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Personal hotspots: Wal-Mart vs. Karma
November 5, 2014 | 6:12 pm

karmaIn March of this year, I took a look at the current options for pay-as-you-go cellular wi-fi hotspots—just the thing for giving wi-fi-only tablets and e-readers connectivity wherever you go. At the time, I switched over from TruConnect to Wal-Mart’s equivalent 3G MiFi, to get away from TruConnect’s $5 per month fee, and was more or less happy with it, as far as it went. But one of the other competitors I mentioned at the time, Karma, is about to change things up, and it looks like it might just be worth trying. A lot of people with smartphones...

Amazon limits international Kindle 3G web browsing to 50 MB per month
July 25, 2012 | 12:20 am

Remember when unlimited 3G web surfing was one of the major benefits to buying a 3G Kindle? It seems those days are over, at least for some users. One user of the US Kindle in Canada posted on MobileRead that he was recently informed that he’d reached a 50MB monthly cap on 3G browsing and would have 24 hours of grace before having to use wi-fi or wait for next month, apart from being able to access Amazon, Wikipedia, and the Kindle Store. Amazon apparently began enforcing this restriction as of July 1. The story is getting some coverage...

CNet offers TruConnect MiFi hotspot for $74
July 3, 2012 | 8:15 am

CNet’s “The Cheapskate” blog has a special offer on the TruConnect MiFi hotspot, offering a $25 discount to knock the device down from $99 to $74 when you use the discount code CNET2012 through TruConnect’s checkout. As I’ve said before, this is a great way to get inexpensive (albeit slow) prepaid 3G wifi (using Sprint’s network) for those who only plan to use it occasionally or with very low-bandwidth applications (such as, say, downloading e-books). The plan costs $4.99 per month in which it is actually used (you pay nothing if you don’t use it at all during...

Review: TruConnect prepaid 3G MiFi 3300
January 15, 2012 | 1:15 am

GEDC0518A while ago, I wrote about the idea of using a MiFi to retrofit 3G mobile web access to wifi-capable devices (such as e-readers), and I also mentioned the TruConnect MiFi pay-as-you-go service that allows bite-sized prepaid-3G-wifi usage with no contract required. It has been a couple of weeks since I received my TruConnect MiFi for Christmas, and I’ve used it enough to get a decent idea of how well it works. I use the MiFi mostly with my iPod Touch and iPad, though I have had the chance to try it with my laptop as well. Fundamentally,...

Kindle Touch (3G) – Unexpected aspects and a few changes noted
November 18, 2011 | 10:15 am

KW slate 03 sm V166950138 Much more in the article: Kindle Touch (3G) - Unexpected aspects and a few changes noted: " While I had wanted to quick-blog first impressions after 12 hours with the Kindle Fire Wednesday (which I more than enjoyed despite minor reservations), I've been doing the forums and trading information.  There's always so much there that people find and relay. BUT -- my Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi arrived today, so I looked into that. And now I want to report on that first, due to a couple of unexpected items that impressed me. And there are several changes I want to highlight. The known loss of the...

A look at what the Kindle Touch 3G offers – some differences
September 30, 2011 | 9:18 am

Kindletouch lighted cvr KINDLE TOUCH 3G Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display, 3G Works Globally Notes about the new Kindle Touch 3G The product page presentation begins with the feature that differentiates this device from the Kindle Touch (WiFi only): "Free 3G wireless, no annual contracts or monthly fees." "Kindle Touch 3G uses the same wireless signals as cell phones, so you don't need to worry about Wi-Fi connections, passwords or internet charges.  Unlike cell phones, with Kindle Touch 3G there are no monthly fees or commitments — Amazon pays for Kindle Touch 3G's ...

TruConnect offers cheap, mobile pay-as-you-go wifi: just the thing for downloading e-books
September 19, 2011 | 11:41 am

TruConnect_MiFi_2200_270x172Looking for a great, cheap way to download e-books when you can’t get a wi-fi signal, even if you don’t have a free-3G-enabled e-reader? TruConnect Mobile might just have you covered. Last year I wrote about retrofitting 3G to wifi-enabled devices (such as e-readers) by use of a mobile hotspot such as a MiFi. Now Rick Broida’s latest “The Cheapskate” column on CNet points out what might be the best deal yet for such a device: $96 for the MiFi plus shipping, then $4.99 per month plus 3.9 cents per megabyte for service. The fee is charged only...

Fusion Garage cuts price of Grid 10 tablet by $200 to $299/$399
September 13, 2011 | 3:15 am

Weird as it is to say for a company whose first try at a tablet was a noteworthy flop, the news coming in about Fusion Garage’s Grid 10 10” tablet just keeps getting better and better. Engadget reports that the prices on the tablet have dropped from the previously-announced $499 for 16GB wifi-only and $599 3G price points—roughly equivalent to the iPad’s—to $299 and $399, respectively. A spokesperson for the company told Engadget that it had planned to use those lower prices all along, but hadn’t been able to announce it due to ongoing discussions with a supplier. This...

