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 [...]

End-of-month roundup: My Answers Expert articles

By libertyc
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 [...]

CNet offers TruConnect MiFi hotspot for $74

By libertyc
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 [...]

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

By libertyc
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 [...]

Review: TruConnect prepaid 3G MiFi 3300

By libertyc
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 [...]

TruConnect offers cheap, mobile pay-as-you-go wifi: just the thing for downloading e-books

By libertyc
September 19, 2011 // 8 Comments

Looking 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 [...]

Virgin Mobile throttles unlimited-bandwidth 3G plan

By libertyc
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 [...]

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

By libertyc
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 [...]

Pre-paid phones, and implications for e-readers

By libertyc
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 [...]

Anticipation arises as an Apple event approaches

By libertyc
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 [...]

Virgin Mobile offers unlimited, contract-free mobile wireless Internet

By libertyc
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 [...]

Next iPod Touch may offer cell phone alternative for communication as well as e-reading

By libertyc
August 23, 2010 // 2 Comments

Bill Stiteler at our sister blog Appletell has posted a piece looking at the possibility of Apple adding Facetime to the next generation of iPod Touch (as I did here). He does mention a couple of [...]

Virgin to release prepaid 3G-to-wifi router

By libertyc
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 [...]

Mobile hotspot sales down—do mobile e-book users simply not know about them?

By libertyc
April 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

Last month, I wrote about using mobile hotspot solutions to “retrofit” 3G coverage to wifi-enabled devices such as the wifi-only iPad or third-party wifi-equipped e-book readers. It would seem [...]

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