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Companies are racing to deploy 5G networks and expanding their products and services portfolios for the upcoming era of high-speed wireless connectivity. In an attempt to stay ahead of the curve, Verizon Communications announced a new operating structure consisting of three "customer-facing areas," those being Consumer, Business, and Verizon Media Group / Oath. Image Source: Flickr via Mike Mozart Verizon is essentially breaking into three business segments so that each one can be hyper-focused on their respective market. The underlying goal for all three is to tap into the emerging 5G landscape.... Read more...
When early birds starting picking up their Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones from Verizon this week, they were met with befuddlement when it was discovered that the devices were carrier locked. While this might not seem all that surprising given that the Pixel 3 is a Verizon carrier-exclusive device, Verizon has traditionally sold its smartphones unlocked straight out of the box (including previous-generation Pixel phones). However, this policy changed with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (read the HotHardware review here). Instead, Verizon says that its smartphones have to be first... Read more...
Don't look now, but Palm is back! Well, sort of. A startup in San Francisco is resurrecting and reinventing the Palm brand with a new phone. Well, also sort of. The new Palm phone is being marketed as a companion device...for your phone. Say what? That may sound confusing and illogical, but the startup behind it all insists there are use case scenarios for a companion phone. It's all about the size, or lack thereof. Palm (the company) says its "making smartphones truly mobile again," and the idea behind the new Palm phone is that it's smaller and less bulky than today's enlarged handsets, particularly... Read more...
No Wi-Fi, no problem. Back in June, Samsung rolled out its second-generation Chromebook Plus V2, which is a premium 2-in-1 convertible running Google's Chrome OS. Today, Samsung is expanding the family with the inclusion of a new LTE option, which gives you on-the-go connectivity when a Wi-Fi hotspot isn’t available nearby. The new model is simply called the Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE), and makes use of an unspecified Intel LTE modem. No other specs change with the addition of LTE, but the price of entry does increase from $499 to $599. That means that you'll still get a 12.2-inch Full... Read more...
At long last, Google is expected to finally unveil its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL handsets today, finally putting to rest all of the leaks, rumors, and speculation with official details. Before that happens, however, there is one more leak to talk about. Someone on Verizon's web team seems to have jumped the gun by publicly posting a promotional page for the Pixel 3. We have not seen the promotional page for ourselves, as Verizon quickly yanked it offline. However, what happens on the internet stays on the internet, even when companies try to erase their tracks. In this case, images of the promo page... Read more...
Right on schedule, Verizon today turned on the first fully-functional 5G wireless network in the world. Now before you run down to your local Verizon Wireless store to grab a 5G smartphone, we'll have to temper your expectations. There still aren’t any 5G-capable smartphone available, and this initial service is called Verizon 5G Home, which is only for residential internet services. And we should also mention that it is only available in four U.S. cities at the moment: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento. If you live in one of these cities, you'll be able to... Read more...
The whole industry seems to be pivoting to 5G wireless technology, but that doesn't mean everyone is giving up on 4G LTE. In fact, the United States' largest wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, is breathing some new life into the standard.  With the help of Nokia and Qualcomm, Verizon has demonstrated 4G LTE speeds topping out at 1.45Gbps in a live commercial environment. To achieve these breakneck speeds, Verizon is making full use of the LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) standard including six-channel carrier aggregation, 256 QAM and 4x4 MIMO technologies. This in combination with Verizon's own PCS and... Read more...
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 not a 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... 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...
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