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Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that takes multiple SIM cards/dongles?

I'm based in the UK and will be spending a week somewhere that has no broadband. The reception on most networks seems to be changeable though it's strongest on Vodafone. Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that can take multiple SIM cards or dongles so that I can connect together more than one network and thus maximise my chances of getting connectivity?
posted by skylar on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

MMS texting issues

Is there a text app that lets me receive multimedia messages and group messages without using my data plan? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on May 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Mobile Wifi hotspots, options and experience?

I am plotting a trip to a part of the US with poor internet and bad cell coverage. One location where I will be staying shows as within AT&T's 4G LTE data service area. A recent trip to SF demonstrated some limitations of my current cell data plan, which is Straight Talk month-to-month (sublease on AT&T network, shows signs of being stepped on by AT&T in terms of speed and responsiveness for data). Straight Talk excludes tethering altogether and has a non-4G data puck available. Given my negative experience with ST data in SF, I am looking askance at the ST puck. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Apr 25, 2014 - 4 answers

How fast is Australia LTE, really?

This recent report from OpenSignal boasts Australia as having the fastest 4G LTE service in the world. How big of a deal is it? I'm moving to Australia and am going to sign up for a mobile plan with Telstra, living in Sydney. The report indicates that while Australia has the fastest speeds, the coverage also isn't that consistent. So how fast is it really in daily use? And how does Telstra adapting the 2600 MHz (Oct. 2014) and 700 MHz (Jan. 2015) factor into that? I presently have a smartphone capable of HSPA+ speeds in AU and I was wondering how much I'd be missing out by not having a device capable of that LTE connectivity, even if it's only a temporary thing until I upgrade my phone.
posted by signondiego on Mar 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Android smartphones available for under $250?

Best no-contract Android smartphone that I can buy (ideally new) for under $250? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 12, 2014 - 22 answers

iPhone data service w/o paying for the phone part? (Seattle)

My ideal situation would be basically an iPod Touch with unlimited 4G connectivity for $50-60/month. I'd love to figure out a way to still have all of the features I love with my iPhone, while simultaneously ditching the cost of making calls. Seriously. I have so many anytime minutes banked it's nuts. I'm grandfathered on unlimited data with AT&T (which means nothing really), except that I have a AT&T iPhone 4S to use once my contract is up next year. (Thought it might be pertinent for scenarios.) Not interested in carrying around a second device (e.g. mobile wifi). Thoughts?
posted by letstrythis on Feb 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Is it looked at as unprofessional to not have mobile internet?

My career in web design is progressing and I'm wondering how long I can get away with not shelling out for a data plan before it makes me look bad. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Feb 3, 2013 - 28 answers

My 4G has abandoned me!

My Samsung Galaxy S2 phone is brand new (I got it only 3 weeks ago) and loses 4g connectivity every time I visit MIT. Connectivity does not come back when I leave the premises, however. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Jul 2, 2012 - 6 answers

T-Mobile prepaid in Brooklyn

Now that the Galaxy Nexus is $399 unlocked, I'm thinking about buying one and getting T-Mobile's $30/mo. prepaid plan. I don't make all that many calls so the limited number of minutes is fine by me. I live and work in Brooklyn, and on account of that spend most of my time in the borough. There are some dated questions here that claim that service is spotty in Brooklyn— is that still the case? [more inside]
posted by akgerber on Apr 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Phone's battery drain is draining my patience

Phone's battery drain is draining my patience, after hours of research, two batteries, and several phone calls with T-Mobile. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Mar 8, 2012 - 13 answers

What newer T-mobile phone should I get?

I am on Tmobile and need a new 4G cell phone. What are the great new 4g T-Mobile phones that have come out recently or are coming out in the next week? [more inside]
posted by icy on Jan 15, 2012 - 6 answers

tethering or usb modem?

Have an iPhone 4, and can add tethering for $20 a month with no contract. Or, I can get a 4G USB card for $50 with a 2 year contract (and refurbished USB modem). Which? [more inside]
posted by tremspeed on Nov 11, 2011 - 4 answers

What is one more G worth?

Time to get a new smartphone, and I'll have a data contract for the first time. I'm a power user of computers, who carries 2k+ contacts and appointments around, and occasionally programs my own apps (what we oldtimers used to call "programs"). I'm really attracted to the dual screen of the Kyocero Echo, but it's 3G-only. I don't intend to tether/hotspot my phone. Will I miss the 4G, a/o "limitless" data plans?
posted by IAmBroom on Aug 2, 2011 - 6 answers

That old thing? Oh, it's just always been here, and we never got rid of it.

