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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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    So, it's out. The Xiaomi Mi 5, that is. And it's out all over the world, minus the places we've wanted to see it appear. So, what's up? Well, we now know about what you can expect if you decide to import the phone and that's nearly full LTE coverage. In fact, the Mi 5 has nearly all the bands it would need to operate on the four major US networks. This is, like, Nexus or iPhone level stuff we're talking about here. Here's the full listing of what the phone has to offer. LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/27/28/29/38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39 WCDMA: B1/2/5/8 CDMA2000: BC0/1 ...

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    Although it probably doesn’t come with an embedded SIM just yet on American shores, Samsung’s most fashionable smartwatch to date should make a few waves among Verizon and AT&T customers, thanks mainly to its standalone cellular support. Unfortunately, we’re only talking 3G connectivity here, not full-blown 4G LTE speeds, which may put off some performance junkies. But the surprisingly good news is Ma Bell appears to charge just $250 for the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G with two-year contracts, while the outright price sits at $350 through the nation’s second largest carrier. As ...

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    5G is all the darn rage these days. Three of the US's top-tier carriers have committed to developing the technology including Verizon. The company took the time at MWC to promote its efforts in collaboration with Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung to develop and test every aspect of its 5G standard with regards to speed, latency and scale. Some goals include bringing gigabit wireless broadband to homes, high-traffic concentrations and commercial purposes like telemedicine and mobile blueprinting. Testing is expected to expand over the course of the year. Verizon expects that it ...

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    "Moto by Lenovo" just rolls off the tongue, right? After Motorola Mobility COO Rick Osterloh said that the Motorola device branding would give way to Moto by Lenovo, the media (us included) went into a frenzy — as if the word "Motorola" was to soon vanish from our vocabularies. The lead engineer on the first cellular telephone at Motorola, Martin Cooper, stated to Pocketnow that: It is a sad historical event when the company that created so much modern technology, including the cell phone, will no longer have a consumer presence. The reaction machine had overblown the move like an ...

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    Mobile World Congress may be an international event, but when we're talking about big-name Android flagships, you'd better believe that the major US carriers are taking interest in these new phones, no matter where they're announced. LG just took to the stage in Barcelona to get the expo started with its first headliner launch, introducing the metal, modular G5. We've already gone hands-on with the smartphone, its accessories, and even had the chance to compare it with last year's V10. As we get ready to take a more in-depth look at the G5, we're already hearing reports of US carrier ...

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    Too little and too late. Motorola's David Schuster announced on his Google+ page that announced software upgrades for Verizon's DROID Ultra, DROID Mini and DROID Maxx have been cancelled. So, instead of Android Lollipop, they will stay on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The Droid Mini started on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean while the Ultra and Maxx debuted with 4.2.2. Schuster was in full apology mode. We apologize that we will not be upgrading DROID Ultra/Mini/Maxx to Android Lollipop, as we had hoped. We know how important software upgrades are to our customers, and we're very sorry that we are unable ...

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    They will happen starting this year, just don't expect to hear much from T-Mobile about it. CTO Neville Ray said "we'll be right there with [the competition] or ahead" when the very earliest consumer 5G access for any US carrier is expected for 2020. Instead of talking deep about technology that AT&T and Verizon both pledged to start testing this year, believes that Verizon is "trying to change the story." After all, the company has been trying to get Big Red to "ballogize." "Nothing they are doing is proprietary or unique," Ray said. The "Un-carrier" just reported annual postpaid ...

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    America’s number one wireless service provider (at least by subscriber count) has been as slow as always to roll out updates to the newest Android iteration for its best phones, but out of nowhere, a genuine Marshmallow downpour seems to have just started on Verizon. The Big Red-locked HTC One M9 led the way with a manufacturer announcement late last week, and is now reportedly receiving OTA 6.0 goodies, while the LG G3 and LG G4 should join the party any minute. All three devices have their specific bundles of joy detailed on the carrier’s support portal, so clearly, we’re looking ...

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    It’s a great time to buy a new high-end Android handheld or iPhone and activate it on America’s second largest wireless service provider, despite the wave of spring launches needing a few more days to get started. You have a couple of days to decide if it’s worth ditching your carrier for AT&T too, but it feels like a no-brainer when you’re offered up to $650 with eligible smartphone trade-ins, plus a free Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6s upon the purchase of an identical or pricier model. Wait, so the two deals can be combined? You bet, and you’re not even required to plunk ...

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    On the Marshmallow watch once again. This time, it's a race for second. As much as we beat the dead horse about Sprint's recent sprint for software updates with the HTC One M9, One M8 and the LG G4, it's still important to catch where the competition lines up. People in general would rather kick the can on pressing the "Update" button, but many inside our circles don't like to wait — in which case, they get an unlocked version of the phone, but that's besides the point. Happy Friday! Good news for T-Mobile HTC One (M9) owners! We've received technical approval on Marshmallow, with the ...

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    The first DROID Turbo was made by Motorola and carried as a exclusive series by Verizon. It took seven-plus months for the phone to get the upgrade from Android KitKat to Lollipop. The DROID Turbo 2, forged from the same partnership, was released just before November. Take this as a good sign, but not a full stop. After a lengthy and staggered test period, Verizon is finally passing through an Android Marshmallow update — typical features like Now on Tap, volume controls and also changes to Moto Assist and Moto Actions — for the DROID Turbo 2, currently on version 5.1. Three ...

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