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It looks as though Verizon is following in Microsoft's footsteps by preparing to boot people off of their unlimited data plans. Microsoft did it when it announced an end to unlimited cloud storage via OneDrive for subscribers to its Office 365 suite and replaced it with 1TB, and now Verizon is getting ready to pull the rug out from under unlimited data users who consume "an extraordinary amount of data," which translates to over 100GB per month. Like Microsoft, Verizon is upset that consumers have the gall to think that unlimited means unlimited. When taking the term at face value, there's bound... Read more...
Verizon raised more than a few eyebrows last week when it announced that it was raising data caps for all plans and adding unlimited overage data, albeit at snail-like speeds for its XL and XXL data plans. While giving customers added perks is nothing new, actually raising prices in the process is uncommon — customers will in effect see a $5 to $10 increase in their monthly bills with these newest changes. Not surprisingly, T-Mobile has come out swinging against Verizon by “giving families a break from industry rate hikes and restrictions right when customers need it most.” Beginning July... Read more...
It seems like just yesterday we were introduced to 4G LTE wireless connectivity, but technology marches forward and a rapid pace and its successor is waiting in the wings. Verizon Wireless, the United States’ largest wireless carrier, says that it has completed a “key milestone” in the development of 5G wireless technologies.Verizon claims that it is the first U.S. wireless carrier to compete its 5G radio specification, which gives the company firm guidelines for how to validate hardware that is incorporated into the next generation wireless standard. This allows everyone involved in the industry... Read more...
Verizon has some new plans in store for its customers. A promo surfaced on Verizon’s Testman site that hinted about several upcoming changes to their data plans. Verizon initially commented that customers should expect “fireworks” in the next week, however, its finally revealed what updates will be part of the Verizon Plan on July 7th. The line-up will include data packages labelled as S, M, L, XL, and XXL. These packages are as follows:S: 2GB for $35 (previously 1GB for $30)M: 4GB for $50 (previously 3GB for $45)L: 8GB for $70 (previously 6GB for $60)XL: 16GB for $90 (previously 12GB for $80)XXL:... Read more...
The reign of the Blackberry on Capitol Hill has come to an end. Blackberry phones had long been the phone of choice for members of Congress, but Blackberry recently informed Verizon and AT&T that production of all BlackBerry OS 10 devices has been discontinued. BlackBerry’s smartphone market share was below 1% this past year, and the company sold just 500,000 units by May 31st while Apple sold 51.2 million units through March 26th. Why then are Blackberry smartphones so popular among members of Congress and their staff? The long battery life, an email-heavy focus, and an easy to use interface... Read more...
Bottle rockets and Black Cats won't be the only fireworks going off next week, apparently Verizon Wireless is planning to light things up in a big way, too. According to an image that was posted on reddit, Big Red is getting ready to introduce several new features, the biggest of which is the ability to roll unused data over to the next month.Verizon's calling that feature Carryover Data, which is exactly what it sounds like—Verizon will automatically roll unused data to the end of the following month. Assuming the screenshot is accurate (it was supposedly taken from Verizon's Testman site), the... Read more...
ASUS has teamed up with Verizon to announce a new 8-inch class slate, the ZenPad Z8 (ZT581KL) powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core System-on-Chip (SoC) with Adreno 510 graphics. Verizon is the only one taking pre-orders on the ZenPad Z8 and will carry the slate in stores next Thursday (June 23). "ASUS is excited to launch the ZenPad Z8 with Verizon. The ASUS ZenPad Z8 brings an incredible feature set and top-end specifications to Verizon customers at a very attractive price," says Benson Lin, corporate vice president and general manager for mobile communications, ASUS. "We’re thrilled... Read more...
For nearly a decade, Verizon ran a series of ads featuring actor Paul Marcarelli delivering the tagline, "Can you hear me now?" It's still a phrase that's familiar to many people, but in case you haven't heard, it's 2016 and apparently "every network is great," or so says the former Verizon pitchman who's made the switch to Sprint, the fourth largest carrier in the U.S. High profile defections in advertising sometimes happen, though it's not an everyday thing. For one, it requires a successful initial ad campaign, which Verizon certainly had. It also requires that the initial company that used... Read more...
Owners of Galaxy S7 handsets on Verizon's network have been receiving a new over-the-air (OTA) update the past couple of days, one that was purported to "optimize device performance, resolve known issues, and apply the latest security updates." Those types of things are generally welcomed with open arms, though Galaxy S7 owners are getting a little more than they bargained for. A reddit forum member discovered a "bonus" not mentioned in the change log. It's called DT Ignite and it's a service that runs in the background so carriers can more easily (and stealthily) install unwanted bloatware onto... Read more...
When it comes to the often slow pace of security updates being pushed to the mobile devices that are at center of our daily digital lives, both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are looking for some answers. The FCC is taking U.S. wireless carriers (like AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile) to task while the FTC has hit up top hardware manufacturers including Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and HTC. At a time when U.S. intelligence agencies like the FBI and NSA are looking for ways to use vulnerabilities to their advantage to solve crimes... Read more...
How can you tell if a cellular carrier is invested in Android Pay? When it decides to give you 2GB of free data simply by using it. That's a perk that Verizon subscribers are able to opt-in for right now, as long as they're able to find a store that accepts the payment service, of course. According to a message some Verizon subscribers are receiving, the first time Android Pay is used on the carrier's network, the user's account will be credited for 1GB, good for two billing cycles. If a user ends up using Android Pay for a third time, that 1GB turns into 2GB. Considering the fact that data isn't... Read more...
In what's being described as a "game changer for the city of Boston," Verizon has agreed to lay some 800 miles of fiber optic cables for its high-speed FiOS service in Beantown. Once complete, the great people of Boston can expect faster downloads and lower prices due to the increased competition in the area. Verizon's decision to lay the groundwork for its FiOS service in Boston comes as quite a surprise after the company previously said it wouldn't happen. However, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft helped change Big Red's mind by having sit-downs over lunch with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh... Read more...
AT&T just bumped its wireless activation and upgrade fee to $20 per smartphone on several of its plans, a 33 percent increase from its previous $15 charge, though save some of your outrage for Verizon. It was Big Red that rolled out a new $20 upgrade fee earlier this week, which AT&T apparently took as an opening to do the same. Sure, we're just talking about a $5 price hike here, but what's annoying about the fee increase is that it's an arbitrary bump on top of what's an arbitrary charge to begin with. Does it really cost $15 or $20 for the dude in a blue shirt standing behind the counter... Read more...
It seems as though the era of nickel and diming customers has no end in sight, and the folks at Verizon are taking this practice to a new level. We’ve all become accustomed to paying an upgrade fee (usually begrudgingly so) when buying a new device through our wireless carrier, either through a new two-year contract or through one of the many popular installment plans. Now Verizon will not only charge a fee to customers upgrading to new smartphones with two-year contracts ($40) or installments plans ($20), but also to those who purchase a new smartphone outright ($20). That’s right, you pay the... Read more...
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