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Sprint will apologize to AT&T and Verizon during the Super Bowl

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


A couple of months ago, Sprint released a commercial about their family plan and kind of referred to AT&T and Verizon as sheep. Well apparently they have decided to issue an apology during the third quarter of some sort of big football game this weekend. Yup, it will be in the form of a commercial. Something tells me they really won’t be all that apologetic. And is AT&T and Verizon really wait for an apology?

Hit the break for the teaser they released earlier today along with the commercial from November that started it all.

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Verizon increasing upgrade and activation fees to $40 in February

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

2000px-Verizon_logoBad news, Verizon folks. The carrier is upping their activation and upgrade fees to $40 starting February 5th. The current activation fee is $35, while the upgrade fee is $30. If you’ve been considering upgrading your device and want to save a few bucks, you may want to go ahead and knock that out in the next week.

Verizon isn’t the only carrier that charges upgrade fees, and AT&T’s have been sitting at $40 for a few months. You can avoid these activation fees if you go onto an installment plan like Verizon Edge or AT&T Next, anyway, so if you’re on one of those programs, this news may not affect you at all.

source: Phone Scoop

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FYI: Verizon Open Enrollment is Live, Your 2nd Chance for Protection

Posted by Kellex January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

When you buy a new phone from Verizon and activate it, you have up to 30 days to decide if you want additional coverage for it outside of the phone’s manufacturer warranty. If you do not add on the extra protection within those first 30 days, but decide later on that you want the coverage, you are out of luck until this time each year, when Verizon kicks off open enrollment for protection plans. Think of it like a 2nd chance to cover your phone for accidental damage, loss, or theft. 

Verizon currently has three programs that you can enroll in:  Extended Warranty, Asurion’s Phone Protection, or Total Equipment Coverage (TEC).

An Extended Warranty runs $3.00 per month and is good for a free replacement for “mechanical or electrical defects” after your manufacturer warranty expires. Asurion’s Phone Protection plan runs $7.15 per month ($5.00 for tablets) and covers your device against loss, theft, or accidental damage, “including water damage.” Total Equipment Coverage (TEC) runs $9.00 per month and combines the Extended Warranty and Asurion’s Phone Protection Plan.

If you decide that you would like to enroll, you can do so between today and March 13.

For more information on each plan and to enroll, hit up the link below.

Verizon Link

verizon protection plans

Cheers Julian!

FYI: Verizon Open Enrollment is Live, Your 2nd Chance for Protection is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon’s Q4 2014 Numbers Show They Don’t Need to Cave in to the Uncarrier

Posted by Kellex January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Verizon dropped its Q4 2014 numbers this morning, numbers that show the company is still doing very well even without reacting to every single move that T-Mobile makes through its “Uncarrier” movement. While Big Red’s competitors are buying out contracts or slashing bills in half to try and convince customers to make switches, Verizon has maintained that it will adjust as needed, but doesn’t need to make drastic reactionary changes or follow in anyone’s footsteps

Verizon still brought in 2 million retail postpaid connections (including 672,000 that were phones) in the quarter, added all sorts of connected devices on current accounts (tablets mostly, 2.87 connections per account) which increased revenue per account, and finished the year with 102.1 million total retail postpaid connections. They also added 24.7 million 4G LTE devices in 2014, more than 80% of which were smartphones. About 84% of the total data traffic on their networks is 4G LTE and 25% of phone activations came through their EDGE monthly payment plan,

If you want to find a negative, it’s that their churn rose to 1.14%, which is a rate at which customers defect to other carriers. The rise, which Verizon expected, is due to the crazy promotions and other offers that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are tossing about.

So yeah, Verizon is doing just fine without caving in to the Uncarrier way. While that may make people unhappy, it’s clear that enough are satisfied with not only Verizon’s network quality, but also its pricing, or that churn would be up even higher and their year-end numbers wouldn’t look this good.

If you want to listen to Verizon’s CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo talk about their final quarter of the year, do so through the Soundcloud embed below. To see all of their detail financial numbers, hit up the source link.

Via:  Verizon

Verizon’s Q4 2014 Numbers Show They Don’t Need to Cave in to the Uncarrier is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon is a “Leader,” Won’t Follow T-Mobile and AT&T With Rollover Data

Posted by Kellex January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Don’t act like you are surprised, but no, Verizon isn’t going to follow in the footsteps of AT&T and T-Mobile with a rollover data plan. According to Fran “ShamWow” Shammo, Verizon’s CFO, his company is “a leader, not a follower” and will instead stick to their current, traditional data plans that gobble up your data if you don’t use it by the end of your billing cycle. Shammo made these comments in an interview with CNET following the carrier’s Q4 earnings release, even noting that back in 2007, when AT&T first introduced rollover for voice minutes, they didn’t follow then either. 

He didn’t stop there. Shammo weighed in on a variety of current wireless trends, like how his competitors are starting to battle over discounts and promotional programs, another area they won’t necessarily dive headfirst into. In fact, Shammo knows that certain customers are going to leave them because of price, but they are “just not going to compete with that because it doesn’t make financial sense,” he noted.

For now, Verizon is still bringing in new customers and meeting Wall Street expectations for the most part, so you can’t exactly fault them for not caving into the “UnCarrier” movement.

Again, you aren’t surprised, are you?

Via:  CNET

Verizon is a “Leader,” Won’t Follow T-Mobile and AT&T With Rollover Data is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon offers more data plan options for prepaid subscribers

Posted by wicked January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

For those mobile users who don’t want to be locked to one carrier for the usual two-year period, a prepaid subscription is a must have as it allows you to be more flexible and customizable. If you’re still looking as to which carrier you should choose, Verizon Wireless is offering new and more options for its prepaid subscribers, particularly when it comes to its data plans, which, let’s admit it, is practically what most people care about now.

