Getting the most out of your Karma Go hotspot

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 14 Comments

Right now, you are one of two types of people. You either have a Karma Go 4G WiFi hotspot and are curious about how to get the most benefit out of it, or you don’t have a Karma Go and wonder why you might want one. I’m writing this guide for both of you. If you have a Karma Go, I’m going to [...]

Pre-paid WiFi roundup: TruConnect, Wal-Mart, Karma

By Chris Meadows
March 21, 2014 // 6 Comments

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 [...]

End-of-month roundup: My Answers Expert articles

By Chris Meadows
June 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

Just a quick end-of-the-month postscript to add four more Answers Expert articles I wrote with e-reader relevance. From here on out, I will probably limit these posts to one a month at the end of the month, though you can get instant notification of each new article as I write it if you follow my [...]

CNet offers TruConnect MiFi hotspot for $74

By Chris Meadows
July 3, 2012 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

Wal-Mart offers prepaid MiFi plan just right for email and e-book downloaders

By Chris Meadows
June 20, 2012 // 2 Comments

Want to add on-the-go connectivity to your Wi-Fi-only tablet or e-reader? Wal-Mart could have just the thing for you. Our sister blog Gadgetell reports on a new prepaid MiFi plan coming out through a deal between Wal-Mart and TruConnect (whose $5/mo + 3.9 cents per megabyte plan I currently use). [...]

Review: TruConnect prepaid 3G MiFi 3300

By Chris Meadows
January 15, 2012 // 32 Comments

A 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 [...]

Virgin Mobile throttles unlimited-bandwidth 3G plan

By Chris Meadows
January 13, 2011 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

Quick notes: Tablet subsidies, Inspiron Duo, Virgin Mobile MiFi

By Chris Meadows
November 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Pre-paid phones, and implications for e-readers

By Chris Meadows
October 29, 2010 // 4 Comments

Mobile technology is amazing, isn’t it? Various companies and charitable organizations have made a big deal out of the necessity of getting to a $100 netbook or tablet for third-world educational purposes, and for the sake of domestic poor and homeless who might not otherwise be able to afford [...]

Anticipation arises as an Apple event approaches

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2010 // 0 Comments

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, [...]

Virgin Mobile offers unlimited, contract-free mobile wireless Internet

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2010 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Virgin to release prepaid 3G-to-wifi router

By Chris Meadows
June 23, 2010 // 5 Comments

I previously discussed the MiFi and similar 3G-to-wireless-router devices as a possible way of “retrofitting” Kindle-like 3G download-anywhere connectivity to e-book devices (not to mention iPads, laptops, and so on). From GearLog comes news that prepaid cellular company Virgin Mobile will [...]

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