Archive for March, 2010

Sprint Offers “Satisfaction Guaranteed or Money-Back”

March 31, 2010
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Most Comprehensive Guarantee Offer among All Wireless Carriers Today

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Mar 31, 2010  Sprint is backing up its promise to be the best value in wireless, by announcing the only full money-back satisfaction guarantee on service plans that exists in the wireless industry today.

Beginning tomorrow, the Sprint Free Guarantee gives any customer opening a new line of service the chance to try Sprint for 30 days. If a customer isn’t completely satisfied, they can get reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get the early termination fee waived, get a full refund for service plan monthly recurring charges incurred and get all associated taxes and Sprint surcharges associated with these charges waived. In addition, Sprint will waive the restocking fee for new customer exchanges as part of this policy.
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CradlePoint Firmware 1.6.12 for MBR1200 Adds Support for New Devices and Bug Fixes

March 30, 2010

CradlePoint Firmware 1.6.12 for MBR1200 Adds Support for New Devices and Bug Fixes

Firmware 1.6.12 allows you to use your U301 in an MBR1200!


CradlePoint has released Firmware Version 1.6.12 that provides the MBR1200 with official support for the new Sprint 3G/4G U301 modem, as well as support for other modems and long-awaited fixes for stability and bugs.

After last month’s firmware updates for the PHS300/CTR500/MBR1000/MBR900, the MBR1200 was Cradlepoint’s only 4G-capable router that was not compatible with Sprint’s 3G/4G U301. With this firmware update, U301 users can now use their modem with the MBR1200, too!

In addition to adding support for the U301, firmware 1.6.12 also adds support for the following devices:

  • Pantech UMW190 for Verizon
  • Pantech UM185 for Cricket
  • Sierra Wireless 305 USB (AKA “Lightning”) for AT&T
  • Sierra Wireless 306 USB for AT&T and Telus
  • Ubee PXU1900 for CLEAR
  • ZTE MF668 for Rogers
  • ZTE MF637 for T-Mobile
  • Option GE442 for T-Mobile
  • Additional newly-added international devices can be viewed in the release notes (PDF)

This latest firmware version also provides fixes for a few bugs:

  • WiFi Multimedia (WMM) problem, which prevented iPod Touch and iPhone users from connecting to the MBR1200
  • Blackberry Bold incompatibility issue
  • Blackberry Curve incompatibility issue
  • Blackberry Storm OS 5.0 incompatibility issues
  • Fixes to make WiMAX (4G) connection more reliable
  • U300 reset issue

Finally, firmware 1.6.12 added a couple new features:

  • “Agressive Modem Reset” causes the router to attempt various reset techniques to attempt to re-establish connection if the modem becomes unresponsive
  • “4G auto-reconnect feature” allows you to configure whether you want to connect to 3G or 4G based on various conditions
  • “Make-before-Break”is a nice feature for dual-mode 3G/4G modem users – if you’re connected to 3G and 4G becomes available, the router will connect to 4G before breaking the 3G connection

For full details on what this firmware release provides, view the release notes (PDF)


Important note about upgrading your MBR1200 to firmware version 1.6.12: Due to a bug in the 1.6.3 firmware (the version installed on all current MBR1200’s by default), firmware upgrades must be done by using the automatic firmware upgrade option within the router’s web administration page (an active internet connection is required) – you cannot upgrade the firmware by saving the file to your computer and then browsing for it. For those ordering the MBR1200 from 3Gstore.com, we can upgrade the firmware for you before shipping your router for a $15 fee.

If you plan to upgrade the firmware yourself, check out this article that demonstrates how to perform the upgrade from 1.6.3 to 1.6.12: MBR1200 Firmware Upgrade Issues


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Sprint 4G / CLEAR Now In Houston

March 29, 2010
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HOUSTON, Mar 29, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Blasting into Texas at lightning speed, Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced the launch of 4G in the Lone Star state’s biggest city: Houston. The next generation of wireless, also known as 4G, provides fast mobile downloads, streaming video and Web browsing at turbo-speed and delivers downloads that are faster than any wireless broadband service currently being offered by AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile.

With today’s launch, Sprint makes Texas the “biggest 4G state” in terms of the number of people who have access to the Sprint mobile network. In addition to Houston, the 4G network is currently operating in Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco and Wichita Falls. Nationwide, Sprint boasts 28 markets that have 4G capability today.

Unlike competitors who are running high-speed mobile broadband trials in laboratories, Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to launch 4G technology. Sprint delivers 4G to consumers and businesses, and Sprint’s 4G powered products, such as Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, USB Modem and USB Mobile Broadband, make any online experience better by enabling users to stream video, download files and browse the Web at download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1.

Texans will be able to enjoy the capabilities of the recently announced HTC EVO 4G – the world’s first 3G/4G Android phone (available later in 2010). The HTC EVO 4G provides a superior and robust multimedia experience. It is a hotspot and a phone, making it possible to download music, pictures, videos in seconds – not minutes – and watch streaming video on-the-go.


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BlackBerry Bold 9650

March 26, 2010

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Coming in May

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Look for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 (replaces BlackBerry Tour 9630) to be available in late May.  The Bold 9650 adds WiFi and Track Pad Navigation (vs. roller ball).  The 9650 is an international device – just like the 9630).  The Part Number for this device is SPRIM9650.  The code name during development was Essex.  RIM was going to call this the BlackBerry Tour 9650, BUT since this device shares the same keyboard as the Bold vs. the Tour – RIM has renamed the device to better indicate which product family it belongs.  We are sure that OS 5.0x will be included on this device.

