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Friday, 31 October 2014

Blue Mountain Internet Cancels Sprint Plan as of 10/31/14

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Just two weeks after Millenicom stopped reselling Verizon service, users of Blue Mountain Internet's (BMI) $99/month unlimited Sprint data plan received similar bad news yesterday: their service plans are being canceled as of today, 10/31/14. BMI sent customers this email:


    Dear BMI Mobile Broadband Customer,

    This email is in regards to your existing mobile broadband rental account with Blue Mountain Internet.

    We received notification yesterday from our upline provider that our mobile broadband accounts utilizing the Sprint network (Net2) will all be cancelled on Friday, Oct. 31st, 2014. We apologize for the short notice but we just received notice yesterday.

    With that said, BMI is proud to announce NEW HIGH DATA options for you with our Mobile Broadband service powered by Verizon. This includes double data plans and free hardware rental options. BMI has used Verizon for years and it is very reliable with the best coverage and speeds. Based on your usage, we feel that our 20Gb or 10Gb plan will work very well for you. Additionally your first month service will have no overage charges, to help determine if this works for you.

    Your Options:
    1. Switch to BMI Mobile Broadband powered by Verizon (use the form below please)
    2. Cancel your service with BMI (respond to this email with cancel)

    Special Promo Signup Form:
    https://my.bmi.net/forms/bmi2vzn-signup.cfm
    Note: we can drop ship same day from Verizon to you – if order received by 1PM.

    BMI Mobile Broadband Information:
    http://www.bmi.net/internet/mobile-broadband-rental.html

    Sincerely,

    Blue Mountain Internet


The Verizon plans BMI references in the email appear to be 10GB of data for $100/mo or and 20GB for $120/mo with free hotspot device rental included in the plan; if you agree to pay quarterly, the monthly cost is discounted to $85 (10GB) or $100 (20GB). It seems that they're offering the quarterly discount price on a monthly basis to former Sprint users who are being canceled today. 

With just one day to find another internet solution, BMI customers are surely extremely frustrated today! And with both Millenicom and BMI losing their relationships with Verizon and Sprint respectively this month, it seems unlikely that we'll see another MVNO emerge with a no-contract high-data reseller plan using one of the major carriers' networks. 

If you're a BMI user, share your experience below! What will you be replacing your service with?




Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 )
 
Friday, 31 October 2014

A Custom Appearance For Your SSID

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Just in time for Halloween, we've created a quick video that shows you how to change the appearance of your SSID, or wireless network name. Traditionally wireless network names are limited to the keys on a keyboard. Your letters, numbers, and symbols. However, using Unicode you can add a variety of unique symbols and non traditional letters and numbers to your network name, creating a unique look for your WiFi.


 




Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 )
 
Thursday, 30 October 2014

Sprint Spark launches in 17 new markets

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Today Sprint customers in 17 new cities such as Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Sacramento, Seattle and the Minneapolis-St. Paul, now have access to the power of Sprint Spark™, an enhanced LTE service delivering peak wireless speeds of 50-60Mbps with increasing speed potential over time. Sprint Spark, available in 46 markets across the country, is expected to cover 100 million people by year-end. 

Today’s 17 new Sprint Spark markets include:

  • Bay City, MI
  • Midland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Seattle, WA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Mount Vernon, OH
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Denver, CO
  • New Philadelphia, OH
  • Tiffin, OH
  • Flint, MI
  • Ogden, UT
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Henderson, NC
  • Sacramento, CA

Sprint offers 38 Sprint Spark-enabled devices, including some of the world’s most popular devices such as the iPhone® 6, iPad Air™ 2, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S® 5, LG G3, HTC One (M8) and many others. With its unique combination of network technologies, spectrum capacity and tri-band devices, Sprint Spark is designed to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. It enables stutter-free video chat on-the-go and mobile gaming that leaves lag behind.

The Sprint network also includes nationwide HD Voice and 4G LTE service in 540 markets. In addition, Sprint’s Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program includes 27 carriers, with plans to extend 4G LTE coverage in 27 states, covering a population of more than 38 million. 

