Verizon Technician

Verizon tech found guilty of tracking customers’ locations for money

September 29th at 5:30 PM

Verizon tech found guilty of tracking customers’ locations for money

A Verizon Wireless technician has plead guilty to a federal hacking charge related to selling customer data over a number of years. As Ars Technica discovered, the technician, Daniel Eugene Traeger, was selling customer location and calling data to a private investigator between 2009 and 2014.

He now faces a prison sentence of up to five years.

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Verizon Data Overage

Imagine receiving this $9,000 Verizon bill

September 14th at 5:30 PM

Imagine receiving this $9,000 Verizon bill

Shock cellphone bills are mostly a cliche by this point, but racking up a $9,000 bill without ever leaving the country is just plain impressive. That’s why this Florida woman doesn’t think Verizon is counting right, and listening to her side of the story, you have to agree.

Cleveland.com spoke to Valarie Gerbus of Tampa, Florida, about her recent Verizon shock. She received a bill totalling $9,153 from 569 gigabytes of data overage, on one line with a regular 4GB of data usage. Um, how?

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iPhone 7 Preorder Verizon

Verizon is offering a free* iPhone 7 deal, too

September 9th at 8:51 AM

Verizon is offering a free* iPhone 7 deal, too

Why pay for your brand new iPhone 7 when you can get one for free*? T-Mobile and Sprint slapped together a couple of somewhat convoluted promotions in an effort to woo iPhone upgraders, and now Verizon has followed suit. In a nutshell, these deals allow you to trade in an old iPhone and get a credit toward your new iPhone 7. Then, you have to pay the balance in full for that iPhone 7, but the amount they pay is credited back to you in the form of wireless bill credits over the course of 24 months.

Is it really a good deal? Yes and no. More →

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Verizon Adds Unlimited Data Plans

Verizon just joined T-Mobile and killed overage fees

September 1st at 5:09 PM

Verizon just joined T-Mobile and killed overage fees

T-Mobile and Sprint have been making a big deal out of their “unlimited” data plans which offer generous data allowances, but throttle you to 2G speeds when you go over. Now even Verizon, famous for having good service that you have to sell both kidneys for, is jumping on board.

Starting September 6th, a new feature called “Safety Mode” will be an option available to every subscriber. When you go over your allowance of 4G data, Verizon will no longer charge overage fees, but instead throttle you to 128Kbps.

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LTE Advanced

What is LTE Advanced, and why should you care that Verizon is rolling it out?

August 29th at 7:30 PM

What is LTE Advanced, and why should you care that Verizon is rolling it out?

Earlier today, Verizon announced that it’s rolling out LTE Advanced to customers from coast to coast, at no additional cost to Verizon’s traditional arm and leg. But in case you’re tired of the carrier/uncarrier announcements about the Fastest Internet Evarr, here’s what it all really means.

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iPhone 6 Plus Deal Verizon

Verizon thinks now is a good time to buy an iPhone 6 Plus

August 19th at 9:22 AM

Verizon thinks now is a good time to buy an iPhone 6 Plus

It’s almost September 2016, which means new iPhones are about to be unleashed on the world. It also means the iPhone 6 Plus is two years old, and probably preparing for retirement. But even so, Verizon thinks now’s the time to buy the first Apple phablet, and it’s throwing massive discounts at shoppers in an effort to clear store shelves.

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Verizon Bloatware List

Verizon wants to dump even more bloatware onto your smartphone

August 17th at 2:54 PM

Verizon wants to dump even more bloatware onto your smartphone

Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system for several reasons. It’s open source, free for smartphone and tablet makers to use, it’s packed full of great features, and so on. But all that freedom comes at a cost for end users. For example, they have to wait months or even years for Android updates that include new features and crucial security fixes. Beyond that, unless they buy unlocked smartphone models directly from the vendor, they also have to deal with all kinds of bloatware that can often cause the user experience to suffer.

Speaking of bloatware, Verizon is one of the worst offenders and now it looks like the company wants to pack even more bloatware onto your next smartphone. More →

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Sprint Vs Verizon

The only bad cell company is Sprint

August 4th at 2:15 PM

The only bad cell company is Sprint

For the longest time, there was a Big Two of mobile networks. AT&T and Verizon were the only players with good coverage, and T-Mobile/Sprint/US Cellular were for the poor people.

Well, times they are a-changing. The latest comprehensive report actually has T-Mobile as the overall winner, with Verizon and AT&T within licking distance as second and third. Sprint, meanwhile, is really just trying to remind everyone it exists.

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Verizon Yahoo Purchase $5 Billion

After acquiring AOL last year, Verizon will buy Yahoo for nearly $5 billion

July 25th at 8:25 AM

After acquiring AOL last year, Verizon will buy Yahoo for nearly $5 billion

If you thought things weren’t going that great for Yahoo, well, you were right. Rumors last week said that the huge internet company was in negotiations with Verizon, which was interested in purchasing Yahoo for nearly $5 billion. Both companies confirmed the deal on Monday, with Verizon paying $4.83 billion for Yahoo’s core business and some real estate, which is almost $500 million more than it paid for AOL last year.

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Verizon 5G: Specifications

Verizon’s 5G wireless will be Google Fiber in your pocket

July 11th at 11:00 PM

Verizon’s 5G wireless will be Google Fiber in your pocket

Large parts of this country are still languishing with cable internet speeds that give them 10 megabits down. So it’s equal parts absurd and awesome that Verizon is actively making plans to bring gigabit speeds — 100 times faster than cheap cable internet — to cellphones nationwide.

The announcement of gigabit speeds came as part of a wider Verizon announcement of its plans for 5G. The next gen of wireless technology is still some way off — the FCC only recently outlined the regulatory framework — but mobile carriers are already rushing to be the first players in the next big thing.

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Verizon Raises Prices Plans

Verizon confirms plans to raise prices by up to $10 per month

July 6th at 1:34 PM

Verizon confirms plans to raise prices by up to $10 per month

As reported earlier this week, Verizon has confirmed that it will be raising prices for its wireless customers by $5 to $10 per month, depending on the size of the plan.

It’s not all bad news though, as the carrier has also announced that customers will be able to carry unused data over to the following month and will have to option to pay $5 for a Safety Mode feature which will slow data speeds in order to help customers stay under their monthly limits.

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Verizon Data Plans

Verizon, America’s most expensive carrier, is about to get even more expensive

July 5th at 8:42 AM

Verizon, America’s most expensive carrier, is about to get even more expensive

Verizon has long been the nation’s most expensive wireless carrier. Why is Verizon so expensive? Because people are willing to pay. The networking giant pulled in $7.9 billion in operating income during the first quarter this year, and it did so on revenue that totaled $32.2 billion. But even as ridiculous as those numbers are, it’s apparently not enough. It’s never enough, is it?

According to a new report, Verizon is getting ready to increase the cost of its wireless plans across the board. More →

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