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    Net neutrality may be the law of the land, but carriers aren't about to sit idly by and treat all content as equal while there's money to be made by doing the opposite. So while paid prioritization may be out the window so long as the FCC is getting its way, carriers have been quick to come at things from another direction, championing the rise of “zero-rated” data schemes that allow content providers to get their media to users without those viewers having to use their expensive mobile data allotment in the process. Last year we heard that Verizon was looking into doing just that with ...

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    Exactly what makes Verizon the number one wireless service provider stateside nowadays? 4G LTE speeds? Not according to OpenSignal’s recent, comprehensive and independent market report. Coverage? Perhaps, but even in that department, T-Mobile is progressing at a remarkable pace. Low device prices are generally out of the question at Big Red, not to mention network support for phones sold unlocked directly by their manufacturers. Meanwhile, unlimited data remains a utopian dream for the over 137 million subscribers of the US-leading operator. Once again therefore, why would anyone choose ...

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    Mere weeks after busting Verizon’s balls and accusing it of using incomplete data and biased analysis to claim its network was better at everything from coverage to download speed, T-Mobile prevails in an exhaustive comparison of America’s big four carriers put together by OpenSignal. The seemingly independent company collected over 376 million datapoints from close to 182,000 users between October and December 2015, recording normal 3G and 4G consumption habits in normal usage, both indoors and out, in big cities and the countryside. Thus, OpenSignal states, its measurements represent ...

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    Forget Samsung and Apple’s seemingly never-ending publicity war, as America’s “big four” carriers take combat by mocking rivals to the next level. As per usual, T-Mobile doesn’t give two hoots about proper advertising etiquette, going straight for Verizon’s jugular in relation to a Big Red commercial the “UnCarrier” feels was deceptive. In it, VZW used tiny colored balls to illustrate the huge gap between the nation-leading network and all three competitors in everything from data, calls, speed and reliability. However, according to T-Mo, the “independent” study cited ...

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    Nobody likes living under the pressure of constantly looming restrictions, and that's especially true when it comes to our mobile data. Maybe you'd love to stream a little HD video on the train home from work, but with your monthly usage already pushing dangerously close to your data cap, you resentfully settle for another few rounds of Candy Crush – no good at all. It used to be that unlimited data plans were relatively easy to come by, but it wasn't long before carriers started second-guessing themselves on just how much profit they stood to make from such offerings, and swiftly killed ...

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    Buying new gear around Valentine’s Day can be a very treacherous affair, as you don’t want to make your better half jealous, but you may also not want to spend a fortune on smartphones for both of you. Luckily, Verizon has cash-strapped lovers covered this year, proposing you “mix and match the Droid Turbo 2 and Maxx 2” for a cool 50 percent discount on any of the two devices. Not both, mind you, as you’ll still need to pay full retail for one of the big-battery handhelds. If you’re willing to cough up $624 on the Turbo 2, you can then choose to drop an additional $312 on a ...

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    So much of the conversation surrounding the movement for net neutrality has focused on the idea of preventing the ascension of a two-tiered internet system: a “good” internet for players willing to pay up, and a second-rate internet for everyone else. So it's no surprise that as more and more mobile providers strike deals with content providers that promise to bring users free (or not counting against monthly data allowances) access to their services, federal regulators have been taking note. The FCC has been meeting with carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile over the issue, and while we ...

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    Smartphone shoppers looking for a phone that stand up to more than a little abuse have plenty of options: they can shop for a model like the Galaxy S6 Active that builds its protection right into the phone's body, or they can always outfit a slightly more fragile handset with a heavy-duty protective case. And for as many of us that turn to that latter configuration, a purpose-built rugged phone still sounds pretty appealing, and maybe the biggest problem there is a lack of selection. Over on Verizon, users already have the impact-resistant Droid Turbo 2, and now they're getting another ...

