Wednesday, 01 April 2015
T-Mobile Introduces “Verified Coverage” Maps
T-Mobile has set a new standard of coverage map accuracy amongst their competitors by implementing what they are calling “Verified Coverage” maps. Traditionally, coverage maps for large carriers have a tendency and a reputation of being inaccurate and exaggerated. T-Mobile is attempting to break this mold by implementing maps that are crowd-sourced and dynamic.
When you visit the T-Mobile Coverage page and type in your address or zip code, instead of just seeing blocks of color based on what networks may exist in that location, you will also see (if you’re lucky) a number of grey outlined hexagons with with check marks in the middle. These hexagons represent specific locations where T-Mobile devices have successfully connected to the network color in the background. For example, If you are in a light pink area located within a hexagon, it means that there has been a device in that location that has successfully connected on 3G. If you are in a darker pink 4G LTE location, but with no hexagon, it means that T-Mobile expects that 4G LTE is available there, but it has not been verified.
This is intriguing for a number of reasons. First, simply because it will give customers a visible icon to represent another user’s positive experience in that location. Previously, coverage maps were really only effective for making sure that your general area is covered, and then you could go forth with the mere possibility that there will be adequate signal in your specific location. Now, customers will have an added reason for optimism if their area is in Verified Coverage. Secondly, the verified coverage portions will continue to expand over time. This means that if a customer is unsure whether or not they’d like to switch to T-mobile, they can wait until coverage has been verified at their location or close by.
Questions such as why the hexagon size was chosen to represent an area of verified coverage, and and the extent to which the maps will continue to be upgraded have yet to be disclosed. It would be interesting to know how often data is collected, and whether or not old locations of Verified Coverage will continue to be re-evaluated as environmental conditions affecting signal are changing constantly.
To compare T-Mobile’s maps to other major carriers, check out the 3Gstore Coverage Map Comparison.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 April 2015 )
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Verizon Announces Opt Out Program for Tracking Cookie
"Unique Identifier Header." "Zombie Cookie." "SuperCookie."
These are just a few of the names given to the anonymous data tracking
that Verizon has had in place since the late half of 2014.
first reported on11/4/14
that Verizon, as well as AT&T, were
attaching a Unique Identifier Header, or UID, to all traffic leaving the
Verizon network. This UID allowed Verizon to track data usage, what
type of sites were being accessed, where traffic leaving the Verizon
network would go, and more. Verizon then would use this subscriber
information to provide to advertising companies for targeted
advertisements. There are a few websites where you can check this UID
and see the data for yourself. Visiting THIS PAGE
from your 3G/LTE connection will provide the information related to
the UID tracking. Be sure you aren't on WiFi, as this only applies to
traffic routed over Verizon/AT&Ts network, not your land line ISP.
We've checked a few of our own devices here and we can verify this UID
information is in fact present in all cases.
then reported the Verizon Zombie Cookie as of 1/16/15
. This tracking
cookie, which can not be deleted, is there for the sole purpose of
tracking users habits on their smart phones and tablets. An online
company named Turn, which is a major player in this space hired by
Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and more, have figured out a way to use this
Verizon tracking data for their own purposes to track users. At this
point AT&T had already announced that similar tracking methods were
no loner in use, leaving Verizon the standout. Verizon caught a lot of
flak for continuing to add information to their network traffic that was
following users information and usage habits.
Verizon has finally stepped into the light and created an Opt Out
program for their tracking. Many users aren't aware there is tracking to
begin with though so an Opt Out at this point looks like a way to save
face for the company vs offering a real solution, but its a step in the
right direction nevertheless. In order to Opt Out, there are two
methods. First, you can log into your Verizon account. Alternatively,
you can call Verizon directly at 1-866-211-0874.
EVDOinfo will continue to follow this data tracking program and report any new information we find. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 April 2015 )
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Sprint Announces First LTE-Advanced Market - Chicago
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sprint announced yesterday a new lineup of investments in the city, meant to bring significant jobs and infrastructure over the next few years. Dubbed 'Sprint For Chicago', this plan brings 300+ new jobs to the area, as well as he installation of new cell sites to deliver the first Sprint LTE-A connections.
LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) takes advantage of the multiple frequencies Sprint has available at this time. With aggregation at the carrier level, the typical 1900Mhz LTE will be used for upload speeds, and the 2500Mhz frequencies will be used for download. The 2500Mhz band was previously used in Sprints first 4G WiMAX technology, and has more recently been used in Sprint Spark.
In a quote from Sprint to Wireless Week , “Through the use of carrier aggregation we can take advantage of two
3x20 CA within our 2.5GHz band, but also inter-band carrier aggregation
with 800MHz and 1.9GHz, TDD-FDD CA with 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz and intra-band
carrier aggregation within 1.9GHz."
Since 2012 Sprint has invested more than $500 million dollars in Chicago, and Sprint customers have increased by more than 600% in that same time. While there aren't any details on LTE-A and the exact speeds or compatibility of devices, this is a major step forward for Sprint in terms of wireless technology.
Friday, 27 March 2015
The Fastest Broadband Locations in the U.S.
In October of 2014, the United States broadband average was 10Mbps. In just over one year, this has more than tripled to 33.9Mbps. One of the more prominent speed test sites, SpeedTest.net (powered by Ookla), has released this data along with much more specific numbers which allow for further insight into this speed boost to be analyzed by location.
