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Jan 28, 2014 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm
Sprint's LTE network rollout seems to be expanding in large spurts. We hear nothing for weeks, then "blammo!"; suddenly there are 40 new cities with the service. Such is the case today. Here's the breakdown of Sprint's new coverage areas:
- Anderson, S.C.
- Camden, N.J.
- Cape Girardeau-Jackson, Mo.-Ill.
- Carson City, Nev.
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Concord, N.H.
- Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
- Evansville, Ind.-Ky.
- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
- Georgetown, S.C.
- Glasgow, Ky.
- Greenville, Ohio
- Hilton Head Island-Beaufort, S.C.
- Hudson, N.Y.
- Idaho Falls, Idaho
- Jackson, Miss.
- Laconia, N.H.
- Marion, Ohio
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
- Midland, Mich.
- Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis. Mobile, Ala.
- Monroe, La.
- New Castle, Pa.
- New Philadelphia-Dover, Ohio
- Olean, N.Y.
- Olympia, Wash.
- Owensboro, Ky.
- Owosso, Mich.
- Paducah, Ky.-Ill.
- Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, W.V.-Ohio
- Point Pleasant, W.V.-Ohio
- Providence, R.I.
- Reno-Sparks, Nev.
- Rockingham County-Strafford County, N.H.
- Salt Lake City
- Spartanburg, S.C.
- Springfield, Ohio
- Tacoma, Wash.
- Yuma, Ariz.
That's a hefty list. Here's the link below to Sprint's full presser.
Jan 24, 2014 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm
AT&T's LG G Flex is now available for preorder on their website. You can get the device for $299.99 on a new contract. It will ship out to customers on February 4th. Here's a recap of primary specs:
- 6-inch, 720p P-OLED panel
- Snapdragon 800 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage
- 13MP rear camera
- 3500mAh battery
- Self-healing rear plastic polymer coating (can "repair" itself from minor dings and scratches)
If you want it without a contract it will cost you the steep price of $694.99. Sound off if you are tempted to grab this "next-gen" device...
Jan 24, 2014 - 11:00 AM - by dgstorm
In a move that will likely have every other country on the planet green with envy, the South Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MISP) recently created new guidelines which basically allow smartphone consumers to remove any pre-installed apps on their devices. This is basically a stiff finger in the eye to all the bloatware which is installed by carriers and smartphone manufacturers from the factory.
The Korean Ministry made it clear they believe preinstalled apps are simply an "inconvenience" to users and may cause "unfair competition" between operators and carriers. Carriers won't be forced to...
Continue Reading @: South Korean Government Rules Customers Can Remove Bloatware from Their Androids
We know that most of our members wouldn't fall for one of these tricks, but that doesn't mean sharing the warning is a bad idea. We all have friends and family members who might fall for one of these nasty malware tricks, so we wanted to pass the latest intel along to you guys. There is a new scheme for Android which basically tries to trick users into believing they have a virus on their device. It's a trick that is pretty popular on the desktop, but is fairly unusual/new on Android.
The bad guys have figured out ways of taking over advertising space, but instead of showing ads, they bring up sneaky warnings claiming the users Android is infected. The ads claim they have an antivirus tool that you can download if you click on the ad. Of course, once you do that, you have actually put the malware on your smart-device. Here's a quote with more of the details;
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Jan 23, 2014 - 10:34 AM - by dgstorm
Does this qualify as "out of the box" thinking? We believe so... There's an app available on the Google Play Store which eschews the mundane way of unlocking your phone for something truly novel. Rather than using complex finger-swipe patterns, expensive fingerprint scanners, or non-existent future iris scanners, a company named Descartes Biometrics has developed an app which lets you unlock your smartphone with your ears! Yes... really.
It's called ERGO and you can find it on the Play Store for just $3.99. The app is quite simple. Once it has memorized your "ear patterns," you simply need to touch the screen and hold it up to your ear. If for some reason it doesn't work, it defaults to the typical phone password system (just so you can get it up and running properly without being locked out of your phone permanently). The software can actually be customized to reduce/tweak accuracy just in case it doesn't recognize your ear right away.
