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Verizon Galaxy S5 Receives Update, Fixes VPN Connectivity Issue and Memory Card Error

Posted by Tim-o-tato December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

This afternoon, Verizon started to push an update to Galaxy S5 owners, software version KTU84P. While it does not feature anything too special, such as Lollipop, it does include a few important bug and performance issues, which should allow affected Gs5 owners to sleep better this evening. 

Included in the update is a fix for VPN connectivity, as well as a fix for a bug plaguing memory card users. From Verizon’s support page, it states, “Fixed an issue where some users saw a memory card error ‘Blank SD card or unsupported files’ after the last software update.”

Finally, Isis Mobile Wallet has been replaced by the Softcard mobile payments application.

Galaxy S5 owners on Verizon, be on the lookout.

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Via: Verizon
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Verizon signs patent licensing deal with Google to curb patent trolls

Posted by wicked December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Executive VP of Verizon, Randal Milch has just announced the signing of an agreement with Google to cross license patents between the two companies. This will help both Verizon and Google go further in the innovation trail without being hindered by patent trolls.

Verizon makes it clear that it will look for further opportunities with other manufacturers to strike similar deals, so this is certainly not the last we’re hearing of it. Milch said the following in a brief statement posted on Verizon’s blog – “High-tech products can implicate thousands of patents, and when patent litigation takes years, costs millions of dollars, and comes long after innovators have launched new products, the Johnny-come-lately owner of a single patent can threaten an entire innovative ecosystem.”

He was also mindful that these cross licensing deals will not curb the issue completely and stressed that more needs to be done. In conclusion, he expressed optimism in the American Congress and hoped for better patent litigation reforms next year.

Source: Verizon 

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Verizon Pursues Government Users, Teams with Cellcrypt to Create Voice Cypher

Posted by wicked December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Verizon Wireless hasn’t always been a heavy player when it comes to government clients. Rival AT&T has a longstanding stranglehold on much of Washington, which is aided by its use of GSM technology as opposed to Verizon’s CDMA. But as LTE networks remove some of the historic boundaries between the two radio types, it opens up possibilities for competition.

In a partnership with wireless encryption firm Cellcrypt, Verizon is taking a new service to market called Voice Cypher that will offer enterprise and government users end-to-end encryption of voice calls on Android, iOS, or erstwhile go-to platform for government, Blackberry.

Cellcrypt says that Voice Cypher features military-grade encryption technology and will work across every form of data delivery imaginable: cellular, WiFi, satellite, etc.

Big Red has been the lone holdout in the post-Snowden era when it comes to secure networks. And while the NSA has taken plenty of heat in the past year, government agencies and companies concerned about corporate espionage will certainly be interested in utilizing encrypting calls to their benefit.

But in case you were wondering what this means for police agencies, the parties involve stress that there is a back door through which law enforcement officials can access communications so long as they can prove there is a legitimate reason for doing so. Wireless carriers are actually required by law to build networks that can be wiretapped, but only have to decrypt communications for the government if they have built their networks to make doing so possible.

Source: FierceWireless

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FCC Chairman correctly notes that carriers love Title II when it financially helps them

Posted by wicked December - 14 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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As I discussed the other day, Verizon is outraged at the FCC even considering classifying their business under Title II. When Verizon isn’t releasing a new press release claiming that Title II would torpedo any future investment, Verizon is busy collecting millions from a number of different states in which Verizon classified their own business under Title II for tax savings purposes.

But now, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is calling out Verizon and others for their Title II hypocrisy and their constant whining about how Title II classification would force the wireless carriers to scale back their investments.

As the Washington Post reported, Wheeler “shot down” both arguments.

Responding to comments made by Verizon’s chief financial officer this week, Wheeler said the telecom industry’s been plenty willing to invest when it sees a market opportunity. He pointed to a massively successful auction of government airwaves that’s raised more than $43 billion so far, nearly quadruple some of the sunniest predictions….He said, infrastructure upgrades have continued without much problem when it comes to other services regulated under Title II. - Washington Post

Wheeler also commented on how much Verizon, AT&T and others enjoy Title II when it helps them financially.

“For 20 years, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Wireless, all the wireless carriers have been living under Title II with appropriate forbearance and have been able to raise and invest hundreds of billions of dollars and build a mobile network that is the envy of the world.” - Tom Wheeler, Washington Post

Although it is good to see Tom Wheeler calling out Verizon and AT&T for their insane hypocrisy, I continue to doubt that Wheeler is going to put forth strong net neutrality regulations when this is all done.

