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    Another tech colossus is reportedly for sale, and just like last year, when AOL sought new management and financial support, Verizon seems the odds-on favorite to take Yahoo over. Only this time, the largest wireless service provider stateside has competition. Strong, reputable and vast competition, including the likes of Google, Time Inc., and private equity funds Bain and TPG. Not carrier arch-rival AT&T, though, as Ma Bell has different fish to fry, considering a Yahoo bid, but ultimately deciding against joining next week’s first-round auction. Despite persistent monetary woes, ...

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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and comparing mid range phones, ...

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    You'll need another fiver for this upgrade. AT&T has just raised its activation fees for AT&T Next plans as well as brought-in devices up to $20. Upgrade fees for the Next Plans are also $20. All these fees are up from $15 and now match Verizon's costs. Unlike Verizon, while the upgrade fee for two-year contracts hasn't changed, AT&T charges $5 more than its main competitor with the fee at $45. And as far as we know, third-party upgrade programs like the iPhone Upgrade Program are not affected. That stipulation was a doozy that many Big Red critics clutched onto. An AT&T ...

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    When it rains, it pours. And spring feels like a perfect season for constant precipitation, combined with just as frequent rounds of sunshine. Pebble is sure going to warm you up by rolling out a deluge of updates for both its cross-platform watches and their respective iPhone and Android apps. Cheaper than ever before, Time-series devices gain new vibration settings, snooze timeline reminder functionality and improved sleep tracking accuracy, among others. Once you bump up your firmware to version 3.11, you’ll therefore be able to select your favorite vibration pattern for ...

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    The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are arguably today’s best Android smartphones in the world, offering water resistance, microSD expansion and an incontestable fully premium build. But if you own one of last year’s “big things” and don’t want to upgrade so soon, you should rejoice upon hearing Marshmallow is on its way. Not just internationally and on Sprint stateside, as Verizon has detailed installation instructions and changelogs posted on its support website for both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The two over-the-air rollouts were supposed to kick off as early as Friday, April 1, though ...

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    Trust us, we don't really think of Walmart as the first place we'd buy our smartphones from, but given the right circumstances, you just might. So, when Walmart goes out and says that it's discounting all stock of iPhones and Galaxy phones. Be it the iPhone SE or the iPhone 6s, heck, maybe even the iPhone 5c, you'll get $100 off. Galaxy S7? Galaxy S6? Galaxy S5 Active, even? Sure, those are $150 off. Here are the catches, though: the phone must be purchased on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint — Walmart was able to get agreements with those three carriers, but not T-Mobile — and must be ...

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    Is money no object in the way of unlimited data? Well, if you and Verizon still want to be together forever, it's just going to have to cost more. Some subscribers found this out for themselves last November as their bills went up by $20, bringing their monthly tabs up to $49.99. Add on voice and SMS services and those bills could easily hit about $100. If you weren't hit with that price hike on November 15, but still have an unlimited plan with Verizon, call a representative and ask if you should be expecting a price hike on May 15 (or whenever your bill cycle resets after that date). ...

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    Let’s be honest, it was completely unrealistic to expect something funnier from Samsung this year than the brilliant Galaxy Blade Edge 2015 April Fools’ Day hoax. That had it all. Ridiculousness, self-mockery, and even a hint of authenticity. After all, if watches, refrigerators and belts can be “intelligent”, why wouldn’t a smart knife be developed too down the line? Or how about a series of Wi-Fi-connected pantaloons? Samsung seems to have put slightly less thought into today’s Internet of Trousers prank, but there’s still plenty to make you chuckle in the company’s April ...

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    It's said that Verizon has the most cellular subscribers in the country because of its astounding performance and coverage. Barring the marketing wars between the tier-one carriers, the 'ol checkmark would always want a little more money beyond the filled treasure chest it has — $131.6 billion in FY2015 — from charging some of the highest service rates and fees to maintain, improve and expand that coverage. So goes the ploy as the company is to announce a $20 upgrade fee on phones purchased from Verizon through an installment plan, annual upgrade plan or at full retail price. The ...

