Mobile broadband roaming is insanely expensive. Using my AT&T iPhone overseas costs $20,000 per gigabyte, and that's not a typo or a joke. So I always pick up a local 3G data SIM for my Huawei E585 mobile hotspot when traveling. Here's documentation of my experience with T-Mobile in the Netherlands this week. The Best Wireless Internet Overseas First, it is absolutely … [Read more...] about Wireless Internet Access During My Trip To The Netherlands
After years of faithful service, 3G mobile “broadband” appears to be giving up the ghost. Perhaps its new applications that demand more performance, or maybe the network is overloaded and the carriers are unable or unwilling to fix it, but 3G data service has become unusable lately. I set out to find something faster. Not Quite 4G, Really You should also read 4G: Is It Really … [Read more...] about 4G Connectivity Options Proliferate
Traveling overseas is challenging in many ways, but mobile phone and data service is especially difficult. While it's fairly easy to find a reasonable deal locally, it's almost impossible to transfer these deals abroad. The best way to avoid a huge ripoff is to use a local provider, and this is exactly what I did during my recent trip to the UK. I picked up a Huawei E585 "MiFi" … [Read more...] about An Inexpensive Mobile Broadband Alternative When Traveling in the UK
Virgin Mobile USA had a massive data outage on July 11, 2011, leaving me without mobile broadband for almost 24 hours. After service was restored, my Novatel MiFi 2200 was left in a state in which it would not connect, requiring a complete reset and re-authentication. Virgin's customer support wasn't very helpful, so here's what I did to get back online. Symptoms of an … [Read more...] about How To Reset Your MiFi and Get Back Online with Virgin Mobile USA
Apple may make their product lines easy to understand, with simple and consistent names, but there sure are a lot of iPad 2 models. Which iPad is the best choice? I picked the 32 GB Wi-Fi model personally, but I can see cases where others might prefer a 3G or base model. Let's consider it. The iPad 2 Model Lineup There are no less than 18 different iPad 2 models: 16 … [Read more...] about Which iPad is the Best Choice?