We aren't sure how well this software works just yet, but it might be worth investigating. Above is a video demo of the software. Here's a quote from the Play Store and a link below,
Regardless of just how good this software actually is, the concept is fresh and intriguing.
- Designed exclusively for Android smartphones
- Secure biometric authentication - ear impression combined with natural phone gesture
- Ear is as unique as a fingerprint without the associated criminal stigma
- No additional hardware required
- No more PINs/Passwords
- Easy to use, non-invasive, non-distracting
- Robust and reliable with an adjustable match confidence
- User's Profile stored on the device, not on a server or in the cloud.
Source: Google Play Store - ERGO
Jan 22, 2014 - 11:13 AM - by dgstorm
T-Mobile has been on a roll lately. Ever since they got fired up and started rattling off new phases in their Uncarrier initiative, they have been making other carriers sweat from the massive value and changes they offer to consumers. Apparently, shaking up the wireless carrier industry isn't enough for T-Mo though. Now it looks as if the Uncarrier wants to disrupt the banking industry as well!
T-Mobile officially announced their new program called, Mobile Money. It's basically a checking account for T-Mobile wireless subscribers. This isn't just some gimmicky expensive account which only the elite can afford either. In fact, their account structure is ultra-competitive, offering free activation, free monthly maintenance and free ATM withdrawals at any of the carrier’s 42,000 in-network partner ATMs. Furthermore, there is no fee for replacing lost or stolen cards and there are no minimum balances required.
Here's what T-Mobile's boisterous CEO, John Legere had to say regarding this new program...
Continue Reading @: T-Mobile Launches New Attack... Against the Banking Industry?
Jan 20, 2014 - 3:08 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like AT&T believes folks are going to be extra excited about the new LG G Flex curved-display smartphone. They just announced it will be coming to their network for $300 on contract and pre-orders start on January 24th. This obviously means the device will be coming sometime within the next few weeks, although no final launch date has been revealed yet. This price seems a bit on the high side, but it's possible folks might be willing to put up with the higher premium for such a unique device. We will keep you updated when final launch dates are revealed.
In the mean-time, here's the full press release below,
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AT&T Stays Ahead of the Curve With Pre-Orders for LG G Flex on the Nation's Most Reliable 4G LTE Network
AT&T Offers Its First Smartphone with Curved Screen to U.S. Customers
Dallas, Texas, January 20, 2014
AT&T’s1 first smartphone with a curved screen, the LG G Flex, offers an immersive cinematic viewing experience and ergonomic comfort. The company today announced that the LG G Flex will be available in the U.S. for pre-order both online or at an AT&T store beginning Jan. 24.
The LG G Flex is priced at $299.99 with a two-year agreement. Customers also have the option of paying $26.74 per month with AT&T Next 18 or $34.75 per month with AT&T Next 12.2
For a closer look at the LG G Flex, check out this video –
LG G Flex Features and Specs - AT&T Mobile Minute - YouTube
“We’re proud to offer the LG G Flex, our first smartphone with a curved screen, in the U.S. and add the device to the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “We offer smartphones and devices to fit every lifestyle. There’s nothing quite like the LG G Flex to enhance viewing video and images. The unique design is great when using your thumbs to type a message and at the same time, delivers a great experience for video enthusiasts. Combined with AT&T’s premium network, the nation’s most reliable wireless service, you have an unbeatable combination of features and value.”
“LG G Flex represents the shape of innovation and LG’s technical design leadership in the mobile market,” said Morris Lee, senior vice president and head of North American sales and marketing, LG Mobile Communications Company. “Its unique curved display and curved battery, plus LG’s innovative rear key and Knock feature, make the LG G Flex an exciting device for AT&T customers.”