As part of a multi-year network overhaul, the company has transformed its network to deliver improved network performance. Sprint recently received 84 first-place or shared first-place RootScore® Awards for network reliability, call and/or text performance* in cities across the country, according to reports by independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics®. Looking ahead, Sprint will continue to invest in its nationwide network by implementing new technologies and techniques to make the network more efficient and deliver improved performance and faster data speeds than before.




Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 October 2014 )
 
Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Surecall FCC-Approved Verizon Direct Connect Amplifier Now Available at 3Gstore

 

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The first direct connect 4G LTE amplifier since this year's FCC rule changes for amplifiers is here: the Surecall SC-SoloVI-15. The SC-SoloVI-15 has an MSRP of $220 and works on the Verizon 700mhz LTE frequency ONLY (it will not help with Verizon 2G or 3G signal, nor wiill it help with the Verizon AWS "XLTE" frequency, nor will it help with ANY other carriers' networks - an AT&T version is due later this year) and, along with a high-gain LTE antenna, is the best way to improve and stabilize weak LTE signal.

 

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The SC-SoloVI-15 include two 6' cables (one to use if you're connecting to a traditional adapter cable, and one to use if you're connecting to a device with an SMA antenna connector), power supply, mounting kit, and a 6" magnetic mount antenna

The SC-Solo-VI-15 replaces the popular CM700V-32 amplifier, which was discontinued earlier this year when the new FCC regulations went into place. 3Gstore received a small batch of amplifiers last month and were impressed with the results, as were the lucky few customers who were able to purchase from that first batch. Michael from Amherst, NY, shared his thoughts in this review: "+15db gain with this little unit. Tested with a small Wilson directional panel antenna also purchased from 3GSTORE. Tested with/without panel antenna. Gained an additional 15db with the panel antenna on top of the 15db from the amp, excellent compliment. Works ridiculously well and easy!"

Specifications

  • Frequency Range: Uplink: 776-787 Mhz / Downlink: 746-757 Mhz
  • Standards Supported: LTE
  • Gain: 15dB
  • Max Output Power: 1 watt EIRP
  • Impedance: 50ohms
  • Noise Figure: Maximum 5 dB
  • VSWR: Less than 2:1
  • AC Power Transformer: 110VAC,60Hz IN/6V
  • RF Connectors: SMA/Female (SMA to FME adapters included)
  • Power Consumption: <9W
  • Dimensions: 4⅞” x 2¾” x 2”
  • Weight: 1lb 13oz
  • FCC ID: RSNM2M-V

The Surecall Verizon Direct Connect Amplifier is available NOW at 3Gstore!




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 October 2014 )
 
Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Peplink Releases New InControl 2 Version

 

Peplink has released a new version of their cloud based device management tool, InControl 2. InControl gives you a way to remotely manage multiple routers all in one place. You’ll have access to such things as advanced administration tools, configuration settings, and reports. This new version is 2.0.21.4.

Here’s what’s included in the changes:

  • VLAN ID setting support* for SSIDs now available for the Peplink Balance, and MAX models
  • Device names defined on InControl 2 are now pushed to devices as their Router/AP Name Users can choose which types of events to receive email notifications on.
  • Wi-Fi/Device Reports can now be downloaded as a CSV file.
  • Location tracking data can now be downloaded as a GPX file.
  • Implemented various UX tweaks, fixed various bugs.

*This will only work if the VLAN ID set within an InControl-configured SSID is one of the VLAN IDs set in the local device Web Admin LAN settings. For example, if the InControl SSID VLAN ID is set to 25, then 25 needs to be among the VLAN IDs set in the local device.

Create your own InControl 2 account and start managing your devices today!