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    As tempting as Big Red’s G5 pre-order offers look, as unappealing two other LG devices recently launched on America’s largest carrier seem at a first glance. And second, and third. Proving it’s learned absolutely nothing from past mistakes, VZW follows AT&T’s suit in rebooting the troubled Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, but once again horribly misses the pricing mark. While Ma Bell charges $200 on and $360 off-contract, Verizon promises to ship the standalone cellular connectivity-enabled timepiece “by” April 1, as long as you’re willing to pay $450 with or $500 without ...

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    And the wait continues. Yes, even on Verizon, which erroneously listed iOS 8.4 and up compatibility as a key improvement in the carrier’s latest Samsung Gear S2 software update. The support page has been modified and no false claims are included any longer, with a specific bug fix for a random clock freeze issue and full functionality on all Android Marshmallow smartphones now headlining the ho-hum changelog. Tipping the scales at close to 70MB, Big Red’s UI renovation effort looks like a routine maintenance affair, though there are a few new features added in the mix. Namely, World ...

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    After Netflix surrendered to cable providers and paid up to connect to their servers, the movie streaming service has admitted to cramping down on traffic from the nation's two most popular carriers, AT&T and Verizon. Complaints have been filing into the two carriers, which have denied altering customers' streams, since last week. That was when T-Mobile CEO John Legere continued defending the carrier's Binge On zero-rated video streaming scheme which sets the maximum data rate for video to 1.5Mbps. Netflix announced that it streamed to AT&T, Verizon and many other global carriers' ...

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    Which carrier you choose for your flagship smartphone purchase doesn't just effect what you'll end up paying for monthly service, or the quality of the mobile network your phone gets to access: depending on how and where you buy the phone, you could end up paying a lot more (or less) than other places, or manage to score some extra hardware. Right now, carriers everywhere are opening pre-orders for the LG G5, giving shoppers plenty of options for how they get their hands on the phone, and the sort of value shoppers get from these deals has been pretty variable. We've seen AT&T with its ...

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    It’s been a terribly long, convoluted, bumpy ride from Android exclusivity to cross-platform compatibility for Samsung’s best smartwatch to date, and the nightmare seems to end in the most unexpected way. The largest and typically slowest US carrier in terms of software support is actually the first to make Gear S2’s highly anticipated new update official. The over-the-air renovation should go down today, March 24, but of course, it might roll out in waves and take some time before spreading nationwide. What’s important is it’s finally happening, and if Verizon can pull it off, ...

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    Recent history tells us that Sprint has been on the ball in terms of managing Android Marshmallow OTAs to Samsung, HTC and LG devices. But the carrier didn't pick up the V10 as its three major competitors did. And it looks like Verizon will be chief among those players to kick out a major software update. It's a simple update that just moves LG's skin on top of Marshmallow onto the V10. The OTA can be downloaded via Wi-Fi or on cell service, but with packages like these usually tipping the scales at over a gigabyte, you do have some considerations to make. But the rollout is at-hand and ...

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    At 6pm Eastern on March 29, all the possible US TV stations that would like to sell their broadcast spectrum will have committed to do so. From there, the Federal Communications Commission will work on a blueprint to sort out how that spectrum in the 600MHz band can be put together for sale. That leads up to the next step for the commission in the auctions process, setting up a clearing target. The order of things The clearing target is the total amount of spectrum the FCC thinks can be sold in auction. The government currently estimates a high-end of that total to be 126MHz. Analysts ...

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    You know how Samsung sometimes resorts to questionable humor and low blows in its generally entertaining anti-Apple publicity stunts, while Cupertino always takes the high road and never responds to its arch-rival’s ironies? Until a few days ago, we thought Verizon was seeking to employ a similarly diplomatic and defensive advertising strategy, outright ignoring Sprint and T-Mobile’s increasingly derogatory campaigns. But busting Big Red’s balls must have awakened the sleeping giant, which went on the counter-offensive on Friday with a pair of 30-second commercials starring none ...

