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Re: Stop. Preloading. Crap.
Mar 25, 2015, 6:34 PM
in the Article: Samsung Agrees to Preload More Microsoft Apps forum

If there are, I can't imagine why they use an Android phone, as the primary advantage of Android is easy access to Google apps and services

Re: Stop. Preloading. Crap.
Mar 24, 2015, 10:11 AM
in the Article: Samsung Agrees to Preload More Microsoft Apps forum

On Samsung phones, even the stuff which comes pre-loaded still needs to be installed, and authorized. A pro-loaded app is really just a shprtcut to install ad authorize it on your phone. And if you don't want it, you can remove the shortcut so that it doesn't take up space on your phone, and you can disable it so that it doesn't use any memory.

Re: There's one HUGE caveat to these plans!
Mar 19, 2015, 10:57 AM
in the Article: Total Wireless MVNO Launching Through Walmart forum

Verizon only recently allowed its own prepaid service to have LTE, they certainly aren't going to allow an MVNO to do so.

Re: Super Mario & Zelda - Coming to a Tablet Near You
Mar 17, 2015, 6:19 PM
in the Article: Nintendo Pushes 'Start' On Mobile Game Development forum

Call of Duty and GTA are both pretty dumbed down games, especially on mobile. Neither of them have particularly deep storytelling. Zelda games however have an extremely complex mythology that would never translate to mobile.

Re: Super Mario & Zelda - Coming to a Tablet Near You
Mar 17, 2015, 10:34 AM
in the Article: Nintendo Pushes 'Start' On Mobile Game Development forum

I am all for them moving into mobile gaming...but there's no way that mobile gaming will ever be as good as console gaming or PC gaming. Not only are touchscreen controls fairly limited, but the size and scope of games are limited as well. There is no way that a game like The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess or Super Mario Galaxy could ever work in mobile.

Re: Ridiculous Prices
Mar 11, 2015, 10:45 PM
in the Article: iOS 8.2 Includes Apple Watch App and Bug Fixes forum

College Humor had some bitingly accurate commentary about the gold Apple Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL1x f_X0W2s

Re: go phone
Feb 18, 2015, 11:12 AM
in the Article: AT&T Improves GoPhone Data Allotments forum

Because while they are both owned by at&t, they are still run as separate companies. Cricket sets its own prices and plans, and at&t sets its own prices and plans. at&t doesn't create Cricket's policies.

Re: They may have to unlock phones...
Feb 12, 2015, 10:32 AM
in the Article: Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today forum

With Verizon, you don't need to change the IMEI in the system, and the only reason you ever have to do it with at&t is if you're changing from iPhone to Android or Blackberry, because these have special data plans, and you have to change the IMEI to change the data plan. Now, if you're swapping between two iPhones or two Android phones, or two Blackberries, nothing really needs to be updated, but at&t just prefers that everything ...

Re: They may have to unlock phones...
Feb 12, 2015, 10:17 AM
in the Article: Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today forum

No, the last time I called Verizon and asked them to activate customer owned equipment for me, they refused and told me to do it myself.

Re: ROFL
Feb 11, 2015, 10:27 PM
in the Article: Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today forum

The carrier does not contact the manufacturer to ask for the code, the carrier has a database filled with all the unlock codes that it consults....it takes all of 30 seconds to enter the IMEI into the computer and retrieve the unlock, from the carrier's own database.

Re: They may have to unlock phones...
Feb 11, 2015, 5:58 PM
in the Article: Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today forum

I don't know about other CDMA carriers, but with Verizon you don't actually have to call to change your phone, and if you do call and ask them to change your phone, they will tell you to do it yourself. For 3G phones, you can activate them on Verizon just by entering a certain code on the keypad (it's been a while since I did it, so I don't remember the code) For LTE phones, all you have to do is ...

Re: That is why..........
Feb 11, 2015, 5:55 PM
in the Article: Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today forum

How many customers who are actually my customers get denied help because I spent my entire day helping some guy activate a phone he just randomly brought in from somewhere else? It is not just that doing this makes me less productive, it is also the fact that it drives paying customers away if I spend all my time dealing with non-paying customers. I am in fact, losing money at that point. Activating a ...

Re: ROFL
Feb 11, 2015, 5:25 PM
in the Article: Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today forum

It isn't a lie, the unlock code is something added to the phone by the carrier, the manufacturer has nothing to do with it, and they don't have it. The only place you can get the code is from the carrier, because it is their code.

Re: That is why..........
Feb 11, 2015, 5:21 PM
in the Article: Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today forum

Well, I have a simple policy....if you don't buy your phone from me, I don't activate it for you or help with technical support.... .I am a salesman, my store is a sales channel, I don't do billing, customer service or technical support. I sell phones, and activate the phones I sell for the customers who buy them. I provide (very) limited technical support to customers who buy phones from me only. I work on ...

