The Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules ensure that Verizon won’t be able to intentionally slow down competitors’ video streaming services in the name of speeding up its own offerings. However, Verizon has shown itself to be nothing if not creative over the years and a new report from Investor’s Business Daily claims that the carrier is working on a sneaky plan to undermine net neutrality that may not even run afoul of the FCC’s regulations. More →
Starting tomorrow, nearly everyone will be able to preorder the highly anticipated Galaxy S6. I say “nearly everyone” because Verizon has revealed that it will not begin offering preorders to its customers until April 1st, 5 days after preorders begin at most of the other major service providers in the United States. More →
HTC’s new One M9 and Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones all seem fantastic, and we were thoroughly impressed by each and every one when we previewed them at Mobile World Congress. But if you need a new smartphone right now, unfortunately none of these new phones are available for sale yet.
If you’re a smartphone shopper with an urgent need to upgrade, however, don’t despair — my favorite Android phone on the planet just had its price slashed by 25%. More →
Awesome news, Android fans: You’ll be able to preorder Samsung’s red-hot new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones from Verizon starting on April 1st. Verizon announced the official preorder dates on its Twitter feed, although it sadly hasn’t yet given out pricing information on what the devices will cost with or without a contract. More →
Many reports have claimed that Verizon is preparing to launch the Nexus 6, and the carrier has all but confirmed that plans are in motion by releasing late on Thursday a promo video on YouTube called “Nexus 6 | Demo | Verizon Wireless.” That video is now private, but the cat is out of the bag, and an announcement is probably pending — Phandroid has learned even more details about the phablet’s launch. More →
Verizon predictably lashed out against the FCC’s big net neutrality vote on Thursday, which isn’t too surprising since a lot of telecom and cable companies were unhappy with the result. However, Verizon more than any other company should take a good long look in the mirror if it wants to find someone to blame for the FCC’s decision to reclassify ISPs under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. After all, it was Verizon’s decision to sue the FCC over its previous regulations that made this possible in the first place. More →
Your wireless carrier will probably tempt you with the offer of a cheap smartphone the next time your wireless contract expires. As The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern explains, however, you shouldn’t even think about taking them up on it. More →
Last week, legislation from the U.S. government requiring carriers to unlock their customers’ phones went into effect. There are still some restrictions, but unlocking your phone should be easier than ever before. Unfortunately, only one of the four major carriers is actually abiding by all of the requirements a week after the new rules were set in place. More →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →