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Re: iOS8 iPad support
Thursday, 10:51 AM
in the Article: Apple Makes iOS8 Available to the Masses forum

It is often possible to put newer versions of iOS on older equipment, however this often has the result of making the older equipment basically unusable, like what infamously happened to the iPhone 3G is someone attempted to install iOS 4.0 on it.

Re: Dear Supreme Court
Thursday, 10:48 AM
in the Article: Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Have Kill Switch forum

Well the original version of the kill switch legislation that was proposed in California would have made the kill switch irreversible (i.e. permanently bricking the phone) and made it MANDATORY that carriers pull the kill switch whenever a customer reports a phone lost or stolen. That idea is just a disaster in the making. The much milder version they are talking about now is far less odious, mostly useless, and will do nothing to deter theft, ...

Re: Paywall
Thursday, 10:40 AM
in the Article: FaceTime Verdict Against Apple Tossed for Now forum

Well, he is right about one thing, Apple DID indeed 'pioneer' the practice of taking open source software which is free to everyone, producing an inferior, proprietary version of it with fewer features, proclaiming it 'better' and then charging up the wazoo for it.

Re: X Marks the Spot
Sep 16, 2014, 3:28 PM
in the Article: Review: Motorola Moto X for Verizon Wireless forum

The Moto G is just a ridiculously popular device, we sell at least 5-10 of them everyday, especially for pre-paid, and several people have actually used the Moto G all the way until it couldn't be used anymore and then came in and bought another one.

Re: 3 prepaid services
Sep 16, 2014, 3:05 PM
in the Article: Sprint Prepaid Reworks Plan Pricing forum

I also find it funny how many people don't know that Tracfone and Net 10 are the same company, despite the fact that the phones both have the Tracfone symbol on them.

Re: Caller ID
Sep 16, 2014, 12:50 PM
in the Article: AT&T to Wait Until 2015 to Launch WiFi Calling forum

It is not a feature I would reject if it was offered to me free....but it is also not a feature that I feel like I need.

Re: AT&T years
Sep 16, 2014, 12:49 PM
in the Article: AT&T to Wait Until 2015 to Launch WiFi Calling forum

It's pretty typical of an iPhone user to blame others for the iPhone's shortcomings.

Re: AT&T years
Sep 13, 2014, 12:22 AM
in the Article: AT&T to Wait Until 2015 to Launch WiFi Calling forum

Who cares? Everywhere I go, I have at&t service, so who needs it?

at&t's 'spin' is correct here
Sep 13, 2014, 12:22 AM
in the Article: AT&T to Wait Until 2015 to Launch WiFi Calling forum

T-Mobile and Sprint emphasize WiFi calling because their networks suck and there are so many places where their customers can't get service and this feature helps to fill in the gaps in coverage. However, at&t's network is bigger, with fewer dead zones, so the feature is less necessary. As far as it goes, I think this is exactly the correct spin for at&t to adopt.....we're not going to focus on filling in the gaps, we are going to focus ...

Re: Coverage
Sep 11, 2014, 11:39 PM
in the Article: Cricket Doubles Data Buckets forum

Almost every day I look up the coverage maps for customers for both Verizon and at&t and I can clearly see that there is a difference between their post paid and pre-paid networks....there are lots of areas where I can clearly see on the map where they offer post paid service but not pre-paid service, there are even places where you can buy at&t or Verizon post paid phones, but not pre-paid phones.

Re: Good Offer
Sep 11, 2014, 1:33 PM
in the Article: Cricket Doubles Data Buckets forum

at&t has purchased Cricket, however the networks have not yet been combined, the Cricket phones being sold in stores today are CDMA phones which will cease to work once the transition to GSM happens.

Sep 11, 2014, 1:32 PM
in the Article: Cricket Doubles Data Buckets forum

With post paid service you get a superior network. Let's use at&t as an example (although the same is true other post paid carriers that offer pre-paid service) In areas where at&t has no native coverage, post paid customers can usually get 'partner coverage' (i.e. the right to roam on other GSM networks in the area), pre-paid customers cannot roam.....if there is no native at&t coverage, then pre-paid gets nothing, even when post-paid gets roaming coverage. This is even worse with MVNO's ...

Re: Better Options
Sep 11, 2014, 12:36 PM
in the Article: Hangouts Gains Free Voice Calls forum

Blackberry Messenger also the option of turning a BBM exchange into a phone call over WiFi

Re: How about $200 off on a 64gb.
Sep 11, 2014, 12:35 PM
in the Article: Verizon Offering $200 Credit Towards iPhone 6 forum

16GB is more than enough if you have an SD card slot for external storage. And before anyone says 'I don't need external storage I use the cloud' I am betting that the celebrities who had nude photos that were stored on iCloud leaked are wishing right now that the iPhone had an SD card slot. Sorry, but I don't trust the cloud, and i don't think I ever will.

