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Pre-paid WiFi roundup: TruConnect, Wal-Mart, Karma
March 21, 2014 | 11:49 am

A while back I talked about the TruConnect Mi-Fi portable WiFi hotspot I had purchased. It’s time for an update, and discussion of a couple of reasonable prepaid Wi-Fi alternatives. First of all, I still use the TruConnect MiFi. In fact, I’m on my second one now. The first one stopped working after I dropped it; I bought a replacement and kept the battery from the old one, which means I now have access to twice the battery life, even before plugging in the three different battery backups I now have—bonus! I don’t use it as...

iPhone comes to US prepaid cellular providers
June 5, 2012 | 6:00 pm

While not directly about e-books, the news that Leap Wireless and Sprint Nextel are going to offer the iPhone for prepaid cell phone service—the first US carriers to do so—could have be important to e-book readers. Before the Kindle came about, the iPhone and iPod Touch filled the gap left by the death of the Palm as a handy pocket-sized e-book reader. But up to this point, the only way to get an iPhone was to sign up for a costly AT&T service plan—something outside the reach of people who don’t talk on the phone enough to make...

10 devices not to buy right now—including e-readers
May 23, 2012 | 11:48 pm

stop_donot_buyGizmodo has a list of “10 gadgets you’d be a fool to buy right now” (that it reprinted from Laptop Mag but thankfully de-slideshow-ified)—devices that are soon to be replaced by something better. Weirdly enough, you can read e-books on all but one of them—including, naturally, e-readers. (Amazon is expected to launch new e-readers within just a few months.) The others include iPhones, Sprint phones, Windows phones, and Blackberries, as well as Windows and Android tablets. Ultrabooks and Macbook Pros are also due for refreshes, and smart TVs—the one device that doesn’t read e-books—aren’t a smart purchase with upcoming...

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,...

Samsung Galaxy Tab price falls to under $300 with contract
January 28, 2011 | 7:15 am

EBookNewser has reported that Samsung has lowered the price of the 7” Galaxy Tab Android tablet from $600 to $299 with contract from Sprint. Our sister blog Gadgetell reports that T-Mobile is going even further and throwing in a $50 mail-in rebate, making the price $249.99 with contract. The Android 2.2 device will naturally have access to a lot of e-book apps and stores, including Kindle. Of course, the question is whether a tablet that requires a locked-in broadband contract is really worth it even at those prices—especially if you’re paying for smartphone service already. Still, Samsung recognizes...

Apple Quick Notes: 3G iPad gets ship date, Sprint gets ‘4G iPad’, 4G iPhone gets exposed
April 19, 2010 | 1:24 pm

TechCrunch reports that the 3G iPad will be shipping as of May 7th. This is the model that costs $130 more than the equivalent wifi-only version and includes the no-contract-required ability to buy 3G access from AT&T on a monthly basis. That will certainly be good for downloading e-book when wifi is not available. Meanwhile, our sister site Gadgetell reports that Sprint has come up with a clever way to make a “4G iPad”—an iPad case with a built-in pocket for Sprint’s “Overdrive” mobile wifi access point. Like the MiFi I’ve discussed as a way to “retrofit 3G”...