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Apple will open pre-orders for its upcoming flagship iPhone X smartphone at 3AM EST on Friday, and Apple is hoping that it has a winner on its hands with consumers. The recently released iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus haven't exactly been strong sellers with the Apple faithful according to recent reports, so Apple needs a big win with iPhone X sales. However, there is one thing standing in the way of the iPhone X and sales glory: its price tag. The smartphone starts at $999 with just 64GB of storage onboard and climbs to $1149 if you opt for 256GB of storage. Sprint, America's fourth-place wireless... Read more...
Verizon has announced a new smartphone that it has as an exclusive device from ASUS called the ZenFone V. The best thing about the handset is probably going to be the price for most folks; it will retail at $384 or can be hand for $16 monthly for 24 months on a device payment plan. As you would assume from the reasonable price point, the smartphone doesn't have the flagship hardware you will find in something like the iPhone 8 or Galaxy Note 8. For the money, what you get is solid with a Snapdragon 820 SoC with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage (microSD expansion is supported to 256GB). The... Read more...
Back in 2013, Yahoo's database was breached by hackers and it wasn't discovered or reported until 2016. When that reporting happened last year, Yahoo thought that detials on 1 billion of its user accounts had been stolen. As it turns out, things are much worse than Yahoo (now owned by Verizon and part of Oath) originally thought. Yahoo reports that after its acquisition by Verizon and during the integration of the two companies, new intelligence on the breach was found and that it now believes all 3 billion accounts existing in 2013 were stolen in the hack. Yahoo reminds users that this isn't a... Read more...
If you've read our hands-on preview of the LG V30, then you know that we're incredibly excited about what the device brings to the flagship Android smartphone market. Today, we're learning that AT&T and Verizon Wireless will begin selling the LG V30 on October 5th, which is one week from today. The LG V30 has a retail price of $809.99 at AT&T, and can be purchased on a NEXT plan for $27 per month for 30 months. AT&T will also be offering a Buy One, Get One Free promotion with the LG V30 for qualified customers. For those with a qualifying NEXT plan purchasing two LG V30 smartphones,... Read more...
Earlier this week, we reported that Verizon Wireless had taken the rather unfortunate step of informing 8,500 of its rural subscribers that they would no longer be eligible to receive wireless service. According to Verizon, these customers were using an excessive amount of data. These customers reside in underserved areas of the country that are part of Verizon's LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, which allows rural carriers to tap into resources and access technical support provided by the nation's largest wireless carrier. However, Verizon's costs associated with helping to provide service to... Read more...
Verizon Wireless has announced to 8,500 customers in rural parts of the country that it will no longer service them and all of their phones on their accounts as of October 17. The reason that Verizon Wireless is ditching these 8,500 rural customers, that have a total of 19,000 lines, is excessive data usage on networks owned by Verizon Wireless's roaming partners. In rural parts of the country where Verizon lacks its own wireless network, the carrier has partnered with smaller regional wireless carriers and allows its customers to roam on those networks free of charge. With the return of "unlimited"... Read more...
T-Mobile boss John Legere is in full celebration mode over the recent announcement that its One unlimited data plans now come with free access to Netflix, the online streaming juggernaut, but give it some time and we imagine he will be tweeting about the least broadband test results from Speedtest as well. Why is that? According to Speedtest, T-Mobile is the fastest mobile carrier in the nation. The finding is based on Speetest intelligence data captured during the first half of 2017. In that time, nearly 3 million unique mobile devices were used to perform over 14 million cellular network tests... Read more...
We can’t say that we didn’t see this coming. Back in late July, Verizon Wireless customers became alarmed when they noticed that their YouTube and Netflix streams were being capped at 10Mbps. At the time, Verizon stated, “We've been doing network testing over the past few days to optimize the performance of video applications on our network...The test was across the board, and did not target any individual applications.” Now, it appears that Verizon’s throttling “tests” have been extended to a full-blown implementation across its network. Starting tomorrow, August 23rd, Verizon’s unlimited data... Read more...
Has your House of Cards binge been plagued by lag? Verizon admitted to having recently experimented with capping download speeds to 10Mbps on mobile devices. The test seems to have particularly targeted popular video streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. Verizon’s cap was uncovered through tests last week with Netflix’s speed test tool fast.com. Although Netflix was the only service that was able to verify these numbers through a test tool, other video streaming services such as YouTube seemed to have also suffered from lag. Many people argued that these numbers were confirmation that Verizon... Read more...
When you spill a glass of milk or drop your car keys, you might say, "Oops!" But when you inadvertently leak personal information of millions of customers, well, other choice phrases might come to mind. That is the situation Verizon finds itself in—the nation's largest wireless carrier confirmed that certain information belonging to 6 million customers has leaked online.Cybersecurity firm UpGuard discovered the security issue, which traced back to a improperly configured security setting on a cloud server. The situation is being deemed as "human error," which probably will not make affected customers... Read more...
Verizon recently came out ahead in the battle for control over wireless spectrum for future 5G networks. The telecommunications corporation won a bidding war against AT&T for Straight Path Communications, Inc. Verizon has promised to pay roughly $3.1 billion for the corporation. AT&T had originally reached a deal with Straight Path last month to purchase the company for $1.6 billion in stock, including liabilities. This quiet deal, however, soon erupted into a bidding war. Verizon eventually won and has agreed to not only pay $3.1 billion to Straight Path, but a $38 million termination... Read more...
If Google Fiber’s stalled rollout has got you down, Verizon has a new high-speed service offering available that could help boost your spirits — that is if you actually live in a Fios coverage area. Verizon today announced Fios Gigabit Connection, which despite what its name implies, doesn’t actually provide gigabit speeds — but it does get pretty close. Fios Gigabit Connection provides download speeds of up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds that top out at an equally impressive 880 Mbps. Both of those figures are within striking distance of Google Fiber’s symmetrical 1 Gbps speeds. On the all-important... Read more...
Once Verizon completes its acquisition of Yahoo and merges it with AOL, it will create a new "value" division called "Oath." Tim Armstrong, the longtime CEO of AOL, tweeted out the new name and it did not take long for the Internet to start mocking it. That is to be expected when snark seems to rule the web, though Verizon certainly didn't do itself any favors by settling on the name "Oath" without any explanation to how it arrived at that brand.Here is a look at the original Twitter post and some of the comments that followed: Billion+ Consumers, 20+ Brands, Unstoppable Team. #TakeTheOath. Summer... Read more...
When it comes to a bill that was passed both in the U.S. House and Senate that would kill off FCC rules pertaining to internet privacy, consumers are understandably somewhat upset and confused about what this all actually means. The FCC rules, which were ratified late last year, would require internet service providers (ISPs) to gain consent from customers before sharing or selling web browsing data and other identifiable information with third-parties. Lawmakers in the majority argued that the FCC overstepped its authority and that ISPs were being subject to regulations that don’t apply to companies... Read more...
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