Re: Earlier?
Feb 11, 2015, 2:36 PM
in the Article: Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today forum

I used to work for at&t customer service, and I provided the unlock code to customers for international travel a couple time every day, all it took was a 10-15 phone call, we asked a few questions designed to verify eligibility and then gave the code at the end of the call. I cannot recall a single time ever refusing to provide the code unless my system was unable to find it.

Re: They may have to unlock phones...
Feb 11, 2015, 11:53 AM
in the Article: Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today forum

They can. but only CDMA carriers ever actually do. I mean, I suppose that GSM carriers could disconnect your account once they detect that you are not using one of their phones, but I've never heard of that happening, and even then there is nothing they can do to stop you from moving your SIM card around. Generally if you use another carrier's equipment, they tell you that it isn't supported, not all features may work, and for tech ...

Earlier?
Feb 11, 2015, 11:19 AM
in the Article: Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today forum

It has always been the policy of every carrier I've ever encountered that you can get the unlock code when the contract is over, no questions asked. And provided you're a good customer with no late payments and have had the phone for at least 6 months you can get the unlock code for international travel. How is this a less restrictive policy?

Re: Those Dems need to go on permanent vacation
Feb 8, 2015, 5:31 PM
in the Article: Senators Question Verizon's Use of Supercookies forum

what irritates me even more is the idea of Verizon policies being scrutinized by a bunch of 80 year olds who don't even understand the technology under question.. These are the same kind of people who freak out if someone uninstalls Internet Explorer from their computer and say 'someone deleted the Internet from my computer, who deleted the Internet from my computer?' Not that Verizon shouldn't be held to account, but can we PLEASE not have ...

Re: Samsung's declining sales
Feb 4, 2015, 8:33 AM
in the Article: Exec In Charge of Samsung Galaxy S6 Calls It Quits forum

Of course you think every phone is crap except the iPhone.....so these endless complaints of yours about every other phone on the market are simply impossible to take seriously. :roll:

Re: Throttled is still unlimited
Jan 28, 2015, 10:13 PM
in the Article: FTC Nails TracFone for $40M Over False Advertising forum

It is ridiculous, it's not even a question of reading the fine print, it is bothering to read at all. Next to the word 'unlimited' is an asterix, which if you follow it says '3 GB of high speed data and then 2G speeds for the rest of the billing cycle', and that print is the same size as the rest of the ad. 'Unlimited means unlimited' the FCC needs to grow the hell up, what next, ...

Re: We Live In America
Jan 28, 2015, 4:12 PM
in the Article: FCC Fines Verizon $5 Million for Failed Rural Calls forum

It is true that cost is an issue, but that is why the Universal Service Fund exists to covert the cost of providing phone service to the poor and those in rural communities. The main reason for lack of coverage in rural areas are technical, i.e. difficulties dealing with things like hills, trees, etc.

Re: Switched from Android 4.4 to Windows 8.1. I'd switch banks, Chase lol.
Jan 27, 2015, 7:12 PM
in the Article: Chase Pulls Mobile App from Windows Phone Store forum

Truthfully, the only value I can see in a mobile banking app is mobile deposits, everything else is done much easier from a laptop.

Re: The Reason That Only Verizon Was Fined
Jan 27, 2015, 11:35 AM
in the Article: FCC Fines Verizon $5 Million for Failed Rural Calls forum

There is not a single place in America that I have been, in all my travels, where I have been unable to get at&t coverage if Verizon had coverage. Not once, and i've been in nearly 40 states with at&t phone traveling for business.

Re: windows os
Jan 26, 2015, 11:14 PM
in the Article: Chase Pulls Mobile App from Windows Phone Store forum

It amazes me that so many people here decry the alleged 'duopoly' in wireless carriers wtth at&t and Verizon who then turn around and DEMAND that we have a duopoly in smartphone operating systems. Wait a minute, I thought duopoly's were bad....I'm confused.

Re: We Live In America
Jan 26, 2015, 11:10 PM
in the Article: FCC Fines Verizon $5 Million for Failed Rural Calls forum

It's not a function of the number of towers. Nor is it a question of the amount of money that is invested. We are talking about very vast, sparsely populated areas, often covered with hills, trees, mountains, rivers etc all of which get in the way of the signal. Unless you're prepared to chop down every tree, blow up every mountain, flatten every hill, dry up every river, it is always going to be difficult to provide ...

I hope so
Jan 26, 2015, 9:29 PM
in the Article: AT&T to Buy Second Mexico Carrier for $1.875B forum

Millions of Americans would benefit from having free calls to Canada, and free international roaming in Canada. And after that, they should see if they can buy up any carriers in Europe. Free international roaming in Europe would be SWEET.

