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Re: Still At A Loss.
Oct 15, 2014, 4:34 PM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for AT&T forum

---"A Porsche is not equal to a Ford Fiesta - but you pay a premium for a car engineered to higher quality standards and using premium material."--- So, you're saying that a Porche Carrera GT made mostly of hybrid plastic materials, is more premium than the steel that the Ford Fiesta has. Interesting. I also find the ride in my neighbor's Porche seems rather stiff(suspension) vs my Wife's Chevy Impala. The Porshe may offer a better high performance factor, but ...

Re: Still At A Loss.
Oct 15, 2014, 10:50 AM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for AT&T forum

That is an excuse that most people like to use. But, if I pay top dollar for a device, I want the most functions and options possible whether the company feels I need them or not. Technology changes day by day as well as implemented trends. Near Field Communication is a practice I have been using whether Apple or the market deemed "popular." It is nice knowing my money spent on the available function is well spent. I like ...

Still At A Loss.
Oct 15, 2014, 8:53 AM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for AT&T forum

I don't get the hype on the materialist nature of what these devices are made of. Before Steve Jobs, no one gave a crap about how mobile phones were made of. This includes editors of tech sites. I understand that these are handheld products and how they "feel" plays a certain part in purchases by some people. But, in the same principle, they are also mobile devices that are subject to almost unlimited elements of destruction and 95% ...

Understandable But,
Oct 10, 2014, 8:15 AM
in the Article: Sprint, T-Mobile Want FCC to Eye AT&T's Spectrum Spree forum

Last known info has Sprint sitting out of this auction. I can understand the arguments placed in front of the FCC and recognize the theory behind the opposing views. However, while T-Mobile is looking to the FCC to have a fair shake at bidding for the this auction, Sprint should be concentrating on getting the ducks in order for the 600mhz auction. Again, I do believe AT&T and VZW have their fair share of low band spectrum and the ...

Too Bad.
Oct 9, 2014, 8:45 PM
in the Article: Review: HTC One (E8) for Sprint forum

I, for one, prefer plastic over metal due to battery accessibility that is available with many plastic devices. HTC failed in not making this version with battery removable option. As a tech enthusiast for over 40 years, it absolutely irks me that many of today's fellow enthusiasts are so uninformed of the nature in why manufacturers are doing this. I have 3 friends that work in phone sales and each have expressed their experience that a phone may come in ...

Re: Or....
Oct 2, 2014, 7:18 PM
in the Article: Apple Responds to Bent iPhone Issue forum

Yes. But, how easily it can bend, break or come apart under seemingly normal use, is quite different. For the sake of argument, many people put their phones in their front and rear pockets. Common sense would say this isn't entirely a great idea. However, nonetheless, it is a trend many people follow. A manufacturer should also use common sense to realize this. It is part of research and development. Example: A user puts the phone in their front pocket. ...

Re: Verizon??
Oct 2, 2014, 5:12 PM
in the Article: Verizon Bags Plan to Throttle Heaviest Users forum

It is a win for the consumer. However, the heat was that Verizon would've suffered extreme backlash from its long time legacy customers. The intent remains. It was to squeeze more dollars as possible from this loyal group. John B.

Re: Verizon??
Oct 2, 2014, 5:06 PM
in the Article: Verizon Bags Plan to Throttle Heaviest Users forum

Truly national or native coverage? Sprint has every part of the US covered through roaming agreements. This, in essence, makes it truly national. Never once have I been without Sprint service in this respect and I'm saving more than $60 a month. Much more than $15. Even then, what harm does it do to roam on occasion? Why do people have this fear of roaming? Is it pride? I roam maybe 15% of the time in my travels and ...

Re: counterpoint
Sep 30, 2014, 11:32 AM
in the Article: Review: Apple iPhone 6 Plus for AT&T forum

I am shocked as all hell that a consumer would not care that a $1000 product designed not to bend is, in fact, doing so. Whether you like Apple or not, your opinion is absolutely the worst enemy of consumer advocacy I have ever heard in my 53 years. Defending a product because you find the experience "Superior", is in all reality, a subjective statement that is not entirely echoed with even Apple fans. Many of my friends and colleagues ...

Re: "...consumers have no reason to worry"
Sep 26, 2014, 6:46 PM
in the Article: Apple Responds to Bent iPhone Issue forum

---"well it should be common sense to not sit on a $700 phone"--- It should also be common sense to the manufacturers that even when not an accident, these phones do not sit on shelves or in displays all day. These are products that are highly interacted with on a daily basis. As I just posted in another thread, I have never had a problem with plastic phones in over 27 years of owning cellphones. My guess is you didn't ...

