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Re: im confused
Tuesday, 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.
Monday, 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.

Re: But Apple hasn't had a quality anything for a long time
May 31, 2014, 11:55 PM
in the Article: Apple to Buy Beats Music and Electronics for $3 Billion forum

If everything else is "just crap" why do many of the hip hop and rap artists seem to use the crap music as back up instrumentals for their lyrics? To name a few: Tone Loc's Wild Thing(Van Halen's Jamies crying) MC Hammer(Rick James' Superfreak) Vanilla Ice(Queen's Under pressure) Tone Loc really out did it by using seven sampling songs in Funky Cold Medina from older groups. Jason Derulo's Whatcha Say(Imogen Heap's Whatcha Say) and: More recently and didn't get away with it: Jason Derulo's Ridin Solo(The ...

Re: But Apple hasn't had a quality anything for a long time
May 31, 2014, 11:33 PM
in the Article: Apple to Buy Beats Music and Electronics for $3 Billion forum

All the time? I will give you a chance to recant "All the time" because he doesn't use them all the time. He does like income from sponsors however, and that is where it ends. Musician magazines are full of sponsored ads. If I knew this article was coming, I would have loved to hit up Chris and my friend Elvio the question of what headphones they prefer when they visited here two months ago. I can tell you ...

Re: But Apple hasn't had a quality anything for a long time
May 30, 2014, 10:44 AM
in the Article: Apple to Buy Beats Music and Electronics for $3 Billion forum

I've been in many studios and have seen no Beats headphones. My friend who is touring with Daughtry as a keyboardist and guitarist, has seen may be one beats headset in a studio and it was allocated to an auxillary back up room. When you are working in a studio, sound reproduction is crucial. No sacrifices. Beats is directed towards bass pronunciation. This eliminates the accuracy. I argue that less expensive Sonys will produce far better accuracy. John B.

Re: funny
May 28, 2014, 7:42 PM
in the Article: Apple to Buy Beats Music and Electronics for $3 Billion forum

There are many different paid music hubs available and HTC's decline didn't allow a bet for extra revenue. I would list it as a higb risk given BeatsAudio isn't exactly top notch. This is well suited for Apple because Apple is based on proprietary operation. Apple can work Beats into a monthy service for its customers to compete with the likes of let's say Spotify for example. From what I hear from my friends tied to Apple, they don't really ...

Just Called AT&T.
May 25, 2014, 12:34 PM
in the Article: AT&T Will Let You Insure Non-Connected Devices forum

15 minutes saved me 15% on my car insurance. I was also able to throw in other non-connected devices such as my lawn tractor, backyard BBQ and a cordless razor. :D John B.

Re: Wow this stinks
May 20, 2014, 5:57 PM
in the Article: AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion forum

---"You only think you like AT&T because you're not wise like John."--- I'm not sure of anywhere in my post that B-sides should hate AT&T. Please review my thread and point out where I claim that B-sides needs to hate AT&T personally. I believe I said having AT&T and DirecTV as seperate entities was not a bad thing. Having them merge is not in the best interest of the consumers. B-sides likes both and the reason is that both are ...

Re: Wow this stinks
May 20, 2014, 9:08 AM
in the Article: AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion forum

---"John I've been reading your "Conspiracy theory" crap for months now, are you ever satisfied with anything?"--- Actually, I'm pretty much happy about everything in my life. I'm 53. Very successful. Have a beautiful wife and two kids on their way to being equally successful. And I pride myself on being a consumer advocate.Every quote you posted about me is obviously pretensive since I have never made such comments. I give charitable contributions to my church without compaints. I don't ...

Re: There We Have It.
May 19, 2014, 7:27 PM
in the Article: AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion forum

Comcast is largest in terms of "Mass Media." Pay Tv is what AT&T is after. This is the threshold of more profit to be made due to more paid services. Mass Media is tv but also radio and other forms of communication. When was the last time you were billed for public radio? AT&T will be the largest of "Pay Tv." Considering it's history in trying to propogate through inconsistencies for it's purchasing reasons, I would not want ...

Re: Wow this stinks
May 19, 2014, 6:45 PM
in the Article: AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion forum

It's pretty easy to get "stoked" over two seperate entities that have had great service when they are entirely detached from each other. They need to be on their best behavior if you will. But, what happens when these two seperate entities out for the same goal of growing profit margins eliminate more choices by merging? I fully expect you to be crying a different tune once this deal is said and done. There will be more bundling of services ...

There We Have It.
May 19, 2014, 5:35 AM
in the Article: AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion forum

AT&T once a monopoly then broken up, is back together again thanks to failed government. If this deal goes through, AT&T will be the largest pay tv provider in the world. We look at how they will finance this deal and it clearly shows how the smaller carriers could not compete on the financial level of buying power regardless of "parent companies" involvement. AT&T was always in control even after the break up. Here it is people in black and ...

