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One Less License Fee
Jan 8, 2020, 11:39 AM
in the Article: Sprint Kills Off Virgin Mobile forum

for Richard Branson

In other words...
Oct 25, 2019, 8:34 AM
in the Article: Big Four Carriers Join Forces to Accelerate RCS in US forum

...we've finally figured out how to make money off of it. You don't drag your heels for years and then suddenly decide to "accelerate" unless some balance sheet says you should.

Re: Why the hold off on RCS?
Oct 21, 2019, 10:38 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile and Verizon Won't Support RCS on Pixel 4 forum

Always assume it's the simple answer, money. What do they get out of going to the expense of implementing it?

I'm Convinced
Sep 19, 2019, 8:18 AM
in the Article: Gabb Launches Data-Free Smartphones for Kids forum

The people coming up with these so called "kids phones" have never actually met a child, or a parent for that matter.

Give me a notch
May 17, 2019, 2:02 PM
in the Article: Asus ZenFone 6 Sports Motorized Camera, Top Specs forum

Give me bezels. I don't want unnecessary moving parts and things sticking off the end that can break.

In Other Words...
May 9, 2019, 8:09 AM
in the Article: What is 5G? The Basics forum

...it's not worth considering for at least a year.

Severely Limits Charging Options
Jan 25, 2019, 11:08 AM
in the Article: Port-Free Phones Introduced in China forum

It's a lot easier to pack a USB charger than a pad. Pads are more expensive if you want to be able to charge at home, at work, at a friends houst, etc. Can't really charge in a car.

Probably True
Dec 19, 2018, 1:18 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Insists It Didn't Fudge Its Coverage Map forum

I remember being in a place a couple of years ago where T-Mobile's coverage map showed 4G LTE and literally had no data at all. I called support and whatever map they used showed they had nothing. I sent an angry letter that included the screen shot from their web site and got absolutely no response. BTW, MetroPCS uses the exact same map with different colors.

Dear Senators
Dec 10, 2018, 10:02 AM
in the Article: Senators Want FCC to Keep Messaging Classified as an Information Service as FCC Probes Carrier Coverage Maps forum

You do realize that YOU are the ones with Constitutional authority to make laws and regulations, don't you? The fact that your predecessors ceded that authority to an executive branch agency is something you could rectify.

Don't necessarily get everything
Nov 29, 2018, 9:09 AM
in the Article: Project Fi Earns a New Name, Opens Up to More Phones forum

I checked my phone, a Moto G5 Plus that can work with any U.S. provider, but it says I couldn't switch networks on Fi with it. Not that I was planning on getting Fi, anyway. It's way too expensive for my purposes.

Sep 20, 2018, 8:31 AM
in the Article: Verizon Launches the GizmoWatch for Kids forum

No mention of whether it's waterproof, so I'm assuming it's not. Let's ignore the fact that every time they've tried to push a kids only device has failed miserably. Let's ignore that there's a big difference between 3 & 11, so a look that might appeal to one won't appeal to the other. This seems slanted more to the 3 than the 11. The simple fact is that kids find there way into dirt and ...

In a related story...
Jun 5, 2018, 8:00 AM
in the Article: Memoji Lets iPhone Users Make their Own, Self-Styled Animoji forum

...Apple is suing Nintendo for their Mii and Bitmoji for stealing their idea years before they thought of it.

Is this a typical T-Mobile "BOGO"...
May 31, 2018, 8:56 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Trots Out Thirteen BOGO Offers for Summer forum

...where they require you to port in a number and trade in one of a limited set of phone models?

Re: No Thanks
May 24, 2018, 8:50 AM
in the Article: Boost Founder Wants to See Boost/MetroPCS Divested If Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Goes Through forum

That may be dependent on the licensing agreements for the Virgin brand.

Have to install their app?
May 24, 2018, 8:46 AM
in the Article: FreedomPop Creates New MVNO, Unreal Mobile, to Target Sprint and T-Mobile Customers forum

Will this require the installation of their app that takes over the dialer?

Re: People were really surprised?
Mar 8, 2018, 9:34 AM
in the Article: MoviePass' Location Tracking Draws Customer Ire forum

Have to agree here. That ship sailed long ago. The best you can hope for is if MoviePass uses it team up with nearby places to get you a deal. "You just watched Avengers: Infinity War, now stop at TGI Fridays for a free appetizer" If you look at it, MoviePass' only ways of generating revenue are from people who DON'T go to at least one movie a month and kickbacks from theater chains and businesses in ...