Within the United States, the Ookla results were able to reveal the top ten states by average broadband speeds for March 2015, and October 2014:
States, March 2015:
- Washington 45.6Mbps
- Missouri 41.21Mbps
- New York 40.86Mbps
- California 40.8Mbps
- Utah 40.47Mbps
- Delaware 40.03Mbps
- Rhode Island 39.76Mbps
- New Jersey 39.28Mbps
- Massachusetts 38.57Mbps
- North Dakota 37.84Mbps
States, October 2014:
- New York 39.24Mbps
- Delaware 38.92Mbps
- New Jersey 38.86Mbps
- Maryland 36.92Mbps
- Missouri 36.62Mbps
- California 35.36Mbps
- Rhode Island 35.24Mbps
- Virginia 35.09Mbps
- Massachusetts 34.90Mbps
- Nevada 34.55Mbps
You will notice that the state that currently tops the chart for average download speeds, Washington, did not even scratch the top ten for the previous list. That being said, nobody can really complain considering even those states that dropped in the rankings still increased their speeds.
Ookla was also able to provide the top 5 fastest cities in the United States for March 2015 and October 2014:
Cities, March 2015:
- Kansas City, MO 96.66Mbps
- Austin, TX 74.65Mbps
- Huntington Beach, CA 58.2Mbps
- New York, NY 53.3Mbps
- North Hollywood, CA 53.04Mbps
Cities, October 2014:
- Kansas City, MO 68.59Mbps
- Austin, TX 68.27Mbps
- Huntington Beach, CA 50.52Mbps
- Flushing, NY 49.83Mbps
- New York, NY 48.24Mbps
Although this list has stayed relatively constant over the past year, some of the increases in speeds for individual cities are pretty jarring. Kansas City, Missouri is the most obvious example of this, with nearly a 30Mbps increase in average speed. This can largely be attributed to Kansas City’s status as one of the three current host cities of Google Fiber. Austin, Texas also has access to Google Fiber, but interestingly the other Google Fiber city of Provo, Utah did not crack the top 5.
Outside of Google Fiber, another driving force behind the massive speed increase in the United States is the expansion of Verizon FIOS. According to Ookla’s results, Verizon FIOS averaged speeds of 43.2Mbps in 2015, slightly ousting Comcast at 42.7Mbps.
On a global scale, the United States have saved face a little bit with their recent explosion in broadband speeds, but still currently rank 27th out of 199 eligible countries used in the test results. South Korea leads the way with an average of 84.31Mbps.
*Note: None of the included results factor in cellular speeds.
Last Updated ( Friday, 27 March 2015 )
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
weBoost Signal Pro RF Signal Meter
The weBoost Signal Pro RF
Signal Meter from Wilson Electronics is a handheld device used to detect
signal strength of cellular frequencies. This easy to use meter can
display specific frequencies, bands, and their associated RSSI.
As an installer of cellular equipment such as wireless repeater kits and cellular modems ,
a signal meter is an invaluable tool. The ability to properly determine
which cellular signals, including 3G & 4G, are available in any
location, is a major advantage prior to installation. You won't need
equipment specific to each carrier to test, rather just a single device.
Used outdoors, the Signal Pro can determine best locations for
installation of external antennas. Indoors, the meter can provide you
with a way to best aim indoor antennas to maximize interior coverage.
Even if you are a consumer installing your own cellular equipment, or a
business owner, you'll not only save money by ensuring you have the
right equipment for the job, but you can also ensure that equipment is
working to the best of its ability without guessing.
below is a brief overview of the Signal Pro and how the on screen
display provides you with all the information you need.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 )
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Ransomware Targeting Gamers
A relatively new form of virus that is being referred to as “Ransomware” is specifically targeting PC gamers. This kind of attack gained its namesake from its function: holding game files for ransom. Essentially what Ransomware does is lock down specific files within popular PC games or programs that make it unusable until the ransom is paid.
The newest variant of Ransomware is being called TeslaCrypt, and is becoming a major nuisance for gamers everywhere. The typical demanded price for TeslaCrypt is either $1000 in PayPal My Cash or 1.5BTC in Bitcoins. Even if the ransom is paid, the user is completely at the mercy of the tacker in regards to whether or not the files are returned.
So far TeslaCrypt has been confirmed to lock down dozens of programs, including:
- Bethesda Softworks settings file
F.E.A.R. 2 game
- Steam NCF Valve Pak
- Call of Duty
- EA Sports
- Unreal 3
- Unity scene
- Assassin’s Creed game
- Skyrim animation
- Leagues of Legends
- DAYZ profile file
- RPG Maker VX RGSS
- World of Tanks battle
- Minecraft mod
- Unreal Engine 3 game file
- Starcraft saved game
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game file
- Dragon Age Origins game
Every gamer knows the frustration and disappointment of losing progress. The most important steps that can be taken to counteract a Ransomware attack are to stay up to date on virus protection and security, and keep a backup drive for any vital data. For more information and advice on dealing with Ransomware, see SecurityCentra.org's dedicated information page here.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
weBoost Connect 4G-X 70db Amplifier Kit Now In Stock at 3Gstore
weBoost has released another addition to their lineup of signal boosters, the Connect 4G-X 70db kit (471104). The 4G-X includes everything you need to install the kit in your home or office and is powerful enough to provide boosted signal to an area up to 5,000 square feet. It covers virtually all voice, 3G, and 4G networks in North America and has an MSRP of $899.99.
Features & Benefits:
- Installs in minutes
- Boosts signal for all U.S. & Canadian cell carriers
- Friendly, U.S.-based customer support
- All components needed for installation in one package
- FCC & Industry Canada Certified
- Improved indoor cellular voice and data signal
- Reliable cell signal and more consistent data speeds
- Faster data downloads
- Up to 2 hours additional talk time in weak-signal areas
weBoost Connect 4G-X packaging
Connect 4G-X amplifier - no manually adjustable gain knobs are needed since the amplifier can adjust itself