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Re: Realistically, what can't you do on LTE/LTE-A that 5G would be needed?
Yesterday, 8:13 PM
in the Article: FCC to Explore 5G In the 24GHz Region forum

If iPhones have good batteries than why does every iPhone user carry around a half a dozen different chargers everywhere they go? The iPhone is the only phone that has a special 'charging case' that users buy to make sure it is always charged.

Re: Easy passwords are part of the blame for that.
Yesterday, 3:38 PM
in the Article: Apple Releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay forum

We don;t actually know just how the iCloud security was breached, unless you are approaching the issue with an irrational pro-Apple bias we cannot make the blanket assumption that it was the fault of the users.

Re: interesting to see how fraud will be handled...
Yesterday, 12:49 PM
in the Article: Apple Releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay forum

I mean the requirement of biometric confirmation, which really is part of Apple Pay....99.9% or more of the reason why people don't want to use mobile payments is because of the lack of protection from fraud if their phone is lost or stolen. But if you can't use Apple Pay without providing the fingerprint scan, and you can't, then this significantly reduces that risk.

Re: Hope they finally get it this time!
Yesterday, 10:28 AM
in the Article: Apple Releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay forum

Remember: it just works! If it doesn't work, it's user error.

Re: interesting to see how fraud will be handled...
Yesterday, 10:25 AM
in the Article: Apple Releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay forum

You have to admit, that with those kinds of precautions, it does make the possibility of fraud much lower, frankly it does a lot to relieve some of my fears about mobile payments.

Re: beta version
Yesterday, 10:23 AM
in the Article: Nokia HERE Maps Expands to More Android Handsets forum

The best thing about this app is that you can download the maps, and therefore don't need to rely on a steady data connection to use it, if you're going through a place, like mountains, with no data coverage, or you're just worried about using up all your data for the month on a long trip, a downloaded map can be a lifesaver.

Why can't they use the Nokia name?
Yesterday, 10:21 AM
in the Article: Microsoft to Drop Nokia Brand from Smartphones forum

People know Nokia, they recognize the brand name, probably very few people recognize the Lumia name....if you are looking for a Nokia phone, who is going to know that that weird thing calling itself 'Microsoft Lumia' is Nokia? :?

Re: Realistically, what can't you do on LTE/LTE-A that 5G would be needed?
Yesterday, 9:57 AM
in the Article: FCC to Explore 5G In the 24GHz Region forum

I think it actually is fair to blame it on Apple because before the iPhone manufacturers weren't in a race to create the thinnest possible device. The only reason there is an obsession with thinness is because Apple is obsessed with thinness. No one cared about how thin a phone was before the iPhone, and to this day it isn't at all clear to me why Apple is obsessed with it, except that apparently making the phone ...

Re: That's because you revised history
Monday, 11:06 PM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for AT&T forum

You're getting grouchy, must be getting close to the time to change the candles on your Steve Jobs shrine, remember, the moment your candles go out, all your Apple products stop working.

It has nothing to do with the Patriot Act
Saturday, 10:17 AM
in the Article: FBI Wants Congress to Force Phone Makers to Add Back Door forum

NSA regulations requiring 'back doors' be built in to encryption schemes to allow access date back to the 1940's with the foundation of the NSA. In fact, the NSA is itself the world's leading employer of mathematicians, and they are the world's leading researcher of encryption, and they have always required that when creates a new code that a 'back door' be included to allow access. I know from direct, personal experience that every code developed by the ...

Actually probably not
Saturday, 10:13 AM
in the Article: FBI Wants Congress to Force Phone Makers to Add Back Door forum

I don't talk about this on this board often, but by education I am actually a mathematician, and the field that I specialize in Algebraic Geometry, which just so happens to be the very field where most of the decryption and encryption is being done, all of modern encryption is based on mathematical principles from Algebraic Geometry, and you may be surprised to learn this, but it actually isn't true that every code can be broken, there are actually ...

Re: lol
Saturday, 9:56 AM
in the Article: FCC to Explore 5G In the 24GHz Region forum

I don't agree with that, if you wait until 4G is fully implemented to begin developing 5G it will already be too late. Innovation means always pushing the envelope, always moving forward, you don't wait. Granted, it's far off before we can begin talking about actually implementing 5G, but if you don't start working on it now it will take 5 times as long.

Re: I don't think iOS updates = revenue for Apple.
Oct 16, 2014, 10:52 PM
in the Article: Apple Says iOS 8.1 Is About Stomping Out Bugs forum

While you are certainly correct that being concerned about stockholders is a weird accusation to make against a corporation, nevertheless there is a growing perception that recently there has a noticeable lack of quality control at Apple, so that one might say 'quality is job 1.1'

Re: Google
Oct 16, 2014, 3:13 AM
in the Article: Google Shows Off Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet forum

I think with the recent celebrity nude photos controversy, photos which were accessed by hacking iCloud, it is safe assume that nothing which goes to the cloud is completely secure. The bottom line is that it still true that it is dumb to put anything you aren't comfortable being public online, even a personal cloud is not safe.