Re: Why put it in your back pocket...
Sep 26, 2014, 5:53 PM
in the Article: Apple Responds to Bent iPhone Issue forum

Whether people shouldn't put phones in their rear pockets, front pockets, shirt pockets Etc, isn't a fair question. The fact that society adopts certain trends should be condusive to how manufacturers design their products. Yes, accidents happen but: Cellphone manufacturers, in general, shouldn't be trying to design their products as if it's fine crystal. These phones are held or in possession of their users, in countless ways an average of 16 hours a day. They should be designed with that ...

Re: I read the thread
Sep 24, 2014, 7:15 PM
in the Article: Review: Apple iPhone 6 Plus for AT&T forum

I think you're forgetting that Apple has patented a new technology from the liquid metal company they acquired. The new technology is called Tailored Formation. The iphone and its metal is optimized to manipulate itself and conform to a person's ass. No two asses are alike and Apple has innovated the technology to bend to these characteristics. The instructions are clear and concise: "Thank you for purchasing the most innovative and customizable iphone to date. You are about ...

Re: What willl that do for Verizon's over all service?
Sep 24, 2014, 3:13 PM
in the Article: Verizon Exploring Tower Sale forum

Verizon will still own the antennae and base stations but, will lease the towers from the owners. Selling just the towers will save the company a significant chunk of change in maintenance. Unfortunately, you will not benefit from the cost savings. It's all for big red. John B.

Re: Inconvenienced.
Aug 25, 2014, 5:54 PM
in the Article: Apple Offering to Replace Faulty iPhone 5 Batteries forum

The probability of having a battery issue under warranty is around the 8% mark. For you to experuence a battery issue within 12 months, is slim. This is why battery replacement under warranty is no big deal for manufacturers and the few consumers that experience the issues. Low cost to manufacturers and generally free for consumers. That is the reason your perception is real and I won't disagree with your logic. However, after tye warranty, the percentage climbs to ...

Inconvenienced.
Aug 23, 2014, 11:30 AM
in the Article: Apple Offering to Replace Faulty iPhone 5 Batteries forum

Here's where I get to rant again. I like to check the battery on my phone every 4-6 months. When I noticed a decrease in the amount of time my phone was holding a charge, I was able to remove it and discovered swelling which is an indication of potential worse scenerios. I went to the store and While out of warranty, I still recieved a free replacement and was in an out of the store within about 5 ...

Re: exactly
Aug 20, 2014, 12:18 PM
in the Article: SoftBank and Sprint Working with Sharp on Edgeless Phone forum

You should've chose the green one. The hallucinations are far more exciting. John B.

Re: exactly
Aug 18, 2014, 2:55 PM
in the Article: SoftBank and Sprint Working with Sharp on Edgeless Phone forum

Maybe your friend should have his phone looked at. I travel to Chicago twice a year and Sprint service has been stellar. Or, Maybe they only turn the towers on when I go there. Choose which one you think is closer to the truth. John B.

Re: You get what you pay for......
Aug 16, 2014, 12:30 PM
in the Article: Sprint CEO: 'Disruptive' Prices Coming Next Week forum

Building out an infrastructure is a daunting task as well as very expensive. With a smidgen above a million in total population, it would be very unlikely that Sprint or Tmobile would fork over cash to expand in areas where they would probably acquire only 10% of the customer base that AT&T and Verizon have. To cover the complete state would cost billions. AT&T and VZW acquired the areas by acquistions. If not, they most likely would not have ...

Wheeler Said...
Aug 8, 2014, 2:31 PM
in the Article: FCC Asking All Carriers to Explain Throttling Policies forum

.."'All the kids do it' was never something that worked for me when I was growing up." Well, If my friends jumped off a bridge, So did I. It was awesome. Some of us didn't come out alive. The rest of us suffered broken bones and/or permanent memory loss. But,it was a gang thing. We were kids. John B.

Re: The reason why Verizon Wireless and AT&T are so large today:
Aug 7, 2014, 4:23 PM
in the Article: FCC Chief Glad Sprint Ditching T-Mobile Bid forum

This is what I try to explain to others here but they fail to listen. We should be thankful that these people don't run these companies. They think that it is so easy to just purchase carriers. VZW and AT&T were destined to be the largest right from the start. The Bell system had it all worked out from the beginning. Equivalent to a rich person willing the entire fortune to their children. John B.