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    While we still highly doubt Samsung stacked up 10 million Galaxy S7 pre-orders in a few days in China alone, there’s no question the latest Android flagship duo is far more in demand globally than the S6 and S6 Edge this time last year. Stateside, that’s due not only to the appeal of the two phones, but their relatively low prices and surprisingly compelling deals too. Most notably, you can buy one, and get a second one free from AT&T and T-Mobile, plus starting in a few hours, Verizon as well. Big Red is yet to issue its obligatory press release on the matter, though extremely ...

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    Too many smartphone manufacturers are content to churn out phone after uninspired phone, upgrading components with the latest tech and keeping up with the most recent OS build, but failing to give us anything that really feels “new.” So when Nextbit emerged with its crowfunded Robin, offering a phone that not only looked different from so many other handsets out there, but came with a compelling cloud-connected hook, we sat up and took notice. The hardware we ultimately got wasn't without a few flaws, but the whole Robin experience came together really well, and we found ourselves ...

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    Verizon has been concentrating its wireline operations. It's about to sell its FiOS assets to Frontier in California, Florida and Texas and refocus on the Boston-to-Washington megalopolis. So, why not get more people onto FiOS by getting people to jump in or upgrade their Verizon Wireless plans? The carrier has confirmed to trade publication FierceWireless that it has rolled out a rather quiet campaign in its northeast stores that will double the XL and XXL data buckets when bundled with FiOS service. That would take the XL plan to 24GB and the XXL one to 36GB. The company has seen ...

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    It’s odd to already think about this, but one day, not too soon, that spanking new Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge will start lagging. Or simply feel outdated compared to the Galaxy Note 6, the GS8 or maybe even the iPhone 7. When that time comes, it’s good to know your carrier has your back, letting you upgrade to the “next big thing” sans forcing you to jump through many hoops. Like charge you a small fortune for outstanding monthly device payments. No reason to worry anymore on Verizon, as long as you cough up 50 percent of the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge’s full retail value and keep the ...

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    We know it feels like the Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2016) is the first tablet released by Samsung in ages, but that’s just because the TabPro S and Galaxy View are so unusual. The latter is basically a TV with a touchscreen and Android, going for a whopping $550 off the bat stateside last fall in a Wi-Fi-only configuration. The price tag was quickly slashed to $450, as an LTE-enabled variant with more internal storage space launched at $500, but now it’s back up to $500 on Amazon, and $550 at Best Buy. Of course, you can still always commit to a two-year AT&T contract, and pay $500 for ...

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    Since pretty much all US residents aged 5 to 100 already own and regularly use a smartphone, wireless service providers are now doing their absolute best to get people to change their carrier. Everyone from Verizon to T-Mobile to AT&T is on a rival recruitment spree, covering outstanding balances and further giving out cash money, as well as a host of other incentives. It’s even better if you’re willing to trade a pre-owned but working handheld for a new device, though most of the times, you need the product you’re looking to abandon to be in mint condition. Not at US Cellular, ...

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    Something's still not making sense, here. Verizon variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge did not have Samsung Pay app pre-loaded onto the devices. When sideloaded, though, the mobile payments system was functional. Here's the thing that we sorta glossed over: it was not available on the Google Play Store nor on Samsung's app store at the time. To clarify, Verizon made no attempts to block the use of Samsung Pay on those devices. The carrier's VP for Communications in the consumer and enterprise units tweeted that the service would be up on March 11. .@SamsungSupport confirms ...

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    Mobile payments are growing, but Verizon's already grown into the US's number one cellular network. And it thinks it can do plenty of things for and to its customers (like implementing special trackers into their web browsing and not telling them about it). Now comes word that the Verizon Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge units lack Samsung Pay, one of the faster-growing mobile payment systems around. Apparently, Samsung has told reviewers of the devices that Verizon asked for the app to be omitted from them. Verizon, part of the carrier-supported SoftCard coalition, is now partnered with ...

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