The LG G Flex is LTE Advanced enabled. The curved, flexible* design is comfortable in the palm of your hand and against the side of your face. Its design introduces ergonomic benefits, which makes it easy to hold and, because it follows the contour of your face, provides an outstanding voice and sound experience. The LG G Flex boasts an expansive 6-inch HD OLED curved display for an immersive viewing experience that also helps reduce glare. The LG G Flex also features QuickTheater™, which lets you quickly access photos, videos and YouTube from the lock screen with a
Jan 20, 2014 - 11:19 AM - by dgstorm
According to supposed leaked internal documents at Sprint, it looks like the Now Network might just be gearing up to follow in T-Mobile's footsteps yet again. For a while now, T-Mobile has had WiFi calling in sparse limited areas around the country. The leaked docs suggest Sprint might soon rollout the same type of service.
For those unfamiliar with WiFi calling, it basically allows...
Continue Reading @: Sprint Might Follow T-Mobile's Lead (again) by Offering WiFi Calling
Sprint has opened up pre-orders for the LG G Flex two weeks ahead of it's planned launch on January 31, 2014. The first of it's kind with a six (6) inch curved screen, the G Flex is flexing (pun intended) it's muscle with some pretty beefy specs. Here's a quick look in case you've forgotten the goodies under the hood:
- 6-inch HD P-OLED display (1280x720)
- 2.26 GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800)
- 13-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front
- 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
The LG G Flex is unique in a couple of ways as well. First off, the smartphone........
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Late yesterday one of the big news items that we didn't quite get to was that Net Neutrality (and especially the FCC) was dealt a serious blow by a U.S. Appeals Court. Originally, the FCC ruled that wireline ISPs ”shall not block lawful content, applications, services or non-harmful devices, subject to reasonable network management” while also mandating that ISPs “shall not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful traffic over a consumer’s broadband Internet access service.”
Of course, the ISPs, telecoms and cable companies were not happy with this, so many of them, including leaders like Comcast and Verizon, took this fight to the U.S. Court system. Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against the FCC. Their ruling may have effectively killed Net Neutrality completely. Here's a quote with the details of the U.S. Appeals Court decision,
[quote]In its ruling against the FCC’s rules, the court said that such restrictions are not needed in part because consumers have a choice in which ISP they use.
“Without broadband provider market power, consumers, of course, have options,” writes Judge Laurence Silberman, one of the judges on the panel, in his opinion in part agreeing and in part dissenting from the court’s decision. “They can go to another broadband provider if they want to reach particular edge providers or if their connections to particular edge providers have been degraded.”
For anyone who lives in a market with limited competition for home broadband services, Silberman does acknowledge that you might have some “difficulty” in finding another provider but says that it’s still not reason enough to restrict what an ISP can do when it comes to managing its own traffic.
“To be sure, some difficulty switching broadband providers is certainly a factor that might contribute to a firm’s having market power, but that itself is not market power,” he asserts. “There are many industries in which switching between competitors is not instantly achieved, but those industries may still be heavily disciplined by competitive forces because consumers will switch unless there are real barriers.”
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Jan 14, 2014 - 11:26 AM - by dgstorm
As you can see from the pic above, there is a distinct probability that LG will soon jump on the same "bling" bandwagon with its G2 flagship that Apple did with the iPhone 5S and HTC did with the HTC One. According to the e-tailer ePrice, sometime soon in Taiwan a gold-colored G2 will become available to consumers. Prices for the newly gilded G2 will not be any different than the black and white versions. They should be sticking with a $496 (14,900 TWD) price for the 16GB model, and $562 (16,900 TWD) for the 32GB model.
Since there has been no official announcement...
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Jan 13, 2014 - 11:44 AM - by dgstorm
Well that didn't last long. Apparently, Sprint didn't have much success with their "One Up" program, which was designed to compete with T-Mobile's "Jump," program. After only four months, Sprint has already announced they have killed off the program as of January 9th. Instead, they recommend their new "Framily" plan as a way to get value when trading in devices.
Under the "One Up" program, customers could get a new financed device with no down payments an monthly payments of $65 for unlimited data (this was $15 off the regular price). After a year of payments customers could trade in the device and start the payments up again on a new phone. It allowed a pretty cost effective means for customers to have a new phone every year, along with unlimited data. Perhaps Sprint thought...
Continue Reading @: Sprint Dumps 'One Up' Program After Only 4 Months in Favor of Their 'Framily' Option
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