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Verizon to allow customers to disable “supercookies”

Verizon to allow customers to disable “supercookies”

In a U-turn statement, Verizon Wireless says that it will soon allow users to completely opt-out of its mobile ad-targeting program, allowing them to delete previously unremovable customer codes, which have been unlovingly dubbed "supercookies". This move was in response to the growing criticism of the service provider's shady advertising practices, in particular the storage and tracking of uniquely identifiable user IDs or customer codes. Some privacy advocates, however, fear that this new policy still might not be enough to completely protect consumers.

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FCC auction: AT&T, Verizon win big, T-Mobile comes up short

FCC auction: AT&T, Verizon win big, T-Mobile comes up short

An FCC auction for wireless spectrum ended this week, and according to the commission, $41.3 billion was raised. That’s a slight dip from the $45 billion we’d heard about when the auction actually closed, but various discounts and incentives helped bidders out. We know what you’re thinking, though. How did your carrier do? Who made successful bids? Luckily, the FCC also let loose all the info regarding who bid what, and whether or not their bids were successful. As you might have guessed, AT&T and Verizon came out on top.

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Verizon backpedals on ‘supercookies’, will allow users to opt-out

Verizon backpedals on ‘supercookies’, will allow users to opt-out

Do you know what a ‘supercookie’ is? It sounds delightful, but in this context, it’s really not. Verizon Wireless has been tracking users for (mostly) marketing purposes, and assigning customers special codes. Being tracked for marketing was opt-out, but those codes were not deletable or opt-out. Some began dubbing those codes ‘supercookies’ because marketers could still access them and pick through your web browsing activity (see? Supercookies can be bad!). Now, Verizon is reversing course, and will allow customers to opt-out of any kind of tracking.

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Verizon CFO: carrier is a ‘leader’, won’t follow T-Mobile’s data sharing

Verizon CFO: carrier is a ‘leader’, won’t follow T-Mobile’s data sharing

T-Mobile’s data rollover plan is — well, it’s awesome. Quickly, AT&T followed suit with their own limited scheme, but T-Mobile is the champion of data rollover, plain and simple. Verizon is the king of carriers here int he United States, but we shouldn’t look to them to bend to our wants. CFO Fram Shammo recently detailed just how disinterested Verizon was in any kind of data rollover plan. If you read between the lines, Shammo even takes a swipe at T-Mobile in the process.

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We finally know why T-Mobile is always up for sale

We finally know why T-Mobile is always up for sale

T-Mobile’s Uncarrier approach is certainly exciting, and it’s given customers plenty of reason to drop that other carrier they may be on and give T-Mobile a shot. Still, quarter after quarter, T-Mobile talks up their growing customer base while reporting financial losses. Long-term, they may be in good shape. Their growth pattern may take years to result in reliable earnings, though. Parent company Deutsche Telekom has T-Mobile up for grabs, and now we know why: the Uncarrier isn’t meant as a standalone entity.

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New T-Mobile plan likely to cause more grief for AT&T, Verizon

New T-Mobile plan likely to cause more grief for AT&T, Verizon

T-Mobile has made no bones about it: they want you as a customer. If you’re not already a T-Mobile subscriber, they think you should be, and are aggressively pushing for it along the way. Their tactics (however you feel about them) seem to be working out just fine, too. A few new reports suggest AT&T and Verizon are both feeling the pinch, and are warning investors of an unexpected dip in subscriber numbers or lower earnings. Leaked info on a new T-Mobile plan suggests they’re not letting up, either.

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Rumor: Incoming DROID has 6-inch screen, Snapdragon 810

Rumor: Incoming DROID has 6-inch screen, Snapdragon 810

Motorola, who have quietly dominated the Android landscape in the last half of 2014, are reportedly at it again. This time, they’re rumored to be taking the Nexus 6 form factor, and re-branding it as a DROID. The new Verizon-only device would keep the 6-inch screen, but come with impressive new internals. Rumors also indicate the device, in true DROID fashion, would carry a 4,000mAh battery. As for when this device will hit Verizon stores, mid-2015 is the rumor.

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GizmoPal wearable keeps kids and parents in contact

GizmoPal wearable keeps kids and parents in contact

For children who aren't quite old enough for their own phone, Verizon has announced the upcoming GizmoPal wearable for kids. This wearable is a simplistic wristband able to receive and make calls to a limited number of contacts, such as parents or a caregiver, doing so over Verizon's network after being added to an existing smartphone plan. This is the latest of several kid-centric wearables we've seen over the year, joining the iSwimband and Kidizoom smartwatch, both of which offer their own functionality for different life situations.

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Verizon changes ETF fees to keep you around longer

Verizon changes ETF fees to keep you around longer

Early termination fees are bothersome, but a normal part of a subsidized smartphone plan. Newer monthly payoff schemes can reduce that, but you’re still at the mercy of your carrier for canceling early with a subsidized plan. Today, Verizon made a move to tie their customers in a bit tighter, and for a longer duration. In updating their customer agreement language, all new customers will be tied into a larger early termination until eight months into their contract. Current customers are unaffected by this change.

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Nexus 6: where you can (and can’t) get one

Nexus 6: where you can (and can’t) get one

If you’ve been itching to get your hands on a Nexus 6, the wait is probably tiring for you. This time around, Google has broken the mold with their Nexus flagship. What used to roll out via Google Play, then take weeks or more to hit a carrier here or there is now this long, slow trickle from every avenue. The Play Store doesn’t even have reliable stock levels, and it seems at least one carrier is pushing their release back to give potential buyers a “better experience”.

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