Free 3G Kindle access globally to the Amazon store and to the web
August 16, 2011 | 9:45 am

3G KINDLE ACCESS FOR AMAZON BOOK DOWNLOADS AND FOR FREE WIKIPEDIA (100+ countries) AND WITH FREE 3G WEB BROWSING ENABLED ALSO ("only" 60+ COUNTRIES) This blog entry is an added copy of the Reference page information just revised for describing 3G Kindle web access globally.  This one is a normal blog entry for today, which I hope will be useful, describing what is possible now.  A copy that will be updated as new info appears is at http://bit.ly/kwpweb. KEY POINT to remember: In any of the countries that don't have free 3G...

Amazon gets AT&T to sponsor 3G ad-supported Kindle, drops price to $139
July 13, 2011 | 9:49 am

Big news just now from Amazon. AT&T has joined the retailer as a "sponsor"—no details yet on what that entails—for the Kindle 3G with Special Offers model. This ad-supported version of the Kindle formerly sold for $164, $25 less than the regular price. With the new AT&T sponsorship, Amazon's 3G version is now at the same price point as the Nook and Kobo touchscreen models, which both offer only Wi-Fi connectivity. Here's the press release: AT&T to Sponsor Kindle 3G New price for Kindle 3G with Special Offers is $139 - still no monthly fee or annual contract Never pay for or hunt for...

Kindle 3G is coming to AT&T stores
February 28, 2011 | 10:37 am

It turns out that the Kindle is getting another retail outlet. Amazon issued a press release this morning announcing it was going to begin selling the 3G version of the device in AT&T’s retail stores nationwide. These stores currently sell feature phones, smartphones, and other devices that work with AT&T’s network, so it’s not too surprising they would decide to add the Kindle. (The 3G version, at least. The wifi-only version was not mentioned in the press release.) Though it’s a little ironic that, unlike every other product AT&T stores sell, the Kindle comes with free 3G for life rather...

Virgin Mobile throttles unlimited-bandwidth 3G plan
January 13, 2011 | 8:15 am

Our sister blog Gadgetell notes that Virgin Mobile has decided to scale back the $40/mo unlimited-bandwidth 3G plan that I have waxed enthusiastic about in the past (and that “saved the day” for Paul earlier this month). As of February 15, the plan will throttle download speed after the first 5 gigabytes of data in a month. That may work all right for people who just check their email and do ordinary web browsing, but it’s going to leave people who do more bandwidth-intensive stuff such as stream Netflix movies high and dry. Of course, it won’t really...

Projected end of unlimited data plans may have implications for e-book readers
November 28, 2010 | 5:05 pm

3gAre the days of unlimited wireless data plans numbered? ReadWriteWeb reports on a speech by a wireless researcher who believes that they are. Dr. Reinaldo Valenzuela, director of wirelss research at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, notes that the more people use smartphones, the more data usage is going to go up. Only 10% of all smartphone users are using the majority of data, and as that usage grows, soon the cost of providing “unlimited” bandwidth data plans will surpass the revenue it brings in. Valenzuela believes that metered pricing is one possible answer, but there are also...

Quick notes: Tablet subsidies, Inspiron Duo, Virgin Mobile MiFi
November 18, 2010 | 2:37 pm

The Financial Times seems to think the time is now for its employees to be using tablets. PaidContent reports that the company is offering a £300 or $480 rebate to its 1,800 staff against purchase of an iPad or other tablet. Employees who already have a tablet will also receive the rebate. The Dell Inspiron Duo, that 10.1” netbook that has a revolving screen for use as a tablet, will be available for pre-order soon and start shipping in December. The base model will start at $549 (£449). Engadget has a brief review of the specs and a short...

Cellular voice calling declines, but will data access rise?
November 14, 2010 | 11:15 pm

Alexia Tsotsis has a post at TechCrunch pointing out that the phone call is “dead” (in the sense in which the term is used in the tech industry these days—meaning “on the decline”). The article itself is interesting enough, though it says much the same things as a piece I covered here already. But it seems to me that the “decline” or, perhaps, transmutation of the mobile industry might have some implications for “telereading”, too. E-books are just one aspect of telereading, after all. Other aspects include magazines, newspapers, blogs, and other textual Internet sources—and getting those in a...

Anticipation arises as an Apple event approaches
August 31, 2010 | 9:15 am

appleguitar Only one more day remains until we discover the newest things Steve Jobs has up his sleeve, and our sister blog Appletell has a roundup of all the recent rumors I’ve already looked at the rumors that the iPod Touch is going to gain cameras, Facetime, and the Retina Display here and here, suggesting it may become not only a better e-book reader than ever before but also a better communication tool—essentially, a wifi-only cell phone without the cell. And it will even get the “cell” back if it is paired with an unlimited 3G-to-wifi plan...

Virgin Mobile offers unlimited, contract-free mobile wireless Internet
August 25, 2010 | 2:08 am

virginmifi_thumb[1] I’ve written about using a MiFi or similar device—pocket routers that channel cellular Internet into secure WiFi—to “retrofit” 3G-style everywhere-connectivity to WiFi-only e-book and other devices. While there is a monthly charge for this Internet service, unlike the Kindle and Nook’s 3G, it is available for many more potential uses than the freebie connectivity baked into those devices. You can use it with any or every wireless device you own—at the same time. At least, as long as your bandwidth holds out. At the time I wrote the aforementioned article, Verizon was offering 250 megabytes per month for...

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