Qualcomm is introducing a new chip that will improve 4G LTE wireless data service inside and outside of a house. Qualcomm will offer a low-cost chip, FSM90xx SoC, that should be inexpensive enough to include in Wi-Fi routers by device makers. This would create mini 4G LTE cells in a person’s home. According to Qualcomm, the 4G LTE small cell technology can be put into products that are also offering Wi-Fi access.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 users were starting to lose hope by this point, but Verizon has finally come around and given their phablet users a good taste of KitKat.
If a newly leaked Verizon memo proves accurate, Big Red will begin taking LG G3 pre-orders on July 10th, and will ship the handset 7 days later.
Last year, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell announced that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile had struck an agreement with forty-five states to stop billing for these very same Premium SMS services (or as he put it “scam artists”). Premium SMS services have been around for years and have almost always been a source of fraud. Carriers did not do anything about the fraud for years because they received a cut of the profit, often as high as 40%.
Growadesign Recently, Motherboard wrote a fantastic piece on Internet Service Providers fighting back against cities who want to wire themselves due to a lack of satisfaction with current broadband speeds. Included in the piece are stories about Comcast agreeing to wire the Washington DC government in exchange for a monopoly on the DC area (including residential areas that Comcast wouldn’t wire) and San Francisco wiring the city schools, police and government buildings yet are not ranked in the top 100 for municipalities in the country due to other parts of the city lack substantive broadband speeds. Thankfully, Google Fiber has brought attention…
Last week, Verizon got angry at Netflix blaming them for poor video streaming. Now, Netflix is responding to Verizon by telling them that they will not stop telling customers that their specific Internet service provider is to blame for any poor streaming.
A report issued by Openwave Mobility found that 1 in 3 British consumers who want to watch the upcoming World Cup on a mobile device will not do so due to poor mobile video quality and fears of ‘bill shock’ from their wireless providers. The results of another report issued in May by Censuswide had similar findings with mobile users across England, Spain and Germany.
Several months ago, Verizon Wireless went nationwide with their rewards program which allows customers to accumulate points and then use those points toward discounts on the purchase of various goods and services. It sounds great until you realize that Verizon Wireless is simply trying to find a new way to sell a substantial amount of personal information about their customers.
Some users demand more from their devices, not just specs and quality. Those looking for a fashion statements can now have the HTC One M8 in new colors.
Beginning June 1, Verizon is changing their upgrade program, Edge, so that the number of monthly payments for a device changes from 24 months to 20 months. Verizon is also changing the percentage of a device’s costs that a customer will need to pay off before they can upgrade from 50% to 60%.