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AT&T pulls the plug on its 2G network

AT&T pulls the plug on its 2G network

We knew it was coming, but now AT&T has made it official: the carrier's 2G network is no more. AT&T announced this week that it has shut down its 2G network, a move that's been years in the making. The kicker is that the shutdown happened without most people even realizing it, as AT&T said the network has been inactive since January 1.

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Stubborn Verizon Galaxy Note 7 users won’t turn in their phones

Stubborn Verizon Galaxy Note 7 users won’t turn in their phones

Some Galaxy Note 7 owners love their handsets, so much so that they’ve taken steps to dodge the killer update that would render the handset useless, and they continue to use the phone despite the risks. Verizon has revealed that "thousands" of its Galaxy Note 7 customers are still using the recalled Samsung handset, and as a result the carrier is implementing more drastic steps to cripple the phones.

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Verizon Jetpack MiFi 7730L brings wireless storage via USB-C

Verizon Jetpack MiFi 7730L brings wireless storage via USB-C

Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots today are no longer one-trick ponies. After all, a device that does one and only one thing seems like a waste of precious space. Getting in with the times, Verizon's new MiFi 7730L Jetpack is offering something in addition to high-speed Internet. Through the magic of the new USB-C standard, this pocket Wi-Fi can turn any USB-C storage device into a network storage. It can even charge your phone in a pinch.

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FCC is still concerned about AT&T and Verizon zero-rated services

FCC is still concerned about AT&T and Verizon zero-rated services

Zero-rated services are becoming increasingly popular among carriers and companies, giving customers a way to consume certain content without using up their high-speed data allotment. Such arrangements have raised concerns about net neutrality in the past, and while the FCC isn't necessarily against zero-rated offerings, it has expressed concerns with some of them. Verizon and AT&T are, once again, the focus of that concern.

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Verizon boosts new phone upgrade fee to $30

Verizon boosts new phone upgrade fee to $30

Back around April of last year, Verizon added a $20 phone upgrade fee, something instituted for the purpose of covering “increased support costs associated with customers switching devices.” That increase apparently wasn’t enough, as Verizon has quietly bumped that $20 upgrade fee to $30, and the stated reason is essentially the same: to cover costs.

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Verizon puts a 200GB limit on unlimited data

Verizon puts a 200GB limit on unlimited data

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. To that, we add there’s no such thing as unlimited data. A point of contention with regulators, carriers have redefined what the word “unlimited” means, which now means, “limited to a certain amount somewhat arbitrarily set by us”. That certain amount, in Verizon’s case, has never been officially publicized but is now being “confirmed” to be 200 GB a month on average. Such users are being given an ultimatum to change to a new, not-unlimited plan or take a hike.

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The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)

The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)

Google and Verizon are not doing a very good job handling supply and demand with the Pixel. In a Reddit thread 2,888 messages long (at publication time), potential Google Pixel smartphone users discuss delays in shipment and inconsistencies in stories from Google and Verizon. This situation is unique in that Verizon is selling the same phone as Google is supplying AND selling. What we're asking here is why there's an issue with shipping at all with what should be a well-oiled machine.

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Kyocera DuraForce PRO with Sapphire Shield launches at Verizon

Kyocera DuraForce PRO with Sapphire Shield launches at Verizon

The Kyocera DuraForce PRO with Sapphire Shield has launched at Verizon, giving Big Red’s subscribers a new durable phone option. Unlike most Kyocera phones, the DuraForce PRO is fairly pricey at $408 USD, but it does have some notable features, including an IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating and the Sapphire Shield display. The handset is targeted at outdoorsy users, military members, and more.

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Verizon will kill the Galaxy Note 7 on January 5

Verizon will kill the Galaxy Note 7 on January 5

Verizon has apparently changed its mind, and now states that it will release an update that disables the Galaxy Note 7's ability to charge on January 5, 2017. This follows previous statements to the contrary, with Verizon initially declining to send Samsung's update on to customers. Though the carrier reversed its decision regarding the update, the reasons Verizon gives for the January date are staying the same.

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Why Yahoo’s latest hack doesn’t matter

Why Yahoo’s latest hack doesn’t matter

It's my opinion that Yahoo's biggest account breach ever does not matter in the grand scheme of things. Yahoo Mail users don't seem to care - they're still searching for "yahoo mail" about 10x as much as any other term according to today's Google Trends. After the query Yahoo Mail, the most popular search term related to Yahoo is Yahoo Finance. This hack is not a big deal to Yahoo users, and I don't expect that it will be any time soon.

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This is when your US Note 7 will die

This is when your US Note 7 will die

Samsung's decision to not just ask nicely for Galaxy Note 7 recall hold-outs to return the phone but brick it altogether has left some wondering "when will my Note 7 die?" Tired of waiting for remaining owners to come in for a refund, Samsung has opted to take more drastic actions. However, with the news that Verizon doesn't plan to release the new firmware, which prevents the problematic phablet's battery from charging, attention has turned to the other major US carriers to confirm when - or indeed if - their customers will receive it.

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Verizon defies Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 kill switch update

Verizon defies Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 kill switch update

Verizon's statement on Samsung's latest effort to recall all Galaxy Note 7 units in the USA is telling. In the statement, Verizon makes clear that they will not be pushing a software update sent by Samsung for the device. The device would essentially render the smartphone useless as it'll disable all charging indefinitely. Verizon disagrees with the method, suggesting that they will not put their customers in such a position during the holiday season.

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