Posts tagged with: Verizon
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    How much does it REALLY cost to build an iPhone? Can any software truly be intuitive? Why is Comcast getting into the carrier game? We say hello to Google's Allo messenger, and we have a BUNCH of smartphone announcements to chat about from Huawei, LeEco, and Blackberry! These stories plus your questions, so make sure you're charged and ready for the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on September 22th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. For folks watching live, you can comment and ask questions by ...

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    Twitter, which has been not been growing as investors would like for it to, may seek stimulus from a new owner. At least, if it lets itself be bought. CNBC sources are saying that multiple possible acquirers have expressed interest in buying the social media platform, including Google and customer relationship management company Salesforce. Word from TechCrunch says that Microsoft and Verizon are also in the running. The company's board of directors seems very interested in a sale, though no blueprints have been laid out just yet. Twitter's market capitalization stands at more than $13 ...

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    Yahoo has announced that "a state-sponsored actor" has gotten hold of a copy of US account details including password hashes, — machine-scrambled passwords that are sent and exclusively accepted by receiving servers — unencrypted and encrypted security questions and answers and vital specs like names, email addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. The data dates back to late 2014. As of this point, it seems that no unhashed passwords were obtained as well as payment or bank account information. Users are being notified and urged to be vigilant for suspicious emails asking for ...

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    Choosing a wireless communications service provider stateside based on which of the “big four” offers the best unlimited data deals isn’t easy, given all the ifs and buts, the fine print and restrictions, various strings attached, artificial throttling, or DirecTV obligations you have to consider before making your decision. But one thing’s been made abundantly clear by Verizon’s head honchos in recent months, with T-Mobile One and Sprint Unlimited Freedom launches apparently changing very little of the market leader’s philosophy. According to Big Red CFO Fran Shammo… yet ...

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    Can you believe there are still so many respectable, relatively popular Android high-enders released in the past couple of years stuck with Lollipop, despite the successor of that OS flavor’s successor already gearing up for its first important maintenance update? Well, it’s true, painful as it may be, though at least we can finally cross the original Samsung Galaxy Tab S off that shameful list. Technically, international variants in both 10.5 and 8.4-inch sizes jumped on the Marshmallow bandwagon last month, discrediting an ominous announcement from just a few days before, with ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret that Samsung made quite a mess of its otherwise honorable voluntary Galaxy Note 7 recall, especially stateside, but ever since the Consumer Product Safety Commission came in, things seem to be slowly straightening out. Roughly 25 percent of defective units sold in the US prior to a sudden burst of fire reports, some legit, others still questionable, have so far been exchanged with safe-to-use S Pen phablets, which may not sound like a lot, but it’s progress. Samsung even deems the percentage “an extraordinarily fast start toward achieving our goal of ...

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    Oh, no, it’s a trend now. It all technically started with LeEco, then Motorola (or rather Lenovo) rushed to beat Apple to the no-jack punch, while HTC could be next to jump on the wireless/USB Type-C audio bandwagon. It remains to be seen if perhaps the looming HTC Bolt will at least support wireless charging (the flagship HTC 10 doesn’t) to offer audiophiles a little more leeway than the Lightning port-addicted iPhone 7. A (very) late heir of sorts to the 2011-released ThunderBolt, which was Verizon’s first ever 4G LTE handheld, this surprising HTC Bolt is reportedly headed to ...

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    Comcast has been actively working with Verizon since the end of last year to execute an MVNO agreement that came out of a 2011 spectrum deal. We now know from CEO Brian Roberts that service is scheduled to begin by the middle of 2017. "The team of over 150 people today are getting ready for next year," Roberts said during Goldman Sachs' Communacopia conference, "to launch a Wi-Fi/MVNO integrated product." The plan would be for "the very best" of the 28 million Xfinity wireline subscribers to be served an extra service in new bundles. That service would combine Verizon's cell towers and ...

