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Of Course it will have an effect on MVNO's...
Jun 7, 2018, 3:58 PM
in the Article: Justice Dept. Probing Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Effect on MVNOs forum

And prepaid brands Too, seeing how T-Mo and Sprint lease or own nearly every MVNO or Prepaid brand in the US. Sure the Deathstar and VZW have a few but they cost more for less. So in addition to the 20 or 30K SprinT/mo redundancies, I mean employees, who are about to get upgraded to customer, I predict the price of wireless service will go up in the next year as they slowly turn the ship around. Duh... No behemoth ...

PlaysForSure anyone?
Jun 5, 2018, 12:24 PM
in the Article: Microsoft Puts Android and iOS Groove Music Apps to Pasture forum

How many times are consumers going to get ripped off renting digital files based on the lie that they are actually Buying said files?

May 16, 2018, 2:50 PM
in the Article: Senate Votes In Favor of Saving Net Neutrality forum

Letting Corporations screw consumers for years. I mean... How Will Carriers Innovate? (Unless they can sell even more of your data.)

HTC from 2010 called...
May 16, 2018, 2:47 PM
in the Article: Review: Sony Xperia XZ2 forum

They want their Evo 4G style back. Seriously, this phone is ugly. Add Sony's crap android overlay to the semi-functional and confusingly named built-in apps (Albums?!?), and you've got a flagship that should have never been made. Give up Sony, just stop digging that hole already.

Re: Complications
Dec 23, 2017, 6:04 PM
in the Article: Republican's Net Neutrality Bill Opens Door for Paid Fast Lanes forum

Maybe you should actually Have some "real facts" before you start babbling about things you obviously know nothing about. The fact is no provider guarantees anything, and if you actually ever read a t&c's you would know that. You also cannot "file suit", because they all have an arbitration clause that disallows you from suing. At most you can go in front of a crooked arbitrator whose income depends on the leech providers, and so they never ever ever rule against ...

Maybe they need a 2.0 update...
Mar 7, 2017, 11:52 AM
in the Article: Google Details March Security Update for Android forum

To fix all the Vault 7 exploits that were just revealed earlier.

So basically...
Feb 28, 2017, 2:36 PM
in the Article: FCC Chair Makes Case for Less Regulatory Oversight forum

We're going to allow Corporations to ream consumers to their shareholders content. As history has proven time and time again, corporations will do Anything in the name of profits, including taking part in illegal monopolies and price fixing, deceiving their victims/customers or outright fraud backed up by the legalese in their shady contracts or T&C's. Of course, Republicans being Republicans, those corporations are their sponsors and the only "people" that Really matter in America, so get ready for things to ...

Pretty good price for a dual sim...
Feb 8, 2017, 1:32 PM
in the Article: Review: ZTE Blade V8 Pro forum

To me thats the key feature of this device, and either sim can use LTE, which is selectable in software. For anyone else who cares bout Dual SIM features, from the Manual: When two nano-SIM cards are installed, pay attention to the following restrictions. If one nano-SIM card connects to 4G LTE, the other card can only connect to 3G or 2G networks. You can use either card for mobile data service. You can use either card for mobile data service, but not ...

Of course...
Feb 7, 2017, 4:44 PM
in the Article: FCC Ends Zero-Rated Data Inquiry forum

I mean what possible harm could come to consumers when the Carrier also owns the entire video chain, and so is Really also the Content Provider and the original Content Creator? This is what we are about to see, with Verizon, ATT and Comcast, owning most or the entire chain. Comcocks is gonna have a big leg up with their installed hostage, I mean user base, they will add in some Quadplay Bundle and with it piggybacking on Your home ...

Don't forget...
Feb 6, 2017, 2:01 PM
in the Article: 9 Ways to Use Your Phone as an Effective Tool When Protesting forum

Police and Homeland can already use your phone to track you nineteen different ways, just by buying access to Twitter or Facebook's direct API's, or by using some other app or tool like Geofeedia. That's a tool specifically created for tracking protestors. The Seattle police for example are already using this Geofeedia system live today, in addition to secret FBI/SPD cams installed on light poles... questionable legality aside. http://www.thestranger.com/news/201 6/09/28/24585899/how-the-seattle-police-secre tlyand-illegallypurchased-a-tool-for-tracking -your-social-media-posts And as stated above, passcodes are more secure than fingerprints, although they can ...

