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Re: LOL
Wednesday, 10:09 PM
in the Article: YotaPhone Launches Indiegogo Campaign for YotaPhone 2 forum

It has actually been fairly successful, with many reviewers saying that this was the phone that the Kindle Fire Phone should have been.

Re: LOL
Wednesday, 1:49 PM
in the Article: YotaPhone Launches Indiegogo Campaign for YotaPhone 2 forum

E-ink is the best electronic reading option, especially for those of us who don't have great eyesight, and who are likely to suffer eyestrain and headaches from reading off an LCD screen This is why I still use my first generation nook and still use my Kindle Paper-White.. For me, a phone with an e-ink screen would be ideal. I don't understand your complaint here. The first generation of this phone has gotten great reviews, and it ...

Contracts are on the way out.
Wednesday, 11:11 AM
in the Article: Some AT&T Partners to Cease Selling Contracts forum

Most customers are better off under a NEXT plan anyway. I know that I am never going to sign another contract unless I have absolutely no choice.

Re: Why Not?
May 12, 2015, 3:26 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Buy AOL for $4.4 billion forum

I didn't even realize that AOL was still a thing....

Re: Blackberry was the one that pulled their phones
May 10, 2015, 11:01 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile to Sell BlackBerry Classic May 13 forum

Blackberry 10.3, which the Blackberry Classic run, has the Amazon App Store on it, In the Amazon app store, one can find the vast majority of apps that are available for Android and iOS. The 'app gap' is now small enough that it is now no longer a factor, unless one wants a very specific, highly specialized app which is exclusive to Android or iOS,, which is something that is true of very few people. Likewise, ...

Re: And T-Mobile Will Offer...
May 9, 2015, 11:59 PM
in the Article: MetroPCS CDMA Network to Go Dark in June forum

I cannot agree, the sound quality of CDMA is poor, it sounds like the person you are talking to is speaking through a tin can. And CDMA is also older technology than GSM, GSM was first deployed in 1991, while CDMA was developed during World War II.

Re: The Solution to this
May 9, 2015, 10:37 PM
in the Article: Court: No Warrant Needed For Police to Snag Cell Location Data forum

The provider is not going to give them information without a warrant.

Re: THIS SHIP HAS SAILED!
May 9, 2015, 10:33 PM
in the Article: Amazon Pushes Significant Update to Fire Phone forum

Amazon has a long history of supporting apparently failed products until they are successful. Apparently, I am the only one who remembers back when the first generation Kindle was released and it turned out to be a huge failure and everyone was laughing ' the concept of e-books is a joke, it will never catch on', right up until the moment that Amazon finally made a Kindle that people wanted, and now people are talking about the ...

Nitpick
May 6, 2015, 8:57 PM
in the Article: Court: No Warrant Needed For Police to Snag Cell Location Data forum

Orwell, wasn't making predictions, he was making veiled commentary on the events of his own day, the reason the book is called '1984' is because he transposed two of the digits in the year '1948' which is when he wrote it.

The Solution to this
May 6, 2015, 8:54 PM
in the Article: Court: No Warrant Needed For Police to Snag Cell Location Data forum

Password protect your phone and tell the cops that they can have the password when they get a court order and a proper search warrant.

Re: Doesn't matter when...
May 4, 2015, 10:28 AM
in the Article: Windows 10 Won't Reach Phones Until the Fall forum

Windows 10 is compatible with Android and iOS apps, which should help to close the app gap, which is the main thing holding Windows Phone back. There are people out there who are sick of both Google and Apple and want a third choice. Once they learn that they can keep all their apps, some will give Windows Phone a chance.

Re: Sur Prize, Sur Prize
Apr 23, 2015, 1:44 PM
in the Article: Republicans to Let NSA Keep Spying On Your Calls forum

There is actually pretty close to no one in the Senate who supports the re-authorization. It ain't gonna happen.

Re: It's A Sad Day
Apr 15, 2015, 3:47 PM
in the Article: Verizon's Note 3 Earns Lollipop Update Today forum

Yeah, I checked manually and got it installed....very odd that it has been available for 3 weeks but with no notification.

Re: It's A Sad Day
Apr 15, 2015, 1:48 PM
in the Article: Verizon's Note 3 Earns Lollipop Update Today forum

Then why haven't I gotten a notification that an update is available? :?

It's A Sad Day
Apr 15, 2015, 10:49 AM
in the Article: Verizon's Note 3 Earns Lollipop Update Today forum

It's a sad day when Verizon rolls out an update before at&t..... The at&t Note 3 isn't going to get Loillipop for several more months, if it ever does at all.

Re: Plans start at $25/month not $40....
Apr 2, 2015, 9:58 AM
in the Article: Cricket to Sell SIM Card Kits Via Amazon forum

True, and a lot of people like that plan because it is the only way left for people to have a smartphone but not pay for a data plan.

Re: why 2 prepaid from att ?
Apr 2, 2015, 9:57 AM
in the Article: Cricket to Sell SIM Card Kits Via Amazon forum

Well then they must have recently updated it, because the last time I asked at&t about it, they said that Cricket still had its own board of directors and CEO. I think the plan is still to maintain two distinct brands.

Re: why 2 prepaid from att ?
Apr 1, 2015, 11:12 PM
in the Article: Cricket to Sell SIM Card Kits Via Amazon forum

Cricket is owned by at&t, but Cricket is not a division of at&t. Cricket is run as a completely separate company, with its own CEO and board of directors.

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.

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