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Xcom Global opens international MiFi rental / service center in New York City

xcom mifi rental service centerServing jetsetters at LAX just wasn't enough for Xcom Global. Engadget's personal favorite when it comes to snagging international data before leaving the States is now opening up shop in the Big Apple -- a wise move for increasing its presence in a market where loads of humans are doing business in nations other than the United States. Xcom's calling its new venue a "satellite customer service center," enabling flyers to swing by before they depart JFK (or LGA, we guess) and pick up a global MiFi. Rather than being positioned within an airport, this one's located near Grand Central Station at the offices of Amnet New York on Madison Avenue, and in case you've forgotten, $12.95 per day (and up) can snag you a wireless data device capable of connecting in some 195 countries. Oh, and you can return the device to the same store or via your carrier of choice. Still trying to wrap your head around it? Have a look at our review.

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Xcom Global opens international MiFi rental / service center in New York City originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 May 2012 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Darren Murph

May 7th

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Clearwire’s TDD-LTE rolling out in ‘early 2013,’ coming to NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, Seattle and more

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Clearwire's hardly throwing in the towel after that whole "WiMAX" thing; instead, the outfit has its sights firmly set on bringing TDD-LTE to the masses here in America, starting with an initial rollout in early 2013. A release put out today confirms that New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle will be among the 31 cities where the company will launch the aforesaid network, though there's no breakdown on which of those metro markets will be forced to wait until "mid-2013" to get served. Speaking of, Clearwire's making no bones about the fact that "high demand hot zones" will be the ones targeted initially, and in a bid to outshine those LTE networks already live, President and CEO Erik Prusch is suggesting that his firm's 4G network "will show that not all LTE networks are created equal." Bold words, sir.

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April 27th

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Ubiquiti Networks beefs up outdoor wireless broadband networks with AirFiber

ImageWe won't be satisfied until we live on a planet where wireless internet waves travel at all points where oxygen is readily available, and it sounds as if Ubiquiti Networks is right there with us. The outfit has just rolled out a new outdoor wireless backhaul radio platform dubbed AirFiber, which represents its first proprietary in-house radio design effort that was purpose-built for the Wireless ISP Industry. It hums along in the license-free 24GHz band, and provides optical fiber network performance without the significant capital costs associated with fiber cable network deployment. At $2,995 per link, it's hardly meant for consumer consumption, but but we're hoping it'll bring the world wide web to more of the world when enterprise outfits start deploying 'em later this year.

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Ubiquiti Networks beefs up outdoor wireless broadband networks with AirFiber originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 27th

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Bringing wireless to the disconnected: internet tales from the South Pacific

"We only have dial-up here. You'd be shocked at the speeds. [Laughs.] But it's okay -- as long as I can send and reply to email, I'm fine with it."

Those were the words spoken to me just weeks ago by the absolutely precious owner of Litia Sini Beach Resort on the extreme southeastern tip of Upolu. For those unaware, that's Samoa's most populous island (~135,000 people) -- a sliver of lush, mountainous land dropped almost perfectly in the center of the Pacific Ocean. I chuckled a bit upon hearing it, immediately realizing that I had a connection in the palm of my hand that was 20, 30, perhaps even 40 times quicker than what this business owner was relying on. She paused, as if to collect her thoughts before going into a familiar spiel about the resort's amenities, and then drew my attention to the display of her laptop.

"It's still a draft for now, but this is the new tsunami evacuation plan that we're working on. Soon, we'll have this in each fale. It's taking a bit of time to get right, as the drawings are actually done in New Zealand."

I nodded my head in understanding, immediately thinking that this must be in reaction to the catastrophic tsunami of September 2009, caused by a magnitude 8.1 submarine earthquake that hit barely 100 miles from the very spot I was sitting. It was the largest quake of 2009. The entire resort was leveled. Dozens upon dozens were killed. And here we were, over two full years later, and the evacuation schematics are still in "draft."

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Bringing wireless to the disconnected: internet tales from the South Pacific originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 12th

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ViaSat confirms exede residential 12Mbps satellite broadband: January 16th, starts at $50 per month

It ain't anything we hadn't heard already, but those hoping to toss their existing HughesNet service into the nearest (rural) lake can take comfort in knowing that a newer, faster alternative is coming in a matter of days. ViaSat's "exede" residential broadband service will launch on January 16th in the US of A, offering a previously unheard-of satellite promise of 12Mbps down and "up to" 3Mbps up. The best part? It'll start at just $50 a month. The worst part? That's for just 7.5GB of monthly data consumption. You'll need to pony up $79.99 monthly in order to grab 15GB, and those who chew though a whopping 25GB will be asked to pay $129.99 every 30 (or so) days. There's no word on what'll happen after you exceed those thresholds, but we're guessing you'll see a marked decrease in speeds until your cycle renews. Or, you know, you could move to some corner of Brooklyn and pay about the same for FiOS. Your call.

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January 10th

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