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AT&T started rolling out Wi-Fi Calling to iPhones in early October after it pitched a fit to the FCC about T-Mobile “bending the rules” to enable the feature. And it now looks as though the nation’s largest wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, is flipping the switch for Wi-Fi Calling starting this week. That would make it the last major wireless carrier to enable the functionality. Verizon announced in a blog post that Wi-Fi Calling will first be opened up to Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge customers starting this week. The updates will be rolled out in phases, so don’t be alarmed if your... Read more...
Let’s face it, buyers aren’t exactly flocking to Microsoft’s smartphone operating systems. According to IDC, Windows Phone is currently sitting at 2.6 percent worldwide smartphone market share compared to 15.6 percent and 81.1 percent for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android respectively. Even though Microsoft is expected to grow its share slightly to 3.3 percent by 2019, IDC says that its “view that Microsoft/Windows Phone will remain a marginal challenger at best has not changed.” With all of this in mind, we’re starting to get a little better picture of why Verizon Wireless was reticent to offer... Read more...
Trying to figure out the best wireless carrier and plan for your budget involves wading through a bunch of smoke and mirrors. All of the major carriers talk a big game with fancy sounding plans and special promotions, but you have to be on the lookout for hidden costs. One of the most annoying fees is the cost of activation. Verizon customers have been able to duck an activation fee when signing up with a device payment plan, but that might be changing..New customers who sign up with Verizon on a device payment plan will have to pony up an additional $20 for a one-time activation fee. That's on... Read more...
Not long ago, we kicked the tires on Motorola’s well-received Moto X Pure Edition. The smartphone impressed us with its Quad HD display and overall build quality, as well as its $399 price tag, which places it more reasonably below the lofty prices of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6S lines. Today, we’re taking a look at two new smartphones from the Lenovo-owned Motorola - the Droid Turbo 2 and the Droid Maxx 2, which bring their own unique value proposition. Whereas the Moto X Pure Edition isn’t carrier-specific, the Turbo 2 and Maxx 2 are part of the Verizon Droid line. The Turbo 2, which... Read more...
Less than a year after it made an arrangement with the Huntsville City, AL school district to provide affordable Internet access to local residents, Verizon has decided to renege on the deal. Sometimes, a deal is too good to be true, but other times, it could simply have a time limit. The program, called OmniLynx, was one orchestrated by the school district and approved by Verizon. In the beginning, Verizon was very happy with the details, but today, its tune has changed. In an official statement, Verizon has said that it's gone "beyond the terms of the agreement". Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardnyski... Read more...
People living in New York may not be getting the broadband speeds they're paying for. To find out, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has sent out letters to three different Internet Service Providers requesting disclosures each one has made to consumers, along with copies of any internal tests they've run to study their speeds. "New Yorkers deserve the Internet speeds they pay for. But, as it turns out, many of us may be paying for one thing, and getting another," Schneiderman said in a statement. Schneiderman is concentrating his efforts on three ISPs at the moment. They include Verizon... Read more...
Verizon can hardly contain its excitement over a new flagship that's coming its way. That flagship is the Droid Turbo 2, and while we'll get a full look at the handset during a joint press event between Verizon and Motorola next week, the wireless carrier posted a teaser video on Twitter that provides a clear view of the backside. The Droid Turbo 2 is shown falling in slow motion to the pavement, display side down, which would normally result in a cracked screen and a few obscenities, Presumably the Droid Turbo 2 will be able to withstand such a torture test, hence why Verizon is pitching the handset... Read more...
If you have an Android smartphone running on AT&T or Verizon’s wireless network, you could be at the mercy of hackers according to a new advisory posted to the Carnegie Mellon University CERT database. The vulnerability, which was discovered by a group of South Korean researchers, targets LTE wireless networks. LTE uses packet switching instead of older circuit switching to transfer data back and forth over the Internet. The researchers say that the new packet switching allows malicious parties to use the SIP protocol to enable a new generation of attack vectors via wireless networks. ... Read more...
Unlimited data plans are an endangered species in the wireless market. AT&T and Verizon Wireless no longer offer unlimited data plans to new customers, leaving just T-Mobile and Sprint which both still offer an all-you-can eat data buffet. But even Sprint is started to waver a bit, as it will raise the price of its all-inclusive unlimited calling/texting/plans from $60/month to $70/month starting October 16th. Today, we’re learning that Verizon is looking to “entice” its grandfathered unlimited data customers to flock to its streamlined data packages which are offered in Small (1GB), Medium... Read more...
It appears that Verizon's supercookie is indeed "super", as we're still unable to escape it. Earlier this year, Verizon came under fire for making use of a cookie that works even when offline, and was impossible to disable. After a bit of prodding, the company decided to let users disable it, but not without getting them to jump through some hoops. The reason this "cookie" is so notable is because it can send back a wealth of information to Verizon and its partners. This goes as far as being able to identify which apps you're using on your mobile phone, and where you use them. Simply put,... Read more...
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...
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