XCom Global Offers Unlimited 3G Rentals for Globetrotters

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XCom Global announced a new high-speed wireless data rental service that I may need to try out on my next trip overseas. The most intriguing part of this service is that they offer MiFi cards, which means I could actually use my iPhone 3GS when traveling abroad. The company’s Unlimited aXcess plan is only $14.95 per day […]

My Wife’s Mobile Office: En Route to Silicon Valley


My wife and I worked for a couple of hours from home before jumping in the car to drive down to Palo Alto, where she works and I have a couple of meetings.  She didn’t miss a beat of her work day as we drove from San Francisco down to Silicon Valley. She was multi-tasking […]

MiFi Opportunities About to Increase


With a word, Steve Jobs has ruled out tethering the iPad to the iPhone. In an email he basically just said “no.” On some levels that makes absolutely no sense, but then when you consider AT&T’s well chronicled network woes it makes all the sense in the world. I’m in the same camp as Kevin […]

Apps and GPS Coming to MiFi


Chippy at UMPCPortal got the scoop on the next-gen firmware for the MiFi mobile hotspot and it’s definitely next-gen, adding GPS and apps to the mix. He has it on video showing off a GPS-enabled application served through the Mifi.

Share your USB 3G/4G Modem with Wi-REACH Classic


Still got a year left on your USB 3G or 4G modem contract and wish you’d gotten a Mifi instead? Connect One’s Wi-REACH Classic might be what you need – a mobile wifi hub in which you can plug in your modem and share your connection with up to ten users.

Netgear’s MBRN3300 (Not So) Mobile 3G Router


Netgear released a new router today and from the way they and others are throwing the word “mobile” around, you’d think it was mobile, but it’s not. No, the MBRN3300 3G Mobile Broadband router is a standard plug-in-the-wall router with a 3G modem built in. That’s great if you’re in an area that can’t get […]

Thorough review of the Sprint Overdrive 4G mobile hotspot


The Mobile Gadgeteer Matt Miller, one of a handful of people I believe could use all five connections on a mobile hotspot just by himself, has completed quite a thorough review of the Sprint Overdrive, a mobile wifi hotspot with 4G connectivity and a lot more. The device looks like a more advanced version of […]

Possible Winners and Losers in the Wake of the iPad Announcement

In my view there are quite a few folks who are really happy that yesterday’s iPad announcement is over. Many of these folks are competitors or “me-too” manufacturers on some level. Apple made a big splash and everyone is still drying out from the overwash and sorting through things. Apple may have indeed hit a […]

Mobile Ports in a Storm


When life keeps throwing things your way, you have two choices: deal with it or give in. Giving in isn’t in my or my wife’s nature, so we work through what hits us as best we can. This week our family helped get my mother set up in a skilled care facility as she continues […]

Fixes for Facebook/AT&T Issue and Novatel MiFi

There is news on two recent security issues we’ve reported on. First up, AT&T has supposedly corrected the issue that found Facebook users logging into other users’ accounts when using their mobile phones. More details here. While there isn’t a patch yet, Novatel is promising a fix is coming for the security hole recently discovered […]

Novatel MiFi Exploit Gives Up Data

It is no secret that many of us on the GBM Team love the Novatel MiFi card. We’ve got several members who use and rely on these handy mobile hotspots in both the Verizon and Sprint flavors. Well, we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for a firmware update, hopefully soon, after news of a security […]

Sprint Unveils Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot


We all know how much those of us on the GBM Team love the MiFi card from Novatel that both Sprint and Verizon carry. It allows for multiple connections when the service is available and makes mobile computing possible, again when service is available. (From the looks of this GBM video Verizon is doing better […]

A Decade of Difference in Mobile Tech


My mobile computing lifestyle has come a long way over the past decade. A lot of the gadget changes and upgrades were gradual, which meant I eased into what I and other geeks consider normal at the dawn of 2010. But during my trip to India this month I realized something – I live in […]

MiFi App for iPhone Gets an Update


Remember the MiFi app for the iPhone from AppDen. Version one had some problems, at least for Sprint MiFi users. But there’s an update in the iTunes App Store tonight. Although the “What’s New” description with the app says that it now works with Sprint MiFi cards, it also states that it works with “first […]

iPhone MiFi App Needs Still Needs Some Work


Well, I was pretty excited this morning when I discovered the existence of the MiFi app for the iPhone that lets you monitor your MiFi card’s operations. I finally got a chance to check it out this afternoon, and it looks like we might be waiting for the next version according to my testing and […]

Using Sprint MiFi 2200 to Get Around Pricey Hotel WiFi


I’m camped out at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose for a few days and while attending the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. While there’s plenty of free WiFi access points on the showroom floor, WiFi access in the guest rooms costs $14.95 per day. Instead of paying mini-bar prices for WiFi I’m relying on my […]

Pick up a MiFi Card for $.01 (Sorta, Kinda)


If you’ve got your eyes on a MiFi Card from Sprint or Verizon, you might want to check out this deal from Amazon. If you’re getting a new contract you can pick up the wireless card that gives you WiFi anywhere for $.01. You have to sign up for a new contract and of course […]

Took the Sprint MiFi for a Walk….


After lunch today I went for a walk to run some errands and get a little exercise in. I’m extremely busy with a couple of projects right now and didn’t have time to go offline even for a minute.   I grabbed a tablet, my new MiFi, and a my Canon Powershot SD750 that I […]

Where the MiFi Needs Some Work

There’s no doubt that I’ve been loving the heck out of the MiFi 2200 that I picked up from Verizon earlier this week. However, not everything is coming up daises in the land of the cloud. Here are some things that could be improved, two of which might be easily addressed with a firmware update. […]