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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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    Motorola's Droid Turbo 2 wants to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow so badly, the phone can practically taste it. Going back to last year, the Turbo 2's been sniffing around at what Marshmallow had to offer, running early test builds wherever it could get its hands on some code, but a public release has been just out of reach. Last month, on multiple occasions it looked like Verizon users were just about to see their update come down the pipe, but even after we saw the carrier publish its formal changelog for the release, mass distribution never arrived. Perhaps the Droid Turbo 2's Marshmallow ...

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    It’s ironic, but although Samsung initially announced the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge would launch on March 11 and Verizon and Best Buy have reportedly begun delivering the phones yesterday, it’s a bit of a stretch to call this a premature rollout. That’s because T-Mobile actually got the head start on all its carrier rivals with pre-orders shipped as early as February 29, and AT&T and Sprint followed suit around March 2. Ergo, you could even deem Big Red and BB late to the release party, despite themselves doing a splendid job in dispatching the GS7 and S7 Edge four days ahead of ...

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    Honesty is the best policy, but it didn't appear on Verizon Wireless's policy until a year ago. We're talking about "Supercookies," Unique Identifier Headers attached to traffic made through Verizon's network used in order to serve ads from Verizon's vendor network. The FCC found that Big Red had implemented UIDHs as early as December 2012 and did not tell its customers until October 2014. Its privacy policy only started to cover UIDHs from March 2015. At least one of Verizon's ad vendors used the UIDHs for replanting cookies on users that chose to deny that vendor's cookies. UIDHs also ...

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    What does the future hold for HTC's One-series of smartphones? With it looking increasingly likely that the company's next flagship will drop both the One name and its M-designation, will models like the One A9 and One X9 be the last of their kind? We don't know about that just yet, but we're finding last year's One A9 back in the news today as we get some bad news about the phone's carrier support, as HTC confirms that the One A9 ultimately won't support Verizon as planned. HTC always sold the One A9 with support for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, but Verizon support was supposed to be ...

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    Say what you will about the striking similarities between the One A9 and recent iPhones, the One M9 and M8, and HTC’s decision to wait until after MWC to unveil the One M10, aka just 10. But when it comes to software updates, the Taiwanese OEM clearly has the edge over at least one of its Korean arch-rivals so far this year. While Samsung stumbled and fumbled the oft-delayed “global” Marshmallow rollout for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, as well as the S6 Edge+ and Note 5, HTC deployed 6.0 goodies for its unlocked One M8 and M9 way back in December. Despite having multiple priorities ...

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    Big Red is never early to anything. Likely due to the sheer size of its customer portfolio, Verizon can’t follow T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint’s suit in shipping Galaxy S7s well in advance of the March 11 launch date. At the same time, America’s largest wireless service provider is often the last of the “big four” to officially roll out Android software updates. Sometimes, third or even second. But extremely rarely, first. Well, today is one of those scarce occurrences, as VZW foreshadows all three of its main rivals in sending over-the-air Marshmallow goodies to the Galaxy Note ...

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    Still hyped on the hottest AT&T BlackBerry phone of 2015? We know. We know. All kidding aside, when we had finally gotten word that the Priv had come out of exclusivity from Death Star, we still knew that the waiting was going to be long, especially when the color turned to Big Red. Well, the waiting has been long, but it was a day short of what we were promised when it came to pre-orders. Check out the source link for the Verizon listing of the BlackBerry Priv, coming in at $720 full retail or a straight $30 per month on the installment plan. We don't have an idea of when you can pick ...

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    Verizon is still interested in keeping its DROID Turbo 2 selling well and prettily as the starting price continues to hold at $624. But for those on the outside looking in, the shatter-proof Motorola phone meant for the "Verizon lifer" doesn't have to be that way. It can be meant for anyone, really. As of this post, an eBay reseller (219056 feedback score with 98.7 percent positive feedback) has sold 13 refurbished 32GB Droid Turbo 2 phones, said to be at around a "B+" in terms of cosmetics. They're factory unlocked and therefore, GSM-only. The going price? $399.95 with free shipping. ...

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    You didn’t really think T-Mobile was the chosen carrier now, did you? Technically, Magenta scored a major publicity coup by being the first of America’s “big four” operators to deliver the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to early adopters. But AT&T and Sprint are quickly following suit, themselves largely undercutting the March 11 deadline initially set on a global basis by the two phones’ manufacturers. Of course, we’re not talking about wide-scale launches… just yet, and we can’t even confirm a single unit having actually reached the doorstep of a ...

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    For a device manufacturer that’s long ceased to carry any weight in the global battle for first place, the OEM podium or even top five or ten, BlackBerry is sure doing a decent job getting US carriers to support its latest flagship. Granted, it’s taken a while for the Priv to reach AT&T and T-Mobile, but now it’s available on both networks, and Verizon subsidies are reportedly next in line. The “when” of the equation remains unconfirmed, though all signs seem to be pointing towards a Big Red pre-order outset this Thursday, followed by deliveries and in-store sales kicked off ...

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    Ugh. We're back to talking about the Android Marshmallow update for Verizon's DROID Turbo 2. It happened for a short few hours with a pretty Verizon landing page, then, not really happening for two weeks. And it's been a while since Verizon and Motorola insiders were testing the OS bump. It may be happening now. For real. This time. An Android Central forum thread had a screenshot of a two-part update package, the second one being the crucial part to moving the software version up to 24.14.10. We're not sure how far this OTA has spread, but let us know if you've gotten it, you "Verizon ...

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    In today’s installment of the never-ending “who supports who” saga concerning Apple’s ongoing opposition to a San Bernardino court order, the tech giant adds another big industry name to its corner, while the FBI manages to unite the entire field of Republican presidential contenders behind it. After Google, Facebook, BlackBerry and Microsoft, Verizon finally weighed in on the matter of device encryption vs terrorist resistance, highlighting its commitment to “protecting customer privacy.” The CEO of the largest American wireless service provider, Lowell McAdam, went on record ...

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    Samsung’s “next big thing” isn’t even out yet, and retail partners are already this close to giving the new phone away for free to convince you to do business with them. Well, not exactly, but we’re getting there. For starters, no matter where you pre-order your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge from, you’re eligible for a complimentary Gear VR headset, plus a 6-game Oculus virtual reality bundle. Total savings - $150. In addition to that, Target throws in a gratis $100 gift card, T-Mobile offers a 12-month Netflix subscription, and Sprint covers half the cost of a second S7 you might be ...

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