Details on the project, codenamed “Nova”, are scarce. Becoming an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) like Straight Talk, […]

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Virgin Mobile Launches Data Done Right – With Mobile Hotspot

Starting today, Virgin Mobile USA and Walmart are launching a new prepaid cellular shared data plan called Date Done Right. The plans are for multiple lines with unlimited voice and messaging, with a shared pool of data. The three plans offered are: $65/month for 2 lines with unlimited voice and messaging and 4 GB of […]

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2014 RV Mobile Internet Year in Review

2014 was an exciting year to be a RVing nomad – with so much changing in the industry, and many changes resulting in better options for keeping connected while being mobile. This is our end-year quick update on the state of the union, as it were, of the RV mobile internet industry – what major […]

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Sprint to Lure Verizon & AT&T Customers with 1/2 Price Service – Good for RVers?

Today Sprint announced their ‘Cut Your Bill in Half Event’, a program that will start later this week and end on January 15, 2015. The promotion is aimed at getting current Verizon and AT&T customers to switch to Sprint, and promises that a Sprint representative will find a compatible shared data plan with a customer’s current […]

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AT&T Takes the Shine Off the Apple SIM

Last week the mobile internet world was abuzz about the promise of the new Apple SIM that was launching included with the Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. The Apple SIM is the first multi-carrier SIM, allowing you right from within the iPad’s settings app to pick a carrier and sign up for short term pay-as-you-go cellular […]

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One SIM to Rule Them All: Introducing the Apple SIM

All LTE cellular devices have a place for a tiny removable card, known as the “subscriber identity module” or SIM, to be inserted. The SIM identifies your account to the your cellular carrier. If you move the SIM to another compatible and unlocked device, you transfer your service and your phone number to that new device. SIM […]

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