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3Gstore Announces GPS Module for KR1 EVDO Router

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Monday, 14 May 2007

3GStore.com is proud to offer our new
GPS Module for the Kyocera KR1 Router

 

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The Kyocera KR1 has been our most popular EVDO Router and we've sold and supported thousands of units since its introduction. With the KR1 router mounted in a vehicle, everyone on board has easy access to the internet. Having a 'rolling hotspot' was already more than enough reason for many customers to buy their KR1 and a Sprint or Verizon card with monthly EVDO service.

Today, 3Gstore.com is announcing a new way to benefit from the KR1 Router with EVDO service: Our new GPS Module for the Kyocera KR1 Router provides customers the ability to use Google Earth to do RealTime GPS Tracking, with NO additional GPS tracking fees!

Our GPS Module consists of a transceiver that connects to the KR1's data port using our proprietary cable, custom KR1 firmware, and detailed PDF instruction manual. When properly installed, the KR1 uses the transceiver to determine the vehicle's realtime GPS position and makes that information available to Google Earth as often as once every 5 seconds!

Unlike many similar offerings we've found available, our solution does not require any monthly charges specific to GPS realtime tracking. However, the feature is dependent on the EVDO service that the KR1 is normally used for. EVDO monthly charges are $60 to $80/mo and allow customers to have unlimited access to web sites, email, instant messaging and other popular internet services. With our GPS Module, 3GStore customers who use their KR1 with EVDO service for internet access in their vehicle, will pay NOTHING EXTRA PER MONTH FOR REALTIME GPS TRACKING.

 

Installation is simple. Place the Garmin magnetic mount GPS on your vehicle's roof:

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Attach the Garmin to your KR1 and plug the KR1 into your vehicle for power:

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There are many reasons for businesses to consider the combination of the KR1 with our GPS Module:

  • No more lost drivers and more "On-Time" deliveries.
  • Lower fuel costs and less wasted mileage means overall lower maintenance costs.
  • Improved customer service/satisfaction since you know where everyone in your fleet is at all times.
  • Lowest total cost of ownership, if business already has KR1's deployed to fleet.
  • And of course, with EVDO through KR1, staff has unlimited access to internet. Email, chat, google... anything! anytime!

The GPS Module is also great for anyone who just wants to:

  • Let friends and family track progress of your latest adventure.
  • Let bloggers show their audience where they are as they travel to different events.
  • Let RVers track each other as they drive across the nation.
  • Let parents track their children everywhere they go.
  • Let spouses know where their other half really is.
  • See where they are at, while they are driving!

How does our product compare to what else is out there? We found some sites selling GPS realtime tracking service that offered a lot of fancy reporting and interactive features. These services all generally charged $20/mo to $120/mo for their GPS specific services and none of their devices allowed unlimited internet access to high-speed 3G EVDO wireless broadband.

We also found sites selling portable battery-operated devices that claimed to offer "realtime tracking with no monthly fees", but these devices didn't really offer what we call reatime tracking. Instead, they collected data into a unit that you had to retrieve from the vehicle and then download the data from, before you could see the information about the trip. Hard to believe they call that realtime.

What we didn't find was any service that offered true GPS realtime tracking and no monthly fees.

With our GPS Module and your Kyocera KR1 Router with EVDO service, you do have to pay a monthly fee, but its not specifically associated with GPS realtime tracking, nor is GPS tracking the only thing you can do for that monthly fee.

With our solution, your vehicle is equipped with high-speed EVDO broadband internet access, and GPS realtime tracking, at no extra charge.

If your company wants our solution bundled with reporting or other interactive features based on GPS information like latitude, longitude, altitude, vehicle speed or points over a time period... please contact us with your specific needs.

What is the cost?

The KR1 GPS Module sells for $295.00 (KR1 not included). If you purchase the Kyocera KR1 from 3Gstore.com (or already have in the past), deduct $50, your price is $245.00 If you also purchased a Verizon or Sprint EVDO Modem with service from us (or already have in the past), deduct another $50, your price is now $195.

So, if you are just getting started, you would purchase a Kyocera KR1 for $199.99, a supported Verizon or Sprint EVDO modem from 3Gstore.com ($0 - $100) and of course the KR1 GPS Module for $195.

What EVDO Modems are supported?

We support most of the older EVDO Rev 0 and newer EVDO Rev A modems from Sprint and Verizon, including:

  • Sprint S620, S720, PC5740, PX-500, U720
  • Verizon V620, KPC650, PC5740, PC5750, USB720, KPC680

(The GPS enabled firmware is based on the latest RK1010 KR1 Firmware)

 




 

Technical Overview
  • install the modified KR1 Firmware (supplied on CD)
  • Setup free DynDNS (for Dynamic DNS)
  • Enter DynDNS info in KR1 Configuration
  • Plug the KR1 into your vehicle
  • Place the magnetic GPS on the vehicle roof
  • Install Free Google Earth
  • Add a new "Network Link" to Google Earth (DynDNS Info)

For users that don't want to fuss with the setup of your KR1. We have a service to upgrade your firmware, setup DynDNS so that all you have to do is plug in your KR1 and place the GPS on the roof. This setup service costs an additional $100. If you want to see what is involved with setup, you can download our KR1 GPS Manual.


 

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