How To Use iPad or Phone as Boarding Pass

Paperless Boarding Pass
Save a tree and the hassle of printing a boarding pass.  A paperless boarding pass enables airline passengers to download their boarding pass on their cell phones or personal digital assistants (PDAs). This innovative approach streamlines the customer experience while heightening the ability to detect fraudulent boarding passes. Each paperless boarding pass is displayed as an encrypted two-dimensional bar code along with passenger and flight information. TSA security officers use scanners to validate the authenticity of the boarding pass at the checkpoint.

Airlines will make this option available when passengers choose their method of boarding pass delivery.  Here is an example of using the boarding pass on an iPhone.  The 2nd example is how to save your boarding pass as a PDF file by printing it.  Then email the PDF to yourself and save it to your iPad, iPhone, Android Phone or tablet device.  It is important that you download and save the document prior to arriving at the airport.  You don't want to mess with trying to download the document at the airport if the network is congested.
Save Boarding Pass as PDF File

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Prepaid Wireless Networks Uncovered

Which Network Are You Really On?

Unlike the major carriers (ie. Verizon Wireless, Sprint / Nextel, T-Mobile, AT&T), Amp'd, Boost Mobile, TracFone, MetroPCS & Virgin Mobile do not own its own network of cell towers. These prepaid cellular phone companies are all MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). MVNOs buy large batches of minutes from the traditional wireless carriers, piggybacking on their national networks. Amp'd leases Verizon's network, Boost Mobile uses Nextel's network, TracFone uses AT&T's network and Virgin uses Sprint's network. Hence, the reason we do not list these carriers in our list of coverage complaints. If you experience dead zone while using any prepaid phones please submit their respective network operator.

Yosemite KOA Campground Needs Cell Coverage Help

Yosemite KOA Campground Dead Zone
We are located at 6323 Hwy 140 in Midpines, CA 95345 at the Yosemite West/Mariposa KOA Campground. We see about 45,000 people in our campground in our summer season all with cell phones and no coverage. Our local phone company is now removing our pay phones. Our cell phone customers will have no way to access 911 or other emergency services. The complaints we receive for no cell phone coverage is now affecting our business and business reviews. We would appreciate any help in this matter as this is a very big concern for us and our customers. Please feel free to contact us for any questions you might have.  Read more Cell Reception in Yosemite National Park

Wilson Electronics CES Interview -

Its a bit hard to hear so try and turn up the volume. Thanks to Wilson Electronics for posting this.   

Unlimited Cell Phone Calling Plans

Most carriers now offer a variety on the unlimited cell phone plans. The days of rate plans segmented by minutes will likely come to an end in the next couple years. We’ll probably be left with unlimited rate plans and, for very light users, pay-as-you-go plans. Some of the prepaid offers have actually undercut the national carriers’ contract plans. This is somewhat different than traditional prepaid minutes that have usually been more expensive. However, those customers willing to sign a contract usually have access to better phones at a much lower price. Another reason to move customers towards unlimited calling plans is that itemizing and segmenting a phone bill costs a lot of money and some analysts say almost 30% of your monthly bill. So it will be a net cost savings to the carriers most likely.
Here’s a summary of current carrier offerings, along with some pros and cons:
  • Cricket & MetroPCS ($35 to $50): Unlimited plans, with the higher price plans including text messaging, voice and data and extended coverage. These plans are best for those not traveling a great deal outside their local area. While both carriers can offer coverage in most parts of the country, that is achieved via agreements with other carriers. As a result, roaming charges can quickly add up.
  • Boost ($50): From the prepaid division of Sprint, this unlimited plan offers voice, text, web and two-way radio. When rolled out earlier in 2009, this low price point shocked many in the wireless industry. The ‘catch’ here is that service is on the network that Sprint acquired when it purchased Nextel a few years back. Coverage is somewhat limited (with roaming N/A outside those areas) and data is not 3G. If you don’t frequent rural areas and don’t need data, this might be worth a look.
  • Virgin Mobile ($79.99): Virgin uses the Sprint network, so they have undercut the major carriers by $20. Add $10 for text and $10 for data, and the $99.99 price point matches that of Sprint. Limited selection of 3G phones right now.

