Posts tagged with: Verizon
  • by | April 16, 2014 1:30 AM

    A smartphone kill switch, as described by CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, is "a baseline anti-theft tool" which will come, at no additional cost to the customer, pre-installed, or downloadable, on the first phones produced after July 2015, by the manufacturers adhering to the document. Network operators, manufacturers, and OS builders that adhered so far include Apple, AT&T, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. This so called kill switch will likely grace your next phone -- if manufactured ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 7:26 PM

    We tend to get a little fussy over carrier bloat, or the pre-installed applications that may come on a number of carrier-specific Android or Windows Phone smartphones. Bloat can and often does come from carriers, partners like Amazon, and even the manufacturer. For instance, I bought the T-Mobile HTC One M8 just this morning. It comes with five T-Mobile-specific applications I'll rarely (if ever) use: Mobile HotSpot, My Account, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, and Visual Voicemail. While it's mostly minimal, these applications cannot be uninstalled – only reverted to the original versions ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 3:28 PM

    Last week saw Samsung's Galaxy S5 hit carrier shelves in the US, and while this meant that the long-awaited smartphone was finally making its way into user hands, it wasn't without incident, and we heard about a couple circumstances where the smartphone was showing up without its complete feature set intact. The first issue to come to light concerned the download booster Samsung had put together, intended to let users retrieve a file through the combined efforts of the phone's LTE and WiFi connections, pooling their available bandwidth. First the AT&T GS5 showed up with the download ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 5:35 PM

    Should we even be surprised at this point? Time and time again, smartphones roll off the assembly line with all these cool features baked-in, and then carriers go and get uppity about them for one reason or another, and leverage the largely undeserved power they hold over OEMs to force the deactivation of specific abilities. It's a struggle we've been following for years, seeing casualties like NFC payments or unlockable bootloaders get hit along the way. The latest incidents to come to our attention have affected Samsung's Galaxy S5, and earlier this week we talked about how multiple US ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 4:04 PM

    Swing by your favorite your favorite carrier or electronics retailer today, and you'll likely find the Galaxy S5 up for sale; today marks the start of broad availability for Samsung's flagship Android, so shoppers shouldn't run into any problems trying to get their hands on one. At least, that's the case for the regular-old Galaxy S5 models, but what if you want something a little more flexible? We haven't seen any sign of a Google Play edition GS5 just yet, but a developer model may be the next best thing, and today sees Samsung begin preparations for the release of just such a GS5. Right ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 4:54 PM

    Yesterday we shared with you some depressingly lame news about the US release of Samsung's Galaxy S5, learning that the handset as being sold for operation on AT&T had one of its more interesting features disabled, the “download booster” that enabled the phone to retrieve a large file over WiFi and LTE connections simultaneously, pushing speeds higher than any one connectivity option could hope to provide alone. It's not the sort of thing we'd see ourselves using every day, but it would be a nice option to have when running up against a massive download, and if Samsung already went ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 6:52 PM

    HTC has always had a penchant for beautiful smartphones, second-to-none hardware, and superior design. It has always preferred higher quality materials – metals, high-quality, soft touch plastics, and impeccable displays. Last year's One (M7) was no exception to the rule. It topped the charts, won the hearts of many journos and consumers alike, and brought home countless awards for HTC. It set the bar rather high – for its competitors and even for itself, particularly in building a successor to what many agreed was HTC's best work yet. The opening line of our first review of the M7's ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 5:48 AM

    We've heard a lot about the Verizon Samsung ATIV SE lately, including some leaked official press renders, as well as speculations regarding its internals. Looks like the rumors were spot on, as Verizon has made the Windows Phone available for pre-order on its website. It goes for $199.99 with a two-year contract, but if you choose not to sign on the dotted line, it will set you back $599.99. So what's inside the Samsung ATIV SE? A five-inch Full HD (1080p) AMOLED screen, 2.23GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card -- up to 64GB), 13MP ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 4:57 PM

    Overnight, we got a little update about what to expect so far as the next wave of Windows Phone hardware launches goes, mentioning that we may hope to see retail availability for a number of new models begin on April 23. While those include some Nokia Lumia phones that we've been waiting to see launch for the better part of forever, they also mentioned a Samsung phone that's been on our radar since late last year, the rumored ATIV SE. We've been talking about it all along as Samsung's 1080p WP8 effort, but what more might we hope to expect from the phone? As we get into the home stretch ...

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  • by | March 30, 2014 1:38 AM

    There were a lot of rumors and leaks of Windows Phone 8.1, and its features, and on March 26 we've heard that Microsoft has allegedly finalized core development for the upcoming refresh. According to some recent reports, March 26 was also the day on which Microsoft's OEM partners have gotten their hands on Windows Phone 8.1. What does all this mean? First of all, phone makers can now develop and test firmwares; it also means that Windows Phone 8.1 devices should be just around the corner. WPCentral claims to have information on a certain April 23 date on which the first phones will become ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 7:11 PM

    You've heard the news, you've read the review, you've watched our hands-on videos: have you made up your mind yet about HTC's new One? If you are itching to go ahead and buy yourself the company's latest smartphone, you've got a ton of options, and HTC has really gotten a leg up on Samsung and its Galaxy S5 today by making the new One immediately available. Just how you'll go about purchasing the phone depends on what edition you have in mind, and which carriers you're interested in using for service. Let's take a look at your options: Verizon is the only carrier in the US to offer the new ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 7:15 PM

    Verizon is clearly excited about tomorrow's launch of the new 2014 HTC One: we've seen leaked images of the phone's packaging itself, accessories, and promotional material, all with Verizon branding. Those promo graphics also suggested that the carrier might have the phone up for sale just moments after its unveiling, mirroring similar claims from UK retailers. But then over the weekend we started hearing that maybe Verizon might be alone in the US when it comes to this early access to the new One, and that while it would start selling the handset tomorrow, other US carriers wouldn't get ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 3:45 PM

    For the longest time now, we've been hearing about a new Windows Phone handset from Samsung. Considering how half-hearted the manufacturer's affinity for the platform has seemed, we were surprised to see anything new at all, and were doubly shocked when the specs attached to this phone seemed so high, with things like a 1080p display. More recently, we've heard that this model may arrive as the ATIV SE for Verizon, and even got to check out a leaked render. We still haven't heard any official word about the model, but a new rumor now attempts to zero-in on its launch date. According to ...

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  • by | March 23, 2014 2:30 AM

    Saying that Verizon was late to the HTC One party back in 2013 is a slight understatement, as the flagship made its way to Big Red months after landing on its competitors' line-up. However, this year, we've seen a lot of 2014 HTC One leaks, and, from those, there were many involving Verizon, whether that's renders with the phone wearing the carrier logo, a retail box, or the most recent leak. There might be an explanation to that, as, according to a recent report citing "trusted" sources, Verizon will have a "couple of weeks" of exclusivity for the 2014 flagship. The phone will reportedly ...

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