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Sprint and Verizon settle FCC’s cramming charges for $158 million

Sprint and Verizon settle FCC’s cramming charges for $158 million

Verizon and Sprint have settled with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over a series of unauthorized customer charges. The government probe alleged that Sprint and Verizon charged customers subscription fees for third-party services such as horoscope, or daily humor services. Although the lawsuits have only just now been settled, the companies were asked to halt their dubious "premium short message services" back in late 2013. The unauthorized subscriptions were about $9.99 per month, and Sprint and Verizon typically took a forty percent cut from each "crammed" charge.

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Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion cash

Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion cash

Here’s one we didn’t see coming: Verizon has agreed to purchase AOL. The deal, worth $4.4 billion in cash, gives Verizon something they’ve been wanting for some time — an instantly powerful ad network. AOL’s most recent earnings highlight that; 7% year-over-year growth in revenue, all on the back of third party ad sales, which grew 19% versus last year. As the AOL we knew shrinks from us (you can no longer use it for Apple sign-ins, for instance), the ad network kept them relevant enough for an acquisition.

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Lyft lures drivers and riders with new Verizon partnership

Lyft lures drivers and riders with new Verizon partnership

While Uber is busy battling away in some places and leaving others, its biggest competitor Lyft is slowly expanding its own presence, and part of that expansion is hinged on drawing in drivers and riders...and then keeping them. The company has announced its latest incentive in that regards, a partnership with Verizon Wireless that gets part of drivers' mobile bills reduced. Perhaps more import, however, is that under this partnership Verizon will start selling some Android handsets with the Lyft app pre-installed, getting it directly into the hands of potential riders.

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T-Mobile is now luring Verizon customers

T-Mobile is now luring Verizon customers

The US carrier with the most outspoken CEO is now training its crosshairs on Big Red. After having painted AT&T as its rival and targeting it for most of its marketing campaigns, T-Mobile is now turning its attention to Verizon with a new "Never Settle" campaign. Associations with OnePlus' slogan aside, T-Mobile's proposal to Verizon subscribers is very simple. Try out T-Mobile for two weeks and if you don't like it, just hand back your T-Mobile phone and go back to your old life. If you do want to switch, however, T-Mobile will take care of you.

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ESPN sues Verizon over new FiOS bundling

ESPN sues Verizon over new FiOS bundling

A few weeks ago, Verizon announced they were getting away from the stodgy model of large, confusing TV packages. Instead of bringing bundles with 30-plus channels, FiOS customers would be able to select from much smaller bundles, a move akin to Sling TV. ESPN was none-too-happy about the move, saying it violated contracts that are intended to keep all Disney properties lumped into one package. Verizon ignored ESPN’s objections, and went ahead with their ‘pay for what you want’ packages. Now, ESPN is suing, claiming breach of contract.

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Verizon’s FIOS “Skinny Bundle” vs the competition (basically)

Verizon’s FIOS “Skinny Bundle” vs the competition (basically)

So Verizon is launching a new TV service that allows you to pick just a few channels instead of several hundred. So what? How does that compare to the rest of the TV services on the market today? What we're doing here is taking a run down the networks that offer similar services - the few that do - to show you what the real skinny is. Verizon's so-called "skinny bundle" is supposed to launch on the 19th of April - that's just a few days away. Before then, have a look at this.

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Verizon’s new LG Windows Phone leaked

Verizon’s new LG Windows Phone leaked

When you hear of Windows Phone, you usually immediately think of formerly Nokia now Microsoft Lumia devices. That said, there are some hidden treasures in this corner of Microsoft's world, like the HTC One M8 with Windows launched last year. There are also quite a number of device makers that have one or two Windows Phones in their roster, and it seems that LG will be adding to that growing list. A new Windows Phone from the Korean OEM has been spotted and it will be heading to Verizon at a yet unknown time.

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Verizon: Fear lazy IT staff not smartphone security

Verizon: Fear lazy IT staff not smartphone security

Many of the companies and organizations you trust your personal data to are storing it on unpatched and unprotected servers, Verizon has concluded, with carelessness a key contributor to data breaches. In fact, laziness in applying long-released security patches remains a primary weakness, the company's 2015 report discovered. However while mobile security has become a key talking point by Apple, Google, and others, each pitching their platform as the safest for users, the stats suggest the risk there is "negligible," in fact.

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US carriers are stripping down the Galaxy S6 even further

US carriers are stripping down the Galaxy S6 even further

Samsung's phones are notorious for the amount of bloatware they come with, exacerbated by carriers' own bloatware on top. For this round, however, Samsung was noted to have put the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on a software diet. Well, as much as it can concede. It still has some, of course, but not exactly as bad as before. US carriers seem to also be getting into the rhythm. It's not exactly surprising to hear that carriers are modifying their versions of the Galaxy S6, but some of the changes are rather puzzling at times.

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HTC One M9 hits stores today; here’s what you need to know

HTC One M9 hits stores today; here’s what you need to know

Today is Apple Watch day, but more importantly for Android users — it’s flagship launch day! Well, at least two flagships from major OEMs are launching today, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge from Samsung and One M9 from HTC. If you’re an HTC fan, or wanting to upgrade, we can’t blame you. Now that the camera woes have been mitigated, there’s much better reason for grabbing an HTC One M9. With the device hitting stores today, we’ll round up who’s got it, and how much you can expect to drop.

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