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Verizon to add $20 phone upgrade fee next week

Verizon to add $20 phone upgrade fee next week

The cost to upgrade your Verizon phone will soon be $20 more expensive, according to a document that has leaked. The internal Verizon memo details a $20/fee for phone upgrades that starts April 4, and applies even if you’ve completely paid off your old device. The memo goes on to detail some FAQ about the new fee, saying it is necessary to “cover our increasing support costs associated with customers switching their devices.”

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Verizon’s anti-hacking team was hacked

Verizon’s anti-hacking team was hacked

Verizon’s anti-hacking team, a collective tasked with helping big-name companies hit by major data breaches, has itself become the victim of data theft. According to a new report, the Verizon Enterprise Solutions unit had data stolen on about 1.5 million customers, all of which went up for sale on an unspecified online cybercrime forum. The seller sought $100,000 in exchange for the database, or $10,000 for a 100,000-person sliver of it.

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Verizon settles with FCC for $1.35m over ‘supercookies’

Verizon settles with FCC for $1.35m over ‘supercookies’

Remember Verizon’s so-called “supercookies,” an element in part of its technology for hitting unwitting customers with targeted advertisements? The issue caused quite a stir around this time last year, eventually resulting in the government getting involved and Verizon backtracking on its policy. The move was too little, too late though, and now Verizon Wireless has been slapped with a $1.35 million fee courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission.

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Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum, an automotive system comprised of an OBD reader, speaker, and mobile app, has been updated to include some new (and pretty useful) features like geofencing and driving history. Such features could prove useful in various situations, such as a home where a newly licensed teenager is being given the keys. The features have been added to the iOS and Android mobile apps.

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Verizon offers 24GB data yearly for life for XL plans

Verizon offers 24GB data yearly for life for XL plans

Ever since carriers have redefined what the word "unlimited" means in their data plans, they have been scrambling to restore some consumer faith and offer subscribers more of that data, without getting into shaky unlimited territory. One such strategy is offering an additional serving of data per month, something that Verizon is doing once again. For those upgrading to or activating a new line on the carrier's XL or larger, which means XXL, data plans, they will be getting 2 GB of additional data per month for the rest of their life. Provided, of course, they remain on that plan, of course.

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Verizon pushes Android Marshmallow to HTC One M9, LG G3, G4

Verizon pushes Android Marshmallow to HTC One M9, LG G3, G4

There's a saying that goes "when it rains, it pours". Although that is usually meant for bad things, it can perhaps also apply to the good stuff as well. While Google launched Android 6.0 Marshmallow a few month back already, not everyone has gotten to enjoy its soft sweetness yet. Things are now changing for a lot of users under Verizon's care, especially those using an HTC One M9, an LG G4, or even an LG G3 from 2014, as the carrier starts rolling the Marshmallow update to these devices.

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Verizon FreeBee sponsored data program unveiled

Verizon FreeBee sponsored data program unveiled

Verizon has introduced a new sponsored data program called FreeBee Data. Under this, companies are able to sponsor subscriber mobile data under one of four different categories, including things like covering the data used by watching a 30-second video or streaming 30 minutes worth of audio. Verizon will offer both per-gigabyte and pay-per-click options.

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T-Mobile offers free Hulu subscription to Verizon customers

T-Mobile offers free Hulu subscription to Verizon customers

Last month T-Mobile aimed its sights at Sprint, by offering customers who switch from Sprint a $200 credit for every line that they bring over. That's a pretty hefty amount, especially if you've got a family or even a business plan that you're switching. T-Mobile said that they had plans to entice customers on other carriers, and they're starting to deliver on that.

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Verizon outs revamped simple prepaid plans

Verizon outs revamped simple prepaid plans

On Thursday, Verizon introduced a new array of “simple prepaid service plans,” which includes three plans for smartphones and two plans for basic phones, as well as various data options for those who need more data. This makes five plans total ranging from $15 to $60 per month, making the carrier more suitable for a wider variety of consumer needs. As with any prepaid plan, there’s no credit check or contract required.

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No contract, but a $20 fee for new Verizon phone lines

No contract, but a $20 fee for new Verizon phone lines

Pesky fees are nothing new in the cell phone industry. It seems like for every action you take, there is some kind of fee attached to it. When Verizon first announced their new contract-free plans, it was refreshing to see a lack of activation fees attached to them. Unfortunately it looks like that is no longer the case.

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Verizon TravelPass axes roaming charges for globetrotters

Verizon TravelPass axes roaming charges for globetrotters

This week Verizon has announced a plan that traveling Verizon device owners can use to dismiss overage fees. This system is called TravelPass, and it'll cost $2 per day in Canada and Mexico, or $10 per day in a variety of countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Caribbean and Central and South America. Each minute of time you call, each text you send, and each MB of data you use will then be deducted from your current domestic plan instead of being knocked out with massive overseas charges.

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Verizon nixes deal with school WiFi program OmniLynx

Verizon nixes deal with school WiFi program OmniLynx

In an unfortunate turn of events, those who receive affordable Internet access through OmniLynx, a Huntsville, Alabama school system effort to provide low-cost WiFi in partnership Verizon, will have their service cut off on November 30. Why? Despite the program having only operated since this past January, Verizon has cancelled the partnership, citing some violation of the terms of agreement.

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