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AT&T Unite Explore hotspot offers security in a rugged body

AT&T Unite Explore hotspot offers security in a rugged body

Wi-Fi may be quite ubiquitous these days, some of them offered for free even, but it won't always be there, sometimes when you need it the most. Mobile hotspots have become the go to solution for Internet everywhere but, naturally, not all of them are created equal. AT&T is unveiling the Unite Explore, which, as the name may suggest, is primed for adventure. In addition to the rugged shell that frees you from worries, the hotspot is also AT&T's first to offer a range of security features that allay worries of a different sort.

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NYC launches its pay phone-replacing free WiFi hubs

NYC launches its pay phone-replacing free WiFi hubs

New York City residents now have much easier access to free, public WiFi hotspots. The city has launched its LinkNYC service throughout the five boroughs, with terminals replacing old pay phones, capable not only of free WiFi, but free domestic calls and access to the web via built-in tablet display. It's all supported with built-in advertising, and city officials say it's the start of what will become the world's largest municipal network.

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FreedomPop’s new global hotspot works in 25 countries

FreedomPop’s new global hotspot works in 25 countries

FreedomPop has announced a new global hotspot that offers free mobile data in many places around the world, launching first for users in the United States and UK. The hotspot works in 25 countries, including France, Germany, Spain, and other European countries. If all goes as planned, though, FreedomPop will expand the global hotspot’s coverage to include countries in Asia and Latin America, bringing the total to more than 40 regions globally.

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LinkNYC free gigabit Wi-Fi starts beta with mind-blowing speeds

LinkNYC free gigabit Wi-Fi starts beta with mind-blowing speeds

Who would have thought that free, especially from the government, would be this sweet? New York City's mission to lift the city's profile on the Internet map might just truly take off. LinkNYC, which will install gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots all over the city, has just launched in beta for a few locations. And already, the blazing fast speeds are earning it quite the accolades, at least for now. With still a few simultaneously connected users not doing anything extraordinary, not to mention improper, that might not be much of a surprise. Still, it's an achievement worth commending.

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Karma Go Neverstop puts a cap on data, not speed

Karma Go Neverstop puts a cap on data, not speed

These days, the word "unlimited" no longer really means unlimited. It's more like "unlimited except". Sometimes that's because it almost seems like human nature to abuse such untethered offers. At least that is what Karma experienced, the hard way, when it launched its unlimited Neverstop service. What was intended to be a painless way to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots across the country was turned into a backup or streaming connection at home, with users raking in over 1,000 GB. And that's for a single month only.

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Karma Go hotspot launches $50 unlimited data plan

Karma Go hotspot launches $50 unlimited data plan

Karma, the makers of the Karma Go WiFi hotspot device, have just announced its second data plan since its latest model debuted this past summer. Now, in addition to the existing $14 per gigabyte Refuel plan, users can choose the new Neverstop option, which offers unlimited data for $50 per month. Just like the pay-as-you-go Refuel plan, Neverstop still relies on Sprint's network with a capped speed of 5 Mbps for downloads and uploads, so it won't suffice for Netflix binges, but with no usage limits or throttling, it could be a godsend in the right situation.

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Karma switching off WiMAX network, users must buy new box

Karma switching off WiMAX network, users must buy new box

The writing has been on the wall for almost a year now, but it doesn't make this latest development any less disconcerting. Karma will be shutting down its WiMAX network come November 6, as it had already hinted last year. Understandably, that will require existing users to upgrade their devices to the new LTE-enabled Karma Go. But if that weren't inconvenient enough, they will practically be paying for it with the same price tag that they paid for when they bought the original Karma little less than 2 years ago.

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Mount Fuji will be a free Wi-Fi zone for 3 months

Mount Fuji will be a free Wi-Fi zone for 3 months

Imagine reaching the end of an exhilarating but also tiring mountain climb. You reach for your phone to take a selfie or tweet to the world about your accomplishment. But alas, you have no Internet connection. Big problem, right? Well, not if you're on top of Japan's highest peak. That's right, the iconic Mount Fuji is going to have free Wi-Fi hotspots, eight of them, in fact, and they are being placed exactly so that you can share to the world your wonderful hiking experience.

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Traveling? Here are 5 ways to stay connected (anywhere!)

Traveling? Here are 5 ways to stay connected (anywhere!)

When you’re traveling, connectivity can be important. When you least expect it, a data connection becomes crucial, often leaving you teetering on what happens next on your trip. Everything from directions to planning — even work — can depend on access to the Internet. But how will you know if you can get Internet? Where is it offered? Rather than fly blind when you’re in a strange locale, we’ve got some handy tips for making sure you’re connected every time you leave home, regardless of where you go.

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Comcast facing class-action lawsuit over WiFi hotspots

Comcast facing class-action lawsuit over WiFi hotspots

Earlier this year, Comcast caught public attention with its home-based WiFi Hotspot network, which utilizes some subscribers' hardware to broadcast a second WiFi signal for other Comcast subscribers to use. As Comcast told us back in June, this secondary usage is tied to the user's own account, not the home subscriber's account. Many still have issues with the feature, however, and now Comcast is facing a class-action lawsuit over it.

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Karma Go makes the transition to nationwide LTE

Karma Go makes the transition to nationwide LTE

Karma launched two years ago to revolutionize how you connect to the Internet, but it has unfortunately been held back by a now forgotten wireless technology. That is changing very soon, by December to be exact, as Karma plans to launch the new Karma Go, a hotspot that will connect to LTE instead of WiMAX.

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Comcast is injecting Xfinity ads on public WiFi hotspots

Comcast is injecting Xfinity ads on public WiFi hotspots

Comcast has again drawn scrutiny, this time over its practice of injecting its own advertisements into Web pages visited by those connected to its public WiFi hotspots. According to a spokesperson that talked to the folks at Ars Techica, the company started doing this "months ago".

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