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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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Verizon puts LG Optimus Zone 3 on the prepaid table

Verizon puts LG Optimus Zone 3 on the prepaid table

Long gone are the days when postpaid is the only way to go when getting phones in the US. Aside from unlocked devices, which some still have a hard time swallowing, prepaid options are getting more and more popular, especially as more and more devices are added to that prepaid list. Verizon's latest addition to that roster isn't going to blow anyone's socks off, but the LG Optimus Zone 3 could make for a perfect affordable prepaid option for those who need to always be connected but have a tight budget.

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Motorola will unlock your Moto X, but only on Verizon’s network

Motorola will unlock your Moto X, but only on Verizon’s network

If you purchased a Moto X back in 2014, you've probably been pretty upset at the fact that you won't be getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. A little while back, Motorola announced that they wouldn't be pushing the update to carrier-locked versions of the popular phone. But now the company does have some good news, in that department.

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Verizon baits switchers with $650 per line

Verizon baits switchers with $650 per line

This morning we received an ugly Christmas sweater in the mail from Verizon to announce $650 in contract-ending switch cash. Weird. "Everyone has that one gift they'd like to like to exchange for something better: maybe that not-so-cool holiday sweater... or the wrong network." Clever. So Verizon has this deal for people who use a different carrier for their smartphone and want to switch, giving them "up to" $650 USD per line in the process.

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Verizon’s Fios TV app now lets you stream recorded shows

Verizon’s Fios TV app now lets you stream recorded shows

Verizon is upgrading its Fios media streaming, adding complete DVR access to its mobile app while you're away from home. The iOS and Android software, launched in late 2013, was already capable of streaming select live channels, but this new version throws DVR recordings into the mixture too, meaning anything that you've saved to your set-top box can also be watched remotely.

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