Sprint Remarq

March 22, 2010

Sprint announced a new upcoming phone today: the LG Remarq, an environment friendly messaging phone that is a step in the green direction. Made from 87% recyclable materials, it comes packed with a full QWERTY keyboard, MP3 player, micorSD slot, and Stereo Bluetooth®. Of course, it also has your social productivity vices such as Facebook and Photobucket to keep you connected throughout the day.

You can read the official announcement on Sprint Announces LG Remarq, or read about the LG Remarq Features

The Remarq should be available on Sprint’s network in early May, 2010. If you’d like to be notified when the Remarq is available, send an email to futureitems “at” 3gstore.com.

Wilson Electronics at CTIA 2010

March 18, 2010

If you are new to Wilson, they have a great deal for new customers who are looking to boost thei evdo or hspa signals.

Stop by the Wilson Electronics booth 2900 in Central Hall at CTIA 2010 to check out our top selling line of cell phone signal boosters. Learn how they work, AND GET 25% OFF your first order.If your business wholesales or retails any of these:

• cell phones and wireless data devices• consumer electronics installations• machine-to-machine (M2M) communications devices We would like to talk with you about our affordable solutions to the #1 problem affecting wireless users: coverage problems that lead to connectivity issues.

Wilson Electronics’ are the best selling signal boosters in the industry.

Nexus One Coming To Sprint

March 17, 2010

Today Sprint announced that the Nexus One Is Coming To Sprint! Google’s Nexus One has been available for T-Mobile since January, but since T-Mobile 3G coverage is very limited, it hasn’t been extremely popular. Sprint will announce pricing and an exact availaiblity date soon. The Nexus One will be a great addition to the Sprint Network as Sprint has twice the network coverage of AT&T and ten times the network coverage of T-Mobile. Sprint’s Vice President Fared Adib said “Nexus One is a powerful device that belongs on a powerful network. This is another step in our continued partnership of innovation with Google.”
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MiFi 4G / WiMax

March 16, 2010

A few weeks ago, Novatel Wireless successfully completed over the air testing of its new MiFi  Intelligent Mobile Hotspot prototype based on 4G-WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for  Microwave Access). Novatel’s WiMAX implementation immediately achieved throughput of 18Mbps in over-the-air testing and can support theoretical peak throughput speeds exceeding 30Mbps downlink and 10Mbps uplink in a 10 MHz channel.  The current MiFi is based on 3G technologies.

Novatel Wireless has selected to use Beceem’s high performance 4G-WiMAX chips.  This makes sense, since both CLEAR and Sprint use the same chips.   Sprint’s first 3G/4G mobile hotspot was introduced January 2010, the Sierra Wireless OverDrive – which is a 3G/4G mobile hotspot, but this device has been plagued with problems since it’s introduction.  Sierra has been working on them, but the OverDrive still has outstanding issues.

We expect to have a lot more info on this product after the CTIA 2010 show in Las Vegas.

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3Gstore / CradlePoint Free Router Promo Ends 3/15/2010

March 14, 2010

3/15/10 Is Your Last Chance to Get a FREE PHS300 or CTR350 From Cradlepoint!

Cradlepoint Promotion

If you’re in the market for a Cradlepoint MBR1000 or MBR1200 3G/4G router, now is the time to strike! Cradlepoint’s “Buy an MBR1000, get a free CTR350” and “Buy an MBR1200, get a free PHS300” promotions are ending on Monday, 3/15/10. You must order by midnight CST on 3/15/10 to qualify for the promotion!

If that wasn’t a great enough deal, 3Gstore also has the MBR1000 at one of our lowest prices ever – just $189.99 (MSRP is $249.99) and the MBR1200 is just $229.99 (MSRP is $299.99). And don’t forget about the amazing technical support and exclusive support CD you’ll also receive (for free!) when you purchase from 3Gstore!

How it works: Place your order for the MBR1000 or MBR1200 online at 3Gstore.com or over the phone (866-3GSTORE) by 11:59pm CST on 3/15/2010. Once you receive your MBR1000 or MBR1200, simply mail in the included rebate form by 4/1/10 and Cradlepoint will send you a FREE CTR350 or PHS300 – it’s as simple as that!

Important details: The free CTR350 or PHS300 is a mail-in offer provided by Cradlepoint. Customers must submit their rebate form and all other required documentation to Cradlepoint by 4/1/10. Please allow up to 10 weeks for Cradlepoint to receive and process your rebate form and send your free router. No substitutions are allowed. Valid for US residents only. *Please note that the free PHS300 Cradlepoint sends is the 3G-only version; it is not compatible with 4G modems (and never will be)

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FCC Announces iPhone/Andriod Broadband Tester Apps

March 13, 2010

FCC Introduces First Mobile App, Consumer Broadband Test,  and Broadband Dead Zone Report


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Washington, D.C. –Today, the Federal Communications Commission launched new digital tools, the Consumer Broadband Test and the Broadband Dead Zone Report–that allow consumers  to test their broadband service and report areas where broadband is not available.

The Consumer Broadband Test measures broadband quality indicators such as speed and latency, and reports that information to consumers and the FCC. The mobile version –the FCC’s first mobile app –is available through the Apple and Android app stores.  The fixed version is available at www.broadband.gov . Two popular broadband testing tools are used in this beta version –the Ookla, Inc. Speed Test and the Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT) running on the Measurement Lab (M-Lab) platform. In the future, the FCC anticipates making additional broadband testing applications available for consumer use.The Commission does not endorse any specific testing application.

Read more on the FCC Broadband Tool – EVDOinfo.com

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