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 October 2014 )
 
Tuesday, 28 October 2014

FTC Sues AT&T for Misleading Customers

The FTC (U.S. Federal Trade Commission) announced today that it is suing AT&T for misleading millions of their smartphone customers. Apparently, customers who have paid for unlimited data plans are being throttled, even though this was NOT disclosed in the information AT&T provided to them. Reports show that in some cases, speeds have dropped almost 90%.

The charges filed in the lawsuit were put forth with the assistance of the FCC, which technically has jurisdiction over the mobile provider. The FTC states that the company had performed a "deceptive failure" to disclose its mobile throttling plan. An additional comment from FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez sums up their view on the issue: "Unlimited means unlimited. AT&T promised its customers 'unlimited' data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise."

It was found that AT&T began throttling data in 2011 after customers used 2GB of data - an amount most of us can go through quite quickly. In fact, the FTC claims that about 3.5 million individual customers may have been throttled more than two-dozen times.

After learning of the news, AT&T general counsel Wayne Watts made the following comments:

“The FTC’s allegations are baseless and have nothing to do with the substance of our network management program. It’s baffling as to why the FTC would choose to take this action against a company that, like all major wireless providers, manages its network resources to provide the best possible service to all customers, and does it in a way that is fully transparent and consistent with the law and our contracts. It's the second time this month the company has been bitten by the federal government. Earlier in October, AT&T was forced to pay $80 million back to consumers after it billed customers for unauthorized third-party charges. The FTC claimed the company billed for "hundreds of millions of dollars in charges originated by other companies," usually in amounts of about $10, for subscriptions to ringtones and other text message-based content. AT&T was said to have kept at least 35 percent of the charges it billed to its customers in a practice known as "mobile cramming."




Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 October 2014 )
 
Monday, 27 October 2014

Millenicom Update: Verizon Contacts Customers With Plan

To read more about the Verizon takeover of Millenicom accounts, read this: Verizon Takes Over Millenicom Customers
 
As of 10/27/14, former Millenicom customers have begun receiving contact from Verizon. Customers with hotspots received this text message: "Free VZW msg: We want to discuss plan options for keeping your Verizon Wireless Service.  Please call us at 800-233-8974 to avoid service disruptions on 11/8/14.”
 
While other customers received this email: "Dear customers:  Please be advised that the plans sold by Millenicom will no longer be supported by Verizon Wireless as of 11/8/2014. Verizon Wireless is in the process of contacting customers. Customers can call Verizon Wireless at 800-233-8974 (8 am-8 pm EST, Monday-Friday) to discuss plan options in order to avoid disruption in service.  As a reminder, Millenicom will no longer have any role concerning your account and Millenicom does not now nor will have any relationship with Verizon Wireless.  Thank you."
 
Three pieces of good news have been confirmed: first, Verizon will keep your service on through November 8th (even though Millenicom customers only paid up through October 31), which gives everyone some extra time to get in touch with Verizon and decide what they want to do moving forward.
 
Most importantly, we now finally know the plan that Verizon will be offering former Millenicom customers. Verizon is offering former Millenicom customers a 20GB plan - same as Millenicom - for $99.99 plus taxes/fees (just like a regular cell phone bill) with overages billed at$8/GB. If you're willing to sign a one-year contract, they'll apply a $10/mo discount, bringing the price down to $89.99 plus tax for the duration of the contract (after the 1 year, it will go back up to $99.99). With Millenicom directly, there were no monthly taxes or fees nor overage charges, but the fact that this plan is fairly similar should take some of the sting out of the disappointment and frustration felt by Millenicom customers. 
 
Finally, we are also able to confirm that customers will NOT need new equipment nor a new SIM card - even your phone number will still stay the same. 
 
If you are a former Millenicom customer and want to take advantage of this offer and get set up with Verizon, contact Verizon Wireless at 800-233-8974 (8 am-8 pm EST, Monday-Friday) before November 8 when the service will be discontinued. 

If you're a former Millenicom customer and have worked with Verizon to transition your service, let us know how it went and whether you're satisfied with the resolution!




Last Updated ( Monday, 27 October 2014 )
 

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