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 [...]

iPhone comes to US prepaid cellular providers

By libertyc
June 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

10 devices not to buy right now—including e-readers

By libertyc
May 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

Gizmodo 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. [...]

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 allows bite-sized prepaid-3G-wifi usage with no contract required. It has been a couple of weeks [...]

Samsung Galaxy Tab price falls to under $300 with contract

By libertyc
January 28, 2011 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Apple Quick Notes: 3G iPad gets ship date, Sprint gets ‘4G iPad’, 4G iPhone gets exposed

By libertyc
April 19, 2010 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

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