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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Sprint’s WiMax Network Shut-Down: Nov 6, 2015

Sprint customers who have been served by their previous attempt at 4G called WiMax have had the writing on the wall for a while. Sprint has confirmed that they are fully shutting down that network on November 6, 2015. Customers have just over a year to make their switch if they don’t want to fall back to only 3G […]

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Competition Rocks: Verizon & Sprint Join AT&T in Doubling Data

Just a few days after AT&T announced that they were doubling the amount of data provided for Mobile Share plans, Verizon and Sprint have announced equivalent promotions. Score! Competition for the win! But… Just like AT&T’s new promotion, though the doubled data does not expire – you do need to sign up by the end […]

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Is LTE Karma Good for RVers?

MVNO Karma has always stood out to us as an innovative business model. The company resells Sprint bandwidth, and then consumers share their hotspot with others – they can earn a little bit of free data (100MB when your friends sign up). Previously, the offering was only available on Sprint’s soon to be orphaned WiMax […]

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Sprint Rolling Out Free International WiFi Calling

Sprint does indeed seem to be getting serious about offering more value to customers. First it was increased data allotments. And this week, Sprint announced a new WiFi calling feature that will allow customers with compatible phones to make and receive calls from the USA for free when traveling internationally, as long as they are […]

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Verizon Teases VoLTE – Dubs It “Advanced Calling 1.0”

At the moment, all voice calls on Verizon’s network requires the phone to connect over Verizon’s old 3G CDMA network – not over Verizon’s newer 4G/LTE network. This is why some phones (including all iPhones) can not support simultaneous voice calls and data connections on Verizon’s network, and why occasionally an area with seemingly great […]

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T-Mobile Smacks Sprint With An Unlimited LTE Comeback

A few days ago Sprint announced it was rolling out new shared data plans with twice the amount of data for the price as the other big carriers. The sweetest deals however were reserved for new customers who transfer lines to Sprint from another carrier – leaving current Sprint customers out in the cold. T-Mobile noticed […]

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