For iOS
Sep 10, 2014, 10:44 AM
in the Article: Apple to Deliver iOS 8 September 17 forum

For iOS devices, yes you are correct, they do provide at least two years worth of updates, which is more than you usually get from Android OEM's. For Mac OS X however they tend to cut off support very quickly. OS X Lion came out in 2012 and I believe that computers running Lion will be cut off future updates this year. Where Microsoft released Windows XP in 2001 and continued to provided updates until 2014.

Re: Apple's track record vs. Blackberry's Track Record
Sep 9, 2014, 9:54 PM
in the Article: Apple Reveals the Apple Watch forum

All of those things you mentioned was announced with a specific release date, 'here is the thing you can buy on this exact date' has always been 'today is August 1, this will be in your hand on August 25' that sort of thing, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS with a specific date for release, a date only 2-3 weeks away at most. Making an announcement 'we plan on making this one day but we don't know when' is just SO LAME. Seriously, ...

Re: The Ford,Chevy and Dodge of Generation 2K
Sep 9, 2014, 7:35 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

Apple must make a good phone because people buy them. By that logic Justin Bieber must be a good musician because people buy his records. Look, no one is claiming that the iPhone is BAD, what we are doing is mocking Apple for bragging about how 'innovative' it supposedly is when they haven't added a feature that isn't already available to Android in at least 4 years.

Re: wow the same as android
Sep 9, 2014, 6:43 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

That's basically what I said below....neat features, but all cribbed from Android....nothing truly innovative. It's a shame really....we need all mobile OS's to be innovative, not just one.

Re: Catching Up
Sep 9, 2014, 6:40 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

You can post whatever you want whenever you want. Feel free to state your opinion, that's what this forum is for. Here's the thing: it comes down to the old 'liberty vs security' argument, Apple gives you great security, a locked down OS that runs smoothly with few problems, but the downside is that you don't have liberty. You can't do what you want with an iPhone, you have to obey Apple's rules. Android has its hiccups, but those ...

Re: Catching Up
Sep 9, 2014, 3:41 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

Use all the Apple products you like...I'm not telling you not to use an iPhone, I'm mocking Apple as a company for claiming to be all about innovation and 'revolution' when all they are doing is copying other companies. If you want to use an iPhone, be my guest. I do in fact receive a bonus for the sale of every iPhone so I'll be happy to take your money from you.

Re: Will this thing ever actually be released?
Sep 9, 2014, 3:34 PM
in the Article: Apple Reveals the Apple Watch forum

And early 2015 is what specific date? There's a reason that the term 'vaporware' exists, it is actually very common for companies to announce products to be released 'eventually' which never come to fruition. So the fact that they are talking about it doesn't prove anything. Blackberry arrived nearly 2 years late. When Microsoft announced the Surface without giving a specific date, Apple fans bashed Microsoft relentlessly for not providing a specific date, so I ...

Re: Catching Up
Sep 9, 2014, 3:06 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

Apple could totally just re-release the iPhone 5S with a new color and new name and still sell 60 million.

Re: Catching Up
Sep 9, 2014, 3:04 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

you havnt needed to use wifi for the activation in a couple yrs buddy. iphones activate over cellular connection just like android and windows phone, That's true but i'm talking about activating pre-paid phones, I'm sorry I should have made that clear. Specifically I am talking about activating pre-paid iPhones on Straight Talk, Tracfone and Net10...and pre-paid iPhones absolutely, positively, 100% MUST be activated using WiFi and cannot be activated any other way, because there is no 'cellular service' available ...

Sep 9, 2014, 2:47 PM
in the Article: Apple Reveals the Apple Watch forum

Will this thing ever actually be released? Sources say even an early 2015 release date seems iffy.... The one thing Apple used to be good at was announcing a product with a specific date for release. These kinds of 'well, this will be released eventually, I promise' announcements are so.... Microsoft.... Apple is really going downhill, ain't it?

Re: wow for all you skeptics I think you should see this
Sep 9, 2014, 2:45 PM
in the Article: Apple Reveals the Apple Watch forum

Ever since Steve Jobs died Apple hasn't been able to get the hype machine going properly... The tag line is lame even for Apple....under Steve Jobs it would have been Every watch tells time, but only one can alter the very fabric of the space time continuum transforming reality as we know it

Re: iSheep be like....
Sep 9, 2014, 2:42 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

It is funny the way that iPhone users bash features popular on other phones, but then praise those same features to the hilt when they come to the iPhone a couple years later.

Re: Catching Up
Sep 9, 2014, 2:41 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

I sell cell phones for a living, and I activate iPhones for customers several times a week, I also activate Android phones and Windows Phones fairly regularly. The easiest to activate are the Windows Phones, followed by Android, followed by the gigantic clusterfark of difficuly that is the average iPhone fairness, the activation would not be so bad if not for the requirement to activate using WiFi.....if you didn't have to use WiFi, the activation ...

