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In late January, Verizon Wireless announced its plan to allow customers to opt out of its Unique Identifier Header (UIDH). The UIDH is better known as a “supercookie” in the tech circle, as it can’t be deleted by customers and is used primarily for advertising purposes. Today, Verizon has finally updated its systems to allow customers to opt-out of the tracking mechanism. Customers can either login to their account online (by visiting this link) or call 1-866-211-0874 to opt-out of the intrusive tracking system. For its part, Verizon spokeswoman Debra Lewis said that privacy is always a “central... Read more...
Samsung isn’t about to let HTC hog the spotlight today with the announcement of One M9 availability in the U.S. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Samsung is now announcing that its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will both be available for pre-order starting tomorrow -- the smartphones will be available in brick and mortar locations beginning April 10. Like HTC, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be available on all four major U.S. carriers (although Samsung has also added in U.S. Cellular). Samsung is also blanketing the retail space as both smartphones will be available from Amazon, Best... Read more...
Leading up to the FCC's approval of net neutrality rules last month, it had been clear that companies opposing the move wouldn't be resting on their laurels for too long afterwards. In particular, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson said that there 'will be litigation', and as it happens, he meant it. AT&T's Randall Stephenson; Flickr: Dan Farber Yesterday, trade group USTelecom, of which AT&T and Verizon are members, issued a petition to the US Court of Appeals to help thwart net neutrality rules from becoming active (which is set to happen 60 days after the FCC ruling). In the petition,... Read more...
Google first announced the Nexus 6 back in October and the smartphone began shipping in November. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint quickly embraced the flagship smartphone, but there was one carrier that was surprisingly missing in action: Verizon. Here we are four month later and Verizon is officially adding the Nexus 6 to its smartphone lineup. Verizon won’t say what took it so long to launch the Nexus 6 and only gives this subtle apology: “To all Nexus fans, thank you for your patience.” Verizon customer looking to lay their hands upon the Nexus 6 will be glad to hear that it comes out of the... Read more...
“The Next Big Thing” will soon be upon us. Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge over the weekend and many buyers are eager to get their hands on the new flagship smartphones. If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, we now know when pre-orders for both smartphone will open up on April Fool’s Day. The global launch for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is officially earmarked for April 10, so the April 1 pre-order date matches up nicely with Samsung’s launch window. As for pricing, T-Mobile revealed yesterday that the retail price for the Galaxy S6 (32GB) is a steep $699. If... Read more...
The recently announced HTC One M9 may be the “new hotness” with its 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and upgraded cameras, but there are still millions of customers out there rocking the previous generation One M8. One M8 users on T-Mobile received their OTA Lollipop update on February 9 and nearly a month later, it’s time for Verizon customers to enjoy some sweet Lollipop goodness. The OTA Update, which is Software Version SU4A – 3.28.605.9, SU4B – 4.17.605.5, includes Lollipop-based improvements to the Notification Panel, Lock Screen, and Recent Apps. Google’s Material Design language... Read more...
Google may have been one of the first to bring a wireless, mobile payment system to modern smartphones using NFC technology, but it was Apple that made the technology surprisingly easy-to-use and widespread courtesy of Apple Pay and Touch ID. When it comes to contactless payment made using American Express, MasterCard, and Visa accounts, Apple Pay currently captures two out of every three dollars spent. “Apple Pay is off to a very strong start, and the feedback that we're getting from both individuals and institutions is extremely positive,” bragged Apple CEO Tim Cook during his company’s most... Read more...
To help boost LTE performance around certain areas of San Francisco, Verizon will soon be deploying about 400 "small cells" that will help with congestion and overall performance. The "certain areas" comes into play because each one of these cells can only affect a 250 ~ 500 foot area, so for this rollout, Verizon is focusing on the SOMA, Financial District, Market Street and North Beach areas. As seen in the illustration below, these small cells can find their home on utility poles in these key areas, and to the regular passerby, chances are they'd go unnoticed. In this particular example, cells... Read more...
Out of all four major wireless carriers in the U.S., Verizon has perhaps been the least active when it comes to pricing promotions and special deals intended to lure customers away from the competition. That's not to say Verizon's been completely dormant, it just hasn't fully engaged in the wireless wars in the same manner as AT&T, Sprint, and especially T-Mobile. Nevertheless, there's chatter that Verizon's rolling out a new $60 prepaid plan on March 1st. According to Phandroid and the "insiders at Big Red" it spoke with, Verizon's all new $60 smartphone... Read more...
Verizon may not offer the best pricing promotions, but out of the four major wireless carriers in the United States, Big Red sits on top, according to RootMertics. Verizon was ranked as America's top carrier with an overall "Rootscore" of 93.9 out of 100, beating out AT&T (91.7), Sprint (86.6), and T-Mobile (84.0) for the honor.The rating is for the second half of 2014. During that time, Rootmetrics traveled 288,165 miles conducting over 5.7 million tests, including ones from 6,215 indoor locations. The goal is to evaluate each of the wireless carriers' mobile network performance from a consumer's... Read more...
Thanks to the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its Chairman Tom Wheeler, you shouldn't have too much trouble unlocking your cellphone post contract and taking it to another carrier. It's certainly legal, which was a bit of a gray area two years ago. But Wheeler and all four major wireless carriers in the U.S. came to an agreement that effective today, allows mobile phones to be unlocked upon request. If for some reason they can't, then they must "provide the necessary information to unlock their devices for their customers and former customers in good standing... Read more...
It's no secret that communications companies love to feed off of our data, and in the case of Verizon, it prefers to not even tell us about it. In October, it was discovered that Verizon had been tracking its customers via unique ID. Not long after, the technique was dubbed a "supercookie", as it was, in effect, indestructible. When we clear cookies from our personal browsers, they're effectively gone from the device. Verizon's supercookie is persistent -- the tracking remains on its computers, and regardless of the precautions you take, this unique identifier will always be tied to you. Late last... Read more...
T-Mobile seems to be leading the way — among America’s four largest wireless carriers — with bargain basement pricing and innovative “Un-carrier” infinitives that have been raising eyebrows among its competition. T-Mobile may have an advantage when it comes to pricing and features like Data Stash, but its nationwide coverage doesn’t come close to matching the reach of larger carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless. So when the America’s largest wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, starts cutting prices, we really start to take notice. Starting tomorrow, the wireless carrier will begin cutting... Read more...
With all the news and rumors surrounding the upcoming launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S6, it’s easy to forget about the company’s current flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 may not have lived up to Samsung’s sales expectations, but there are still millions of the devices out in the wild. And a large subset of those smartphones can now access an upgrade that users have been craving for months: Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to Droid-Life, there are actually two updates to download. The first one is a small prerequisite update to prepare the phone for Lollipop. The second update is the... Read more...
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