AT&T Invests $1.2 Billion in Louisiana Network

AT&T Invests More Than $1.2 Billion in Louisiana From 2009 Through 2011 to Improve Local Networks

AT&T* invested more than $1.2 billion in its Louisiana wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company's mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.  Press release.

"My administration is focused on making Louisiana more competitive, and AT&T Louisiana's continued investments in wireless technology will help do just that," said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. "Expanding mobile broadband access through the latest and fastest technologies is critical to the state's economic development, education and health care sectors."

During 2011, AT&T made more than 2,300 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Louisiana. These enhancements include:

Activating more than 30 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage. Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to nearly 775 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments enable 4G speeds**. Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of more than 1,225 of these layers, or "carriers". Upgrading nearly 300 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds. "A more advanced mobile broadband experience drives economic growth, stimulates jobs and equips Louisiana businesses to meet the network demands of today and tomorrow," said Sonia Perez, state president, AT&T Louisiana. "The investments we make in our people, the network, communities and the environment can bring prosperity, growth and opportunity to our state."

CNN Money recently recognized AT&T for enhancing its wireless network. Last year, AT&T completed 150,000 network enhancements across the country, more than triple the year before, giving customers more capacity and faster speeds, as well as improving 3G dropped-call performance by 25 percent.

AT&T plans to support the build or upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. In addition, AT&T plans to install additional radio "carriers" at thousands of cell sites nationally, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which continue to increase at a rapid pace. In 2012, AT&T plans to double its 4G LTE coverage.

AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network*** with nearly 30,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 190,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.

For more information about AT&T's coverage in Louisiana or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.

For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. **4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. 4G device required. Learn more at ***Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See for details and locations.

iPhone 4S Speed Test Chart

iPhone 4S Download Speeds Compared
iPhone 4S data speeds are the fastest on AT&T compared to Sprint and Verizon. A study performed by Metrico Wireless did 21,000 Web page downloads nationwide with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 over the networks of the nation's largest three carriers. Metrico also ran more than 8,000 data download and upload tests and generated about 6,000 voice calls with recorded human voices. The tests were performed in a certified lab as well as several locations in five unnamed cities.

AT&T was twice as fast as Verizon in Web browsing with the iPhone 4S, recording average page load times of 1.29 seconds, compared with Verizon's 2.60 seconds. Sprint's version of the phone took an average of 6.44 seconds for Web browsing page loads. In terms of specific data download speeds, AT&T had an average speed of 3.2 Mbps, compared to 1.0 Mbps for Verizon and .5 Mbps for Sprint, one-fifth the speed of AT&T. The peek data download speed on AT&T was 6 Mbps over its 3G GSM HSPA+ network. 

Why Does My iPhone 4S Battery Drain Fast?

iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4 Battery 
Yes the iPhone 4S is faster than the previous iPhones.  However, it will come at a price since most smartphone batteries do not currently have storage capacity to power the phone for more than a few hours.  The reason your phone drains faster is because of 3G HSPA+ and 3G CDMA data speeds on the phone is using.  Here is an iPhone 4S speed test comparison chart for AT&T, Verizon & Sprint.  AT&T's HSPA+ and Verizon 3G CDMA is twice as fast to download and upload data than plain 3g but it will costs you some battery life.

The faster that data speeds move from 3G, 3G CDMA, 3G HSPA+ to LTE the faster your battery will drain.  The faster cell phone networks are delivering data to your phone, the more power your phone will require.  Many iPhone users claim they need to charge their phone multiple times per day and the charge only lasts for a few hours.

All fast data speeds phones have a similar problem but here is a list of smartphones with the longest battery life.  We also recommend purchasing an iPhone battery case charger to protect your phone and also extend the battery life.   We also recommend turning off WiFi when you are not using it.

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