If you already have their $45 prepaid monthly smartphone plan, you will now get not just 500MB of data, but they have doubled it to 1GB already, as the previous one is really too low, considering how people use their devices nowadays. If you want to get 500MB more without paying any extra, you can enroll your account in the Auto Pay system and you’ll receive the additional data for free. The $45 plan also includes Unlimited Talk and Text, plus if you have family or friends in Mexico and Canada, you also get unlimited text but an additional $10 to the plan for International Long Distance capabilities.

Another new offer from Verizon is that you’ll be able to carry over the data that you haven’t consumed onto the next month. But you would need to actually use it before the 90 day expiration is up, for the $10 and $20 data plan while you just have 60 days for the $5 data plan. The $5 plan gives you 500MB, the $10 has 1GB, and the $20 has 3GB of data.

They also have new smartphones you can choose from for the prepaid data plans, including the HTC Desire 612 or the LG Transpyre. But if you’re already happy with your current smartphone, you can just use it. If you have a 4G LTE smartphone or it is XLTE ready, they claim that you’ll be able to get “faster peak speeds and greater network capacity.”

SOURCE: Verizon

Verizon Confirms ALLSET Prepaid Bump to 1GB at $45

Posted by Kellex January - 20 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Update:  Verizon confirmed today that their ALLSET prepaid plan now includes 1GB of data, up from 500MB. The 1GB comes as a part of the $45 base plan, which includes full 4G LTE and XLTE speeds – there isn’t a speed difference, even though this is prepaid.

Back in July, Verizon added 4G LTE connectivity to its newish ALLSET prepaid plan. The much-anticipated move gave customers access to Big Red’s high-speed 4G LTE network for as little as $45 per month without a contract. At $45, customers were given a base data package of 500MB along with unlimited talk and text. At some point within the last week the deal got sweeter, with Verizon quietly bumping that base data package up to a full 1GB. 

In even better news, Verizon is still willing to give you a free 500MB per month if you sign-up for auto pay with your ALLSET plan, so you can really get 1.5GB now for $45 per month. That’s not a bad deal for access to one of the biggest and most stable networks in the US.

If you compare that to T-Mobile’s new Simply Prepaid plans, you have to give the edge to Verizon. T-Mobile’s base plan only costs $40, but that only gives you access to 1GB of data at throttled speeds that max out at 8Mbps. Verizon, at least according to their FAQ and ALLSET pages, do not mention that this plan is slower than their regular postpaid plans.

Should you tack on another 3GB of their “Bridge Data” for $20 per month, you are now at $65 for 4.5GB of data. Seriously, that’s not a terrible deal.

verizon allset prepaid

Via:  Verizon
Cheers Jim!

Verizon Confirms ALLSET Prepaid Bump to 1GB at $45 is a post from: Droid Life

Deal: Refurbished Verizon Galaxy Note 3 for Just $289

Posted by Kellex January - 20 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Verizon heads, the Galaxy Note 3 (in “manufacturer refurbished” condition) can be had through eBay today for $289.99 without a contract. For a phone that originally retailed for $699 off-contract and $299 on-contract, that’s a heck of a deal. Sure, it’s not brand new and the device is over a year old, but a sub-$300 price on a phone this good is always worth a look.

Like the One (M7) deal earlier through Best Buy, this is a great option for someone in search of their first smartphone or as a temporary replacement while you wait for something that really grabs your attention.

The deal includes free shipping.

eBay Link

Deal: Refurbished Verizon Galaxy Note 3 for Just $289 is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon Brings XLTE to BART Riders in SF Bay Area

Posted by Tim-o-tato January - 20 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

This morning, Verizon announced that BART riders in the SF Bay Area will see enhanced network capabilities while riding the train. Thanks to its deployment of XLTE, which boosts bandwidth, riders should see added speeds and better connectivity while going underground into stations and riding through the Transbay Tube. 

Verizon states that XLTE is available to riders throughout the East Bay and San Francisco metro area, with the Colma to Millbrae section set for completion by mid-2015. In addition, with XLTE, all users are able to take advantage of Advanced Calling 1.0 (VoLTE) throughout the BART system.

With more than 400,000 daily BART riders, we want to ensure they stay connected and productive,” said Phillip French, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless. “Bay Area commuters expect a strong and reliable connection, so we continue to invest in the network to deliver a superior experience for our customers.”

Moving from SF up to Portland, BART is something I actually miss from back home. It’s the ultimate people watching mode of transportation.

Verizon users located in the Bay Area, are you looking forward to enhanced connectivity?

Via: Verizon

Verizon Brings XLTE to BART Riders in SF Bay Area is a post from: Droid Life

Motorola releases app for managing voice mails

Posted by wicked January - 20 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

When you think of voice mail, it’s not something that would excite you or would make you think of high-tech visual apps. All you would want is something that is practical and something that works. That is probably what Motorola was thinking when they created the Visual Voice Mail, which is not the most exciting app around, but gets (or should) the job done.

The Visual Voice Mail just has one function, and that is to make it easier for you to access your voice mail without having to dial through your phone. You will be able to access them through the app directly, which will be included in your carrier plan. It will show you a list of voice mail messages (both read and unread). You can delete those that are useless already and manage them directly on the app without having to go through the usual voice instructions on your phone.

The app is truly basic and does not have any kind of design or feature that should enhance the experience of using and managing your voice mails. And it also does not work with all of the Motorola X devices (particularly the 2013 and 2014). But this may probably be due to the fact that this might be a Verizon-only app as seen on one of the screen shots on the app page.

So if you’re on Verizon, you can download the Visual Voice Mail app for free from the Google Play Store. No in-app purchases necessary, although of course, you need to be under a carrier plan to be able to use and access your voice mail.

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