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May 12, 2015

Verizon Buying AOL for $4.4 Billion

It’s the way of all things: AOL, which owns several web-based media outlets including TechCrunch, Engadget, and Huffington Post, among others, is being acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion in cash. The upshot here is that AOL will live on as a Verizon subsidiary, and it gives Verizon a new avenue to provide video content to its customers.

“Verizon’s acquisition further drives its LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy,” the company explained in its statement Tuesday. It continued:

“AOL’s key assets [...]

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April 27, 2015

Verizon to Sell LG Watch Urbane for $349

It’s official: LG is gunning right for the Apple Watch. Based on facts gleaned from a newly leaked promotional material from Verizon, posted on AndroidSpin on Friday, the LG Watch Urbane—the newest addition to Google’s Android Wear lineup—will cost about as much as an Apple Watch when it goes on sale at the end of the month.

Take a look at the fact sheet for the full scoop:

According to the post, Verizon will begin selling the device starting on April 28. We also heard previously that it’ll show up on the Google [...]

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April 6, 2015

Google Wireless May Offer Free International Roaming

While details about the plan are still relatively sparse, it seems as though Google’s plans for providing a new MVNO wireless service could include killing international roaming fees. The news comes by way of an article in the Telegraph published this past weekend.

According to the report, Google is working out a deal with a company called Hutchison Whampoa, which owns the wireless provider Three. Hutchison Whampoa, which operates wireless networks throughout the Ireland, Europe, and Asia, already allows its customers to travel [...]

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March 28, 2015

The Phone Insurance Claim System for Major Wireless Carriers is Laughably Easy to Defraud

We have all been there, you are buying a new smartphone and the sales associate asks if you would like to purchase phone insurance — you know, in case of an accident. You weigh the pricing options for a moment and think about your general clumsiness and decide to get the insurance. If you use one of the major carriers in the U.S. such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and/or Sprint the insurance you buy comes from a company called Asurion Insurance Services, Inc.

So what if they all use the same [...]

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September 11, 2014

Wireless Carriers Are Offering Awesome iPhone 6 Trade-In Programs

If you were blown away by Tuesday’s iPhone 6 announcement and are anxious to place your pre-order, then I have even more exciting news for you: new iPhone 6 trade-in programs from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile may give you enough money to pay for your new iPhone and also pad your wallet a little bit.

If you are a Verizon customer, the company is offering a $200 gift card in exchange for working iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, and 5C models. AT&T hasn’t announced the details of its buyback program yet, however, the company said [...]

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August 26, 2014

HTC One M8 for Windows Coming to Sprint & T-Mobile

Last week, we got the first official look at the HTC One M8 for Windows, the latest Windows Phone handset to come from the OEM, and a phone that many believe to represent a turning point for the third-place mobile platform. Currently, the smartphone is exclusive to Verizon, and AT&T has announced that it too will soon offer the device. But a new report claims that it’ll hit even more carriers before too long.

According to a post on PhoneArena, both T-Mobile and Sprint may soon begin to offer the phone, News regarding the [...]

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August 19, 2014

HTC Unveils One M8 for Windows, $99 on Verizon

After weeks of rumors, HTC has officially announced its newest smartphone: the HTC One M8 for Windows. Want to get one? Then you’d better be ready to buy a new two-year contract with Verizon.

Starting at noon eastern today, Verizon Wireless is offering the M8 for Windows for $99 with the start of a new two year contract. The announcement also says that the contract will provide a limited monthly price of $29.99 per month with Verizon Edge, a program at the carrier that allows customers to upgrade to new devices without paying [...]

 
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August 7, 2014

How the Xbox One Can Lower Your Cable Costs (if You’re a FiOS Customer)

As you may know, I’ve been on the hunt for a way to get the most television at the lowest possible price. Out of disgust with the size of my bill, I cut cable out of my Verizon FiOS plan entirely, and have looked to supplement streaming services with over-the-air broadcasts. But it hit me while playing with my Xbox One last night that there may be a way for me to get TV without all the additional costs.

After speaking with a Verizon FiOS customer service representative, I found that I was on to something.

If you’re an Xbox [...]

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July 29, 2014

A Year Without Cable, Week 14: The Sorry Attempt

If you’ve ever quit a pricey subscription service before, you’ve likely had that service put on the full court press in order to regain possession of those lost dollars. You might get offers via email or telephone, for instance. You might even have someone come to your door looking to sell you service, as I did with a Comcast contractor last year.

I’ve actually been lucky with Verizion FiOS these past few months; I haven’t really been bothered, as the company is still pulling in around $80 a month for my Internet service. Perhaps [...]

 
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June 5, 2014

Netflix Message Blames Verizon for Poor Streaming Quality; Verizon Legal Team Strikes Back

Shaming Internet service providers is nothing new to Netflix; the company has been publishing provider connection speeds on its ISP Speed Index for years. But the company’s latest move singled one ISP out in particular, and that provider isn’t too happy about it.

According to TechCrunch, reports surfaced yesterday that Netflix was showing a custom message to certain Verizon users who tried to stream movies. These users were delivered lower quality streams due to connection issues, and Netflix reportedly displayed a [...]

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