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    Thinking of “skipping the sevens”, despite the new iPhones arguably looking less disappointing in real life than all those ominous pre-release reports, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 exchanges finally overcoming initial hiccups? The “different” and “better” Moto Z modular family is just about ready to go wide stateside after a short period of Verizon exclusivity, although Sprint customers are still out of luck. The unlocked Z and Z Play can only be pre-ordered with GSM network compatibility from Best Buy or Amazon, which means you’re free to activate either one on AT&T or ...

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    What you see above may be a white version of one of the Google Pixel phones that are in vogue with the rumor whisperers right now. It shows up in a commercial for Alphabet's Nest smart appliances in the Netherlands. But the existence of a white color for the Pixel, said to be set for release in about two weeks, doesn't matter as much as the chatter surrounding the formerly Nexuses' advance to release day... well, it does in one sense. First, the word is out from Android Police and its trusted source that the Pixel XL will not start at $599, but rather, the smaller Pixel phone will, plus ...

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    Verizon has decided to bill one Valerie Gerbus some $9,153.46 for this July's wireless service. How did she rack up such a charge when she usually has to pay $118 a month for a 4GB plan? Apparently, through 569 gigabytes of data. Gerbus, like several other Verizon customers who have seen unaccounted, accelerated data usage on their accounts, says she never goes over her limit. Yet, Gerbus found herself in a situation where she couldn't say no. On July 21, — halfway through her billing cycle and two weeks after Verizon introduced its "Safety Mode" throttling feature — while she was ...

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    The top device deal going on at Verizon's prepaid division right now is the recently released budget-to-the-bones device from Lenovo's Motorola. The Moto G4 Play (or the Moto G Play Droid, because Verizon) went on sale at a discount from its list price of $199.99 — which is a good sign, because Amazon has pre-orders up at $150. Instead, prospective buyers have an $84.99 figure to play with in their heads. Thinking about what we got a couple years back with the OG Moto G and looking at what we have here in the Moto G4 Play, we're pretty happy with this deal. Heck, even at $200, it's not ...

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    AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all have spectrum in the AWS-3 bands, but they're not using it just yet as they build out spectrum across lower and high frequencies as well as their AWS-1 bands (in LTE terms, Band 4). Well, a swift kick in the pants from LG may get the gears cranking. The company can also claim another first — you know, besides the whole "native Android Nougat phone" deal. FCC Office of Engineering and Technology filings show that its upcoming V20, soon to serve all three networks, will support LTE Band 66, a key part of that empty, unused (at least by those carriers) ...

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    Sprint and T-Mobile are offering free 32GB iPhone 7 devices with the trade-in of an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s. These promotions don't really help out those with the Plus models looking for a way to upgrade and they certainly take a bite out of perpetual iPhone lease-to-upgrade programs. But at least we can say that everyone, including Verizon, is trying. Its offer? A free 32GB iPhone 7 for your working and decent looking iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Yep, the 5.5-inch models are on the table for up to a $650 credit. Keep in mind that trade-ins are usually limited to ...

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    Didn't we warn you earlier? The social media posts complaining about one thing or another? In this case, it's about iPhone 7 pre-orders. And that Jet Black version did sell out quick — in many cases, people reported "minutes". First, a quick word of what's happening with the earliest possible shipping dates for the four other colors (Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold) on the Apple Store site: For AT&T, the 32GB iPhone 7 models will be shipped between September 26 and 28. The 128GB Rose Gold model will be shipped during that time as well. All other iPhone 7 variants will ship ...

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    See, Motorola, it’s not always wise to gratuitously take jabs at rivals, even when making a relatively fair point in the process. Distracted by this, we were very close to ignore a pretty sweet new deal offered for Moto Z Droid and Z Force Droid purchases made directly through the manufacturer’s US e-store. Namely, every 5.2mm-slim device now comes with a free bundled Incipio OffGrid Power Pack Moto Mod, while the slightly thicker, more robust, larger battery-packing and 21MP rear cam-sporting 5.5-incher will ship alongside a complimentary JBL SoundBoost speaker add-on. No catches, no ...

