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AT&T and Verizon have struck the latest blow in the battle between themselves and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC had given the telecommunication corporations until December 15th to respond to its concerns over net neutrality and zero-rating services. AT&T and Verizon have spat out their vituperative responses. First off, what is “zero-rating”? Zero-rating is when mobile network operators (MNOs) and ISPs do not charge customers for data used by specific applications or internet services through their network, in limited or metered data plans. According to the FCC, AT&T's... Read more...
Let’s put it bluntly; it sucks to be Verizon right now. Back in July, the company announced its intentions to purchase Yahoo for $4.83 billion in an effort to “enhance [its] strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers.” That paltry price tag was a relative bargain compared to the $50+ billion that Microsoft was rumored to offer for Yahoo earlier in the decade. However, not long after Verizon made its intentions known, it was rocked by the news that Yahoo executives sat on information that 500 million accounts had been hacked in 2014. Following these disclosures... Read more...
My phone just pinged. Did someone just like the Instagram photo of my dog? Is my Chipotle to-go order finally ready? Nope, I was one of the lucky one billion users whose Yahoo account was infiltrated by hackers, my personal information potentially compromised. This past November law enforcement provided Yahoo with files that a third party claimed was Yahoo user data. Yahoo then hired an outside forensics team, and established that the data did in fact belong to their users. According to Yahoo, “Based on further analysis of this data by the forensic experts, we believe an unauthorized third party,... Read more...
Earlier today, we reported that Samsung will be issuing an update to all remaining Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will effectively brick them. We assumed that all U.S. carriers would be taking part in order to get as many of these fire-prone devices as possible off the street. Well, we were definitely wrong, because Verizon Wireless has just issued a statement saying that it will not send the death ROM update to Galaxy Note 7 devices. Interestingly enough, the company says that it is taking this precaution in order to ensure the safety of its customers in the case of an emergency. The statement... Read more...
Telecommunications corporations are under fire again. The Federal Communications Commission has accused Verizon and AT&T of violating net neutrality rules with their “zero-ratings” promotions. Jon Wilkins, the chief of wireless telecommunication for the FCC, sent a letter of complaint to both corporations. First off, what is “zero-rating”? Zero-rating is when mobile network operators (MNOs) and ISPs do not charge customers for data used by specific applications or internet services through their network, in limited or metered data plans. Verizon and AT&T introduced their own zero-rating... Read more...
This week, a report ousted Apple's decision to throttle the Qualcomm modem found in most of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models to match the performance of the Intel modem found in other versions. Now, according to sources close to the matter, it's absolutely the case but is there a real issue? The issue involves Apple's need to dual-source the iPhone 7's modem block with either a Qualcomm X12 LTE modem or an Intel XMM 7360 chip.  As a company that sells millions upon millions of smartphones, Apple needs to plan every launch and production roll-out very strategically and supply... Read more...
Google has impressed both the media and the smartphone enthusiast community with its new Pixel and Pixel XL flagship Android 7.0 Nougat flagships. The phones features blazing fast processors and are backed by excellent cameras which rival images produced by flagship Samsung and Apple smartphones. Today, we’re learning that people that have purchased the Verizon versions of the Pixel and Pixel XL can now unlock the bootloader on their smartphones. Using a tool called dePixel8, the process to unlock the bootloader on Verizon Pixels has been automated. With an unlocked bootloader, you are then free... Read more...
T-Mobile isn’t too happy that Verizon is the exclusive wireless carrier partner for the hot new Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in the United States. While it’s true that anyone can buy a Pixel smartphone from the Google Store unlocked (at full price) for use on any carrier, only Verizon customers can take advantage of attractive leasing options and installment payment plans. To combat the misconception that Google’s Android Nougat flagships are only available from Verizon, T-Mobile is offering a new promotion that will give any Pixel owner who brings over their phone a $325 credit when you... Read more...
Yahoo can't seem to catch a break these days. At least one research firm predicts the company will report a double-digit decline in ad revenue when it reports earnings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Coupled with the negative attention Yahoo has received over a massive security breach and the revelation that it built a sophisticated email scanner for the U.S. government to spy on its users, there's increasing chatter than the Verizon deal might be off. Verizon agreed to purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion last July, but in the time that's passed since then and now, Yahoo's taken a beating... Read more...
The last thing that a customer wants to give to their wireless company is more money, so some might see the latest initiative from Verizon Wireless as a little puzzling. The company today announced what it calls PopData, which gives customers immediate access to unlimited data in 30- or 60-minute increments. So why exactly would a customer even want to pursue PopData? Let’s say that you have one of Verizon’s lower-tier 2GB data plans, which costs $35 per month. However, what if you are out and about and want to download or stream a movie while away from Wi-Fi or you’re tethered to your notebook... Read more...
Wireless carriers don’t exactly have a glowing reputation with Americans. Between hidden and overage fees, sometimes inadequate customer service, and shady billing practices, customers have every right to be suspicious of carriers. In fact, just yesterday we reported that AT&T and Verizon Wireless have raked in over $600 million in overage fees alone so far this year. Today, we’re learning that Verizon has drawn the ire of customers for its billing practices. No matter which wireless carrier you subscribe to, there are bound to be billing issues that pop up from time to time — it’s to be expected.... Read more...
If you had to pay any overage fees to your carrier this year, you'll hopefully find some solace in the fact that you weren't alone. In fact, the amount of money the big carriers make from overages is staggering: $600 million. This information comes from a recent study conducted by NerdWallet, which doesn't just analyze the amount of money people are paying for their phone usage, but whether or not opting for a "protection plan" of sorts is even worth it. Both AT&T and Verizon offer plans that don't charge overages, but instead throttles the speed of the data after the limit has been reached.... Read more...
Last week, many people were taken aback when it was announced that Verizon Wireless would be taking control of Android OS updates for Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Given that carriers are notoriously slow when it comes to providing major OS updates for smartphones, news that a Google-branded phone could be at the mercy of Verizon for updates was met with utter shock. While those initial fears were definitely warranted giving past performance, it appears that everyone was getting worked up over nothing. Verizon confirmed in a statement today to Ars Technica that Verizon-branded Google Pixel... Read more...
The security breach that rocked Yahoo two years ago could end up costing the company and its shareholders a lot of money—$1 billion, to be exact. That's the amount Verizon wants discounted from its pending acquisition of the search and media giant after agreeing to the buy Yahoo for $4.8 billion. The deal has yet to be finalized. Verizon's plan was to mesh Yahoo with AOL, the latter of it purchased a year ago for $4.4 billion. However, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong may be looking at ways to back out of the deal after it came to light that Yahoo failed to disclose the extent of its security breach in a... Read more...
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