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It doesn't matter what smartphone you prefer or what carrier you use; all smartphone users have to deal with robocalls and spam on their devices. Verizon wants to make it easier for its customers to end spam and robocalls and will be providing its third-party spam and robocalling protection for free starting in March. Verizon says that over a year ago it added call and spam screening at no additional cost for wireless users who subscribed to the Call Filter service, which was previously called Caller Name ID. That service was able to identify spam callers and unknown numbers by name and show a... Read more...
Verizon is making it easy to rock out with your iPhone out, or with your Android device if that is how you roll. How so? Verizon has reached a deal with Apple to include an Apple Music subscription with its Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited Plans at no extra charge, starting tomorrow, January 17. That's a pretty nice perk, and it expands on Verizon's previous offer of six months of Apple Music included with its Unlimited plans. And while Go Unlimited customers are excluded from the expanded offer, they are still eligible to receive six months of Apple Music for free. "When we introduced six... Read more...
Streaming gaming services will soon be on the market in force giving gamers plenty of options to choose from. This week we talked about a rumor that Amazon was developing a game streaming service to rival services in the works from Microsoft and Google. A new rumor floating around suggests that wireless carrier Verizon is working on its own Verizon Gaming streaming service. Reports indicate that the Verizon Gaming service is currently in alpha testing on the NVIDIA SHIELD TV set-top box. The Verge claims to have seen documentation that states the streaming gaming service will eventually make its... Read more...
Earlier today we reported that T-Mobile was taking AT&T to task for its decision to seemingly deceive customers by changing 4G LTE labels on consumers' smartphones to ”5G E” with a software update. 5G E stands for 5G Evolution, which in AT&T parlance is a speed-boosted extension of existing 4G LTE wireless technology. Now, the nation's largest wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, is also calling out AT&T. While Verizon technically launched a 5G wireless network, it is limited to just a few cities in the United States at the moment and is only available... Read more...
Garmin on Monday announced the Vivoactive 3 Music with Verizon, its first smartwatch with both GPS and 4G LTE connectivity baked into it. As with other smartwatches with 4G LTE connectivity, users can leave their smartphones behind when going on a walk or jog, and still receive text messages on their wrist. The same goes for streaming music. "The Vívoactive 3 Music with 4G LTE connectivity gives you everything you need from your phone—safety features, text messaging, and the ability to download and listen to music—now on your watch, so customers can leave their phones behind... Read more...
As much hype as there is surrounding 5G connectivity, it will likely be several years before the faster wireless standard becomes commonplace. That day can't arrive fast enough, as far as we're concerned. The same goes for Inseego, formerly Novatel Wireless, which is working with Verizon to accelerate the roll out and adoption of 5G connectivity. Inseego's relationship with Verizon goes back a long way. The company developed and sold a MiFi hotspot when Verizon first started deploying its 4G LTE network several years ago. Now it's doing the same thing, only with 5G—Inseego today unveiled... Read more...
We've seen some excellent deals going on smartphones of late, particularly during Black Friday. Samsung has been dealing on its flagship Galaxy Note 9 dating back to October when it announced it was doubling the trade-in offer to lure buyers to upgrade to the Note 9. Amazon had a deal on the Galaxy Note 9 in early October that included a free Galaxy S3 Frontier smartwatch. Those deals were good, but for a lot of people, all they want is a healthy price cut. Today only via the Samsung store you can get a sweet $300 instant rebate on the Galaxy Note 9 good on both the 128GB or 512GB versions... Read more...
Companies are racing to deploy 5G networks and expanding their product and service 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...
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