Re: This has gone way too far.
May 14, 2014, 5:14 PM
in the Article: AT&T May Buy DirecTV for $50 Billion forum

Please review my response that you highlighted and ask yourself if that is what I said. In case you found it confusing: I believe what I was saying is that I'd like to see an even balance. I didn't say I wanted my carrier of choice to buy up everything. John B.

Re: This has gone way too far.
May 13, 2014, 6:49 PM
in the Article: AT&T May Buy DirecTV for $50 Billion forum

There are some financial analysts that feel the break up of AT&T was a mistake. This has led to the easing of proper regulations in serving the public interest. The truth be known that AT&T and Verizon were left with substantial wealth after the break up in order to out pace the smaller carriers. The whole reason for the dissolve has been negated by failed observation and monitoring by the very same government that forced the break up. John B.

Re: This has gone way too far.
May 13, 2014, 6:36 PM
in the Article: AT&T May Buy DirecTV for $50 Billion forum

Who said they don't want to. Just because they haven't doesn't mean anything. People only assume that they don't want to. Large purchases require large pay backs that are driven by revenue. Tmobile and Sprint lack the revenue and the parent companies are no different than a mom and dad. I'm not about to lend my 32 year old son money on something that is a chance, sketchy pay back. I might help in small funding to ...

Re: This has gone way too far.
May 13, 2014, 6:25 PM
in the Article: AT&T May Buy DirecTV for $50 Billion forum

Yes. Because shifting the folcrum point to a more even balance is better for healthier choice and pricing. The problem is, even having strong parent companies, Tmobile and Sprint still have limited funded parents as compared to Verizon and AT&T. However, it is my hope that acquistions or merges are kept to minimalistic numbers and that AT&T and Verizon are kept at bay to use innovation rather than just purchase entities that others built. John B.

Re: This has gone way too far.
May 13, 2014, 6:29 AM
in the Article: AT&T May Buy DirecTV for $50 Billion forum

You remembered incorrectly. I had always been an HTC man. I switched to Samsung preferably due to retaining expandable memory and removable battery. While I love my S5, I do not get attached to my phones due to upgrading every two years. It is just a tool to conduct a business and communicate. You should take me serious as I care more for consumer advocacy than pretty, shiny objects. Anyone that complains about why family phone bills are almost the ...

This has gone way too far.
May 12, 2014, 6:43 PM
in the Article: AT&T May Buy DirecTV for $50 Billion forum

AT&T was one of the largest monopolies in the world with over a million employees. It was targeted and speared to break up as to provide choices for consumers and eliminate a total control over the state of the wireless industry. Now, AT&T wants to take over pay tv all while trying to snuff out wireless carriers as well. Does anyone here understand why me and many others have constantly posted our opinions why we need to keep Verizon ...

Re: Obviously, because
May 11, 2014, 9:55 AM
in the Article: California Reverses Course, Passes Kill Switch Law forum

I'm all for as much action against crime as possible. However, this move is definitely a ploy to stamp some politician's name in a book. This will not deter any attempt to steal a personal possession. There will always be people that steal and resell to dumb people that purchase. The only "possible" benefit to consumer interest in this, would be the acknowledgement from insurance carriers that lower coverage costs would be implemented if the device has a kill ...

Re: Sprint banned me from their Facebook page.
May 10, 2014, 5:05 PM
in the Article: Sprint Turns to Throttling to Manage Network Congestion forum

Any company would do the same. It's one thing to offer contructive criticism or offer up a complaint. However, to use a company's site to sell another company's product, is just not acceptable. The companies you are trying to sell, must be desperate in order for you stand on a street corner and peddle for loose change. John B.

Re: Good strategy T-Mo!
May 10, 2014, 4:09 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Wants $1B Break-Up Fee If Sprint Deal Fails forum

I have some news for you. T-mobile is going to need far more than just a billion dollars to parlay up for the 600Mhz spectrum. With this spectrum will come an astronomical amount of responsibility to utilize it nationwide. Not just metropolitan areas. Currently, Tmobile's cut rate direction is not building the revenue needed to expand far beyond what it covers at this point. It's one thing to own a Mercedes. But, it's no good if you can't drive ...

It Seems Tmobile...
May 10, 2014, 3:29 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Wants $1B Break-Up Fee If Sprint Deal Fails forum

... wants to be the industry prostitute rather than actually be owned. Why merge if you can bank on using everyone? This whole idea of breakup fees is a joke. Even though I fought the AT&T/Tmobile buy, I didn't see the logic in the break up fee. They were never together to break up. Same here. Sprint and T-Mobile are not yet an item. Tmobile needs to keep its pants on and start acting like a serious wirless carrier. ...

