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Pay-As-You-Go Hotspot Provider Karma Says It Will Expand to Sprint Network

Karma, which offers pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot service for $14 per gigabyte, said on Wednesday that it plans to expand next year from Clearwire’s WiMax network to Sprint’s faster LTE network. The carrier — part of a crop of so-called mobile virtual network operators — aims to grow by letting customers earn free data by sharing their hotspot with others nearby.

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Fact-Checking the Spectrum Food Fight

Could new, unlicensed designations lead to new competition for cellular wireless broadband service?
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CES Lost and Found: A Hot Spot for Hotspots and Lost Teeth

Hold on to your teeth: It’s another spin through the CES Lost and Found.
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Need Mobile Email? You’ll Need a Data Plan.

Walt answers readers’ questions on mobile email access and iPad charging.

Mobile Internet Access — No Strings Attached

NetZero, known for offering free dial-up access in exchange for watching ads, is back and is applying its budget-conscious approach to mobile broadband.
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New iPad a Hotspot Now for Verizon, Not So Much With AT&T

AT&T says it is still working on the capability, which lets the iPad serve as an Internet connection for a laptop or other Wi-Fi device.
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Verizon, AT&T Get to Duke It Out Over 4G iPad; Sprint, T-Mobile Stuck on Sidelines

AT&T and Verizon will each sell LTE-capable versions of the new iPad, but buyers will have to decide between the two at purchase.
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Movable Internet Service

Walt answers a reader’s question on using a smartphone’s hot spot to replace an Internet service.

Verizon’s ThunderBolt Moves Like Lightning

Verizon’s ThunderBolt 4G cellphone is a speed demon, zipping past rival 4G phones’ cellular-data speeds and even past many home land-line Internet connections.
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Boingo Aims to Make it Easier to Find Wi-Fi Hotspots–Even Free Ones

In the past, Boingo’s software pointed people only to its paid Wi-Fi hotspots. A new release, though, will show free locations as well.

The Skinny on iOS 4.3

IPads Perform Better on Wi-Fi Than 4G?