Sweet, so you're gonna let the people know in advance...
Feb 2, 2017, 1:26 PM
in the Article: FCC Chairman Pai Pledges to Be More Transparent forum

when you're gonna screw them. They've already killed the set top box bill, and I imagine net neutrality is next. And I bet they will let every mega monopoly merger occur, to the detriment of customers. Kudos Ajit Pai, Kudos.

So much work...
Jan 16, 2017, 1:28 PM
in the Article: Snapchat to Ease Navigation with Universal Search forum

trying to pretend they aren't just a messaging app for tweens and teens to send... umm... racy pics. No, NO Really... we're worth Billions now!!! And uh... like.. news channels and stuff want to send picture messages that disappear in ten seconds too!!

Jan 11, 2017, 12:44 PM
in the Article: The Pocket-Size SCiO Could Tell You If Your Drugs Are Pure forum

its not a real NIR spectrometer, it can only "detect" things that have previously been loaded into its database of "scans". Looks like many people are getting awful results with it, so it may get better in time for commonly scanned items, but I don't really need it to tell me an apple is an apple. What good is a pill detector that can only identify a pill that has already been detected previously? What if its a mixture of ...

This had nothing to do with trump...
Dec 30, 2016, 1:15 PM
in the Article: Sprint Says It Will Bring Back or Create 5,000 US Jobs forum

And everything to do with the current political situation in the Philippines. Sprint was likely going to do this anyway but in smaller staggers to hedge their bets against Duterte flipping his lid and "repatrioting" Philippine businesses. As the "Sprint intends to speak with business partners and state/local governments about the best locations for any new facilities" line shows, they are going to leverage tax breaks and deals by making a big announcement of these low-paying jobs and tying ...

Sweet, it only took the FTC 26 years to respond to Millions of compaints.
Dec 12, 2016, 2:38 PM
in the Article: FTC to Reimburse AT&T Customers $88M In Cramming Fees forum

I guess its AT&T's turn to get bent over by the government, is that all 4 yet? Every single carrier allowed this shady practice for Years and made Millions (if not Billions) from it. Both the FTC and the FCC ignored thousands (probably millions) of complaints about it for 20+ years and Now... Now they want to act like some kind of hero. Im more curious how money did each state as well as the FTC profit from this ...

They pretty much had to do this...
Dec 6, 2016, 12:22 PM
in the Article: Samsung Handed Major Victory In Patent Fight with Apple forum

There are a ton of phones that borrow basic iPhone design elements now, and if Apple could potentially get All the profit made from any phone of anyone it sued for "similar" elements like a "rounded-corner front face, bezel and colorful grid of icons that represent programs and applications", the industry would tank.

Why dont police just have dedicated Phone Driver patrols, like for parking?
Nov 29, 2016, 12:10 PM
in the Article: DOT Wants to Block Most Phone Apps In Moving Cars forum

This happens hundreds of times a day Everywhere, and its not hard to spot people who are using their phone and (not) driving, often 20 people in a row... Stop, Look Down, traffic pulls away, Oh Pull Up Ten Feet, Repeat. The real problem is its so prevalent that police wont pull someone over just to give them a ticket even when they are obviously using their phone instead of driving, its only if they do something Else that the ...

Its about time...
Nov 21, 2016, 8:09 PM
in the Article: Google Play Services to Drop Support for Gingerbread forum

Nearly no apps will run on GB currently anyway, so if your stuck with an old device, you've been hating it for a couple of years now. Or if you have an unlocked device that isn't on the default carrier, like an older ATT device on an MVNO. Sure there may BE an update, you just cant Get it.

Didn't Metro/T-Mo already introduce RCS?
Nov 4, 2016, 5:19 PM
in the Article: Google, Sprint Deploy RCS on Android Phones forum

I think Metro rolled it out first, then T-mo introduced a version as well. https://www.engadget.com/2013/02/26/ metropcs-widens-rich-communications-services- to-all-north-america/ http://www.fiercewir eless.com/wireless/t-mobile-launches-rcs-serv ices-under-advanced-messaging-brand-support-f rom-samsung-phones I dislike using Google Messenger also, it sucked in my experience, not to mention that using a Google product such as this means you are willingly giving your chat logs to the government, as Google has already done many many times. As opposed to something like WhatsApp, which encrypts your communications and is a company who actually tries to protect their users data. It seems Do ...

