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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


Probably Overdue
Nov 11, 2015, 1:39 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Increasing Unlimited Data Plan Price by $15 forum

They can't keep giving away the farm without getting something back for it. If you cost per customer keeps going up, adding more customers just costs more money.

Re: And the rest of carriers will follow
Aug 17, 2015, 8:29 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Embraces FM Radio In Phones forum

But the article says T-Mobile is imitating AT&T.

Re: Not okay
Jul 20, 2015, 2:46 PM
in the Article: FCC Likely to Reject Dish's Auction Discounts forum

You do realize that Verizon and AT&T could easily have done the same thing if they chose to, don't you?

Doesn't this...
Jun 29, 2015, 8:35 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile's GoSmart Mobile Debuts $30 Facebook Plan forum

... at least violate the spirit of Net Neutrality? I'm presuming T-Mobile isn't doing this out of the goodness of their hearts or because they think Facebook is so awesome. Aren't they essentially throttling other social media sites once the 1G is exceeded. Now I personally have no real objections to companies negotiating deals and creating preferred relationships, but let's call it what it is.

Re: Yet Another "Plan"
Jun 3, 2015, 2:20 PM
in the Article: Sprint Parent Greenlights Network Plan forum

You could look at it in a couple of ways. Vision and Spark were began before the Softbank merger, so this is the new regime's plan. It's a case of not standing still and trying to get ahead of the game. By not waiting for existing initiatives to end before planning new ones, you keep up with technology. I'm not saying I have faith that Sprint will accomplish their stated goals, but it's clear that standing still or just waiting for ...

Re: Convoluted 2+Year Contract
Jun 2, 2015, 11:25 AM
in the Article: AT&T's Newest Next Plan Asks for 30% Downpayment forum

Yes and no. What it comes down to is what you are paying once the phone is paid off or the contract ends. With phone financing, you can just keep the phone you have and your monthly bill will decrease by the payment amount. With the old style contract, you continue to pay the full bill whether you get a new phone or not. Phones are beginning to reach the point where unless you are a hardcore early adopter, they will ...

Re: AdiĆ³s Skype...
Apr 28, 2015, 10:15 AM
in the Article: Facebook Brings Free Video Calls to Messenger App forum

I'd hold off and see how it works first. So far, I've found Skype still works better than Google Hangouts, especially on voice quality and drops.

In other words...
Apr 20, 2015, 9:39 AM
in the Article: Google Wallet Funds to Be FDIC Insured forum

...Google will now be collecting interest on your money.

So Dish...
Feb 2, 2015, 11:39 AM
in the Article: FCC Commish Calls to Question Dish's Auction Discounts forum

...essentially pulled the farm subsidy loophole. For those who don't know, owners of large farms would legally subdivide their farms into small farms and collect government subsidies for each one. They'd use various friends, relatives, and employees as the titular "owners" of the land, but all the decisions and money would go to the "management company" that the real owners set up. This goes back decades. I remember a 60 Minutes report on one guy who actually ...

Re: A New Entrant In Wifi-First Wireless Service
Jan 26, 2015, 10:23 AM
in the Article: Cablevision Launching FreeWheel WiFi-Based Phone forum

The thing is unless you are inside, those other free hotspot options don't usually mean much. Optimum has coverage throughout the area, especially if you add in the "CableWiFi" partnership between big cable companies. That will be important since TW is the much bigger NYC provider than Cablevision, who are bigger in the suburbs. The real problem is that despite being widespread, the Optimum Wi-Fi doesn't always work that well. Even with a strong signal, I'll often ...

Re: too much
Jan 6, 2015, 11:57 AM
in the Article: Hands On with the New USB Plug forum

If you're not replacing those devices, you won't have to. Just keep using the cables you have. This is the first step in a transition. New devices will start coming with the new connectors and, likely there will be cables that have the sold that have the USB-A connector on one end and there will also be adapters available. This will take years and manufacturers know it. Laptops will probably start coming out with both types of ports ...

Re: SUCKER deal !
Dec 2, 2014, 1:55 PM
in the Article: Sprint to Woo AT&T and Verizon Customers with Halved Rates forum

For the most part all of the carriers' installment/"no-contract" plans can only pay off on the back end if you choose to keep your phone longer than two years an take advantage of the time you're not paying for a phone. Alternately, if you pay full price for the phone, you can distribute the initial outlay over the full term that you own it. My contract was up with Sprint and a number of factors led me to re-up ...

Haven't these kid centric phones failed every time?
Nov 25, 2014, 1:56 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Sell LG GizmoPal Connected Wearable forum

I remember a few years back, they tried a kids phone. I think it had 4 buttons, one was 911 and the others could be programmed for the parents and one extra emergency contact. It didn't work then, why would they think a format change will work any better. The problem is a child young enough to use one of these, should be under adult supervision.

In Other News...
Nov 25, 2014, 12:30 PM
in the Article: Milk Studios Sues Samsung for Trademark Violation forum

...Cows throughout the world are being issued cease and desist orders. OK, apples and oranges I know. Samsung's probably wrong because what does Milk have to do with music, anyway?

"Impact on the consumer will be small.."
Nov 17, 2014, 12:05 PM
in the Article: School Internet Plan Would Raise Phone Taxes 17.2% forum

More government B.S. They work this by raising a little here and a little there. No one increase is all that much, but add them all together and it takes a big chunk out of people's income. Then they take the revenue and use it to shift other tax revenues to other things. That's how the whole lottery/education thing works. The money from the lottery goes to education, but the tax money that used ...

Prediction Time...
Nov 4, 2014, 11:43 AM
in the Article: Microsoft and Dropbox Announce Collaboration forum

With the Unlimite OneDrive announcement last week, I can only guess that MS will be buying Dropbox in the near future.

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