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FiOS TV subscribers can now preview premium channels for free anytime they want

FiOS TV Free Premium Channel Preview

Every pay TV provider offers free previews of premium channels from time to time. After all, they're a great way to give subscribers a taste of the channel bundles they're missing if they don't already subscribe to packages like HBO, Showtime and Cinemax. But it seems like the free preview periods are almost always over by the time you realize they're available. Great, so now you've seen three episodes in the middle of the last season of Game of Thrones... now what?

It turns out there's a better way to preview premium channel bundles and Verizon just made it available to its FiOS TV subscribers.

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Zach Epstein

February 3rd

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Verizon says it will be the first U.S. carrier to deliver 5G speeds

Verizon 5G

If you thought the leap from 3G to 4G LTE was a nice bump, just wait until 5G rolls out in just a few years. When that happens, imagine a mobile world where you can download data at a blistering 20 gigabits per second, fast enough to download HD movies in a span of seconds.

With 5G networks not slated to roll out until 2020, we still have a ways to go before we can enjoy futuristic transfer speeds on our mobile devices. Nonetheless, Verizon is already trying to stake its claim as the 5G mobile king, recently proclaiming that they're going to be the first U.S.-based carrier to support the standard.

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Yoni Heisler

January 23rd

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Verizon, one of net neutrality’s biggest foes, says it’s ready to test sponsored data

Verizon Net Neutrality

Big companies can now pay for a huge advantage over smaller rivals


Of all the companies that have opposed net neutrality over the years, Verizon is likely the most outspoken and shameless among them. As consumers fought to support guidelines that would ensure a level playing field on the web, Verizon spent big money lobbying against net neutrality for fear that it might eat into the company's bottom line. Then, in an ironic twist, the Federal Communications Commission ended up green-lighting net neutrality rules that were even more consumer friendly than the ones Verizon spent the most time and energy lobbying against.

We all knew that the new rules wouldn't stop Verizon from finding and taking advantage of loopholes in the new net neutrality laws though, and now the company has confirmed that it's ready to give net neutrality a nice big slap in the face.

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Zach Epstein

January 19th

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Sprint continues the trend, will stop offering two-year contracts for smartphones

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The trend of carriers ending contract pricing continues today. According to an internal leaked document obtained by Android Central, Sprint smartphone subsidy options are now limited to customers who wish to add a line to an existing account or upgrade their existing phone. This move follows AT&T’s announcement that it will stop offering two-year contracts this week, as well as Verizon, who simplified its offerings last August.

Sprint’s move to end 2-year pricing follows a general trend in the industry of carriers switching focus towards monthly installment plans and device leases. T-Mobile was the first carrier to do this with the announcement of its UnCarrier offerings in 2013.

Instead of two-year plans, Sprint will pitch buyers on their Easy Pay and Leasing plans, which they claim offer the best value and most flexibility when compared to two-year contracts. Two-year agreements will, however, continue to be available for the purchase of tablets.

The shift in focus from two-year contracts has caused Apple to essentially stop marketing its iPhones with the $199/$299/$399 pricing scheme that it originally used. Instead, it has launched its own iPhone Upgrade Program which offers users an annual upgrade with a monthly device leasing fee.

Whether or not device installment plans save customers any money varies. Some users are better off with the installment plans, while some users have grandfathered deals that make the two-year agreements more plausible. The good thing is, Sprint is allowing existing customers to continuing purchasing phones on a two-year plan.


Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: AT&T, carriers, Sprint, T-Mobile, two-year contract, Verizon

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Chance Miller

January 8th

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Sprint continues the trend, will stop offering two-year contracts for smartphones

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The trend of carriers ending contract pricing continues today. According to an internal leaked document obtained by Android Central, Sprint smartphone subsidy options are now limited to customers who wish to add a line to an existing account or upgrade their existing phone. This move follows AT&T’s announcement that it will stop offering two-year contracts this week, as well as Verizon, who simplified its offerings last August.

Sprint’s move to end 2-year pricing follows a general trend in the industry of carriers switching focus towards monthly installment plans and device leases. T-Mobile was the first carrier to do this with the announcement of its UnCarrier offerings in 2013.

Instead of two-year plans, Sprint will pitch buyers on their Easy Pay and Leasing plans, which they claim offer the best value and most flexibility when compared to two-year contracts. Two-year agreements will, however, continue to be available for the purchase of tablets.

The shift in focus from two-year contracts has caused Apple to essentially stop marketing its iPhones with the $199/$299/$399 pricing scheme that it originally used. Instead, it has launched its own iPhone Upgrade Program which offers users an annual upgrade with a monthly device leasing fee.

Whether or not device installment plans save customers any money varies. Some users are better off with the installment plans, while some users have grandfathered deals that make the two-year agreements more plausible. The good thing is, Sprint is allowing existing customers to continuing purchasing phones on a two-year plan.


Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: AT&T, carriers, Sprint, T-Mobile, two-year contract, Verizon

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Chance Miller

January 8th

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You only have one week left to claim ‘cramming’ refunds from Verizon and Sprint

Verizon Sprint Cramming Charges Refund Deadline

Did you get overcharged by Sprint or Verizon for subscription services that you never signed up for and never used? If so then you should know that you have only a week left to reclaim the money that's rightfully yours. If you've been hit with "cramming" fees by Verizon and Sprint, the deadline to get your money back is coming up on December 31st. After that, you'll lose the opportunity to make a claim for refunds.

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Brad Reed

December 24th

Mobile

You only have one week left to claim ‘cramming’ refunds from Verizon and Sprint

Verizon Sprint Cramming Charges Refund Deadline

Did you get overcharged by Sprint or Verizon for subscription services that you never signed up for and never used? If so then you should know that you have only a week left to reclaim the money that's rightfully yours. If you've been hit with "cramming" fees by Verizon and Sprint, the deadline to get your money back is coming up on December 31st. After that, you'll lose the opportunity to make a claim for refunds.

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Brad Reed

December 24th

Mobile

Apple facing second (unrelated) lawsuit over excess data usage, this one for iPhone 5/5s

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Apple is already facing one class action lawsuit alleging that customers were unknowingly using up substantial amounts of mobile data, and it now faces a second.

The issue at stake in this new suit is that the iPhone 5/5s could silently switch from WiFi to LTE under some circumstances, resulting in mobile data usage even when the phone was on WiFi. This was fixed for Verizon users back in September 2012, but law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP claims that Apple didn’t fix it for AT&T users until more than two years later.

According to the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, Apple knew about the defect “almost immediately,” yet failed to fix it for AT&T wireless subscribers for years, and did not even disclose the defect. The defect affected all versions of iOS 6 and 7 and was only resolved with the release of iOS 8.1 in October 2014.

The firm said that the problem occurred when streaming video, when the phone was working so intensively it shut down other functions to cope, causing it to switch off WiFi. (Swift here refers to the name of the CPU on the A6/A7 chip rather than the programming language.)

In the iPhone 5 and 5S, when a consumer streamed high volumes of data for a period even as short as a couple of minutes, the graphics processing unit (GPU) would take over all video decompression, decoding and presentation to the display. Because the Swift central processing unit (CPU) no longer played a role in the video decompression, decoding and presentation process, the Swift CPU would go to sleep to conserve battery life. Once the Swift CPU was asleep, the iPhone 5 and 5S would automatically switch from streaming data via a Wi-Fi signal to streaming data via a cellular signal.

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP said that because Apple was allegedly aware of the defect but failed to either fix it or warn customers, the company violated California consumer laws, “including the Unfair Competition Law, the Consumers Legal Remedies Act and the False Advertising Law.”

Anyone wanting to join the class action suit can do so via the firm’s website.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple Inc, AT&T, class action lawsuit, iPhone, Lawsuit, LTE, mobile data, mobile data lawsuit, Verizon, Wi-Fi

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Ben Lovejoy

December 18th

Apple

Mac

Best Buy offering iPhone 6s for $1 on contract w/ Sprint & Verizon starting tomorrow

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We’ve received word that starting tomorrow Best Buy is going be offering the 16GB iPhone 6s, normally $199 on-contract (and often on sale for $99), for just $1. Head below for details… 

The deal is good for the device on the usual two year agreement through either Sprint and Verizon. And to sweeten the deal for upgraders, Best Buy will throw in a gift card up to $200 if you trade in your iPhone 5 when making the purchase.

Best Buy currently has the iPhone 6s in all color options— Silver, Gold, Space Gray, and Rose Gold— for both Sprint and Verizon online. It’s on sale for $99 for Verizon and available for the regular price of $199 for Sprint right now, but the price drop to $1 will kick in officially sometime tomorrow.

Bookmark Best Buy’s iPhone 6s page or check in-store tomorrow for the deal.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 1, 16GB, Best Buy, code, deal, discount, iPhone 6s, on contract, promo, Sprint, Verizon

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Jordan Kahn

December 17th

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Verizon is about to ruin the Internet

Verizon Sponsored Data Plans Net Neutrality

One thing that's traditionally been great about the Internet is the way anyone with a great idea and good business sense can launch an app or a service that can disrupt incumbent businesses practically overnight. This model has served us well over the years but Verizon doesn't think it's good enough anymore since it's not making Verizon enough money. As Re/code reports, Verizon is going to start rolling out its own "sponsored data" program next year in which companies can pay money to have their data not count against customers' monthly data limits.

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Brad Reed

December 9th

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