Re: Now Just Where Have I Seen This Before?
Oct 14, 2014, 10:34 PM
in the Article: Iliad Bails on Attempt to Acquire T-Mobile forum

But the article says nothing about lliad paying them anything

Re: MY GRANDXMAX!!!!!
Oct 14, 2014, 10:33 PM
in the Article: Skype Debuts Qik Video Messaging App forum

What on Earth are you taking about?

Re: Coming from a company with more spectrum than all other 3 companies COMBINED
Oct 14, 2014, 1:23 PM
in the Article: Sprint, T-Mobile Want FCC to Eye AT&T's Spectrum Spree forum

Agreed, and that is an excellent illustration of why carriers are desperate to get rid of the albatross around their necks which is the standard 2 year contract.

Re: International roaming is a rip-off on most carriers
Oct 14, 2014, 10:00 AM
in the Article: AT&T Improves International Plans forum

T-Mobile can offer lower prices on international roaming only because they ARE an international carrier to begin with, and thus when overseas the phone is actually on a network owned by the same company, from T-Mobile to another Deutsche Telecom carrier overseas is not really 'roaming'.

Re: interesting
Oct 13, 2014, 10:34 PM
in the Article: Nokia HERE Maps Now Available to Samsung Galaxy Phones forum

Maybe not exclusive, but it still gives Samsung an advantage over its competitors.....being 'the first Android OEM to get all the really cool apps' is an advantage.

Re: interesting
Oct 13, 2014, 10:05 AM
in the Article: Nokia HERE Maps Now Available to Samsung Galaxy Phones forum

Yes, that is exactly what I was saying, thank you.

Re: VoIP
Oct 13, 2014, 9:58 AM
in the Article: AT&T Improves International Plans forum

Using VOIP implies that you will have access to WiFi, which, depending on where you are, you might not. Granted, if you have access to free or cheap WIFI that would be the best option, but not everyone travelling abroad has that option.

Re: Oh bull crap... this is hilarious
Oct 13, 2014, 2:07 AM
in the Article: AT&T Agrees to $105M Settlement in Cramming Case forum

If only you had the actual knowledge of the cell phone industry to back up all the insults and abuse you heap upon everyone who express an opinion contrary to your own completely uninformed opinions. Please tell me, explain to me, if contracts are so wonderful for the carriers, then why are all the carriers trying to GET RID of them? Why are they so aggressive about trying to get customers off contract if contracts are working out so well for ...

Re: I was agreeing with you
Oct 9, 2014, 9:12 PM
in the Article: Sprint to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015 forum

I see...I guess I'm not familiar with that expression then

Re: Heard that
Oct 9, 2014, 9:11 PM
in the Article: Sprint to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015 forum

America is dying and has no future? I hope that is not a 'real world scenario'

Re: Well you know
Oct 9, 2014, 8:51 PM
in the Article: AT&T Agrees to $105M Settlement in Cramming Case forum

They want people off contracts because contracts are costly and increase churn, and because tying the phone to the carrier decreases customer satisfaction. Probably at least 80% of customer service calls are of the form 'I have phone X, it sucks, I got if from you,it has your logo on it, it is your phone, and as the carrier who gave me this phone, you are responsible for all my problems with this phone, and you better fix this problem ...

Re: interesting
Oct 9, 2014, 8:34 PM
in the Article: Nokia HERE Maps Now Available to Samsung Galaxy Phones forum

Yes, but Nokia doesn't make Android phones. The article specifically says that ONLY Samsung Android phones will be able to get the app, not Motorola, not HTC or ZTE or any other Android OEM, but only Samsung.

Re: interesting
Oct 9, 2014, 5:38 PM
in the Article: Nokia HERE Maps Now Available to Samsung Galaxy Phones forum

I think the point is that it is being offered only to Samsung phones, not to Android phones in general, that implies a special deal between Nokia and Samsung. I think Samsung is just trying to distinguish itself from other Android OEM's by offering 'exclusive' apps that aren't available from other OEM's.

Re: Well you know
Oct 9, 2014, 5:36 PM
in the Article: AT&T Agrees to $105M Settlement in Cramming Case forum

Well, the lower monthly prices for those off contract, combined with the recent refusal to waive upgrade and activation fees for those on contract (seriously, getting an upgrade fee waiver used to be the easiest thing in the world to do, but now they just absolutely refuse to do it at all, for anybody) really add up to Verizon trying to promote the idea that customers off contract are 'elite' customers who get special privileges that contract customers don't ...

