Yahoo confirms hack, says data from 500 million user accounts stolen

By Cody Lee on Sep 22, 2016

Yahoo on Thursday confirmed that certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014. Recode has the official statement, which says that it believes more than 500 million users were affected by the breach.

The good news is that Yahoo says from what it knows so far, the stolen information doesn’t include payment card data, bank account information, or unprotected passwords. The firm is working closely with law enforcement in its investigation. Read More


Verizon rolls out LTE Advanced with 50% faster peak speeds in 461 U.S. cities

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2016

Verizon, the nation’s leading telecommunications company, today said that mobile users in 461 cities across the United States now get fifty percent faster peak wireless data speeds thanks to LTE Advanced, the next generation of wireless technology.

A major enhancement of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard, LTE Advanced uses existing cell towers and a software technique called carrier aggregation which combines multiple channels to transfer data more quickly than with LTE. Read More


Verizon to buy struggling Internet giant Yahoo for a reported $4.83 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Monday, both Yahoo and Verizon Wireless said that the nation’s leading wireless carrier will be buying Yahoo’s operating business for a reported $4.83 billion. The transaction, pending regulatory and shareholder approvals, should grant the carrier over one billion total monthly search users while giving the two companies more than two dozen media and advertising brands, to be added to the AOL network, plus an email service with 225 million monthly active users. Read More


Verizon launches new wireless plans with higher prices and more data

By Cody Lee on Jul 6, 2016

Verizon on Wednesday announced a new wireless plan platform and several new features for its customers. The new plan is more expensive, but it includes at least 30% more data than the previous offering, as well as new stuff like Carryover Data and Safety Mode.

It looks like they’re calling it simply the new Verizon Plan, and it comes in 5 flavors: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and XX-Large. The Small option costs $35 per month for 2GB (previously $30/month for 1GB), and the XXL gives you 24GB for $110 per month. Read More


OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 is out with full Live Photos sharing, password-protected Notes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

After spending more than two months in beta, OS X 10.11.4, a fourth major update to OS X El Capitan, today released for public consumption. The software update is now available and recommended for all OS X El Capitan users.

Even though it comes with a few noticeable outward-facing changes, OS X 10.11.4 does pack in some newsworthy improvements—namely in stock Messages, Notes and Photos apps. Full sharing of Live Photos via iMessages has been implemented throughout the system, too. Like other major OS X releases, 10.11.4 includes a handful of under-the-hood changes and tons of bug fixes and performance optimizations. Read More


Verizon offering More Everything customers 2GB of free data to try out GO90 app

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2015

Heads up Verizon Wireless customers, the carrier is currently offering a limited-time promotion that awards free data to those on its More Everything plan. The promo is good for an extra 2GB for three months, and all you have to do to take advantage of it is download Verizon’s GO90 app.

So for those of you on one of the aforementioned plans, grab GO90 from the App Store here or the Google Play Store here. Once it’s downloaded, you should receive a text message from Verizon telling you that the free data has been activated on your account, along with an expiration date.
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T-Mobile and Verizon are offering free data for existing customers

By Matthew Miller on Nov 23, 2015

With Black Friday coming later this week, the various carriers are unveiling their plans for the big sale. While the big four (AT&TT-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon) all have various deals, only T-Mobile and Verizon have really good offerings for existing customers, including free data.

Verizon is offering existing customers an additional 1 GB of data for two billing cycles, while T-Mobile is giving all customers unlimited data for three whole months. These deals start on different dates, so head into the story to see how to get them and where. Read More


Verizon gets FCC waiver to begin offering Wi-Fi Calling

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday gave Verizon permission to begin offering Wi-Fi Calling. As noted by MacRumors, the Commission granted the carrier a waiver today that will allow it to rollout the feature, which was introduced last year with iOS 8.

The news comes a month after AT&T was granted the same waiver, and it activated Wi-Fi Calling for compatible devices days later. In a statement, it also criticized the FCC for excusing the fact that Sprint and T-Mobile have long been offering the feature without a waiver. Read More


Verizon raising price of grandfathered unlimited data plans by $20 in November

By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2015

Verizon on Thursday announced that it will soon be raising the price on grandfathered unlimited data plans by $20. As noted by CNET, this will bring the monthly price tag of unlimited data to $49.99 per month, which is in addition to the standard talk and text plan, and the change is set to take place in November.

The amount of people affected by this move should be relatively small. Verizon says that less than 1% of its 100+ million subscriber base still has an unlimited plan, and those that do still have one and are currently under contract from a previous phone purchase won’t likely see the price hike until the contract expires. Read More


Breaking down the iPhone 6s model numbers and LTE band capabilities

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 13, 2015

Apple is shipping four different models of iPhone for its yearly refresh. The iPhone 6s sports two models—A1633 and A1688, while the iPhone 6s Plus feature models A1634 and A1687.

Although both iPhones in the 6s and 6s Plus lines are virtually the same, the model numbers differentiate the cellular LTE band capabilities of each phone. Thus, by familiarizing yourself with each model number, you can learn what networks each phone will support.

