Verizon Extends Grandfathered UDP Cancelation Deadline Until March 16th

In early January Verizon welcomed in the New Year by sending out thousands of letters to customers with out-of-contract grandfathered unlimited data plans – giving notice that they must change to a limited data plan by February 16th or face unilateral account cancelation. But then earlier this week Verizon brought back a new Unlimited Data Plan. […]

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T-Mobile Attempts to “One Up” Verizon – Matching 10GB Tethering and HD Video

Just hours after Verizon’s bombshell announcement about the return of unlimited data plans, T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter to attempt to “One Up” Verizon by making some tweaks to the T-Mobile One unlimited data plan. But rather than a dramatic one upping, he merely matched Verizon’s key features. With T-Mobile’s plans being cheaper than Verizon’s […]

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Verizon Brings Back Unlimited Data Plans – With Some Catches

Mobile Hotspot Policy Update (2/15/2017) There has been a lot of misinformation spreading about how standalone Mobile Hotspots (aka a Jetpack or MiFi) will be treated when added to a Verizon Unlimited plan, and we’ve actually witnessed official Verizon reps giving out (at least) three conflicting answers in the past few days: The hotspot runs at full […]

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Verizon Launches New Flagship Hotspot: Jetpack MiFi 7730L by Novatel

It has been over a year since Verizon last released a flagship mobile hotspot. Our current top pick, the Jetpack AC791L by Netgear, was released in September 2015 – and just this week we were discussing how long it had gone without a replacement, wondering if a more advanced update would ever come. As if on queue, Verizon yesterday […]

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FCC Finds Verizon and AT&T Violate Net Neutrality Rules, T-Mobile in the Clear

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler fired a parting shot at Verizon and AT&T yesterday – with his agency issuing an in depth analysis finding that the “free” video streaming service offerings from Go90 (Verizon) and DirecTV (AT&T) violate the FCC’s network neutrality rules. The network neutrality rules were designed to keep carriers from playing […]

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Breaking News: Verizon Aggressively Moves to Cancel High Usage Unlimited Data Plans

UPDATE: January 10th, 2016 – Verizon’s Statement on Cancelations Some large mainstream sites have started to cover the story about Verizon moving to cancel many unlimited data plans, and a few of them were able to get an official statement from Verizon. Here is what Verizon spokesperson Kelly Crummey told Ars Technica: “Because our network is a shared […]

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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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Verizon Jetpack AC791L Firmware Update Increases LTE-Advanced Capabilities

Verizon is in the process of pushing out a new firmware update to its flagship Jetpack AC791L mobile hotspot, our current top pick for staying connected on Verizon’s network. Verizon describes the update this way: “The Verizon Jetpack AC791L SU1 release provides new features, supports Verizon’s enhanced network capabilities, and addresses known issues. New to […]

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Increased Data on both Verizon and AT&T Prepaid Plans

Both Verizon and AT&T are pushing out some new data friendly deals over the next week. And they both include roll-over data and official mobile hotspot usage, making them appealing flexible plans for RVers. Beginning Monday, November 13th, Verizon Prepaid will offer new 5 GB and 10 GB LTE data plans at very competitive price […]

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Verizon Increases Waiting Period Before Prepaid Devices Can Be Used On Other Services

A recent update of the language on Verizon’s Device Unlocking Policy page indicates that new phones and devices purchased through Verizon Prepaid will need to be used on Verizon Prepaid services for at least one year.  Conversely, you could also add the amount specified on the back of a product’s packaging to device’s prepaid account in order to […]

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Verizon Crackdown on Unlimited Plans Continues: Lines Used In T1114 Routers Being Canceled

In July Verizon caused a mild panic by sending out letters to roughly 1,200 “excessive” heavy data users with out-of-contract unlimited data plans, telling them that their plans were being summarily canceled on August 31st. Verizon then moved against many gray-market providers of unauthorized rental unlimited plans, in many cases shutting down service without notice – leaving […]

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Thousands Complain of Surprise Verizon Overage Charges – FCC Investigating

It started just over two weeks ago in Cleveland – with local reporter Teresa Dixon Murray noting in her Money Matters column that her family Verizon account was showing mysterious data usage in the middle of the night, and she asked others to chime in if they had also noticed any other strange Verizon issues. She heard from […]

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Free Streaming Update: AT&T’s “Data Free TV” & Verizon’s NFL Mobile Partnership

AT&T late last week announced a major new initiative for DirecTV customers likely to be of interest to some RVers: Data Free TV: Video streaming that does not count against your monthly usage limits! Not to be outdone – Verizon also announced that it was sponsoring the NFL Mobile App to let Verizon customers: “Watch live local and […]

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Apple’s New iPhone 7: Understanding Carrier Models & Cellular Limitations

Apple launched the new iPhone 7 yesterday – showing off major new features like water resistance, stereo speakers, and some extremely impressive new camera capabilities. For mobile internet fans – the big news on the cellular front is yet another leap in theoretical peak speed – with the addition of 3x cellular carrier aggregation. Apple describes it this […]

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T-Mobile Yawns At Verizon’s LTE Advanced Launch, Rolls Out 4×4 MIMO And More

When Verizon made a big splash launching its LTE Advanced network last week, we pointed out that this was actually the launch of a marketing campaign, not a new technology. We noted that T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T have all also deployed LTE Advanced carrier aggregation to various extents, and said: “LTE Advanced is indeed awesome technology, […]

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