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5G is almost here. After tooting its own horn about its leadership in 5G infrastructure earlier today, Verizon announced this afternoon that it will launch the country’s first 5G broadband internet service on October 1st. Now before you start jumping up and down in excitement and start hunting for 5G smartphones, we should caution that this is nota mobile 5G service. Instead, as we've previously stated, Verizon 5G Home is strictly for residential internet connectivity. In addition, the initial rollout will be extremely limited, and will encompass just four major U.S. cities:... Read more...
We've come a long way with 4G LTE over the past few years, but it's time for a new wireless standard to take its place. That means that technology companies are gearing up for 5G wireless, and the first networks are scheduled to become operational late this year and early next year. Verizon, T-Mobile and Intel are all making announcements today surrounding 5G with the former two touting their ability to deliver the high-speed wireless standard to the masses. For its part, Verizon is claiming that its position as the United States' largest wireless carrier positions it to become the leader in 5G... Read more...
Verizon Wireless is catching heat for throttling data services of the Santa Clara County Fire Department while wildfires ravaged California. The fire department's chief, Anthony Bowden, said the throttling impeded his department's ability to respond to emergencies, and that Verizon was informed of the "significant impact" its decision was having. Santa Clara Fire pays Verizon for what is supposed to be 'unlimited' data. However, it apparently reached the limit of unfettered data and had its services throttled, which primarily affected a fire department vehicle that is "deployed to large incidents... Read more...
Verizon is partnering with Apple to offer customers six free months of Apple Music when they sign up for the wireless carrier's Unlimited service tier. The special offer is available to both new and current Unlimited customers. Those who want to take advantage of it just need to register to unlocked full access to Apple Music. While not a ground shaking promotion, it is certainly an interesting one that could bolster the subscriber counts of both the largest wireless carrier in the United States (Verizon) and the first trillion-dollar company (Apple). The special promotion might also be a precursor... Read more...
What at one timed seemed to many like vaporware to many is finally coming closer to release. RED's Hydrogen One holographic smartphone just gained approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which paves the way for it to be sold in the United States. Some additional details about the phone were gleaned from the FCC's report including the fact that the device supports all current U.S. wireless carrier LTE bands (with the exception of T-Mobile's Band 71) and that it has a relatively large 4,510 mAh battery. It also has dual SIM slots, which are popular with international... Read more...
After bashing unlimited data plans nearly two years ago, Verizon Wireless is launching a third entry into its current family of unlimited data plans. The new plan is called Above Unlimited, and it is the most feature-packed unlimited plan that Verizon offers. But first, let us cover the existing plans. Go Unlimited provides 4G LTE data that can be throttled at anytime if there is congestion on Verizon’s wireless network. You get 480p quality video streaming and unlimited mobile hotspot capped at 600 kbps. Beyond Unlimited will start throttling your 4G LTE data after 22GB, enables 720p... Read more...
After two decades of connecting people, Yahoo Messenger has just a few short weeks on this planet before it will be shut down for good. Parent company Oath announced today that Yahoo Messenger will officially kick the bucket on July 17th, 2018.  We should not that leading up to the July 17th execution date, you will still be able to use the service normally without interruption. However, starting July 18th, you will not be able to use the service or access your chats. You can, however, download your chat history for the next six months according to Oath with the downloader request... Read more...
Sometimes it feels like security and privacy are myths in this day and age of data leaks, hacking, and everything else. The latest example comes from a LocationSmart, a relatively obscure (to the public) location-as-a-service outfit has been leaking real-time location information of cell phone users on all of the major wireless networks in the United States, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. LocationSmart offers a free demo in which anyone can see the approximate location of their own mobile phone simply by entering in their name, email address, and phone number into a form on... Read more...
It’s been nearly a year since RED announced its Hydrogen One Android smartphone, which sets itself apart from a crowded smartphone field with a holographic display. The smartphone was originally supposed to ship during the first quarter of 2018, but we’re now learning that it will actually arrive this summer. Both Verizon Wireless and AT&T, the #1 and #2 wireless carriers in the United States, today announced that they will carry the RED Hydrogen One. “This revolutionary smartphone will provide you with significant advancements in the way you create and... Read more...
Anyone paying for mobile phone service for a smartphone knows that plans have become very expensive; only a couple lines can cost you well over $100 monthly. Verizon has quietly launched a new startup service called Visible that is a no contract, unlimited plan that offers mobile service via an app. For $40 per month you get unlimited data, minutes, and messaging services. Subscribing involves downloading the Visible app and registering your account, assuming you have an invite. For now, the only way to get in on the action is to be invited from someone who is already on the Visible service. You... Read more...
If you're a Verizon Wireless customer looking to purchase a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ in the near future, we've got some bad news for you. America's largest wireless carrier has just signed deal with Samsung that will see Verizon’s Oath subsidiary install bloatware across devices that are Bixby-enabled.  We don't know of many (or rather, any) people that enjoy having their mobile devices preloaded with unnecessary apps, but Verizon sees this as another way to drive revenue from customers that are increasingly turning away from traditional ways to view content. In this case,... Read more...
Verizon has rolled out some new optional tools for families that allow parents to keep a watchful eye on what their kids are doing on their smartphone. The new tools are part of the Verizon Smart Family Premium service and allows parents to track devices and set a limit on what the kids can see on their devices. "Being a parent in today's digital world can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be," said Susie Fernandes, senior product manager at Verizon. "We created Verizon Smart Family to give parents the tools they need to help them raise tech savvy kids with a healthy and responsible approach... Read more...
It seems that Verizon Wireless is going to sell a new Android phone made by Palm, a brand you probably have not heard referenced in quite some time. There are not many details to go on, other than the fact that TCL is working with Verizon to bring the Palm-branded handset to market, which could hold some nostalgic appeal. Whether TCL and Verizon play up that angle remains to be seen. While details of the actual handset are pretty much non-existent, Android Police says an unnamed "trusted source" indicated the Palm device will launch on Verizon sometime in the second half of this year. Verizon is... Read more...
Looking ahead to the next generation of wireless technology, 5G is expected to usher in much faster download speeds, allowing for higher quality streaming and potentially online gaming with less lag. The speed bump is reason enough to be excited for the eventual 5G roll out to the masses, but it's not the only one. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam thinks a side effect of 5G's benefits will be vastly improved battery life, with mobile devices lasting a month before needing to be recharged. McAdam made the surprising (and bold, quite frankly) prediction during a chat IBM CEO Ginni Rometty at IBM's Think... Read more...
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