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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.

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 ...

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