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Phone theft and the theft of phone numbers is a real thing that everyday Americans deal with all the time. T-Mobile warned its customers recently of a SIM jacking scam that threatens the entire industry. Verizon has now announced that it is taking another step to help protect its customers. Verizon has announced that it will begin to lock its phones to its network alone. This is known as handset locking and it will prevent you from being able to use a SIM card from another carrier in your Verizon smartphone. The carrier locking plans were announced today and will begin later this spring. As for... Read more...
Huawei has just experienced another setback in its efforts to partners with a major U.S. wireless carrier to sell its smartphones. Verizon was in discussions to sell smartphones from the Chinese OEM, but those talks have hit a brick wall. Huawei ran into similar trouble with AT&T earlier this year. According to a new report from Bloomberg, U.S. lawmakers put pressure on both AT&T and Verizon to scrap any plans to sell Huawei smartphones to Americans. According to the government officials, there are serious concerns regarding Chinese spying and the possibility that backdoors could be installed... Read more...
Verizon has announced that it will begin its rollout of 5G services to customers in certain U.S. markets next year. However, this isn't lightning fast 5G wireless for your smartphone to connect to while you are out and about. Verizon plans to use this 5G wireless service to provide faster internet access to homes and business using technology it purchased earlier this year.   Verizon wants to light up wireless residential broadband service in three to five markets during 2018. The first, and only confirmed market for its 5G launch will be Sacramento, California during the second half of 2018.... Read more...
Many Verizon Wireless customers weren't very happy with the carrier back in August when word first surfaced that it would be throttling video streaming on its Unlimited data plans. That throttling meant no matter what sort of device you were using, you only had streaming capability at up to 720p with most plans offering DVD quality only. Verizon is now rethinking its stance on video throttling, but it will naturally cost you more. To get your unthrottled streaming back, it will cost you another $10 per month. That extra monthly cost will sting some users, after all, the original reason given... Read more...
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...
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...
The only people who think data caps are a good things are the ISPs that make huge amounts of money by charging customers each month for overages. While ISPs with data caps are in the minority, new research from a company called BroadbandNow has surveyed every internet provider out there and found that out of all the ISPs in its database (over 2,500), 196 of them have imposed data caps. The data caps vary regionally, meaning that some providers will have smaller or larger data allotments in different areas. While 196 providers out of around 2,500 sounds small, the carriers on the list imposing data... Read more...
If you’ve been following the exploits of ASUS’ ZenFone AR smartphone, then you’ll be happy to know that it is now available to order in the United States. If you want to go the carrier route, Verizon Wireless will happily sell you the device for $648 outright, or for $27/month for 24 months. ZenPhone AR smartphones purchased from Verizon come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, and a 5.7-inch WQHD (1440 x 2560) AMOLED display. However, you can bypass the carrier altogether and go with an unlocked version of the ZenPhone AR. And this is where the RAM/storage... 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...
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