Posts Tagged ‘CDMA’
  • FCC puts Verizon under the microscope for excessive cancellation fees and “accidental data fees”
    by Mike
    Posted December 4th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    Cancelling your cellphone contract use to come with a hefty fee of anywhere from $175 up to $200+. The carriers justified this fee by highlighting how customers buying subsidized phones and then canceling their contracts was killing their checkbooks. Then a revelation happened last year -- pro-rated cancellation fees starting at the same $175-$200 but decreasing by $5 each month were introduced meaning the longer you stayed in your contract, the lower the cancellation fee. It makes perfect se...
  • Verizon offering up Droid/Eris BOGO sale this Friday-Monday?! [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 3:11 pm
    If you were holding of on getting an Android device to see what was coming up late this year or just to save a few pennies, it looks like this weekend through monday (December 4-7th) will be your best chance yet. We can pretty much guarantee that the Passion is coming to Verizon late this year rockin' a Snapdragon processor and....need I say more? Snapdragon dreams aside, the Droid and Eris aren't bad phones by any means, each with plenty of life left in them. So what about this BOGO? It per...
  • Consumer Reports reveals results to Best Carrier Service survey — AT&T gets the caboose.
    by Mike
    Posted December 1st, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    Surprised? Ya, no one is surprised. AT&T; finishing last in call quality is a given. To be fair, none of the big four carriers: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, or AT&T; ranked above 75. Even still, more written evidence of AT&T;'s saturated and broken network is disappointing. But the real disheartening thing is AT&T;'s misguided response: We appreciate and value all customer feedback. We learn from it and it helps us serve our customers better. Without question the surest indication of custome...
  • Verizon looking to due a little court room dance of their own with Sprint…
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    While many in the tech world are tired of hearing about the back and forth antics between Verizon and AT&T;, it seems as if Verizon wants to expand their horizons and simultaneously keep their lawyers on their toes. Not content with simply being sued, Verizon appears to be starting their own legal freight train, steaming ahead at Sprint concerning their latest ads which label the competing CDMA carrier as "America's most dependable network". Now really, this lawsuit madness over commercials and...
  • Apple tries to help AT&T portray their god awful network as anything but. Fails to highlight the obvious…
    by Mike
    Posted November 23rd, 2009 at 3:05 pm
    You know, after all the flack that AT&T; has gotten for boasting of a POS network and Apple for stubbornly sticking with them for the last 2-1/2 years, you have to admire AT&T;'s determination. Almost. AT&T;'s Luke Wilson ads that have making been getting some pretty frequent air time on TV go to prove how terrible is at making commercials in their defense. They're pretty much just as terrible as the Microsoft/Seinfeld duo. However, when AT&T; simply can't go on to put together a decent commerci...
  • T-Mobile USA looking for a new bunkmate?
    by Mike
    Posted November 20th, 2009 at 1:18 pm
    Coming last place can get old after awhile. Perhaps that's what's fueling T-Mobile's motivations to actively search for a new U.S. partner if reports from Reuters are to be believed. Currently ranked 4th out of the "Big 4" US cellular providers (Verizon Wireless, AT&T;, Sprint, & T-Mobile), T-Mobile has for some time now been trying to recoup lost ground and push itself ahead of it's rivals. Part of pushing ahead is expanding the carriers rather weak coverage nationally speaking. Such adventu...
  • Verizon sends rebadged Alltel employees packin’
    by Mike
    Posted November 19th, 2009 at 3:21 pm
    Today is probably not the best day to find out you owe $2,500 in back taxes, receive a letter notifying you of your late rent payment, or even going out to spend money on a beer if you find yourself a new ex-Alltel/Verizon acquired employee. Though crying in your beer may be the only thing that makes you feel better. I must stress however that crying in good beer is a travesty -- meaning a lesser beer is a more desirable tear collector. What constitutes a good beer? Anything that has "light"...
  • And the war rages on: AT&T releases commercial bashing VZW network…
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 7:53 pm
    First off, if you skipped the commercial above, go back and watch it. Ok, watched it? Great. Grand. Good. So let's just pick this apart shall we? Nation's Fastest 3G network: Debatable. You have to be able to get a signal first. And even then, many large cities with pristine signal quality suffer from grossly overtaxed networks. Winner: Draw Talk and surf at the same time: Correct. AT&T; does hold a big advantage over VZW's network by allowing users to talk and use data at the same ...
  • Verizon’s latest response to AT&T lawsuit claims: Stuff it. You suck.
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 9:57 pm
    Anyone thinking that either AT&T; or Verizon were going to roll over and let the other walk all over them in the courtroom has another thing coming. Neither side is backing down anytime soon as both have come forward with fightin' words. We all know that AT&T;'s latest claims has them bragging how "awesome" their EDGE network is when the "rare" extremely common occurrence of 3G-less AT&T; coverage presents itself. Verizon on the other hand comes out swinging pretty hard saying: AT&T; did not ...
  • After several accusations of erroneous data charging, Verizon speaks out.
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 2:07 pm
    Getting over billed is something that no one ever wants. Not for the mere fact you give up more money than you have to, but often because getting your money back after the company faults you is a chore to put it mildly. Looking for a real example? Look no further than Verizon's latest hot water scandal over deceptive billing techniques and phone design. Say what? We've all had a phone at one point or another that had what seemed half a dozen buttons in some sort of diamond or square shape...
  • Space Data CDMA “SkySite” system blankets remote areas with wireless goodness as far as 60 miles away!
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 1:27 pm
    Not being able to place a call, send a text, load up a web page, or send a tweet because you're in the middle of no where (or in downtown Chicago and running on AT&T;) is frustrating to say the least. For me at least, I couldn't go through a normal day without my phone. It's my "windows to the world". You wouldn't think that northern Indiana is that big of a deal in the grander scheme of things but we just so happen to have pretty decent to phenomenal wireless coverage from many wireless provi...
  • Verizon bound HTC Passion/Dragon lets screenshot slip?
    by Mike
    Posted November 10th, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    I'm still breaking my DROID in and yet here comes the next Android king pin, the HTC Dragon. From what we know so far, this phone is going to be a beast running a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with 256MB RAM and Android 2.0 tucked inside. If the estimated release of early to mid December is correct, do you see any DROID early adopters feeling a bit of early upgrade remorse? I'll admit, I could have waited until mid-December to get a new phone. But like many of you out there my instant urges ...
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