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    Sprint is getting the butt end of LG's V20 this year as it did last year with the V10. Today, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have all announced carriage of the chaebol's latest flagship, the first to boot with Android Nougat. None have given pricing and dates of sales. T-Mobile priced the V10 at $600 on launch (October 30, 2015) while AT&T and Verizon went into the upper-$600 range. Who knows if Sprint will pull a late breaker, but it doesn't look that way right now. Source: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon

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    Verizon launched LTE Advanced service last week. T-Mobile's CTO, Neville Ray, took "a big yawn" and decided to announce that 4x4 MIMO service has already went live in 319 cities and that Quadrature Amplitude Modulation would also help its customers get download speeds up to 400Mbps. Whoop de doo. That's more for the cavalier attitude. The improvements are a bit more concrete. Reddit caught T-Mobile testing advanced MIMO services last month. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are already set for 4x4 MIMO while other devices will get an OTA for support. QAM, on the other hand, is a technology ...

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    As rumors have it, Verizon has decided to make free a feature that cost an extra $5 per month for its more data-conservative subscribers. "Safety Mode," which throttles account holders' data speeds to 128kbps if they reach their LTE data cap, was originally introduced as free to those on the new Verizon Plan at the 16GB (XL) and 24GB (XXL) tiers. Other plan holders had to pay the extra fee for the privilege of being able to escape overage fees for almost unusable internet speeds. But even the 2GB (S), 4GB (M) and 8GB (L) tiers can opt-in for Safety Mode for free now, so long as they ...

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    Nearly every Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled by Samsung due to the risk of exploding batteries, but how the returns are to be handled will be up to points of sales. In the US, three of the four major carriers have issued press releases regarding the issue. Verizon also has notified customers through an update to its description on the Note 7's product page, now buried in its online smartphone showcase. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have stopped selling the Galaxy Note 7 at the request of Samsung. AT&T is encouraging customers to exchange their Note 7 units for a Galaxy S7, ...

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    As part of the "fireworks" that Verizon promised last month, customers were promised new data options, new (higher) rates and a throttling cap for those who took the privilege of getting more than 16GB of data. The so-called "Safety Mode" dropped data speeds to 128kbps once the month's LTE bucket was kicked over. It was free to those on the XL (16GB) and XXL (24GB) plan, but an additional $5 per month for those not on the plans. Given that the 8GB L plan cost a full $20 a month less than the XL one, it seemed like the people who would theoretically need it the most would serve as Verizon's ...

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    Samsung has not provided a specific date of availability nor has it spilled the prices of its latest wearables, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier. Both of them come in Bluetooth-only and LTE-connected flavors as well, so carriers are bound to be wanting in on the action. Well, AT&T, carrying the 3G version of the Gear S2 and first to grab at the LTE-enabled LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, is getting Samsung's first LTE wearable. Specifically, the Death Star mentions the Gear S3 frontier with 4G LTE as part of its future lineup. Ma Bell also has software value-adds to tell you ...

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    Verizon has painted the town a deeper shade of red. 461 cities and towns across the United States, to be precise. It has initiated LTE Advanced service at your nearest major metropolis and many roads that connect them to one another. All of this, Verizon says, without additional cost to the 288 million potential customers affected. Verizon says it has 39 LTE-A capable devices in its population and is actively selling 26 of them right now, dating back to the iPhone 6. If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, a BlackBerry Priv or LG V10, you're all set. Several tablets also have LTE-A. Source: ...

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    We've got a mega show for you this week, running down our favorite spoilers before we ship off to Berlin for IFA. We're getting a better look at what could be the LG V20,  and let's have a chat about Apple's responses to warranty issues... These stories plus answering questions from the Pocketnow mailbag! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 215 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 25th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to ...

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    Whether you’re convinced wearable devices are the next big thing, or still doubt their practicality but could be swayed into giving them a shot at the right price, this is hands down the best time to buy yesteryear’s top smartwatches. The Huawei Watch, Moto 360 and Samsung Gear S2 have never been cheaper than on the eve of their follow-up models’ introductions, with the rotating bezel-sporting Tizen bad boy in particular feeling like an absolute steal at 100 bucks. $99.99, to be specific, in limited quantity from a trusted eBay seller named Guarantee Cellular, which also hooks you up ...

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