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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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FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

This week the FCC sent letters to both AT&T and Verizon, stating that zero-rated data — plans and services that don't count against users' monthly allotment — is a violation of net neutrality rules. For AT&T, this applies to their new DirecTV Now streaming video service, and for Verizon it's their own Go90 video service. The FCC's wireless communications chief Jon Wilkins wrote that the telecoms' practices "inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet."

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Verizon’s Black Friday deals offer free phones and switcher bonuses

Verizon’s Black Friday deals offer free phones and switcher bonuses

Verizon has revealed its Black Friday deals, and they include some fairly big incentives for folks coming in for other carriers. They also include a list of phones that could potentially be free, assuming you have an eligible phone to trade in. On top of that, the Pixel is also seeing a decent discount so long as you purchase one on Black Friday.

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How to stream the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 live

How to stream the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 live

This upcoming Thanksgiving will usher in the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a notable anniversary for the long-running event, and so it's not surprising that many people are interested in watching. In the past, watching the parade live (televised, that is) without cable or satellite was tricky. Thankfully, life has gotten a lot easier for cable-cutters and others without cable, and you'll have a new -- and rare -- option for livestreaming the parade this year.

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Moto Z Droid, Force Droid slowly getting Android 7.0 Nougat

Moto Z Droid, Force Droid slowly getting Android 7.0 Nougat

Once upon a time, Motorola, while still under the watchful eye of Google, would roll out major Android updates as fast as Google can for the Nexus. Those days may be long gone, but it seems that ol’ Moto is still trying to do good by its fans. At least those from Verizon, that is. The good news: some owners of the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid have reported receiving the update that will take them to Android 7.0 Nougat. The bad news: the same cannot be sent of any other Moto Z model, including the Moto Z Play.

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