All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘wireless’

Verizon Wins in ‘Fastest Mobile Networks’ Study

Verizon Wins in ‘Fastest Mobile Networks’ Study

What’s the fastest wireless network in America? For the second year in a row, the crown goes to Verizon – at least according to a large study from PCMag. The publication, which claims to have “ran more test cycles than ever before: 131,000 cycles over 30 cities and thousands of miles of driving,” says that Verizon delivered the fastest speeds …

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Verizon, Sprint Pay $158M for ‘Cramming’ Bogus Charges

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that Verizon and Sprint will pay a combined $158 million to settle “cramming” investigations, wherein the Commission found that the carriers were cramming unauthorized charges onto customers’ bills. The majority of such charges came from so-called “premium text services”. “For too long, consumers have been charged on their phone bills for things they did …

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Verizon Gave a Grandmother a Heart Attack, Alleges Suit

A 53-year-old grandmother, who says she usually doesn’t believe in suing, is suing Verizon Wireless for allegedly causing her to have a heart attack with bad customer service. Angela Hawkins of Chesapeake is suing the telecom for $2.35 million after she says a customer service call turned ugly. Hawkins claims she called Verizon to discuss a missing $60 credit and …

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Project Fi: What to Know About Google’s Move into Wireless

As you may have heard, Google’s a wireless provider now. The company unveiled Project Fi on Wednesday – a move that had been hinted at for months. Fi piggybacks on Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks to provide $20 per month unlimited talk and text, with $10 per GB data. Here’s what you need to know about Google’s offering. What is Project …

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Google Enters the Wireless Game, Launches Project Fi

Google has officially thrown its hat in the ring, and wants to be your wireless provider. As previously reported, Google has unveiled a new wireless service called Project Fi, “a program to explore this opportunity by introducing new ideas through a fast and easy wireless experience,” says the company. “Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to …

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Google Wireless Launch Imminent, with Pay-as-you-go Data: Report

Google is about to enter the world of wireless. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is set to launch its new mobile network as early as Wednesday. The new service, which was confirmed at Mobile World Congress in March, will see a limited rollout. Google’s new wireless service will run on Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks, and will only …

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Wireless Birth Control Could Hit the Market by 2018, Thanks to Bill Gates

The concept of implanting birth control that lasts for years is nothing new, but the idea of implanting remote-controlled birth control that can work for a decade and a half sure is. But if things go according to plan, that kind of technology could be on the market in the next few years. The MIT Technology Review reports on MicroCHIPS, …

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Starbucks’ Wireless Charging Initiative Sounds Cool, Will Likely Disappoint Many

Starbucks has just announced a new initiative to bring wireless charging stations to many of its stores. Awesome, right? The only problem is that not all wireless charging is the same, and Starbucks has gone with a technology that many devices aren’t compatible with – unless you purchase auxiliary products. Starting in the Bay Area and spreading out across the …

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Prepaid Phone Plans: The Way to Go?

In the ever-increasing maelstrom that is finding the cheapest cell service, many are turning to prepaid wireless. What used to be a socially unacceptable means of obtaining wireless phone service is quickly making a comeback as a totally viable, and sometimes smart, alternative. Thanks to T-Mobile being the first to bring the hurt down on conventional contract carriers, many are …

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iPhone 5 with Unlimited Service and No Contract Now Available via Walmart & Straight Talk Wireless

Starting January 11th, you’ll be able to buy a new iPhone at Walmart with no contract, thanks to a deal with Straight Talk Wireless. In 2,000+ stores and online, Straight Talk and Walmart are offering the iPhone 5 for $649 plus a $45 a month no-contract plan. That plan includes unlimited talk, text and data. “We believe customers shouldn’t have …

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Google And Dish Network Reportedly In Wireless Talks, Which Could Amount To Nothing

Google and Dish Network have been talking about launching a wireless service that would compete with AT&T, Verizon and the like, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The report cites “people familiar with the discussions,” with one of them admitting that the talks are not advanced, and that they “could amount to nothing”. The people also reportedly …

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After IPO, Facebook’s Next Conquest is Mobile

Prior to his company’s initial public offering today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told investors that finding a way to monetize the website’s mobile platform is his priority for the rest of 2012 (and presumably beyond if Facebook doesn’t produce any results that it likes). Facebook’s already becoming a pain in the backside for mobile carriers as more people are using …

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