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In October, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FCC was considering a “hybrid” approach to net neutrality which would not have classified broadband providers under Title II. It was a terrible idea then and is still a terrible idea now. It allows for “fast lanes” and does basically nothing to protect consumers from monopolistic practices by the providers.

Logitech Type V designed for Ellipsis 8 Tablet

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Logitech has made it easier for you to carry around your new Ellipsis 8 tablet. The Logitech Type V serves as a protective case and keyboard. Now you won’t have to worry about buying a separate case and keyboard; In this case, it’ll “kill 2 birds with 1 stone” (pun intended).

The keyboard is connected via Bluetooth. Only the first time setup is needed, uses after that will connect the keyboard to tablet automatically. According to Logitech – a single charge can power the keyboard for up to three months, which is based off an average use of 2-hours per day. The case should be able to protect your Ellipsis 8 from normal wear and tear. It is designed to stand up right or lay flat – however you feel comfortable typing.

You can pick up the Type V for $99 with the only color option of black. The keyboard has a pleasant appearance as the key buttons are raised versus touch sensitive keys, and the function keys are illuminated with blue font – which makes it a nice color contrast. It’s all preference, so some will like it, while other will choose different.

If you’re looking for an entry level tablet, the Ellipsis 8 could be for you. The tablet performs on Android’s KitKat OS and equipped with a 5-megapixel camera. Storage space is limited with a 16 GB internal memory. The 8-inch HD display tablet will have you shell out $249.99. You can also choose to go with a 2-year contract through Verizon for $79.99 or the VerizonEDGE payment plan for $10.41.

SOURCE: Logitech / Verizon

Verizon Preps Droid Turbo For Advanced Calling With Update, No Lollipop

Posted by wicked December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Verizon is currently pushing out an OTA update to the Motorola Droid Turbo phones. This update is a preparatory package for Advanced Calling 1.0, also known as VoLTE, along with some undisclosed bug fixes.

Before Droid Turbo can make use of Advanced Calling, Verizon must get this package out and make some adjustments on its side before the feature is turned on.

The majority of the bug fixes were not detailed, but there was mention of a fix for email attachments not being centered correctly. This has been remedied.

No word yet on when the Droid Turbo will see its Android 5.0 update.

Source: Verizon

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Verizon continues to go back and forth on Title II classification

Posted by wicked December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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As I have discussed a number of times, Verizon can’t seem to make up its mind on whether they really support Title II classification. They love Title II when it helps them receive all sorts of financial benefits but can’t stand it otherwise.

For those that do not know, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering whether to reclassify all internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Being classified as a Title II organization includes new rules that must be followed to ensure that actions by your company are “in the public interest.”

For example, the second subsection of the Title II rules state that common carriers can’t “make any unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services.”

Essentially, this classification would allow the FCC to protect net neutrality by regulating against against paid prioritization. In fact, ISP’s are already using Title II classification when they want to receive a number of different financial benefits. In some areas of the country, building out your broadband system under Title II allows your company select tax breaks.

But Verizon can’t seem to decide whether or not they favor Title II classification. On one hand, Verizon proudly claims to be a Title II service in a number of different states when applying for local franchise agreements in New Jersey, Washington DC and other states.

“Verizon NJ has been upgrading its telecommunications facilities in large portions of its telecommunications service territory so that cable television services may be provided over these facilities. This upgrade consists of deploying fiber optic facilities directly to the subscriber premises. The construction of Verizon NJ’s fiber-to-the-premises FTTP network (the FTTP network) is being performed under the authority of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and under the appropriate state telecommunications authority granted to Verizon NJ by the Board and under chapters 3 and 17 of the Department of Public Utilities Act of 1948. The FTTP network uses fiber optic cable and optical electronics to directly link homes to the Verizon NJ networks.” - Huffington Post

Then Verizon decided that Title II classification would be terrible for their company and the country.

“Reclassification under Title II, which for the first time would apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet, would be a radical reversal of course that would in and of itself threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation.” - Verizon Public Policy Blog

Then Verizon’s CFO decided to claim that Title II wouldn’t really decrease their investment.