Re: We Live In America
Jan 26, 2015, 9:26 PM
in the Article: FCC Fines Verizon $5 Million for Failed Rural Calls forum

"There is absolutely, 100% no reason, NONE, that we cant provide service to people in rural areas successfully." Yes there is, that reason is called 'technical limitations'. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to provide cellular service in rural areas? It's not as simple as just waving your hands and saying 'make it happen'.

Re: Gov now telling businesses how to spend their money?
Jan 26, 2015, 5:12 PM
in the Article: FCC Fines Verizon $5 Million for Failed Rural Calls forum

I've said it before on this site, and I'll site and I'll say it again: the FCC is becoming a rogue agency. The tales of FCC abuses of power are becoming too numerous to count.

Re: I think
Jan 26, 2015, 11:30 AM
in the Article: Verizon Says No Data Rollover Programs In Its Future forum

In my time as an at&t customer, I have never been in a place where I could go not at least get roaming coverage. If there is an area where only Verizon has native coverage, then the Verizon tower probably has an at&t (or some other local GSM carrier) antenna on it, and I will be able to get roaming coverage. If you can't get even roaming coverage on at&t in an area, it is ...

Re: I think
Jan 25, 2015, 9:36 PM
in the Article: Verizon Says No Data Rollover Programs In Its Future forum

It is not that difficult to find examples of areas where at&t has coverage and Verizon does not....it just depends on where you look.

Re: You Get What You Pay For
Jan 25, 2015, 9:20 AM
in the Article: Verizon Says No Data Rollover Programs In Its Future forum

The reason Verizon charges as much as they do is because many of their customers have no choice, it's either Verizon or no mobile phone at all, and they like to take advantage of this fact to extort as much money as they can from customers who want nothing more than to leave but can't because they are trapped.

Re: Talk about sheeple.
Jan 24, 2015, 12:54 AM
in the Article: Verizon Says No Data Rollover Programs In Its Future forum

When I worked for at&t customer service, we were told that if a customer is demanding credits, we should first start by offering free rollover minutes, because while customers loved them some rollover minutes, the fact of the matter is that the probability of them ever actually using those rollover minutes was virtually nil....so by giving them free rollover minutes we were basically giving them nothing...but the customer felt like they were getting something...

Re: Talk about sheeple.
Jan 24, 2015, 12:50 AM
in the Article: Verizon Says No Data Rollover Programs In Its Future forum

Before switching to the mobile early last year with unlimited talk and text, I was with at&t on a rollover minutes plan for years.....at one point I had accumulated something like 3,000 rollover minutes....then suddenly there was an increase in my usage, and I started using a lot more minutes.....and I was going over my minutes more often than not, sometimes by as many as 200-300 minutes or more, and on the months where I didn't go over my ...

Re: There You Have It
Jan 24, 2015, 12:24 AM
in the Article: Verizon Says No Data Rollover Programs In Its Future forum

at&t didn't actually 'copy the offer' made by T Mobile......when they were accused of doing so, at&t made the unprecedented move of releasing internal documents which prove that they had plans to announce a data rollover plan in January BEFORE T-Mobile made their announcement.

Re: And then there were three
Jan 21, 2015, 11:42 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Parent Still Wants To Offload the Uncarrier forum

It's funny because FXX is re-running all the old Simpsons episodes, and a couple days ago they re-ran an episode from 1998 in which Mark Hamill made a cameo, Hamill shows up at a SciFi convention and announces 'I'm hear today to talk to you about Sprint, with Sprint you can spend up to 17 cents per month than what you'll pay by going with a more reliable carrier' That episode just reminded me that Sprint's reputation for offering ...

So Much For
Jan 20, 2015, 11:15 AM
in the Article: AT&T Now Offering Unlimited Calls to Mexico forum

So much for the claim that as a result of the Lunacell acquisition. at&t customers will end up paying more for international long distance to Mexico. I expect a similar announcement for free, oir significantly cheaper, international roaming in Mexico will come soon.

Re: about time
Jan 8, 2015, 10:42 PM
in the Article: AT&T Reveals BlackBerry Classic and Passport Pricing forum

If they switch to Android then they will die quickly.

Not A Copy
Jan 7, 2015, 7:58 PM
in the Article: AT&T Debuts Rollover Data forum

at&t responded to T-Mobile's claim that they are 'copying' their offer by releasing internal evidence that they were planning to announce this new rollover plan at the CES event in January before T-Mobile made their announcement.

I am 100% Correct
Dec 25, 2014, 2:23 PM
in the Article: Google Fails to Have Lawsuit Dismissed forum

No, I am absolutely correct. In the EU Microsoft is actually required to offer alternative browsers during a new install of Windows, which is utterly ridiculous, it's like Coke being forced to sell Pepsi.

Re: Oh Gee, Can't monopolize in the US so lets change countries.
Dec 25, 2014, 11:47 AM
in the Article: Mexican Regulators Approve AT&T's Iusacell Acquisition forum

I very seriously doubt that international roaming in Mexico is going to become more expensive for at&t customers.

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