User: Rich Brome
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Re: Droid razr M
Contact support with either Motorola or Verizon.
Re: Let me attempt to answer for Rich.
Pretty much. :) We love you guys, our loyal readers, but we're focused on phones and discussion of phones. To that end, we encourage people to share their phone-related thoughts and advice with everyone. We do offer a basic way to contact someone privately, but we don't plan to offer much more than that.
2500 building penetration
That's why they're doing all three bands. If you're in a city - where most networks deal with congestion issues - then the devices will use 2500 when they get a good signal, and fall back to other bands when 2500 is weak. Sprint is adding 800 to the mix specifically to ensure coverage and building penetration competitive with Verizon and AT&T.
What do you want to see / know?
What do you want to see Phone Scoop cover at CTIA this week? We'll cover any new phones, of course, but are there other things you want to see us cover? Questions you want us to ask?
It almost certainly won't have a removable battery. The "label" with the FCC ID and other regulatory marks is clearly screen-printed on the back of the phone. They don't do that unless there's no "under the battery" for a traditional label.
Thanks for the feedback. It's always appreciated. We've put a lot of thought into what we cover and in what detail. Phones are devices you hold in your hand and manipulated frequently throughout the day. That's just one of the factors that makes the outer physical aspects crucial to pretty much everyone. We do pay a whole lot of attention to the screen and camera quality. But for the processor, we feel that most people care that it provides good performance in day-to-day ...
Another example of a new review page: http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/use r_reviews.php?phone=3804
New on the site: Avg. User Ratings for categories
Now that some people have updated their reviews and added detailed ratings, check out our new Reviews page for each phone, with average user ratings for each category: http://www.phonescoop.com/phones /user_reviews.php?phone=3912 If you haven't yet, please take a moment to update any reviews you've posted. If you haven't posted any, why not? :) The ratings are more useful the more user reviews there are. Thanks!
In the spirit of keeping things simple, I'd prefer to improve the forum system to be faster/easier to use, rather than create a new, separate system.
HTML emails from the site
We're starting to pretty up our system emails just a tad. Nothing crazy - we like to keep things simple, after all - but forum reply emails should now have some very basic HTML formatting. As there are a wide variety of email clients and we don't have the ability to test on every single one, please let us know if you run into any serious issues with the new email format. Thanks!
Re: 9 GB missing?
They have a lot of customizations in there. LG usually does, but they've added the kitchen sink on this one. There's the universal remote software, the "VR panorama" software, custom voice control software, extra system font choices, etc.
Re: 9 GB missing?
23.3 GB, technically. Plus there's the pre-loaded apps and content, leaving 22.61 GB fully free out of the box.
Re: I'll miss IDEN
iDEN is dead. They're literally shutting off the power and cutting the backhaul connections on June 30th. It's not going to anyone. Sprint has already re-purposed much of that spectrum for CDMA 800.
Storage Capacity on Verizon
Ask Verizon. They often request less memory from manufacturers. See: Droid DNA
New on the site: Ratings, plus Review Editing!
Today we've starting rolling out a new site feature: phone ratings. Our user reviews have always had overall ratings, but starting today, they also have more detailed ratings, for categories like Battery Life, Camera Quality, etc. We've also added the same types of ratings to our in-depth Phone Scoop reviews. Also, we recently added the ability to edit user reviews. This will let you go back and add ratings to your existing reviews. You can also use this feature to update a ...
Re: Samsung has shown very early prototypes of that
The Galaxy Nexus only has curved glass in front of the screen. The display panel itself is not curved.
Re: Model Numbers
Thank you for the feedback. It's always appreciated. May I ask how you would use that information? It would help me to know. We've found that's not something consumers generally need. We don't currently show them in the interest of keeping our site as simple and uncluttered as possible. Many manufacturers use model numbers in their FCC IDs, which we do show. That's one way to see them for some phones. Also, if you know a potential model number, you can search ...
Re: flexible screen and global roaming
Yep, such tech. exists. Commercializing it is something else entirely.
flexible screen and global roaming
Don't expect to see a flexible screen any time soon. A fixed curved screen, yes - Samsung has shown very early prototypes of that - but not one that you can bend yourself. Global roaming means it has the radios and antennas to support GSM and WCDMA on overseas frequency bands. Last year's Galaxy S III for Verizon supported this, but Sprint's version did not.
How is it that different from having the Facebook app on your phone?
Re: No Sprint LTE in San Francisco? Huh?