Re: Tmobile about to be richer
May 10, 2014, 3:08 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Wants $1B Break-Up Fee If Sprint Deal Fails forum

You really have to stop reading what other non-Sprint users are saying and start focusing on reinstating some self-corrective knowledge. Tmobile is not all what these sites claim it to be. I know because I practice what I preach. I'm not listening to cellphone media hubs praising Tmobile. My contract with Sprint was done a while ago. When it came to upgrading my phone, I decided to give Tmobile a try. I had to bail after a week and ...

Re: STUPID!!
Apr 22, 2014, 5:04 AM
in the Article: Dominos Now Accepting Google Wallet to Pay for Pizza forum

---"It's like the Segway, yeah it's neat, but at the end of the day, no one really has any need for it, it's just a novelty."--- I'm not so sure that Paul Bart Mall Cop would agree with you. :D John B.

Re: Pac Man Fever?
Apr 21, 2014, 9:05 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Scoop Up Two Small Carriers forum

The government failed the people. AT&T was to forfeit any involvement with computers and was to primarily supply phones and accessories while the smaller carriers delivered the service. As little as 8- 10 years, AT&T said FU and rekindled the computer business in spite of conditions made by the breakup. It was karma to see the computer business eat away AT&T's financial bet. Since then, the government has done nothing to help the consumer of the wireless industry. It ...

Re: Love It!!!
Apr 21, 2014, 5:33 PM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 for AT&T forum

My GS3 ran like a top. The only thing I had to do to it, was replace the battery two months ago. Unless they just haven't said anything, several family and friends have not mentioned any issues with any of their 3s and 4s. It is my hope that my S5 will duplicate the success. So far, it has been a joy to own. John B.

Re: Love It!!!
Apr 21, 2014, 8:25 AM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 for AT&T forum

Waiting in line is not somethine we planned on doing. My friends have had their contracts up for awhile and were looking to try something different than Apple. They asked if I wanted to tag along and check out the new S5 on launch day. The more they messed around with it, they found themsleves wanting it. We talked about it and decided as long as we were there, we might as well do it up and wait in ...

Re: What a joke!
Apr 19, 2014, 11:48 AM
in the Article: FCC Chair Stands by Proposal to Limit AT&T and Verizon forum

---"I find it laughable that the government would step in to block two of the largest carriers from acquiring more spectrum at the auction. Its not like the government forced people to choose both AT&T or Verizon, it was the consumer who made the choice and they did so because these companies offered a better, more reliable network."---  What's laughable is after the breakup, the local and rural carriers offered better reliable service as well as customer service while ...

Re: Pretty much explains why Samsung copied Apple
Apr 18, 2014, 4:21 PM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 for AT&T forum

I'm pretty much going to stay away from debating you for the simple reason I haven't had much time to play around with my S5 due to being extremely busy. I will, however, point out that two of my freinds that were iphone users for the last five years, have nothing but praise for their new S5s that they bought. The stuff that I have used so far, has performed meticulously well. I did experience an issue with the ...

Love It!!!
Apr 18, 2014, 8:33 AM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 for AT&T forum

In all the 27 years I've been using cellphones, the evolving technology in the last six years has caused me whiplash. Just as you purchase a phone, it seems to be outdated in six months. Nothing short of the PC era. I have always contended that rather than concentrating and exhausting all energy on non-mechanical hardware, one must use their money wisely(within their means) to purchase the most advanced device they can to prolong longevity potential. While Samsung has ...

Re: Sounds like someone's having a temper tantrum
Apr 17, 2014, 11:50 AM
in the Article: AT&T Doesn't Like 600MHz Auction Rules, May Skip It forum

I'm worried about you rwalford. I don't believe you're thinking logically. While I feel leaving the 600mhz spectrum out of the hands of VZW and AT&T is a step forward for consumer balance, handing it all over to tmobile isn't going to help the industry any better than giving it all to the two largest. It will be an astronomical financial burden and responsibilty for tmobile to utilize the spectrum in a reasonable time frame. While the lower spectrum ...

Re: convoluted
Apr 16, 2014, 11:07 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow forum

---"it doesn't have to be paid for in the future as Slammer tried to assert as a rule."--- Actually, that's not what I'm claiming. I'm saying that there are people that can still consume more than what they are allotted per cycle regardless of being throttled. Who pays for these overages? Certainly Tmobile is not going to allow free data in this instance. Even let's say Tmobile is not socking the customer with 10 times the normal charge rate for ...

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