Why is this important? Say you wanted to order a new iPhone 6s in rose gold. As you might have heard, rose gold is proving to be very popular, and is selling out quicker than some of the other iPhone color options. Rose gold 64GB iPhones designated for T-Mobile and Verizon are now on backorder for 2-3 weeks.

But some rose gold models remain available—for example, some Sprint-designated rose gold models are still shipping on 9/25. By using our knowledge of iPhone model numbers, we might still be able to obtain a rose gold iPhone 6s to use with a provider like T-Mobile or Verizon by purchasing the Sprint model… Read More


Verizon to start field-testing 5G wireless within 12 months, commercial deployment in 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2015

Verizon Wireless, the leading U.S. wireless operator, will be kicking off field trials of a fifth-generation network which promises to bring some rather insane download speeds.

With these trials, the big red carrier should become the world’s first carrier to seriously move into 5G.

As reported by CNET, field trials on 5G wireless technology are set to kick off within the next 12 months, with Verizon’s chief information and technology architect Roger Gurnani confirming that “some level of commercial deployment” should begin in 2017. Read More


Verizon eliminating smartphone subsidies for new customers beginning August 13

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2015

In the market for a new iPhone on Verizon? If so, please be advised that the big red carrier is killing device subsidies beginning next Thursday, August 13, in favor of all-new month-to-month service plans.

The company revealed four new incoming plans with varying amounts of 4G LTE data, from the basic $30 per month plan with one gigabyte of shareable data to the $80 per month plan with twelve gigabytes of cellular data. Read More


Verizon and Sprint to pay $158 million in bill cramming settlement

By Cody Lee on May 12, 2015

The FCC announced on Tuesday that Verizon and Sprint have agreed to pay $158 million to settle their bill cramming investigations with the Commission. Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint Corporation will pay $68 million, and much of that will go to consumer refunds.

“For too long, consumers have been charged on their phone bills for things they did not buy,” said the oft-outspoken FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “We call these fraudulent charges ‘cramming,’ and with today’s agreements we are calling them history for Verizon and Sprint customers.” Read More


Verizon announces buying AOL for $4.4 billion

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

Verizon Communications, an American broadband and telecommunications company and the largest U.S. wireless communications service provider, announced Tuesday that it is buying New York City based AOL, previously known as America Online, for $50 per share in a transaction valued approximately at $4.4 billion.

The deal is believed to reinforce Verizon’s desire to enter the mobile video and advertising business, while giving them access to technology AOL has developed for selling ads and delivering high-quality web video. Read More


Sprint will pay what it costs for you to switch carriers

By Jake Smith on Mar 15, 2015

Sprint really wants your business. Not only will it cut your bill in half, but now the nation’s fourth-largest carrier will pay the early termination fee and any remaining payments at its competitors for you to come over to its network.

The early termination fee is why many customers don’t make the switch from one carrier to another. In many cases, the fee is required to be paid to end the two-year contract carriers like to lock you into. Read More


Unlocking your iPhone gets a little bit easier today

By Cody Lee on Feb 11, 2015

The process of unlocking your iPhone became a little bit easier today in the United States. Today marks the deadline for wireless carriers to adopt the unlocking standards of the late-2013 agreement set forth by the CTIA.

The agreement is industry-wide, and mandates that carriers adhere to 6 rules including clearly posting their unlocking policies online, and offering to unlock postpaid handsets once the customer’s contract has expired. Read More


Verizon discounting most of its data plans by $10 per month

By Jake Smith on Feb 4, 2015

It’s not often a large mobile carrier will reduce the amount you’ll be paying each month, but Verizon has shocked us a little on Wednesday. Verizon announced that it’s brining a nice discount to most of the data plans it offers to its customers.

A monthly shared data plan with 1 gigabyte of data will now start at $30 per month, rather than $40, with other rate plans getting a similar cut. Read More


There’s talk Verizon wants to buy or form a joint venture with AOL

By Jake Smith on Jan 5, 2015

Telecom giant Verizon has had internal talks about acquiring or forming a joint venture with AOL, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

The acquisition is said to be focused around AOL’s advertising technology and its video content, in an effort to combat AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV. Read More


My Verizon Mobile app lets you track your data usage from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Dec 9, 2014

Verizon customers who use the official My Verizon Mobile app can now track their data usage directly from the Today tab of Notification Center. The app was updated yesterday with this new feature that should allow users to keep their data usage in check. The widget is updated automatically based on users’ plan and usage, showing the total data allocation as well as currently used data. Read More


Sprint will cut your wireless bill in half if you switch from AT&T or Verizon

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2014

You know holidays are around the corner when greedy carriers start putting out promotions offering substantial savings and other perks if you jump ship. Announced on Tuesday, Sprint’s new promotion promises to cut your wireless bill in half if you switch to Sprint from AT&T or Verizon Wireless beginning Friday, December 5, for as long as you remain on the Sprint plan.

Plus, Sprint will buy out your contract up to $350 per line. “You’ll get unlimited talk and text to anywhere in the U.S. and we’ll match your data,” the carrier teased. As an example, a Verizon customer paying $140 per month for four lines and ten gigs of data can get four lines and the same ten gigs of data on Sprint for $70 per month, or half the Verizon’s price.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal and fine print. Read More

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