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Verizon to improve San Francisco LTE speeds with ‘small cells’

Verizon to improve San Francisco LTE speeds with ‘small cells’

The typical transmitters used by mobile carriers are built to cover large areas, but in turn are expensive and require lots of space. "Small cells" are the exact opposite. They are small transmitters that only cover a radius of 250 to 500 feet, but the trade off is that they are cheaper to build and maintain, and their size means they can be installed in places and remain inconspicuous. In the coming months, Verizon will be installing 400 of these small cells in San Francisco in order to improve its 4G network speeds.

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Carriers unsurprisingly not so eager to unlock phones

Carriers unsurprisingly not so eager to unlock phones

You might have been quite jubilant over the news that the CTIA-The Wireless Association disseminated guidelines for unlocking smartphones as part of agreement with the FCC. However, those guidelines are just that and, considering there isn't any law to be broken, some carriers are apparently unenthusiastic about complying. Consumer advocate Sina Khanifar, who instigated all these changes in the industry, finds some carriers have not fulfilled their 2013 promise to ease the process of unlocking phones, and T-Mobile and Sprint are apparently the worst offenders.

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Verizon reportedly not interested in more big spectrum purchases

Verizon reportedly not interested in more big spectrum purchases

The latest FCC auction saw Verizon walking away with over $10 billion in new spectrum, further cementing their mobile network as the best available in the United States. Others, like Sprint and T-Mobile, either didn’t make an effort, or didn’t try to acquire much spectrum. The playing field might get a bit more even next time around, though, as Verizon is now saying they’ve got no desire to snap up more spectrum, and will instead focus on making what they have the best it possibly can be.

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Want to unlock your phone? Here’s what you need to know

Want to unlock your phone? Here’s what you need to know

Good news, smartphone users: today, unlocking your device via your carrier just got a whole lot easier. A new set of rules set forth by the CTIA (the governing body for carriers) sets today as the deadline for carriers to unlock phones at the behest of their customers. For most, that means you can walk into your carrier store and ask that your device be unlocked for service elsewhere. Still, your path for doing so might be a touch windy, so we’ll clarify things for you!

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Sprint just beat T-Mobile everywhere it doesn’t matter

Sprint just beat T-Mobile everywhere it doesn’t matter

Each time a new study comes around regarding domestic carriers, there’s one overarching theme: the big guys keep getting bigger, and Sprint is constantly a distant last place. AT&T and Verizon might jostle for the top spot now and then, but when it comes to things we actually care about on a day-to-day basis, Sprint is almost always dragging well behind the rest. The energetic, upwardly mobile T-Mobile often (routinely, really) makes a solid showing, too. Sprint got over on T-Mobile this time, though.

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Verizon sells three states’ worth of FIOS to Frontier

Verizon sells three states’ worth of FIOS to Frontier

In a $10.5 billion deal, Verizon just sold three states’ worth of wireline subscribers to Frontier. Customers in California, Texas, and Florida will soon be Frontier customers, rather than Verizon FIOS users. Via their announcement, Verizon says “at the end of fourth-quarter 2014, these operations served approximately 3.7 million voice connections; approximately 2.2 million high-speed data customers, including approximately 1.6 million FiOS Internet customers; and approximately 1.2 million FiOS Video customers.” Verizon’s reason for selling? To focus on the East Coast.

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Verizon users inside Super Bowl Stadium gobbled 4.1TB of data

Verizon users inside Super Bowl Stadium gobbled 4.1TB of data

Every year wireless carriers have to put serious time and effort into beefing up networks in the stadium where the Super Bowl is played. This year was no different with Verizon and other carriers adding more network capability at the University of Phoenix Stadium where the big game was played. Verizon Wireless has offered up some data statistics from the game and its customers inside the stadium used a huge amount of data.

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Verizon adjusts data plans amidst growing competition

Verizon adjusts data plans amidst growing competition

The world of smartphones is becoming increasingly data hungry, and some carriers (we're looking at you, T-Mobile) are doing their best to serve up the tastiest dishes. Verizon, a long-standing wireless carrier staple, isn't such an attractive option any more, assuming you're more concerned about your data-to-price ratio than widespread coverage, and for those users in particular options like Cricket have been dangling increasingly attractive data-rich plans as incentive to switch.

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Nexus 6 now ‘coming soon’ for Verizon

Nexus 6 now ‘coming soon’ for Verizon

The Nexus 6 has had a funky fate so far. After being released in limited runs, it seems to have caught up for the most part. You can order it from Google Play, but it leaves the Warehouse three days later. AT&T is selling it online, and after sending all their Nexus 6 stock back to the warehouse to fix a software bug, stores are starting to get it back. Now it seems as though Google's big smartphone is ready for big red, and will be coming to Verizon soon.

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