Re: Catching Up
Sep 9, 2014, 2:37 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

That's exactly what I about an apples to apples comparison...say the iPhone 5s to the Galaxy S5 or the LG G3....

Catching Up
Sep 9, 2014, 1:11 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

So Apple is making progress in its efforts to catch up to Android.....the problem is that in the next 12 months, new Android phones with new features will continue to be produced, while Apple will wait another year to update their products. It looks like every new feature and design that Apple is announcing were available on Android phones back in 2012. And iOS 8.0 = Android 1.0 There was a time when Apple used to be able to make ...

Re: Verizon
Sep 9, 2014, 12:55 PM
in the Article: Apple Shows Off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus forum

Isn't that up to verizon?

Re: Translation to English
Sep 9, 2014, 10:48 AM
in the Article: Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy Alpha forum

If you mean Bluecoyote, then you are right, he is the ultimate Apple fanboy. I do think that sometimes people are mean to BC for no good reason because all he is doing is providing his opinion (however stupid and misguided it might be) and he rarely resorts to personal attacks or insults, which can't always be said about BC's critics. That being said however, the fact remains that the main thing that BC does here is ...

Re: Bwahahahah you're always good for a laugh
Sep 9, 2014, 10:35 AM
in the Article: Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy Alpha forum

The complaint about screens is especially ridiculous. I sell phones for a living, people bring in their phones to the store every day, and I rarely see an iPhone more than a year old without a case on it which doesn't have cracks on the screen, and I rarely see a Samsung phone that does have a cracked screen, case or not. But regardless, when you are talking about a $500-$700 device that you plan to ...

Re: Stop making phones bigger, you jerks!
Sep 6, 2014, 10:55 AM
in the Article: Moto G Goes Full-Size forum

Well, I have only my personal experience to draw upon, and I know that the plural of 'anecdote' is not 'evidence' however at my store people always seem to gravitate towards the bigger phones, rarely do people ask 'do you have one smaller?' but they always seem to ask 'do you have one that's bigger?' Just yesterday, I did an upgrade for a guy on Verizon, he was torn between the Galaxy S 5 and the LG ...

Re: Stop making phones bigger, you jerks!
Sep 5, 2014, 10:37 PM
in the Article: Moto G Goes Full-Size forum

They are making them bigger because people want them to be bigger. If you are going to be doing serious web surfing, shopping, playing games, apps with a phone you want the screen size to be big enough to actually see what you're doing.

Re: Bogus coverage maps
Sep 4, 2014, 5:57 PM
in the Article: AT&T's LTE Stretches Out to Cover 300M POPs forum

Oh lord,it is a question of honor :roll: Do you have an idea how many external things, that carriers have no control over, can effect the signal? Hills, trees, buildings, if you house has aluminum siding, you might not be able to get a signal, I've even heard, though I don't know if it is true, that satellite TV can interfere with a cellular signal too, as well as stuff like sunspots, solar flares etc. All ...

Re: Bogus coverage maps
Sep 4, 2014, 12:09 PM
in the Article: AT&T's LTE Stretches Out to Cover 300M POPs forum

at&t's coverage, particularly high speed data coverage, was generally full of holes until about 2011-2012, since then, coverage has improved dramatically, so much so that one never hears the once near ubiquitous at&t 'dropped call' jokes. My last dropped call was in 2009. The last time I was flagged for 'off network' data usage was in 2010. It is much, much, much better than it was only a few years ago, and it's getting better.

Re: Built in Pedometer
Sep 3, 2014, 10:52 PM
in the Article: Hands on with Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 forum

But is Samsung's pedometer more inaccurate than Apple maps? I mean,I suppose it is possible that downtown Chicago is in the middle of Michigan....

Re: Question for RICH BROME
Sep 3, 2014, 2:46 PM
in the Article: Hands On with Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge forum

I'm annoyed, I just got a Note 3 in June, and now they already have the 4 announced :evil: IIRC, the Note 3 came out last November, which means it is just about due for an update anyway, but still. :) And yeah, for those keeping track, I am still a hardcore Blackberry faithful, but until they release 10.3 that allows compatibility with the Amazon App Store, there just aren't enough apps available, so I'm using Android, ...

Re: Samsung's sense????
Sep 3, 2014, 2:43 PM
in the Article: Samsung Note 4 Is More of A Big Thing forum

Probably just a typo

Re: How many different models can they call One?
Sep 1, 2014, 11:16 PM
in the Article: Sprint Selling the HTC One (E8) forum

You're trying to make something completely illogical sound logical. The real reason why Apple called the real 'iPhone 6' the 'iPhone 5' was in response to the criticism over the real iPhone 5, called the '4S', that it wasn't the kind of radical revamp they wanted and that they were expecting an iPhone 5, not a warmed over iPhone 4, so many critics complained 'guess we have to wait another year to see the real iPhone 5', so Apple called ...

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