Virgin Media plans to retrofit public WiFi to UK subscribers’ routers, hotspots

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Wanting to retrofit Internet connectivity to your WiFi-only e-reading device in the UK? You may soon have another option—a free one, yet. The Telegraph reports that Virgin Media is planning to roll [...]

FCC cracks down on convention centers blocking personal WiFi (Updated)

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Update: A response and clarification from Smart City follows the original article. Just as I got a Karma Go personal WiFi hotspot, convention centers that block personal hotspots are experiencing a [...]

Karma Go LTE hotspot brings 4G speed and public Internet access to your pocket

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

After a long delay, my Karma Go 4G LTE wireless hotspot finally arrived. I was bemused to open the envelope and find it packaged in a resealable plastic pouch not too different from the pouches my [...]

Republic Wireless offers affordable hybrid VOIP/cell smartphone service

By Chris Meadows
April 18, 2014 // 3 Comments

I’d previously mentioned switching to an Android smartphone with Virgin Mobile, and enjoying it as far as it went. However, lately my Virgin Mobile phone went belly-up. I’d already promised [...]

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 [...]

In the future, concealed embedded computers might spy on you

By libertyc
December 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

On his blog, Charlie Stross ponders how small the electronics necessary to power computing and wi-fi have become, and wonders if the next great malware frontier might be physical spy devices [...]

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 [...]

Sub-$100 smartphones could offer wifi, e-reading potential

By libertyc
January 18, 2012 // 3 Comments

A lot of attention has been given to sub-$100 e-readers such as the new crop of Kindles. But a report from PaidContent suggests another generation of sub-$100 devices might be on the horizon: the [...]

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 [...]

Proliferation of iPads strains hotel wi-fi bandwidth

By libertyc
October 25, 2011 // 5 Comments

Is the iPad the “final nail in the coffin” for free wi-fi? According to the New York Times, it just might be, at least for hotels. iPads consume four times more wi-fi data per month than the [...]

Kindle 4 uses free AT&T wifi

By libertyc
September 29, 2011 // 4 Comments

I just ordered a low end Kindle 4, for delivery tomorrow, because I wanted to see how these “special offers” work. I also wanted a spare, small unit to carry around on those times where [...]

Open Mesh Project seeks to use mesh networking to promote freedom

By libertyc
February 27, 2011 // 2 Comments

It’s long been a truism of the net that free information flow and freedom have a lot to do with each other. You see it in cases like the recent revolution in Egypt where the Egyptian government [...]

Tech support reps know where the problems are

By libertyc
February 24, 2011 // 6 Comments

It’s a cliché (or at least a TVTrope) that if you want to know what’s really going on in an organization, you talk to the janitors—or other people who have the same habit of being around all [...]

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 [...]

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