If they are selling it on Home Shopping Network...
Nov 3, 2016, 2:03 PM
in the Article: ZTE's Cymbal-T Flip Phone Boasts Android, a Touch Screen and LTE forum

You Know its gotta be good.

Re: Apple should of stopped this
Oct 21, 2016, 11:59 AM
in the Article: iPhone 7 Plus Intel Modem Not Equal to Qualcomm Modem forum

It was about the money, Id be willing to bet Intel wasn't charging as much as Qualcomm but their performance is always worse. The same thing happens with Most intel products other than desktop/laptop CPUs. Look at their GPUs or Android processors, much cheaper, much crappier and they cant even run many standard android apps.

Re: Thank you Samsung...
Oct 3, 2016, 12:57 PM
in the Article: Review: Huawei Honor 8 forum

Only the smoothly rounded shape of the corners and glass back and solid metal frame with drilled out speaker holes... of the Honor 8. Which is very much like the Iphones... And the Samsung Galaxy S6. And a ton of phones now. Is this thing On?

Thank you Samsung...
Sep 30, 2016, 11:59 AM
in the Article: Review: Huawei Honor 8 forum

If it wouldn't have been for Samsung putting out the S6, no one else would be able to make phones with this basic iPhone-esque styling. Before the S6, Apple sued companies for using these basic design style elements, the rounded corners and glass back and metal wrap frame with the drilled speaker and mic holes in the bottom. Apple didn't want to get into another legal battle with the second largest gorilla of cellular, that they might ...

The Really bad part of this all...
Sep 23, 2016, 12:31 PM
in the Article: Charter Joins Comcast with Plans to Launch Wireless forum

Is that it uses the second hidden AP that is enabled by default on all Comcast X1 routers. And if I recall my Ex's setup correctly, cannot be disabled per the terms of the X1 contract. So anyone within wifi range of Your X1 router will automatically be piggybacking on Your pipe, which Concast being a distributed network, is probably already significantly slower at peak times or if you just have a less than optimal connection to begin with. ...

Are the Sims Dual Active?
Sep 13, 2016, 11:43 AM
in the Article: Review: OnePlus 3 forum

This is an important feature to some but it seems no one ever mentions it. Are both sims active at once, receiving calls and texts on both, or do you have to switch Active SIM and Standby SIM in the UI? Can both slots access LTE Data or just one slot, as is much more common? That's what I want in a phone, support for Both a Tmo and ATT sim that can Both get LTE data, even ...

C'mon Dual Active Sim....
Sep 7, 2016, 11:51 AM
in the Article: Motorola to Sell Moto G4 Play Starting Sept. 15 forum

I hope the dual sim version is dual active with decent US bands, seeing how you cant find any good dual active sim phones.

Too bad...
Sep 7, 2016, 11:48 AM
in the Article: Hands-On with Moto Z Play Droid and Hasselblad True Zoom forum

I like the phone itself, it feels exactly like the S6 in my hand, but I was hoping for more from the True Zoom. I haven't got to play with any attachments but hopefully they can update the firmware to make it faster otherwise its a no go for me. Ive already got enough pretty good image but slow to capture cameras.

Re: Qualcomm Software Flaws Leave Many Android Phones Vulnerable
Aug 9, 2016, 7:53 PM
in the Article: Qualcomm Software Flaws Leave Many Android Phones Vulnerable forum

That's Great Advice... from 1998. There are many more ways one could be infected with malware in 2016, like a drive-by malware installer while visiting a site. Or a legit web page whose ad links have been infiltrated with malware that installs when you click "Close" on the popover. And like 200 more ways I don't have time to list. The real problem is Everyone wants to pass the buck, just like rooting a phone to remove Bloatware. No, ...

Aug 5, 2016, 1:35 PM
in the Article: Ting MVNO Lowers Data Pricing forum

that's been the only problem Ive had with Ting, the cellular data rates. This should help, still not the cheapest data but much better. For only $6 a month you can throw an extra sim in the tablet and only use it when you need it out and about. And you can still have a Sprint sim and a T-Mobile sim active on the same account. Now if I could only find a decent dual active sim phone.

Jul 29, 2016, 11:51 AM
in the Article: Republic Wireless Improves Android Lineup forum

I was hoping they would add new handsets or the ability to just buy a sim if you already have one of those, and nobody can beat Republics plans for $15 or $20. Not Straight Talk, not Cricket, and not Metro. Ting is debatable but they charge more than republic for a gig of data so we shall see come August.