A question about cellular networks and deployed cellular technology in the US. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jul 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Can a 4G iPod work with a CF card instead of an HDD?

Things to do with a lobotomized iPod 4G? I pulled out the hard drive, put an a CF card, and now, no matter how often I restore it, can't get it to work as an iPod, even though my PC can read and write to the drive. Can it work with this setup? [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Jul 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Smartphones for world travel

What's the state of the art in quad-band capable Android smartphones? Essentially I'm looking for alternatives with capabilities similar to the Motorola Atrix 4G. It needs to be carrier unlocked and support 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM 2G functions and 2100MHz WCDMA. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Apr 21, 2011 - 5 answers

I hate to use the obvious "4G or not 4G" pun ... but I just did.

Should I order Clear 4G/3G internet service? I'm about to move into a new apartment. By default, I was going to get TimeWarner cable for internet, as TimeWarner is what I've used in the past and my new apartment (which is in NYC) will be cable-ready. But I see that Clear has a plan that gives you 4G wireless access at home + 3G access anywhere else (their "4G/3G" plan). This sounds very appealing, but I'm concerned I might be too much of a power user for it. If you've used Clear 4G, did you have problems with low speed or restricted data usage? [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Mar 30, 2011 - 13 answers

Which of thailand's cellular companies offer The highest mobile speed?

Which of Thailand's cellular companies offer The highest mobile 3g or 4g or whatever tech speed with unlimited plan in Bangkok area. And how much does it cost. Whether it is a USB or 3G or 4g SIM card.
posted by omaralarifi on Mar 26, 2011 - 1 answer

I NEED BITS

Trying to pick an ISP in Savannah, GA. Looking for recommendations other than AT&T. I do a lot of online gaming and netflix streaming, so I'd like something reasonably fast. [more inside]
posted by arcolz on Mar 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Experience with Rover 4G internet

Does anyone have experience with Rover 4G internet in the Los Angeles (near UCLA campus) and Orange County (specifically the 92842 region) areas? I can't be bound to a contract at the moment, so this seems to be the next best alternative. I've checked the coverage maps and there are towers nearby with full coverage of the areas that I will be in. But that doesn't mean much in real world tests, so I'd like to know what your download/upload speeds are at various times of the day. And have they ever sent you a warning letter for always being connected. Thanks.
posted by eliluong on Jan 23, 2011 - 0 answers

New Radio Frequency Uses

Recently the FCC auctioned off parts of the radio frequency spectrum that were freed up with the transition to digital TV. Can someone summarize exactly what happened and what those frequencies are being used for? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Dec 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Best 4g broadband deal in Seattle?

4g Wireless broadband in Seattle: I'm considering replacing my Qwest DSL with 4g wireless broadband. (A cable modem solution isn't available in my building.) Also, I think I'd be purchasing the home modem version of the plan upon which I decide. I have plenty of mobile internet with my iPhone. Fast enough to stream netflix is my benchmark. It seems like Sprint is the best deal. What say you? Thanks!
posted by letstrythis on Nov 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Should I switch from Time Warner Cable in NYC/Brooklyn to Clear 4G?

Should I switch from Time Warner Cable in NYC/Brooklyn to Clear 4G? [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs on Sep 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Kid-tough iPod Touch case: He's not a Woogie, not yet an Otterbox.

I think I'm going to get my son an iPod Touch for his tenth birthday, but we're accident-prone people, and I know he'll also need a rugged case to take his tiny abuse. Can anyone recommend something? [more inside]
posted by littlegreenlights on Sep 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Must...Have...Internet...

Pre-Paid Wireless Internet options (3G, 4G, ??) in Reno, NV [more inside]
posted by defcom1 on Aug 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Cheaper Internet?

Can one play Xbox Live over the sprint 4g network? [more inside]
posted by alextprice on Aug 5, 2010 - 3 answers

4G service in NY?

Any ideas when 4G cell data service will hit NY? [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 on Jun 27, 2010 - 2 answers

Do Androids stream my electric beeps?

[Yet another Android app question] Android music app choices look to be slim. Looking for recommendations for playback, streaming and recording apps. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Jun 22, 2010 - 8 answers

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