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Best Buy is planning to make spaces available for dedicated AT&T and Verizon sections within 250 of its retail store locations by the end of the year, according to separate press releases issued by both wireless carriers. These mini store sections within Best Buy would be similar to the ones that already exist for Samsung and Apple.Verizon said its "Experience Stores" will be staffed by "dedicated and highly-trained Best Buy employees" who are intimately familiar with its products and services, while AT&T was a little more vague saying its spaces will include "dedicated employees who are... Read more...
The U.S. wireless market is incredibly competitive; or at least it has been in recent years with companies like T-Mobile looking to “cause trouble” for the big guys in an effort to win over customers. Verizon Wireless, America’s largest wireless carrier, looked to assert its dominance earlier this month with the announcement that it will begin trials of next generation 5G technology in 2016 and begin commercial deployments the following year. Verizon promises that 5G will provide roughly 50 times greater bandwidth than existing 4G LTE connections, while at the same time delivering much lower latencies.... Read more...
Verizon is reportedly getting ready to introduce a new live and on-demand streaming service for mobile devices called Go90. It will be an ad-supported subscription service that Verizon hopes will be popular among 18- to 34-year-olds -- so called millennials -- and will be available to all users, not just Verizon's own subscribers.In fact, Verizon purposely chose a name for its service that doesn't make any reference to the Verizon brand. The reasoning behind that decision is that Verizon wants its service to appeal to a large audience as it looks to expand its mobile ad businesses.As for targeting... Read more...
Verizon is truly working its magic behind the scenes to increase connection speeds for customers. Around this time last month, the company announced that it is testing a 10 gigabit optical fiber internet service that will offer 10Gbps download/2Gbps upload speeds and could eventually offer peak download speeds of 80Gbps. Today we’re learning that Verizon is also working on boosting its wireless speeds by testing out 5G wireless technology. So what exactly does 5G wireless technology entail? Verizon is being pretty coy at this point, as field tests aren’t expected to start until 2016. However, the... Read more...
The "Internet of Things" (commonly shortened to IoT) is a term you've likely encountered by now. At its core, IoT is a working concept of everyday devices and gadgets connected to the Internet, and it's the backbone of today's smart home movement. Whether it's pushing a button to re-order more Tide detergent from Amazon or upgrading your thermostat to a smart model that learns your routine and automatically adjusts the temperature accordingly, it's all part of the fast growing IoT market.How fast? Market research firm ABI Research predicts that the number of business-to-business (B2B) IoT connections... Read more...
Perhaps it says something about my smart aleck personality, but I continue to enjoy T-Mobile CEO John Legere's antics. Admittedly his brand of humor is an acquired taste, one that's detestable if you're on the receiving end, as evidenced by a Twitter spat between Legere and Sprint boss Marcelo Claure.earlier this summer. But it isn't Sprint that Legere is targeting, not today anyway, but Verizon and it's new logo.Verizon introduced its new logo on Wednesday. It's a simple logo -- Verizon's name with a red checkmark at the end -- and it's supposed to represent a "revitalized purpose of delivering... Read more...
It might have taken just short of "forever", but Verizon has finally opened up its arms to unlocked iPhone and Nexus 6 owners who want to activate their device on the carrier's network. It seems the fact that the company was effectively pushing customers away got to be too much, so it's reversed course. Flickr: Robert Scoble In order for someone to bring their iPhone or Nexus 6 in to Verizon and activate it successfully, it has to be unlocked. If you've never gone through the process of unlocking your device before and are not sure whether it actually is locked, you can use Verizon's activation... Read more...
Late last month, Motorola announced new models to its mid-range and flagship smartphone lines with the introduction of the third generation Moto G and third generation Moto X. However, the company also announced a third model, the Moto X Play, which sported a honkin’ 3630 mAh battery. The only problem is that the Moto X Play wasn’t destined for U.S. customers, leaving Motorola fans that crave long-lasting battery life the cold shoulder — or so we thought. Just as the global Moto X Style is known to the U.S. market as the Moto X Pure, the Moto X Play will arrive stateside under a new name: the DROID... Read more...
You think Google Fiber’s 1Gbps speeds are fast? That’s mere child’s play, my friends! Or how about Comcast’s 2Gbps Gigabit Pro? Fuhgetaboutit! The folks at Verizon are chompin’ at the bit to deliver Internet speeds at least five times faster than what’s possible with Gigabit Pro. Verizon announced today that it has completed successful trials of a high-speed fiber-to-the-premises network that offers symmetrical upload/download speeds at an eye-sizzling 10 Gbps. The telecommunications company is using new optical line terminal (OLT) technology, which is capable of generating four wavelengths (colors)... Read more...
It seems like the wireless industry changes by the day. It used to be standard practice to ink a two-year service agreement with a wireless carrier in exchange for a free for heavily discounted phone, and your monthly bill would depend on the number of lines and how much data you signed up for. And up until now, that was still the way Verizon was doing things. Not anymore. Verizon just announced a set of simplified data options that do away with subsidized phones. Big Red also simplified its overall pricing structure, making it easier for wireless subscribers to pick out a plan and run with it,... Read more...
A recent and rather extensive test of 4G LTE networks in several parts of the United States revealed that competition is heating up in the high-speed wireless space. It also showed that Sprint, home of the "cut your bill in half" promotion and enticing unlimited data plans, still hasn't caught up with its competitors, though it's improving. The folks at PCMag ran 131,000 test cycles in more than 30 U.S. cities across the country. They partnered up with Chevrolet, which lent the team three vehicles equipped with AT&T OnStar 4G LTE. Thousands of miles later, Verizon... Read more...
If you’re going to make grandiose promises on product rollouts, you had better follow through with them. Nobody likes paper launches and grandstanding, so it’s always nice when such actors get put in their place. Such is the case with Verizon, which promised in 2008 that it would make its FiOS network available to all households in the five New York City boroughs by June 30, 2014. Needless to say, Verizon failed to live up to its promises, and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is here to bust the company’s chops. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office delivered a blistering report outlining an audit of Verizon’s... Read more...
It gets a little confusing when trying to keep up with Sony's latest Xperia Z series handsets. Just last month, Sony released the Xperia Z3+, a global model of the weather resistant Xperia Z4. Now we have the Xperia Z4v, which is yet another version of the handset for Verizon. However, the Xperia Z4v and the Xperia Z3+/Z4 aren't the same.Sony upgraded the display on the Xperia Z4v for Verizon with a much higher resolution. While its previous devices have unexciting Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) panels, the Xperia Z4v boasts a QHD display, packing significantly more pixels into the same 5.2-inch screen.... Read more...
I am sure most of us have been there. We're in a situation where people should keep their phones in their pockets, but instead, they're in their hands -- distracting themselves from what's going on, and possibly distracting others. I'm not sure anyone would understand this kind of scenario better than a teacher. But how many teachers would go to the length of bringing a cellular jamming device to school? Well, there's at least one in Florida. A science teacher in Pasco County got fed up with students not paying attention in class, and decided to do something about it. Unfortunately, the jammer... Read more...
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