Re: This Says It All.....
Aug 6, 2014, 5:47 PM
in the Article: FCC Chief Glad Sprint Ditching T-Mobile Bid forum

---"They were postpaid customers. The most desired kind."--- At the risk of sounding stereotypical, what kind of post paid? I know many individuals that can't afford to flush their toilets, yet, still have post paid phones. John B.

Re: Sprint & T-Mobile Coverage & Nationwide Data Speeds are ABYSMAL!
Aug 6, 2014, 5:00 PM
in the Article: FCC Chief Glad Sprint Ditching T-Mobile Bid forum

I agree 100%. The mere fact that the FCC and the DoJ had to think about the AT&T/Tmobile merge, is proof that big money was involved with trying to slide it on. There should've been no thinking. It should've been a cut dry; NO just like they did for Softbank and Tmobile. John B.

Re: Sprint & T-Mobile Coverage & Nationwide Data Speeds are ABYSMAL!
Aug 6, 2014, 4:54 PM
in the Article: FCC Chief Glad Sprint Ditching T-Mobile Bid forum

---"Here in Montana with almost 1 million people there IS NOT ONE person who can get native coverage out of Sprint or T-Mobile."--- Variances and licensing is fickle for tower placement. I can agree that many areas could use more choices. However, an instance happened near me a few years ago where Sprint tried to build a tower and were voted down by the town. Miraculously, a year and half later, AT&T was given approval for the ...

Re: This Says It All.....
Aug 6, 2014, 1:01 PM
in the Article: FCC Chief Glad Sprint Ditching T-Mobile Bid forum

We need to look at what type of subs T-Mobile is gaining. While we don't have conclusive facts on this, many are going to be what Sprint didn't need in the first place and what VZW and AT&T found least profitable. Why do so many people feel extensive coverage is so important. I have concluded in so many mathmatical figuring that most don't need the kind of extensive coverage AT&T and VZW have successfully marketed to the consumers. Sprint's ...

This Says It All.....
Aug 6, 2014, 11:09 AM
in the Article: FCC Chief Glad Sprint Ditching T-Mobile Bid forum

....."Wheeler's statement sends a clear signal that the FCC likes things the way they are, with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless all competing with one another." I'm quite sure AT&T and VZW feel the same way. John B.

Re: Another Win For VZW And AT&T.
Aug 5, 2014, 5:50 PM
in the Article: FCC Won't Allow Joint Bids in Spectrum Auction forum

Just the mere fact that AT&T and VZW are participating in the auction will already drive the prices up. Auctions are complex and this one is even more due to the spectrum auctioned. To keep this a short explanation, rather than offer all the spectrum as a possible package deal as past auctions, the rules of the auction are set in place to target the two largest carriers due to them already owning a substantial amount of low band ...

Re: Another Win For VZW And AT&T.
Aug 3, 2014, 12:31 PM
in the Article: FCC Won't Allow Joint Bids in Spectrum Auction forum

Mike, Softbank and Tmobile are not asking for handouts from US taxpayer dollars. I have read nothing on such request. What they are asking for is a chance to be competitve with two companies that have been seasoned by the mother of all "Parent companies." The US Government. I respect you disagreeing with me. It is what makes for interesting debate. But, the fact of the matter is you have repeatedly tried to degrade T-mobile and Sprint as "choosing ...

Another Win For VZW And AT&T.
Aug 2, 2014, 7:42 AM
in the Article: FCC Won't Allow Joint Bids in Spectrum Auction forum

This ruling plays totally into the hands of big red and blue. The premise of this ruling is to eliminate the collusion of larger carriers while giving the chance to the smaller. The problem is, there are very little smaller carriers left with enough financial backing to make such a bid on this valuable spectrum. This once again puts all the financial power into AT&T and VZW for individual bidding. Do T-Mobile and Sprint have the potential to successfully ...

Many Hurdles
Jul 28, 2014, 6:31 PM
in the Article: Researchers Claim Lithium Battery Breakthrough forum

Back in the 60s, auto manufacturers found a way to develope a carburetor to allow a vehicle 150mpg. This would never come to fruition. Mysteriously, the technology never appeared. If we apply the same logic to the electronic version of powering devices, the common battery will remain fairly unchanged in order to keep profits and revenue sustainable through recirculation of sales. The Fortune500 has a nasty habit of controlling what makes it to market and what gets lost. As ...

Global Use
Jul 28, 2014, 7:42 AM
in the Article: Phone-Unlocking Bill Clears Congress, Goes to Obama forum

It is likely that the only real benefit to this bill is for global use. As carriers use different frequencies, the advantage to unlock would pertain to those wishing to use their phone outside the US. This has been the fight for quite awhile. Many globe trotters have had trouble with the carriers unlocking for overseas extended stay or business use. John B.

