Apple’s iPhone 6s Takes LTE To The Next Level

Whether or not you are an Apple fan, there is no denying that the annual release of a new iPhone model is a huge deal in the mobile technology industry. This week’s launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s+ is no exception – and from the mobile internet perspective there is a lot to be excited about, beyond […]

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Ookla Speedtest Rates America’s Fastest Mobile Networks

Our favorite online speed testing site, Ookla’s SpeedTest.net, today published aggregated results showing the fastest ISPs and mobile network operators in the United States. SpeedTest.net conducts over five million tests each day, providing the “most comprehensive view of worldwide internet performance” – looking at both fixed and wireless connections. The interactive results viewer can be accessed here. […]

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Sprint Mobile Hotspots: Karma Now Shipping, and Boost Mobile Offers 10GB Plan

For RVers who are interested in having a Sprint option on board, some new options are now shipping this week. Karma Pre-Ordered Hotspots Now Shipping Karma, a unique mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) who offers a mobile hotspot where you can purchase data that NEVER expires, announced their new LTE Sprint based plan last fall and […]

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Sprint Introduces “Rolling Data” – Only Prepaid, Only At Best Buy?

Sprint today joined T-Mobile and AT&T in offering rollover data. But, in typical Sprint fashion, there are confusing and seemingly arbitrary limits attached. “Rolling Data” That Never Expires Unlike T-Mobile’s Data Stash one year expiration policy, and AT&T’s stingy one month rollover expiration, Sprint’s “Rolling Data” never expires – and users can accumulate up to 30GB […]

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Virgin Mobile Adds Extra Data to Data Done Right Plans

Earlier this year, Sprint’s prepaid division – Virgin Mobile launched the new ‘Data Data Right’ plan, available exclusively at Walmart. The relevant feature for data driven RVers was the multiline plans that offered usable data limits that were able to be shared as a mobile hotspot at no additional charge.  This is a relatively rare feature, as many MVNO prepaid […]

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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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