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    Although LG technically killed the Optimus brand a long time ago, Verizon seems to reckon the name is still worth something to a cash-strapped American audience, charging $70 for the just-released LG Optimus Zone 3. That’s $70 off-contract, obviously, with no catches or strings attached, aside from mandatory activation on a prepaid plan setting you back at least an additional $30 a month. While very rich and diverse, Big Red’s prepaid roster doesn’t feature another device available as cheap as the Zone 3, even the modest second-gen Moto E fetching $80. It therefore goes without ...

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    Motorola and Verizon claim a smartphone display cracks every 2 seconds somewhere in the gadget-dominated world, and around 37 percent of all mobile users have damaged their screens at some point in history. If you’re among the hundreds of millions of people afflicted by this plague, you already know how expensive a cure can get if the glass wounds aren’t covered by your standard warranties, oftentimes prompting premature “upgrades.” Of course, you’re always free to add special device protection to your wireless plan stateside, but generally, you have to decide shortly after your ...

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    The second-generation Motorola Moto X was a measly year old when Android’s 6.0 iteration started making its way to Nexus devices, and considering the close relationship between Google and the now Lenovo-owned company until not long ago, we were certain an official update was brewing. While that’s obviously the case for the unlocked, “Pure” edition, both Verizon and AT&T-branded models are unexpectedly left in the lurch. Clearly, the blame must be shared by the phone manufacturer and the two US-leading carriers, but something tells us the latter’s drawn-out, often unneeded ...

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    Cellular networks have kept up with some of the smartwatch releases out there, especially the cell-connected variants. It went for the Gear S, the Gear S2 and what was to be the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE ... "was to be" was all it was, though. So, what does Verizon think it's doing selling Bluetooth-only smartwatches? Maybe its product philosophy now includes getting its subscribers fit without XLTE. Verizon announced that it'll be helping to "make those New Year's resolutions a reality" by adding two new fitness products to its inventory. The Moto 360 Sport is a little smartwatch ...

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    The numbers two, three and four (especially three) of the US mobile carrier landscape have been ruthlessly hunting for disgruntled competitor subscribers, aiming their switch-incentivizing campaigns in particular at Verizon. Though well ahead of T-Mobile and Sprint in user counts, and unlikely to see its domination challenged by AT&T very soon either, Big Red might be starting to feel the heat, kicking off a hard to resist network swap offer. Like a “not-so-cool holiday sweater”, you can now ditch the “wrong network” without worrying too much of the consequences. That’s ...

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    The idea of being able to access certain online services without that data counting against your monthly wireless data allotment is a super-controversial one right now, with moves like T-Mobile's BingeOn program bringing what's known as zero-rated data to the public's attention. Even as the FCC starts taking a closer look at the practice, more and more players are interested in getting involved themselves, and Verizon's recently indicated that it's looking into sponsored data might work on its own wireless network. But before any third parties get involved, Verizon might start this ...

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    While carrier exclusivities are rarely a good idea for a Hail Mary pass-type of device aimed at overturning a company’s long-struggling financials, the BlackBerry Priv should soon break AT&T’s shackles, and expand to Verizon, almost definitely T-Mobile, and likely Sprint too. How soon? That’s impossible to say with clockwork precision, but based on a recent FCC authorization, at least Big Red may be able to pick up the security-focused Android smartphone ahead of February’s Mobile World Congress and the spring onslaught of new high-enders from top-tier BlackBerry rivals. Of ...

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    Is it nearly time to stop talking about holiday-season shopping? We suppose you technically do have a few days left, but by this late date we hope you've got all the names crossed off your list, all you boxes wrapped, and you're finally getting to that stage where you can sit back and actually enjoy yourself. Maybe with all those gift recipients taken care of it's finally time to think about what you want for yourself, and if that means a new smartphone, Best Buy just shared details about a promotion that takes a hot deal from last week and makes the offer a lot more attractive, extending ...

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    Forget intuitive software, buckets of storage, and advanced connectivity options; when it comes to selling smartphones, retailers love nothing more than a feature that demos well. Maybe no recent phone does that better than Motorola's Droid Turbo 2 for Verizon, armed with its ShatterShield display. Those two companies have been anything but shy about showing off just what ShatterShield offers, dropping the Droid Turbo 2 time and time again onto hard surfaces, while showing just how resilient and crack-proof the phone's screen can be. And while we can't deny that the demos we've seen have ...