It's called...
Feb 8, 2018, 5:06 PM
in the Article: AIRWAVES Act Would Have FCC Auction Off 5G Spectrum forum

...The Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum Ave What does that mean? It means someone really wanted the initials to spell out AIRWAVES.

Just shuffling money around
Feb 8, 2018, 11:16 AM
in the Article: AT&T Makes Commitment to Purchasing Renewable Energy forum

This is really just an accounting thing. They aren't necessarily USING power generated by wind. They are simply paying a wind company, who then pays the actual electricity provider AT&T uses.

Missing the point
Dec 8, 2017, 9:30 AM
in the Article: Qualcomm Hopes USB-C DAC Dongle Will Alleviate Headphone Woes forum

Dongles already exist. That's not the issue. The issues are: Having to buy and carry around another thing to connect, which can be lost and/or damage. or The alternate is to replace a perfectly good set of headphones you already have or Deal with the quality drop and/or battery drain issues with Bluetooth AND Having to use the USB port for the headphones means not being able to charge the phone

They keep trying this
Dec 7, 2017, 10:34 AM
in the Article: Republic Wireless Relay Is a Google-Powered, Walkie-Talkie Phone for Kids forum

Pretty much since cell phones became popular in the late 90's, we've seen them try these "simplified phones" for kids that limit who they can contact. In theory it sounds good, but they've never been successful. Most likely the reasons are simple. Very young kids aren't responsible enough to carry the thing around and not lose it, especially when playing outside. Older kids want a real phone. Also, now even very young kids play on tablets and phones, ...

Re: WHY?????
Nov 17, 2017, 9:23 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Says 5G Network On Deck for 2020 forum

Every provider has weak/dead zones and probably always will. It's just an inherent problem with technology that depends on line of sight and signals not being able to penetrate certain materials. There's also costs involved if towers are full and that gets balanced against the number of customers who would actually benefit. Not all carriers are suitable for all situations. Deploying on 600Mhz will improve building penetration and if they are investing in a whole ...

Statement Makes No Sense
Oct 23, 2017, 7:49 AM
in the Article: Essential Drops Price of PH-1 from $699 to $499 forum

How does lowering the price on a phone very few have heard of make more sense than an ad campaign to actually get your name out there? Also, a gift card to buy more of your stuff is not being good to your early adopters who could have kept the money in their bank accounts if they'd waited just a few weeks. Essential gets the interest and not the customer.

Re: The End of Hangouts?
Oct 12, 2017, 8:01 AM
in the Article: Google Merging Video Call Tool Into Phone Dialer forum

Yes. They are gradually adding features so in several years it will match what they already have.

Aug 7, 2017, 11:36 AM
in the Article: DirecTV Now Adds CBS, The CW, Other Channels forum

With these over the top cable alternatives, what happens with the local channels when you travel. Do you still get your home market due to your account settings? Do you get the local city's version, assuming they are one of the supported markets? I pretty much see this being the main way people consume TV in the future. As much as people claim to want a la carte, I think more people prefer a single app and ...

Moving Fast
Jul 21, 2017, 8:22 AM
in the Article: YouTube TV Reaches 10 More Markets forum

These streaming cable/satellite alternatives are really a moving target. Not always easy to pin down price, number of channels offered, simultaneous streams, app compatibility, etc. RIght now, they need to be re-reviewed monthly.

I was going to GUESS Motorola...
Jul 5, 2017, 7:49 AM
in the Article: Google Says Affordable Phone Coming to Project Fi forum

...but then I read it would be the X4 on another site. My guess was base on the fact that the G4 and G5 Plus have had the radios for all U.S. carriers, so it would just be a software update to make them compatible with Fi. Still doesn't provide much incentive to switch since unlimited is currently back in vogue with the big 4.

Re: The End of Cable/Satellite TV Is Near
Jun 26, 2017, 2:08 PM
in the Article: YouTube TV Expands to More Markets forum

You are misinterpreting what YouTube TV is. It's basically the same thing that cable does, just without the hardware and streamed over the internet. They still do packages. At present, they are just smaller due to not having deals in place with all of the providers. Eventually YouTube, Sling, Playstation VUE, etc. will be like cable, with hundreds of channels. They all offer slates of channels in packages Even Hulu is continually making deals with providers to ...

