Verizon adding location tracking warning sticker to phones

By on April 29, 2011 at 11:17 AM.

Verizon adding location tracking warning sticker to phones

In an effort to be “clear and transparent” with its customers and the government, Verizon Wireless has sent a letter to Congress detailing plans on how it will better inform consumers about location data collection on their smartphones. The wireless carrier will soon apply a removable stickers to its devices with the following warning:

“This device is capable of determining its (and your) physical, geographical, location adn can associate location data with other customer information. To limit access to location information by others, refer to the User Guide for Location settings and be cautious when downloading, accessing, or using applications and services.”

Verizon Wireless will also issue alerts more clearly in its V CAST applications, some of which can be used to track family members or friends voluntarily. It confirmed that it does not sell or rent out personal user information, and that user habits are only used for internal marketing purposes. Verizon says it only collects location data for “various service and operational purposes,” and that it uses the data to ensure customers have solid call and data quality. Hit the jump for a full PDF of Verizon’s letter to Congress. More →

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Verizon Wireless updates V CAST music service for Android

By on February 22, 2011 at 2:11 AM.

Verizon Wireless updates V CAST music service for Android

Verizon Wireless on Monday announced a revamped version of its V CAST Music app for Android smartphones. The carrier’s new V CAST Music app combines all of its music-related VCAST services, allowing users to purchase full tracks, ringtones and ringback tones from a single application. Song downloads range in price from $0.69 to $1.29 per track, but Verizon will also offer reduced-cost bundles that combine multiple formats into a single download. “Verizon Wireless is taking a leap forward with V CAST Music,” said Verizon Wireless VP Greg Haller in a statement. “We’re bringing the different kinds of music people love to have on their phones together in one, easy-to-use application, making it easy for customers to get what they want at lower prices.” The new version of V CAST Music requires Android 2.1 (Eclair) or later, and users will receive on-device prompts when the new version of the app is available for download. Hit the jump for Verizon Wireless’ full press release. More →

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Verizon launches the LG Chocolate Touch

By on November 5, 2009 at 8:03 AM.

Verizon launches the LG Chocolate Touch

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While many tech geeks who fancy Verizon will be spending the majority of this week debating whether or not to pull the trigger on either the DROID or DROID Eris, today Verizon quietly started selling the LG Chocolate Touch, a non-smartphone with mass market appeal. Equipped with a 3″ touchscreen display and 3.2 megapixel camera, the Chocolate Touch also features support for VZ Navigator, V CAST Music/Video, Visual Voicemail and EV-DO Rev. 0 connectivity. Also of note is a convenience key that leads directly to social media sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter as well as the inclusion of Dolby Mobile technology, something which is claimed to deliver “audio quality that rivals MP3 players.” Of course with only 1GB of internal memory and no microSD card in the box users will be forced to drop some extra cash if they wish to listen to more than 250 songs, but at $79.99 on contract after a $50 rebate, what do you expect? More →

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Verizon’s Push to Talk CDM8975 to be available March 9th for $99.99

By on February 23, 2009 at 2:25 PM.

Verizon’s Push to Talk CDM8975 to be available March 9th for $99.99

Last week we scooped it like gelato and this week Verizon has gone and made it official; the CDM8975 will be up for grabs come March 9th. Going for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, the CDM8975 isn’t all that bad of a phone for those whose jobs require that they have a Push to Talk-enabled handset. And while it may not be the most rugged handset in its class, the 8975 does have a 1.3 megapixel camera, V CAST Music/Video, stereo Bluetooth, microSD slot, EVDO Rev. A connectivity and a glorious internal antenna packed into its matte black clam shell body. Ordinarily we wouldn’t think too many people would be interested in this phone enough to give it a second mention, but with the recently passed stimulus relying upon workers to revamp America’s crumbling infrastructure who knows — the demand for such a phone might just be there.

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