Re: im confused
Jul 22, 2014, 8:05 PM
in the Article: Review: LG G3 for Sprint forum

Most carriers use proprietary software to help devices link to their respective networks. When it came to signal, the reviewer specifically pointed out that the LG3 did not perform as well on Sprint's network as Sprint's other devices. This leads me to believe that the LG3 may have an initial software conflict between it and the network's software. Most likely a firmware update will be in the works if more people experience the same issue from said device. Just a ...

Re: Not bad.
Jul 21, 2014, 8:55 PM
in the Article: Review: LG G3 for Verizon Wireless forum

In contrast, I found this offering from LG a "refreshing" change from status quo in pushing metal. I've owned cellphones for over 27 years and plastic has never been an issue before Steve Jobs made his infamous pitch and it hasn't been an issue for me still. I wonder what everyone did before metal phones. I really think it is an implanted mindset that it needs to be metal or nothing. It is shortsighted to think this way. There ...

Nextel...
Jul 19, 2014, 7:35 AM
in the Article: GoTenna Links Phones When Network Disappears forum

...had this built into its later handsets. It was called Direct Talk. No need to carry around seperate two way radios. While range was certainly limited to 2 miles respectively, it was great for when no coverage was available in the mountains. And depending how many of our family members had these nextel phones, more than two family members could keep in communication without interference from other existing channels that two way radios operate on.. I like the GoTenna idea but ...

Parents are at fault.
Jul 3, 2014, 7:43 AM
in the Article: Amazon Refuses to Settle with FTC Over In-App Charges forum

From high insurance claims to inadvertent app purchases. Parents give their kids as young as toddlers expensive phones to play with. The kid drops the phone and a trip to the service center ensues. "That's why I've got insurance." Seems to be the excuse for these idiots. Then they give their pre-teens a phone without any monitoring and they wonder why they are slapped with higher bills. It's time parents start being parents. Give your toddler an inexpensive, ...

Re: why....
Jun 28, 2014, 8:52 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Allowing Customers to Pair iPhone with Prepaid Plans forum

---"I never hated the iPhone more than I do now."--- Welcome to the '80s and '90s. You are just realizing what our generation always knew. Apple has not one ounce of consumer interest in its DNA. It is to control and get rich. It's that simple. We can argue that other companies are in it for money also. But, line of sight proves that the other companies are at least on par with major trends and advances that fit into ...

Test Drive.
Jun 19, 2014, 4:34 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile to Let Customers Test Drive Network for Free forum

Funny that I used this statement two and a half months ago when I tried Tmobile. My contract was up and decided to give tmobile a go. My analysis is that around city limits, Tmobile performed on par with the likes of Sprint, VZW and AT&T. Once outside the city, the landscape took on a different form. I was barely 13 miles outside the city and couldn't get a signal. Unlike my Sprint phone or work issued Verizon ...

Re: And...
Jun 12, 2014, 5:21 AM
in the Article: Nation's LTE Networks Ranked, Verizon Tops Competition forum

---"The argument you're making is "Why drive the BMW, when you could drive the entry-level Chevy and they both get you to the same destination". Frankly, the Beemer just performs better, consistently and is more "Fun" because of that."--- True. And I'm not saying ALL people make wrong choices. However, people are less likely to complain about their car payments than they do about their phone payments. There are many people that still feel their respective city is only fully ...

Re: What??
Jun 11, 2014, 6:26 PM
in the Article: Nation's LTE Networks Ranked, Verizon Tops Competition forum

Unfortunately Bob, they're basing it on average nationwide coverage and phones capable of said technologies. Very few Spark devices and limited rural coverage impedes results. Frankly, I find massive coverage is overrated and I've been claiming this for years. Example: I know one lady with two disabled children in wheelchairs and she won't make a trip across the other side of the city to one of my favorite restaurants that I recommended to her because it is too ...

Re: But Apple hasn't had a quality anything for a long time
Jun 2, 2014, 6:30 PM
in the Article: Apple to Buy Beats Music and Electronics for $3 Billion forum

Yup! Andrewbearpig already mentioned this as well. And as I told him. Great example. There are so many other examples. Too many to list. John B.

Re: But Apple hasn't had a quality anything for a long time
Jun 1, 2014, 3:15 PM
in the Article: Apple to Buy Beats Music and Electronics for $3 Billion forum

Nope. Didn't forget. The list of hip hop and rap artists taking sound clips from older artists, is too long to list. I only used a few as an example. But yours are definitely great examples. John B.

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