Re: HD Calling
May 8, 2017, 12:16 PM
in the Article: Cricket Wireless Debuts HD Voice for Select Phones forum

Ask thousands of businesses all over the world "who makes phone calls anymore?" The answer is millions of partners and customers. The fact that people under 20 don't make calls to their dozen or so friends doesn't change how the majority of people who do actual work and business use phone calls, both mobile and land line.

Makes Sense
May 2, 2017, 7:45 AM
in the Article: Google, Amazon, eBay Call Time Out On Apple Watch Apps forum

Amazon, eBay, and Target makes sense. I can't imagine it's convenient to shop on a small watch face, so what does it get them. They can tell where sales are generated from and if the app isn't covering the cost of development, it's going to cease to exist. There's a reason Fitbit is doing better than any of the phone makers. They understand that the bells and whistles don't always make sense on a device like this.

Two Types of Ads Bug Me
Apr 20, 2017, 10:21 AM
in the Article: Google Chrome may Block Obnoxious Ads forum

I don't really object much to ads since they can usually be ignored. If a video I'm watching has an ad before, or even during, I can deal with that. It's the ones that play in a separate box on the page, that I hate most. I'm trying to watch the actual content and the other audio stream steps on it. The other thing I hate are the "delayd popups". You get to the site and start reading, ...

Simultaneous Streams
Mar 1, 2017, 9:25 AM
in the Article: YouTube TV to Offer Live TV for $35 Per Month forum

As I always ask with such services. How many simultaneous streams? I'm really waiting for one of the services to truly replicate what a cable/sattelite provider gives. I don't want 5 different monthly subscriptions to replicate what I get now. It's why I don't really believe cord cutting really pays unless you're single or married w/o kids.

Dec 8, 2016, 9:58 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Looks to Redefine the Phone Number with 'Digits' forum

Hangouts Seriously, I presume the difference is this would work over the voice network as well as over data.

Cord Cutting Myth
Nov 29, 2016, 12:01 PM
in the Article: DirecTV Now: App Tour forum

I've always felt cord cutting was a bit of myth. By the time you sign up for all different services to get the same content are you really saving much, if any money. Also, each service has a limit to how many simultaneous streams you are allowed. This is where I've noted that most people who write articles about the benefits of cord cutting rarely mention children. Most seem to be either single or fairly ...

Nov 4, 2016, 11:37 AM
in the Article: Google, Sprint Deploy RCS on Android Phones forum

I've tried Google's Messenger as my SMS client in the past wasn't happy with it. MMS messages if they didn't download on first try. I work in a basement of a building where Sprint coverage is bad, so I often have to download messages later when I'm outside.

Considered this for my son...
Jul 18, 2016, 10:35 AM
in the Article: MetroPCS Opens Up iPhone Sales Nationwide forum

..until I saw they were all 16GB. Can get an unlocked refurbished 64GB 5s for 279.99 on Groupon. 16GB is almost useless.

Re: Thanks
Jun 29, 2016, 1:17 PM
in the Article: Facebook Says It Will Prioritize Posts from Friends forum

But then you might miss an ad. Can't have that, can we?

Re: Is it still considered high def?
Mar 25, 2016, 10:20 AM
in the Article: Netflix Says It Throttles Video on AT&T and Verizon forum

The screen size is irrelevant until the data arrives at the device and translates it to the screen. The amount of data is the same.

Re: Oh my god.
Feb 27, 2016, 9:19 PM
in the Article: Sprint Brings Back Two-Year Contracts - With A Catch forum

Not always. In my past upgrade periods, I did the math every time and renewing the contract was always cheaper than making payments. There were a number of reasons. One is with the subsidy, you are only paying tax on the subsidized price, not full price. In my case, there was also the issue of having to change plans which would have drastically reduced my corporate discount since on the newer plans, it only applied to the ...

Not really about the encryption argument, but...
Feb 12, 2016, 4:24 PM
in the Article: ENCRYPT Act Aims to Stop States from Banning Encryption forum

...does the good Senator not realize the United States was set up so that different states, counties, towns, etc CAN have different rules?

Online Stalkers Rejoice!!
Jan 20, 2016, 9:23 AM
in the Article: Facebook for Android Gains Support for Tor forum


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