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Telecommunications corporations are under fire again. The Federal Communications Commission has accused Verizon and AT&T of violating net neutrality rules with their “zero-ratings” promotions. Jon Wilkins, the chief of wireless telecommunication for the FCC, sent a letter of complaint to both corporations. First off, what is “zero-rating”? Zero-rating is when mobile network operators (MNOs) and ISPs do not charge customers for data used by specific applications or internet services through their network, in limited or metered data plans. Verizon and AT&T introduced their own zero-rating... Read more...
Google has impressed both the media and the smartphone enthusiast community with its new Pixel and Pixel XL flagship Android 7.0 Nougat flagships. The phones features blazing fast processors and are backed by excellent cameras which rival images produced by flagship Samsung and Apple smartphones. Today, we’re learning that people that have purchased the Verizon versions of the Pixel and Pixel XL can now unlock the bootloader on their smartphones. Using a tool called dePixel8, the process to unlock the bootloader on Verizon Pixels has been automated. With an unlocked bootloader, you are then free... Read more...
T-Mobile isn’t too happy that Verizon is the exclusive wireless carrier partner for the hot new Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in the United States. While it’s true that anyone can buy a Pixel smartphone from the Google Store unlocked (at full price) for use on any carrier, only Verizon customers can take advantage of attractive leasing options and installment payment plans. To combat the misconception that Google’s Android Nougat flagships are only available from Verizon, T-Mobile is offering a new promotion that will give any Pixel owner who brings over their phone a $325 credit when you... Read more...
If you own an LTE smartphone, you might want to pay close attention. Wanqiao Zhang, a security researcher with Chinese firm Qihoo 360 has demonstrated a vulnerability that can compromises any 4G LTE network around the globe. The attack is so devastating that a hacker with enough resources has the ability to not only hijack your phone calls and text messages, but even track your location at any time. Zhang demonstrated the active vulnerability at the Ruxcon hacking conference, which was held in Melbourne, Australia over the weekend. Speaking at the conference, Zhang explained, “You can create a... Read more...
Yahoo can't seem to catch a break these days. At least one research firm predicts the company will report a double-digit decline in ad revenue when it reports earnings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Coupled with the negative attention Yahoo has received over a massive security breach and the revelation that it built a sophisticated email scanner for the U.S. government to spy on its users, there's increasing chatter than the Verizon deal might be off. Verizon agreed to purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion last July, but in the time that's passed since then and now, Yahoo's taken a beating... Read more...
The last thing that a customer wants to give to their wireless company is more money, so some might see the latest initiative from Verizon Wireless as a little puzzling. The company today announced what it calls PopData, which gives customers immediate access to unlimited data in 30- or 60-minute increments. So why exactly would a customer even want to pursue PopData? Let’s say that you have one of Verizon’s lower-tier 2GB data plans, which costs $35 per month. However, what if you are out and about and want to download or stream a movie while away from Wi-Fi or you’re tethered to your notebook... Read more...
Wireless carriers don’t exactly have a glowing reputation with Americans. Between hidden and overage fees, sometimes inadequate customer service, and shady billing practices, customers have every right to be suspicious of carriers. In fact, just yesterday we reported that AT&T and Verizon Wireless have raked in over $600 million in overage fees alone so far this year. Today, we’re learning that Verizon has drawn the ire of customers for its billing practices. No matter which wireless carrier you subscribe to, there are bound to be billing issues that pop up from time to time — it’s to be expected.... Read more...
If you had to pay any overage fees to your carrier this year, you'll hopefully find some solace in the fact that you weren't alone. In fact, the amount of money the big carriers make from overages is staggering: $600 million. This information comes from a recent study conducted by NerdWallet, which doesn't just analyze the amount of money people are paying for their phone usage, but whether or not opting for a "protection plan" of sorts is even worth it. Both AT&T and Verizon offer plans that don't charge overages, but instead throttles the speed of the data after the limit has been reached.... Read more...
Last week, many people were taken aback when it was announced that Verizon Wireless would be taking control of Android OS updates for Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Given that carriers are notoriously slow when it comes to providing major OS updates for smartphones, news that a Google-branded phone could be at the mercy of Verizon for updates was met with utter shock. While those initial fears were definitely warranted giving past performance, it appears that everyone was getting worked up over nothing. Verizon confirmed in a statement today to Ars Technica that Verizon-branded Google Pixel... Read more...
The security breach that rocked Yahoo two years ago could end up costing the company and its shareholders a lot of money—$1 billion, to be exact. That's the amount Verizon wants discounted from its pending acquisition of the search and media giant after agreeing to the buy Yahoo for $4.8 billion. The deal has yet to be finalized. Verizon's plan was to mesh Yahoo with AOL, the latter of it purchased a year ago for $4.4 billion. However, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong may be looking at ways to back out of the deal after it came to light that Yahoo failed to disclose the extent of its security breach in a... Read more...
Google just can't seem to get out of its own way when it comes to fragmentation among its Android platform. We're not saying there's an easy solution, but in giving Verizon exclusive rights among wireless carriers in the United States to offer its new Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, it also agreed to let Verizon be in charge of Android system updates.That was the biggest question on everyone's minds when Google announced the arrangement with Verizon, and the Mountain View firm confirmed to 9To5Google what most people hoped wouldn't be the case."Monthly security updates will come from Google (for all... Read more...
Says it ain’t so, Yahoo. As if Yahoo doesn’t have enough trouble on its hands with the revelation that 500 million users accounts were compromised in a 2012 hack (that number could actually surpass 1 billion users according to recent reports), a new report suggests that Yahoo provided a helping hand to the U.S government’s spying efforts. Yahoo is accused of building a custom scanner that snooped through the email accounts of millions of unsuspecting customers. The scanner was designed and built under the direction of two of the United States’ top intelligence gathering agencies: the National Security... Read more...
Unlimited data plans have seen a slight resurgence among some of America’s wireless companies. AT&T resurrected unlimited data for customers that bundle in its DirecTV or U-Verse TV packages. T-Mobile and Sprint also offer unlimited plans for its customers. However, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint all have numerous restrictions in place, including throttling customers after 22GB, 26GB, and 23GB respectively have been consumed during a billing cycle. Even with the caveats, these “unlimited” plans are likely welcome to customers that use large amounts of data per month. However, if you’re... Read more...
It turns out the rumors you might have heard about Comcast getting into the wireless phone space were true. Comcast boss Brian Roberts confirmed as much today by announcing plans to partner up with Verizon to launch its own brand wireless service by the middle of next year, effectively making it an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). There are several hundred MVNOs operating in the United States. The most popular ones tend to be owned by major wireless carriers, such as Boost Mobile (Sprint), Cricket Wireless (AT&T), and MetroPCS (T-Mobile), but that won't be of much concern to Comcast—both... Read more...
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