Now if they can just get Verizon and ATT on board...
Jun 9, 2016, 12:07 PM
in the Article: Project Fi Earns More Coverage Thanks to U.S. Cellular forum

Project Fi might be worth the money they are charging. Until then I'm sticking with Ting, the cheapest cell service around without having to buy a crappy motorola.

lol, just what everybody needs, a removable watch band with a slide lock under the band....
Apr 28, 2016, 11:52 AM
in the Article: MODE Bands for Android Wear Are Easy to Swap forum

At least Swatch bands from 1984 didnt come off, and while I havent held a MODE band in my hand yet, this looks like the stupidest overstylized under-designed watch band ever. The locks to hold the band onto the watch are like little slide toggle buttons on the under side of the band, which woohoo they looks like Android toggle switches but they also look like they will come unlocked at the most inopportune times. Or maybe the most ...

Well, if you cared so much, why didnt you know?
Apr 25, 2016, 1:01 PM
in the Article: Gov. Unlocked iPhone In NYC Drug Case without Apple forum

That they have helped governments and LEO agencies around the world unlock hundreds of iphones previously? It wasn't a secret, but you would have had to actually look to find it. Do you also believe that two adults with pistols and assault rifles couldn't physically break a iphone 5C mainboard? Or that hundreds and hundreds of rounds fired into a tahoe Also missed the phone? At least that's plausible. Apple could have helped them get into the phone all along ...

Stupid idea, that wont do what they think...
Mar 29, 2016, 12:53 PM
in the Article: Congress Wants Prepaid Phone Buyers to Provide ID forum

So I'm betting it will pass. Congress is even more techtarded than the general public, and there Have been multiple cases lately of people driving across the country buying more phones than stores own policies allow them to sell, with a phony sounding story for why they have 2000 tracfones. And Congress already did this with prepaid credit cards, because so many international terrorists finance their American jihad with Russel Simmons prepaid cards. Funny how Mohammed Atta got an international ...

Mar 29, 2016, 12:42 PM
in the Article: FBI Cracks iPhone, Drops Court Case v Apple forum

Ive been saying this for weeks. There are ways into the device without opening up IOS on all devices and Neither the FBI nor Apple are telling the whole truth. The FBI wants a backdoor into all phones, because as the 900 lb gorilla of cellular does, so too shall the rest of the cellular industry. And Apple is trying to play it off like they really care about our privacy, although in truth they've helped various ...

What a shame...
Mar 28, 2016, 2:12 PM
in the Article: Review: Blu Vivo 5 forum

if this had Band 12, this could have been Blu's breakout phone. Pretty decent style and performance for the price, but no band 12 means its all but worthless for all those millions of Tmo MVNO customers out there.

Re: Verizon's high standards
Mar 17, 2016, 12:31 PM
in the Article: Nextbit Shelves CDMA Variant of Its Robin Phone forum

So True, and having done tech support for VZW, I could add several more to your list. Verizon's certification process is ridiculous, especially seeing how crappy many formerly decent phones become when they are offered by Verizon. Although to be honest, VZW didn't really want to offer the Robin anyway, they Could have already allowed many many CDMA phones onto their network but won't for no reason other than greed and control.

Re: Battery
Mar 3, 2016, 1:24 PM
in the Kyocera Hydro View / Hydro Shore forum

No, its a non-removable battery but that's better for waterproofing anyway. I wouldn't buy it used but by the time the battery starts losing charge in 12 or 18 months, it will be time for a new phone.

Well, lets be honest...
Mar 1, 2016, 1:02 PM
in the Article: Sprint Expands Retail Deal with Dixons Carphone to 500 Stores forum

They have big picture problems, network, CS, yadda, yadda, but none of that matters if you train a good sales team. They are Really doing this newest lockup because Sprints internal sales team practices suck. They cant even consistently manage standard customer service best practices, and so pretty much anyone looks good when they are put side by side. Sprint kept pushing more and more ways to get people into the store like readynow and booking store appointments ...

Oh Please...
Feb 26, 2016, 11:40 AM
in the Article: Microsoft, Google, Facebook Back Apple forum

As if Every one of these companies hasn't surreptitiously assisted the government in accessing user data in multiple cases. They just want to jump on Apple's "lets-give-the-appearance-we-don't-do-that" ship. Oh yeah, and peoples privacy or something.

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