Re: interesting
Oct 9, 2014, 3:35 PM
in the Article: Nokia HERE Maps Now Available to Samsung Galaxy Phones forum

It seems more like they are trying to distinguish themselves from other Android OEM's by offering additional, exclusive apps that can't be obtained through other OEM's.

Re: Well you know
Oct 9, 2014, 3:11 PM
in the Article: AT&T Agrees to $105M Settlement in Cramming Case forum

Was that a Verizon store or a third party retailer? I think maybe some store reps may still prefer contracts because they get a higher commission or something.

Re: Well you know
Oct 9, 2014, 1:01 PM
in the Article: AT&T Agrees to $105M Settlement in Cramming Case forum

I work at the Walmart wireless center, and we just received a software update on our activation kiosks which allows us to set people up on Edge, (before we were only able to start contracts or sell at full retail price) and our Verizon rep sent us a memo reminding us that we can now set people up on Edge, and that they are totally okay with it if someone wants to buy a phone outright. So from ...

Re: WTF Verizon/FCC?
Oct 9, 2014, 10:38 AM
in the Article: Google Voice Now Supports MMS on Select Networks forum

I concur completely the country would be much better off if people didn't demand government intervention to fix every minor inconvenience. If Verizon won't offer a particular service that you want and another carrier does, switch carriers, problem solved.

Re: carriers
Oct 9, 2014, 10:31 AM
in the Article: Samsung Rolls Out Protection Plan for Note 4 and Note 3 forum

I dropped the carrier insurance when I got a letter from my credit card company that if I signed up for autopay for my wireless bill with their card, then they would give me a replacement phone if mine was broken, lost or stolen. It cost me no additional charge per month for the insurance, and since I pay off my credit card in full every month I never get any interest charges, plus I earn my ...

Re: Heard that
Oct 9, 2014, 10:27 AM
in the Article: Sprint to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015 forum

I don't follow you....I expressed a bit of hyperbole about my exasperation at the proliferation of frivolous lawsuits.....it was exaggeration for effect not literal....

Re: I Wondered Just How Long This Would Take To Catch Up.
Oct 9, 2014, 10:21 AM
in the Article: AT&T Agrees to $105M Settlement in Cramming Case forum

In general I agree that people do bring this on themselves, however for me this one is 'iffy', because while it is indeed impossible to get signed up for this stuff accidentally, it is also very easy for customers who don't know much about technology (which is honestly the vast majority) to get signed up for this stuff without knowing there is a charge for it. I would say that it is true that these content providers do take ...

Re: Well you know
Oct 9, 2014, 10:17 AM
in the Article: AT&T Agrees to $105M Settlement in Cramming Case forum

He's sarcastically making fun of me for a post I made a few days ago about how device subsidies and long term contracts tend to be unprofitable for the carriers, which is why carriers are trying to get rid of contracts. That is a true statement, I don't understand why he is so upset about it. If contracts are so profitable, then why have carriers gotten so aggressive about trying to convince people not to ...

Re: "Most WiMax subscribers are upgrade eligible due to the age of their device,"
Oct 8, 2014, 10:04 AM
in the Article: Sprint to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015 forum

Oh give me a break, you cannot a force a company to continue providing a service which is not profitable. The fact that the immediate reaction of so many people to every minor inconvenience is to sue is one of those things that sometimes makes me fear that America is dying and has no future.

Re: This Happens More Often Than You Think
Oct 7, 2014, 1:25 PM
in the Article: AT&T Admits Employee Accessed Customer Data forum

I agree....it is a bit like employee theft in general. They need access to customer data, preventing every single employee from abusing that access is next to impossible. As an employee at a retailer, you have access to merchandise, a certain percentage of employees are going to take advantage of this to steal the merchandise. You can't really prevent them from having access to the merchandise or else they can't do their jobs. All you ...

Re: Au contraire mon frère
Oct 7, 2014, 12:48 PM
in the Article: Investors Give RadioShack a Second Chance forum

I'm sorry but there is simply no such thing as a network 'being completely paid for' to the point where they never have to spend another dollar on it ever. They are constantly improving and upgrading the network, constantly doing maintenance, and constantly doing research to create the next generation of network technology. There is no such thing as the network being 'done'... If we ever reach a point where 'the network is fully built and paid for' and nothing more needs ...

Re: second time
Oct 7, 2014, 12:30 PM
in the Article: AT&T Admits Employee Accessed Customer Data forum

You are of course right about that, there is no evidence as of now that there is more than one person responsible for this, and no evidence that it was malicious or did any harm to anyone, but as an at&t customer I do want to know what steps they are taking to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future. It is not unreasonable to ask 'okay...so what are you doing to prevent this from ...

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