Eric was there for exactly one night, and most of that time was spent covering the Facebook event. I wish we would have had more time there to test this, but we didn't. We did try, and we couldn't find it. It is NOT an officially launched market, so spotty coverage is to be expected. Also, as it's still in testing, Sprint could be turning it off at times, and that may have happened to us.
Re: Can someone verify for sure which WCDMA/UMTS bands are in this unit.
We went with what HTC told us, although WiWavelength is correct about FCC approvals. It sounds like Engadget confused this with one of the GSM models.
Re: "Without LTE"
At some point even the lowest-end feature phone will be LTE. If you're Verizon, it's in your interest to make that happen sooner rather than later. If it means they can shut down a costly old CDMA network in 2019 instead of 2021, it would be worth it for Verizon to subsidize (and I mean really take on the cost themselves) of LTE-only basic phones now, if if they're slightly more expensive than basic CDMA-only phones for now.
Re: "Without LTE"
Why not? They've been trying very hard to get to 100% LTE coverage, and doing a decent job of it. Once they turn on VoLTE, if it performs well, why have CDMA in new phones at all? (Obviously, this is very different from Verizon phasing out the CDMA network. Obviously that will stay lit for many years.)
Re: "Without LTE"
Eventually all phones will be LTE, and LTE only (until the next technology comes along, of course.) Actually, it may not be that far away. Verizon is already talking about ceasing sales of CDMA phones in 2014. If they can eliminate CDMA and only worry about LTE, it will save on phone cost. That was the reason they cited. Therefore it may actually happen in their cheapest phones first. Oh, also, Sprint/Boost is CDMA, not GSM. There wouldn't be GSM ...
It does not have NFC. (edit, sorry) That's in our specs. That's a major feature, so you can be sure we list that correctly when we post a spec page.
Not intended to be
Huh? This is not HTC's flagship. It's not supposed to be. It's not designed to compete with the GS4. The HTC One is HTC's flagship, and that stacks up well against the GS4.
Re: Key Lime Pie?. . .
I wouldn't count on Key Lime Pie. It certainly could happen, but generally you should only expect upgrades for flagship devices. And this is no flagship.
It's on Verizon's site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/s tore/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewPh oneDetail&selectedPhoneId=6613
Re: Kudos on a great April Fools page!
premium messaging scams
It's a third-party premium messaging scam. She should check for past charges she might have missed on her bill. She should report it to AT&T customer service and explain that she never signed up for it. AT&T is usually good about crediting such charges when customers complain.
The HTC One has 802.11ac.
The Sprint version will have global roaming, at least according to the FCC approval that cleared today.
You're just describing a subsidy-based traditional contract. The subsidy isn't "speculation", it's common sense and simple math. No smartphone is actually free. Some major carriers will list a "full price" for their phones. Contracts are two years. Obviously the carrier expects to be paid back the remaining value of the phone over that time. It doesn't take infinite time to repay the cost of a phone. It takes two years. Therefore your monthly plan should down once your phone is paid ...
1. Except that some people end up getting a lot less for their money, and the only difference is ignorance of how the system works. A lot of things in this world are like that, but in this case, the carriers are deliberately trying to hide the subsidy so that they can profit from consumer ignorance. In most industries, such business practices are banned. 2. It seems darn simple to me. It's itemized on your bill. The plan is the ...
MadFatMan said: The margin that you deem as the consumer fleecing is necessary operating capital as apart of acceptable operational margin and is figured with the cost and goods and services rendered. I don't completely agree. Of course all money a company takes in affects its bottom line. I can't deny that. But my issue is that the companies try to hide the phone cost (the subsidy) in a way that confuses many consumers. It's possible for savvy consumers to stay completely ...
Re: We are free to leave this month?
With one of their new plans.
Well, yes and no. T-Mobile does offer what you describe. And it does allow them to still market high-end phones at $199, and that's exactly what they're doing.
Missing the point
Well that's a very specific and unusual setup. But you missed the point of the article. It's not about which carrier is cheaper. It's about the structure of how your phone it paid for. It's about how you are penalized if you don't upgrade at an exact moment, and how the carriers hide that fact so they can milk some extra money from you. If you've already chosen a carrier because they have much better coverage in the places you need, then ...
Sprint version: GSM?
Blackmitch1 said: I hope sprint does not take the GSM chip out of the Samsung 4 like the S3. WiWavelength is correct. That's not quite how it works. Verizon Wireless clearly has a requirement that most of their high-end phones support world roaming. That's not surprising given that they are half-owned by Vodafone, an international carrier. That world roaming doesn't require a whole extra chip (at least not a major one.) Most of the support is built right into the main Qualcomm chipset. ...
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