Speaking at a UBS investor conference Verizon CFO Francis Shammo was asked, “Obviously there’s a lot of commentary coming out of Washington about this move to Title II… What’s your view of that potential occurrence down in Washington and does it affect your view on the attractiveness of investing further in the United States?” Shammo answered that Title II will not affect Verizon’s investments. “I mean to be real clear, I mean this does not influence the way we invest,” he said. “I mean we’re going to continue to invest in our networks and our platforms, both in Wireless and Wireline FiOS and where we need to. So nothing will influence that. I mean if you think about it, look, I mean we were born out of a highly regulated company, so we know how this operates.” - Ars Technica

Now, Verizon’s CFO is speaking out about his own comments. He wants everyone to know that even though he admitted previous to Title II having no effect on their investment, Title II classification being made permanent will in fact cause Verizon’s investment in broadband to go down.

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By classifying themselves under Title II in recent years, Verizon was able to receive over $4.4 billion in additional revenue. That number doesn’t even include the tax benefits nor the fact that Verizon never came remotely close to fulfilling their promised broadband deployment goals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and others.

Verizon, like other telecommunication companies, likes to claim that classifying them as Title II would engulf them in excessive red tape. But as Sonic.net’s CEO mentioned on a podcast (per TechDirt), that isn’t true. In fact, the CEO stated that there is little additional red tape attached to Title II classification and that Title II is only a “regulatory burden” if you’re an ISP that’s doing bad stuff to consumers.

Essentially, Verizon is for Title II but only when they can make several billion off it.

Verizon outs software update for Galaxy Note 4-Gear VR compatibility

Posted by wicked December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

So you’ve got your Samsung Gear VR and your Galaxy Note 4 ready to give virtual reality a try? Well, you’ve got to update your Note 4 first before you can enjoy the VR headset. More so if the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is from Verizon.

This isn’t surprising but the bigger news is that Verizon already has the necessary software update. Okay, so maybe Verizon has changed it’s a welcome surprise. If you’ve got your Verizon Galaxy Note 4, you need to download the software update first. It brings a few changes to the Gear VR compatibility, Galaxy Essential widget, and the ISIS wallet name now changed to Softcard.

After the Galaxy Note 4 is updated, you’ll notice a new transparent Amazon Widget, new legibility for screen and font colors non-active items, Spanish support for Mobile Hotspot, email notification bugs fixed, and better WiFi performance. If you’re observant enough, you will notice the Google Drive and Office viewer compatibility problem also fixed. Fingerprint scanning is also better. Thank you Verizon.

A software update before getting to enjoy the Gear VR and experiencing virtual reality is such a small thing. Do it before you turn on the Gear VR because carrier variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 won’t work without the software update.

To finally get the update, go to Settings > System > System Updates and see if it’s already available. It should be there now. Enjoy!

VIA: SlashGear

[Deal] HTC One (M8) price slashed, Motorola DROID Turbo with gift card through Best Buy

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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There are two great promotions going on right now at Best Buy. The electronics retailer is discounting one of the year’s best handsets while attaching a gift card to a newcomer with serious benefits.

The discount is for the HTC One (M8) and puts $170 back in customers’ pockets. Normally, the flagship HTC device is priced at $199 with a two-year contract, but Best Buy has the One (M8) for just $30. Carrier variants from Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint are eligible and the retailer has a multitude of color options.

The other promotion involves the DROID Turbo from Motorola. The handset, which is exclusive to Verizon, includes a gift card worth $100 or $150 depending upon the purchase method. For existing Verizon customers, the DROID Turbo comes with a $100 gift card for upgrading an existing line by signing a two-year contract or joining the Edge program. The $150 gift card is for new lines/customers picking up the DROID Turbo. This promotion ends on December 13.

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Tuesday Poll: Contract or Month-to-Month?

Posted by Kellex December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Over the last couple of years, we have really tried to open everyone’s mind to the idea that there are options outside of carrier contracts and the subsidy phone discount. From covering the best prepaid providers to talking about full retail phone prices and the initial launch of carrier device payment plans, you should all be well versed on the methods available for buying a new phone without a lengthy agreement. But even with all of that coverage, some of you are perfectly happy with the subsidy model and do not have a problem buying a phone on-contract or you are using the last few work-arounds remaining to keep things like unlimited data plans. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with that.

This morning, though, I was listening to Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo speak at a conference about the current trends in wireless, which just so happen to be device payment plans. Verizon has Edge, T-Mobile has Jump, and AT&T has Next, to name a few. Shammo insisted that while they will continue to offer Edge, 70% of their customers still to this day choose the subsidy model.

And that got me thinking – I wonder what the DL community is trending towards? Are you still locked into a wireless contract or are you now fully month-to-month?

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