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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...
LG tossed another budget Windows smartphone into the mix today. Those of us who would like to see LG work its magic on a high-end Windows phone will have to keep waiting, but frugal shoppers should check it out. The phone is a mere $120 without a contract on Verizon’s website. You can also buy the phone for $5 per month on Verizon’s EDGE plan, which works out to $120 over two years. Or, you sign the papers for a two-year contract up front, in which case you’ll pay just $19.99 for the phone – and an additional $350 if you break the contract. Your $120 buys you smartphone with a 4.5-inch display... Read more...
In December 2014, T-Mobile faced the music and agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the tune of $90 million for phone “cramming.” A few months prior, in October, AT&T coughed up $105 million for the same offense. So what is cramming? Cramming consists of unauthorized charges that appear on your monthly phone bill, the bulk of which come from third-party Premium Short Message Services (PSMS). Wireless carriers have been reluctant to crackdown on cramming in the past because they receive a kickback (somewhere in the neighborhood... Read more...
I guess you could say that nothing surprises us anymore. After all, we learned this weekend that AOL’s dial-up business still has over 2 million customers who pay on average just under $21 per month for service. Unbelievable in this day of broadband Internet, right? Regardless of how strange that seems to those of us that salivate over the prospects of gigabit Internet, these folks clinging to 56k modems are adding millions to AOL’s bottom line. But we also have to recall that AOL has a massive digital advertising platform with a heavy focus on the mobile sector. And we also can’t forget AOL owns... Read more...
Led by outspoken CEO John Legere, T-Mobile hasn't been subtle in its aggressive attempts to win over customers from competing wireless customers, and that's still the case in a new promotion designed to lure Verizon subscribers. It's called the "Never Settle Trial" and is a sarcastic spoof on Verizon's "Never Settle" ad campaign. The Never Settle Trial is exclusively offered to Verizon customers who are willing to test T-Mobile's service against their current carrier. It's a risk free affair -- Verizon customers port their number to a new T-Mobile smartphone while retaining their old Verizon phone... Read more...
Well, that didn’t take long. Two weeks ago, word spread out that Verizon was ready to push new Custom TV FioS bundles that would allow customers to pick and choose what channels they wanted to pay for on a monthly basis. Customers are able to choose a basic package of channels, and then select from at least two of seven additional themed packages (i.e. Culture, Entertainment, Sports, etc.). So if you have no interest in sports at all, you wouldn’t have to purchase the Sports package. Needless to say, ESPN wasn’t too thrilled about this arrangement and quickly made its objections known. ESPN wants... Read more...
We learned last week that Verizon would be updating its FiOS TV service to give customers a lot more freedom with regards to their channel selection, and we followed-up over the weekend about ESPN's immediate objection to the move. Despite ESPN's objections, FiOS Custom TV is now open to Verizon customers. Isn't business fun? To be fair to ESPN, a contract is a contract, and as outsiders, it's hard or impossible to tell if Verizon is in fact breaking an agreement. Nonetheless, the move Verizon has made is a good one. I wouldn't go to the extent of calling it "great" quite yet, as there are quite... Read more...
Well, it sure didn't take long for the complaints to roll in. On Friday, we reported that Verizon would begin allowing FiOS TV customers to pick and choose channels on an a la carte basis, which is a great thing. Interestingly, the Canadian CRTC last month announced that beginning in 2016, cable providers would be required to offer a la carte offerings, so the appeal is clear. And let's face it, with the advent of services like Netflix, that might be the only way these cable providers could possibly attract new customers. Nonetheless, ESPN is raising a stink about Verizon's move, as it says it... Read more...
Cord-cutting TV viewers have been worrying major providers for years. Now, with HBO committing to the subscription model and Netflix adding 4.9 million subscribers in a single quarter, the pressure is on for major providers to split up their beloved bundles. Soon, Verizon’s FiOS will do just that. Verizon plans to create a small bundles on April 19, according to the Wall Street Journal. The smaller bundle will go for $55 per month and will include ABC, AMC, Food Network, Fox, and other channels. If you want additional channels, you can add them by buying channel packs for $10 extra per month. Image... Read more...
Connected, smart devices of various types are big business these days, with virtually all the major wireless carriers getting into the retail mix, peddling tablets and notebook, as well as smartphones. It makes sense, since often times these devices need service plans for full portability and connectivity on the go. But does it make sense for the major carriers to expand the offering to a broader swath of the IOT (Internet of Things)? Verizon Wireless, seems to think so and the company is opening a number of flagship "Destination Stores" across major US markets in an effort to showcase cutting-edge... Read more...
At long last, Verizon Wireless customers with LG’s G3 smartphone are getting Android 5.0.1. The OS update has been making the rounds and has already gone out to AT&T and T-Mobile customers. If you have a G3, you can expect the over-the-air update to begin anytime. Android 5.0 Lollipop should make your G3 a little easier (and more fun) to use. Animations are improved and the Lock Screen has several password options, including the pattern lock. It’s handy if you’d prefer to swipe your finger than tap out the usual code. Notifications are also improved: you can view multiple notifications on the... Read more...
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