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Verizon unveils its “not lease” Galaxy S7, S7 edge upgrade plan

Verizon unveils its “not lease” Galaxy S7, S7 edge upgrade plan

AT&T and T-Mobile may have their pseudo "Buy One somewhat Get One" promos for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge, but Verizon is using a different strategy a bit closer to Samsung's heart. In what could be the next trend in smartphone purchases, Verizon has announced its own "Annual Upgrade Program" that will allow subscribers to get a new Samsung Galaxy S flagship every year, starting with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Amusingly, Verizon seemingly refuses to call it a "leasing program".

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Galaxy S7 deals: The best price for Samsung’s flagship release

Galaxy S7 deals: The best price for Samsung’s flagship release

While almost immediately after the Samsung Galaxy S7 was revealed, we had pricing, it's quickly become apparent that carriers aren't going to leave themselves in a position to be outbid. T-Mobile, for example, is just one mobile device carrier inside the USA that's begun the war with a buy-one-get-one deal. As if the next-generation bits and pieces of the Galaxy S7 and/or Galaxy S7 Edge weren't already enough. Of course T-Mobile's situation here includes a rebate, so it's not as if you're getting a device entirely for free right out the gate. First you have to pay for it - you've also got to add a line for this deal to be able to work.

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Verizon cut Samsung Pay from Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Verizon cut Samsung Pay from Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

If your preferred carrier is Verizon and you have your heart set on owning a new Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge smartphone, one bit of Samsung tech is missing from the Verizon versions of both devices. Reports indicate that Verizon forced Samsung to remove Samsung Pay from its versions of both smartphones before it would allow them to be sold via its stores. As for why Verizon would force Samsung to remove Samsung Pay, it could be related to the fact that Verizon is a partner in Android Pay. UPDATE: Verizon responds (below).

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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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BlackBerry Priv Verizon release: What you need to know before buying

BlackBerry Priv Verizon release: What you need to know before buying

The BlackBerry Priv has been made available by Verizon this afternoon, and with it, a very unique proposal. A device that runs Android, but looks and feels like a BlackBerry smartphone. That's what this device is. Instead of running a Google-centric experience, you still get the Google Play app store but you're clearly being steered toward BlackBerry's apps. They want you to be secure. They want you to be a BlackBerry user.

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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 defies net neutrality, makes own video service free of data caps

Verizon defies net neutrality, makes own video service free of data caps

Completely disregarding the rules of net neutrality put in place last year by the FCC, Verizon has just made a controversial change to its own Go90 mobile video service: any content watching on the app won't count towards customers' LTE data limits. Watching videos from any other source? That's going to eat into their monthly allotment. The move follows rival T-Mobile with its Binge On service, which also throttles video content.

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FCC allows more but limited LTE-U testing

FCC allows more but limited LTE-U testing

LTE-U or LTE on the Unlicensed spectrum. To be even more technically specific, on the 5 GHz band. It is either the future of mobile data connections or will bring forth Internet apocalypse. Tech companies from all corners of the industry are split on the matter and have even asked the Federal Communications Commission to mediate. The FCC still hasn't taken a formal stance yet, but, in the meantime, it will be allowing those from the pro LTE-U camp to continue some tests and try to prove their position.

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Verizon dashes hope of an unlimited data comeback

Verizon dashes hope of an unlimited data comeback

Just because your main competitors are doing something isn't a good enough reason to do likewise. That seems to be the general sentiment that Fran Shammo, Verizon's Chief Financial Officer, was trying to convey to the press. But to be more specific, what he's saying is that unlimited data plans aren't going to be coming back any time soon. Or at all, as far as the carrier is concerned. This despite the fact that AT&T earlier this month did bring back the offering. Well, almost.

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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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