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Verizon App Store Vs. Google Play

Why can’t carriers just accept we want them to be ‘dumb pipes?’

By on August 20, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

Why can’t carriers just accept we want them to be ‘dumb pipes?’

I’ve been a Verizon subscriber for years now, even though I’ve long suspected that they don’t think much of their customers’ intelligence. However, when I read today that Verizon is thinking of actually trying to create a rival app store to compete with Google Play, I realized that Verizon doesn’t just think we’re stupid, it thinks we’re the kid who made himself sick in kindergarden every day by gorging himself on paste. More →

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Verizon Mobile App Store

Verizon still thinks you’re stupid

By on August 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM.

Verizon still thinks you’re stupid

One of the most difficult parts of getting a new phone is deciding which of the preinstalled bloatware apps might actually serve a purpose at some point in the future and which of the apps to delete. Android is most notorious for this practice, but we all have software on our phones that doesn’t belong there, which makes this report from The Information all the more baffling. More →

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Verizon Moto X+1 Release Date

Motorola’s next Moto X phone already has a rumored launch date for Verizon

By on August 8, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

Motorola’s next Moto X phone already has a rumored launch date for Verizon

Motorola is not ready to say anything about the Moto X+1, its next-gen Moto X version that has only appeared in various leaks so far. However, Droid-Life has now learned from some of its sources that Verizon is “currently expecting the new Moto X by September 25th.” More →

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Verizon Unlimited Data Throttling

FCC chief slams Verizon’s lame excuse for throttling your supposedly ‘unlimited’ data

By on August 8, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

FCC chief slams Verizon’s lame excuse for throttling your supposedly ‘unlimited’ data

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is not impressed with Verizon’s reason for throttling users’ LTE data speeds even though they supposedly have grandfathered “unlimited” data plans. Per The Hill, Wheeler ripped into Verizon’s response from earlier this week in which the carrier said that it was justified in throttling customers’ “unlimited” data because, hey, everyone other carrier is doing the same thing. More →

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Verizon Two-Year Contracts

Verizon thinks you’re stupid

By on August 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Verizon thinks you’re stupid

Although T-Mobile’s assorted “Uncarrier” moves have done a lot to undermine the wireless industry’s traditional two-year contract business model, Verizon still thinks two-year contracts are a wonderful thing, mostly because they’re guaranteed revenue for a fixed period of time. Because of this, it’s not surprising to see Verizon is doing its best to keep the two-year contract model alive by shamelessly trying to convince users that signing a two-year deal is in their best interests. However, Droid Life points us to a new Verizon promotion that really takes things to a whole new level of stupid. More →

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HTC One M8 For Windows

This is the HTC One (M8) running on Windows Phone

By on August 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

This is the HTC One (M8) running on Windows Phone

Rumors have been circulating regarding a Windows Phone variant of the HTC One (M8) for months, but a picture on Verizon’s servers seems to have confirmed the existence of the phone once and for all. Leaked to PCMag, the high quality rendering clearly shows an HTC One (M8) with the iconic Live Tiles of Windows Phone on the display. The URL even reads “HTC_M8_Windows.” More →

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Galaxy S5 Verizon T-Mobile Updates

The latest updates for the Galaxy S5 have arrived on Verizon and T-Mobile

By on August 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

The latest updates for the Galaxy S5 have arrived on Verizon and T-Mobile

Samsung’s latest flagship phone just got even better on two of the biggest U.S. carriers. As SamMobile points out, both Verizon and T-Mobile released updates for the Galaxy S5 this week, fixing several issues and adding additional features to the Android device. On Verizon’s side, Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud have all received updates. Streaming music connectivity has also improved, the “Primary Contacts” label now reads “Emergency Contacts” when in Emergency Mode and Visual Voicemail will now work when the S-View flip cover is closed. More →

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Verizon Unlimited Data Throttling

Verizon explains why it’s throttling its ‘unlimited’ data customers

By on July 31, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

Verizon explains why it’s throttling its ‘unlimited’ data customers

Remember that classic Simpsons episode where Homer got tossed out of the “all-you-can-eat” seafood restaurant because he ate its entire supply of shrimp and two plastic lobster decorations? Well that’s the sort of situation that Verizon is claiming its in with some of its customers who subscribe to its nominally unlimited data plans. More →

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Why Data Caps Are Bad

Now you have another reason to hate wireless data caps

By on July 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Now you have another reason to hate wireless data caps

Does anyone actually like the wireless data caps that mobile carriers impose? No, of course not. And now Re/code points out that everyone now has a brand-new reason to hate data caps: Apparently, they’re scaring us into spending more money than we need to spend on our data plans. More →

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Verizon Unlimited Data Throttling

Are you a Verizon customer with unlimited data? Get ready to be throttled

By on July 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM.

Are you a Verizon customer with unlimited data? Get ready to be throttled

As we learned from a recent study, Verizon has been remarkably efficient at convincing unlimited wireless data plan holders to switch to newer, more profitable data plans. According to market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, just 22% of Verizon’s mobile subscribers were still on unlimited data plans as of the end of the second quarter. That still leaves millions of people with unlimited plans though, and we have bad news for all of them: According to a new report, all Verizon Wireless subscribers with unlimited data plans will be subject to throttling beginning October 1st. More →

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Verizon LG G3 Bloatware Uninstall

Here’s how Verizon’s Android bloatware might become the best ever

By on July 25, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

Here’s how Verizon’s Android bloatware might become the best ever

One of the reasons users passionately hate carriers is the bloatware they fill Android devices with, as in many cases a mobile operator’s app collection that comes preloaded on a new handset may be somewhat difficult to remove for an average user. In some countries, there already are laws that require carriers to let their subscribers delete any apps they want on a handset, but that’s hardly a widespread practice. Luckily for Verizon customers, Big Red is willing to make some changes to its approach to bloatware, Droid-Life reports, starting with the LG G3. More →

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Verizon Earnings

Verizon reports solid Q2 results as tablets offset slowing smartphone sales

By on July 22, 2014 at 7:50 AM.

Verizon reports solid Q2 results as tablets offset slowing smartphone sales

Verizon on Tuesday posted second-quarter results that topped Wall Street’s expectations as huge tablet sales offset the continued decline of cell phone contract additions. Verizon posted earnings of $1.01 per share, or $4.34 billion in profit, which is down significantly from the $5.2 billion profit it recorded in the year-ago quarter. Revenue climbed nearly 6% to $31.48 billion, however. The nation’s top carrier only added 304,000 net new cell phone subscribers in the quarter, but 1.15 million new tablet additions certainly helped to bolster the company’s results. More →

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Verizon Data Plans

Study finds Verizon is the best in the business at banking on your data plans

By on July 21, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Study finds Verizon is the best in the business at banking on your data plans

Over the past few years, the two top wireless carriers in the United States have been working tirelessly to push subscribers away from unlimited data plans and onto capped plans that provide a certain amount of data each month, after which overages are charged. The reasons for the shift are fairly obvious — as more data hungry mobile services proliferate, carriers make more money. Which carrier has been the best so far when it comes to monetizing data and shifting subscribers over to tiered data plans? According to a new study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Verizon is the leader by a fairly substantial margin. More →

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