Verizon Wireless will start throttling video streams to resolutions as low as 480p on smartphones this week. Most data plans will get 720p video on smartphones, but customers won't have any option to completely un-throttle video.
While Verizon does have good coverage across the US, they aren't everywhere. So in some rural areas they're actually paying roaming fees to some smaller carriers. The company is tired of paying these fees for some heavy data users and has since decided to cut off their service.
Verizon is now allowing enrollment into their Total Mobile Protection service which can help you if you own one of their supported devices. The service costs $11 per month and offers a number of advantages including screen repair for the following devices. . .
Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S7 and S7...
Someone spotted that Best Buy's website says they'll have the BlackBerry KEYone available for in-store pickup on June 22nd. However, when I checked this date wasn't listed so it seems to only be for select stores right now.
If you're currently a Verizon customer then Sprint has a promotion that just might interest you. If you switch and bring a compatible phone, buy a SIM card from them, and activate a service plan then Sprint will give you one of their unlimited talk, text and data plans for free for a whole year.
If you own the US unlocked or Verizon models of the Galaxy S8 or S8+, then you can look forward to a new OTA update being pushed to your device soon. This update is said to improve security, fix the stability of your microSD card and adjust the UI of Bixby.
For those who have been waiting, the Frontier and Classic versions of the Gear S3 can now be purchased directly from Samsung. No matter which one you go for, these will run you $400 each unless you sign a contract or buy one with a Galaxy S7 or S8.
If you have the Droid version of the Moto Z Play, then you can look forward to a new OTA update being pushed out to your device soon. This update doesn't come with any big features though, but it does include May's security patches.
The Verge reached out to major carriers in the United States to talk about wireless compatibility. Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint have responded to say it will work, but advanced features and QoS cannot be guaranteed.
Verizon has started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to their customer who own the LG K8 V. Along with the typical Nougat features like multi-window, this update also comes with a new dark theme and an updated gallery application.
The CEO of Verizon has recently confirmed the company has plans to launch its own online TV service soon. He even went into further detail saying they feel the combined AOL/Yahoo assets will be a way for them to test the service.
Wireless carriers are getting closer to 5G lately as many have started doing tests in the field. For Verizon, this consisted of teaming up with Ericsson to test a 5G antenna that was mounted to a race car.
Facebook Messenger has had support for chatbots for a while, but today Verizon has announced their Fios customers now have one that can search for content to watch, manage your DVR, and add channels to an existing package.
One of the many features of Bixby is called Bixby Vision and it will allow you to take a photo of something and then shows images of what that is as well as offering an Amazon link of where you can buy one. However, the Verizon version of the S8 and S8+ doesn't allow this feature to work right...
If you own or are planning to buy the Galaxy S8 or S8+ from T-Mobile or Verizon then you can expect an OTA update on the first day of ownership. T-Mobile lists the following improvements for their update
- Face recognition improvements
- Tweaks for the camera UI
- April security update...
AT&T and Verizon are notorious for plastering their brand logo on parts of a smartphone, but it isn't like this for the Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy S8 Plus. You'll still have to see Samsung, Galaxy S8 and FCC logos on the back, but carrier logos are no where to be seen.
It was recently discovered that Moto G5 Plus customers on the Verizon network with VoLTE enabled could not place 911 calls. Lenovo has responded and says that a software fix is coming within the next week.
When you hear about Verizon buying 37 miles of fiber lines from Corning, you tend to assume this is to increase the capacity its their FiOS internet service. However, it has been revealed that this purchase is for the company's 5G wireless network instead.
LG G6 owners who purchased their device from Verizon Wireless are getting an OTA update rolled out to them. It doesn't include much, but it will make your device up to date with the latest security update.
The names Yahoo and AOL have become rather tarnished over the years and Verizon plans to change things up once the deal with Yahoo is complete. So assuming everything goes through, the new name for these two entities will simply be Oath.