ALERT: 15GB Mobile Hotspot Cap Enforcement Coming on Verizon New Unlimited Data Plans

When Verizon launched the new Verizon Unlimited Plan in February, the fine print clearly stated that hotspot / tethering usage would be limited to 10GB per billing period – with tethering speeds supposed to be throttled to a glacial 600kbps once that limit was crossed. In August, Verizon increased that cap to 15GB per device. Enforcement […]

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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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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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Verizon’s New Plans Heap New Limits On “Unlimited”

Verizon is making some major changes. Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, August 23rd) Verizon is retiring its newly launched Unlimited plan from February, and is replacing it with a whole new set of Unlimited plans – with a whole lot of complicated fine print and limitations attached. Most significantly – video is now being throttled on every […]

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Xfinity Mobile Now Available to All Comcast Internet Customers

(UPDATE: 8/30/17) Comcast & Xfinity mobile are currently working towards allowing customers to bring their own devices (BYOD) to their service. If you’re interested in this plan, and don’t want to purchase a new phone from Comcast, be sure to take this news into consideration. Back in April, Comcast soft launched a test market of […]

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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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Verizon Experimenting With Netflix / YouTube Video Throttling

UPDATE (July 23rd, 2017): Experiment Seemingly Over We can confirm that as of this morning, it seems as if Verizon has stopped experimentally throttling video streams. The line we had witnessed consistently capped at 10Mbps is now humming along at 30+ Mbps. Some have speculated that Verizon only backed down from the throttling because of […]

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Verizon Pulls The Plug: FMCA’s Insanely Good Verizon Unlimited Hotspot Deal WAS Too Good To Be True

Last week’s huge news story was the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) launching an amazing deal on Verizon unlimited data hotspots – just $43.99/mo for an unlimited hotspot data plan that was well more than an order of magnitude cheaper than anything you could get from Verizon directly. With a deal that good – the FMCA’s […]

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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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Verizon Prepaid Increases Data, Decreases Prices

Verizon Prepaid is shaking up its prepaid offerings again – and that is mostly a good thing for prepaid data seekers. Here are two of the major changes that will be effective tomorrow: The $50 prepaid plan will be increased from 5GB to 7GB – yay! The 10GB plan will reflect a price decrease to $60/month […]

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Verizon Introduces “SmartHub” Home Internet Replacement – With A Huge Catch!

Verizon today announced the SmartHub – a box designed to use a cellular connection to provide residential home internet, a “landline” phone jack, and smart home control of lights, thermostats, and locks. Verizon explains it this way: “SmartHub is a wireless, smart home solution that manages your connected home devices, provides reliable, high-speed internet powered by America’s […]

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Verizon Prepaid Offers Unlimited Data – With Many Caveats

Verizon Prepaid (Verizon’s direct prepaid division) has launched an unlimited data plan – with multiple limitations. This plan is similar to ordering pancakes at a restaurant and receiving a stack of dry, slightly burned, flavorless pancakes while your friend across the table receives a fluffy stack of chocolate chip pancakes spread with butter, drizzled with syrup, […]

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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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ALERT: Verizon Now Enforcing 10GB Hotspot Limit with New “Unlimited” Plan!

When Verizon launched the new Verizon Unlimited Plan in February, the fine print clearly stated that hotspot / tethering usage would be limited to 10GB per billing period – with tethering speeds supposed to be throttled to a glacial 600kbps once that limit was crossed. But Verizon’s own sales reps for the most part never understood […]

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