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    Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler previously spoke of T-Mobile's new Binge On service rather kindly, calling the paid-for streaming data perk "highly innovative and highly competitive." The FCC is also eyeing AT&T as it has a Data Perks program that trades filling sponsored surveys for up to an extra gigabyte on your account each month. And in those veins, Comcast has introduced an unlimited access "Stream TV" program that is described as "a cable service that only works in the customer's home." Today, Wheeler announced that he's requested meetings with the three ...

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    Update: BB-8 is overr8'd. See you next week! An Android tablet that doesn't quite belong. HTC news on both sides of the good/bad divide. An ugly-as-sin Apple accessory. And a Droid Turbo 2 that looks like Star Wars' own BB-8! Where are you going to find talk like this anywhere else on the internet? If you answered "anywhere I look," you're right indeed ... but you ended up here so welcome to the party. All of the above – plus your listener mail – awaits on episode 178 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:30pm Eastern on December 11 (click here for your ...

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    We tracked the pitiful software story of the DROID Turbo. It launched with Android KitKat just after Lollipop was made publicly available. The update to 5.0 took six whole months. We spread the blame between the manufacturer and its exclusive partner, Verizon. But could the two have come together to allow for a more efficient software update process for its latest shared halo phone? They did come together with Disney for a Star Wars promo. Who knows? All we know is that Motorola is now allowing some DROID Turbo 2 owners download an "early preview of a new software release." Nothing more ...

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    You don't need to be a big sci-fi fan to be excited about the next series of Star Wars movies on the way, and right now we find ourselves just days away from the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Verizon has already shown its own Star Wars love with its Google Cardboard giveaway earlier this month, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Beyond presenting the official red carpet livestream from the film's world premiere, and giving away 12,000 tickets to subscribers through its TheoryWars.com site, Verizon's also getting ready to offer shoppers their choice of Moto Maker-configured ...

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    Ranked first among the “big four” operators in customer satisfaction by Consumer Reports, and hands down the network with the strongest marketing muscle nowadays, T-Mobile still has trouble markedly boosting its subscriber base. People are often too comfortable or just outright lazy to ditch the carrier they’ve embraced years back, no matter their dissatisfaction for overage fees, meager coverage or high device prices. Not to mention all the exclusive benefits offered by Sprint to folks switching from T-Mobile, or Magenta itself when you hail from AT&T or Verizon. Yes, ...

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    In reality, data is really, really cheap to move. But if you're an internet service provider, add infrastructure, maintenance, repair and expansion costs and you have yourself a bill or two to pay off. So, why not make someone other than your customers foot that bill? AT&T's been doing Data Perks — surveys done on behalf of third parties for up to an extra gigabyte of data a month. But Verizon will likely beat out Big Orange to reach what looks to be a high bar for "sponsored data" implementation as it begins testing on free data on selective content. Of course, it's not really as ...

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    While T-Mobile’s user base still stands at less than half of Verizon and AT&T’s subscriber counts, and Magenta’s call and data quality remain arguably mediocre, “innovative” services like Binge On, as well as super-convenient JUMP! On Demand deals, were bound to vastly improve the “Uncarrier’s” consumer satisfaction scores. Let’s not forget the John Legere-commanded wireless network outfit essentially paved the way for all “big four” operators to ditch contracts, or T-Mo’s frequent publicity stunts that may often seem childish, but almost always stay with you. ...

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    We're just a couple weeks away from the release of the next entry in the Star Wars film saga, and to day that fans are excited might just be the understatement of the year. Businesses have been tapping into this enthusiasm through no shortage of their own tie-in promotions, with everyone looking to get a piece of those Star Wars marketing dollars. Today Verizon shares word of its own offer, and while we're not getting anything as cool as a modern reincarnation of the old Droid R2-D2, it does have a pretty attractive freebie waiting for its users. Verizon users can stop in one of the ...

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