iPhone 6 SIM Unlocking

You can unlock your iPhone 6 for free on any carrier starting this week – here’s how

By on February 9, 2015 at 1:10 PM.

You can unlock your iPhone 6 for free on any carrier starting this week – here’s how

Last summer, President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law. This made it legal for consumers to unlock their cell phones, but until now, carriers haven’t been required to sell unlocked phones or honor unlock requests (although most did anyway).

That’s going to change on February 11th. More →

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AT&T Verizon Vs. Net Neutrality

If AT&T hates the FCC’s net neutrality plan, it has only Verizon to blame

By on February 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

If AT&T hates the FCC’s net neutrality plan, it has only Verizon to blame

As expected, both AT&T and Verizon are very unhappy with the Federal Communications Commission after chairman Tom Wheeler unveiled a proposal to reclassify ISPs under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. AT&T in particular pined for the days when the FCC was run by more reasonable people such as Julius Genachowski, whom it praised for crafting a compromise net neutrality plan that all sides could live with. More →

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Verizon More Everything Plan Discount

Wireless price war continues: Verizon data plan price cuts will save you $120

By on February 4, 2015 at 8:35 AM.

Wireless price war continues: Verizon data plan price cuts will save you $120

Verizon Wireless is about to slash the prices of nearly every More Everything plan in its portfolio, and once again you have T-Mobile to thank. The “Uncarrier” shook things up with CEO John Legere’s antics backed up by industry-shifting initiatives, and the shockwaves continue to be felt throughout the wireless industry. T-Mobile is adding new subscribers at a shocking pace, and larger rivals have no choice but to respond.

Now, this latest response will end up saving some Verizon Wireless subscribers a good amount of money. More →

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Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update

Android Lollipop update finally starts hitting the Galaxy S5 in the U.S.

By on February 2, 2015 at 2:55 PM.

Android Lollipop update finally starts hitting the Galaxy S5 in the U.S.

It’s been a long time coming, Android fans, but a big milestone has finally been reached: for the first time, a U.S.-based wireless carrier has released Android 5.0 Lollipop for Samsung’s 2014 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. Yes, we’re now less than a month away from seeing Samsung unveil its 2015 flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone, but tens of millions of people around the world own the Galaxy S5 and they’ve been clamoring for the latest and greatest Android software.

Now, those of you with a Verizon-branded Galaxy S5 can finally install Android Lollipop on your phones. More →

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Verizon Vs. AT&T Vs. T-Mobile Rollover Data

Verizon doesn’t care if you want a rollover data plan

By on January 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

Verizon doesn’t care if you want a rollover data plan

So, you were hoping that Verizon would follow T-Mobile and AT&T by offering a rollover data plan of its own, did you? Well too bad — Verizon isn’t giving you one and if you don’t like it, you can go to another carrier. More →

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Verizon Smartphone Drop Test

A look at how Verizon torture tests its smartphones

By on January 22, 2015 at 3:35 PM.

A look at how Verizon torture tests its smartphones

If you’ve never cracked the screen of your phone before, you probably know someone who has. It’s one of the unfortunate facts of life that we have to put with in the modern world, but just think how much worse it would be if there weren’t people testing our smartphones to make sure they could at least withstand the shortest of drops. More →

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Verizon Tracker Cookies Controversy

Fresh controversy engulfs Verizon’s unkillable stalker cookies

By on January 15, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

Fresh controversy engulfs Verizon’s unkillable stalker cookies

Verizon has been using a kind of tracking cookie on its network that can’t be deleted. The company has insisted that the special cookie is only there for its own use and said that “it is unlikely that sites and ad entities will attempt to build customer profiles” using the cookies. However, a new report from Pro Publica indicates that Verizon’s promise has already come undone. More →

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Verizon Vs. Net Neutrality

Even some Verizon shareholders are sick of its stupid net neutrality strategy

By on January 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Even some Verizon shareholders are sick of its stupid net neutrality strategy

Given how just about any net neutrality proposals have the potential to inhibit Verizon’s bottom line, you’d think that all the company’s shareholders would be 100% behind its efforts to fight them. However, you’d be wrong — Ars Technica reports that the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Trillium Asset Management LLC, both Verizon shareholders, are not pleased with how Verizon has been responding to the net neutrality controversy. More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Verizon

Verizon’s huge victory is about to turn into a humiliating defeat

By on January 8, 2015 at 8:15 AM.

Verizon’s huge victory is about to turn into a humiliating defeat

Verizon was reportedly warned by both Comcast and AT&T not to push the envelope on net neutrality, but the company decided to sue the FCC over its compromise net neutrality rules anyway. It successfully got those rules tossed out nearly one year ago and many people assumed this meant ISPs would be free to charge companies more money to ensure the speedy delivery of their traffic. However, the huge public outrage at the prospect of letting ISPs create Internet “fast lanes” put renewed pressure on the FCC to take a tougher stance on net neutrality, and now it looks like Verizon is about to suffer a humiliating defeat. More →

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Verizon vs. Netflix Interconnection Deals

Verizon says it’ll still charge Netflix interconnection fees no matter what the FCC decides

By on December 19, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

Verizon says it’ll still charge Netflix interconnection fees no matter what the FCC decides

Verizon earlier this week told the FCC in a filing that it’ll still charge Netflix interconnection fees, Ars Technica reports, no matter what the Commission decides in the future when it comes to net neutrality. More →

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AT&T Verizon Tax Breaks

Surprise! AT&T and Verizon pocket huge tax breaks, employ fewer people

By on December 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Surprise! AT&T and Verizon pocket huge tax breaks, employ fewer people

This may shock you, but giving large companies special tax deals doesn’t magically lead to full employment and economic paradise. The Wall Street Journal reports that both AT&T and Verizon started receiving huge tax breaks starting in 2008 as part of a stimulus package and since then have actually reduced their combined employee counts by around 100,000 people. More →

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AT&T Verizon Vs. T-Mobile Sprint

It’s official: AT&T and Verizon are feeling the heat from T-Mobile and Sprint

By on December 9, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

It’s official: AT&T and Verizon are feeling the heat from T-Mobile and Sprint

Competition is a glorious thing for consumers, even though wireless carriers would obviously prefer that you had fewer choices so they wouldn’t have to work so hard to keep your business. Barron’s points out that both AT&T and Verizon have cited increased competition as having an impact on their quarterly churn rates and earnings per share, respectively. More →

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Smartphone Bloatware Verizon T-Mobile

Carriers have a sneaky new way to add more bloatware to your Android phone

By on December 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Carriers have a sneaky new way to add more bloatware to your Android phone

Leave it to wireless carriers to come up with new ways to give you something that you never asked for. Forbes contributor Matt Hickey reports that a company called Digital Turbine has pioneered a new service called Ignite that will let mobile carriers install additional software onto your Android phone “for more advertising revenue” whenever they want and without your permission. This means that in addition to the bloatware you already get from your carrier on your Android phone, you could get even more installed at your carrier’s whims. More →

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