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Verizon at it Again: They Limit Software on the G4

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by inkdesigner, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. inkdesigner

    inkdesigner Member
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  2. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Android Expert

    Yup, I spent like 10 minutes looking for Smart Settings before I Googled it and found out the shenanigans VZW pulled. Ridiculous.
  3. psf57

    psf57 Well-Known Member

    I switched to AT&T, due to Verizons coverage going downhill and the problematic Droid Turbo (which VW wouldn't do nothing about). Got the LG G4 and loving it. OMG the difference from ATT and Verizon is amazing. Maybe due to ATT is GSM Verizon CDMA? not sure. But ATT -81 dBm Verizon -105 dBm. Also, glad ATT didn't mess with removing features from the G4.
  4. myc8e

    myc8e Lurker

    Is the LG Bridge/AirDrive feature blocked, or am I just not intelligent enough to figure out how to get it to work? I found the PC software install on the UK site, but can't find a setting on the phone to turn it on, as the PC software tells me to do.
  5. MSUgEEk

    MSUgEEk Android Expert

    Oh but they did my friend. There's no FM radio and no multi-user support. I'm tempted to return it and get the international variant. I'll probably just keep it though.
  6. psf57

    psf57 Well-Known Member

    That's okay. Thank goodness I have no use for the FM radio or multi-user :)
  7. MSUgEEk

    MSUgEEk Android Expert

    I was looking forward to having an FM radio, but the multi-user support isn't a huge loss for me.
  8. jackroo

    jackroo Android Enthusiast

    I guess i lucked out by having an international unlocked version. Been there and done that with Verizon. Couldn't stand their service or the bloat they included. I'm finally carrier bloat free on this phone
  9. rcyphermd

    rcyphermd Android Expert

    What have you noticed better with ATT over VZ?
  10. psf57

    psf57 Well-Known Member

    Truthfully, I (my opinion) think there's less bloatware and the bloat there is you can have the choice to disable and some uninstall. 4G speeds with ATT runs circles around Verizons (supposedly) 4G LTE (in my area). Coverage!!! OMG, ATT is outstanding, NO dropped calls, ALL calls coming through same with text. Verizon? 1/2+ went straight to voicemail, dropped calls left an right. BUT according to VW I was in a 4G LTE, one rep says good coverage (LOL) another said marginal. The LG G4 runs amazing on ATT, I wouldn't even chance (imo) running it on Verizon, after the problems with the Droid Turbo I experienced. I like the Smart Settings app (home, away, etc); custom lock screen (live weather on lock screen); and the different themes. All in all I have much better coverage and service with AT&T, which I was kind of surprised at :)
  11. t1jordan

    t1jordan Android Enthusiast

    I been with VZW for about 2 years. I came from Sprint as 9 year customer. With Verizon I never drop calls. I mean never. My 4G LTE is super fast. I live in Baltimore, MD. What state do you live in? I think some of you guys are in the sticks somewhere. It's a known fact VZW has the best Network. And for the LG G4. I'm upset they took out smart settings. I'm not returning over that. The phone still jams. Every carrier has made some alterations to there model. I have themes working on my VZW LG G4. But its over rated. The LG G world kind of sucks to be honest. Point is you jumped ship for another carrier who will just take your money like VZW and you still have bloatware. The battery life is excellent for me. I hope you guys enjoy the phone. I know I am.
  12. psf57

    psf57 Well-Known Member

    I'm in Central/east PA. Sorry, but my speeds with AT&T are way BETTER then I ever got with Verizon. With Verizon had to use a Network Extender (never had to use it in over 12 years I was with them), but alas, the phone calls, chats, letters, they wouldn't bother to check their towers. So speeds went way downhill. Got to the point their 4G LTE I couldn't even use it was that slow!!! So, maybe in larger cities they may be okay, sure not in my area. 45 Miles north of Harrisburg, PA.. And enjoying every bit of AT&T. Prices aren't anymore then Verizons, actually having better customer service, for me better all around. And Sprint, that you came from, LOL, they don't even have service here, same with Tmobile (well they have 2G here, lol).
  13. psf57

    psf57 Well-Known Member

    :) I have an old ac/dc radio, still works great.
  14. Coolguy71261

    Coolguy71261 Android Enthusiast

    Verizon Never listens to its customers. Why don't we band together and demand action.
  15. SpyderBite

    SpyderBite Well-Known Member

    Most if not all FM stations are available via the Internet using any of the popular music apps. I can see why they'd remove it.
  16. Clementine_3

    Clementine_3 Extreme Android User
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    You can demand action by not buying bloated/modified phones from them, and make sure to tell them that's what you've done. They do what they think is best for them, their system and the masses. Keep in mind that the vast majority of smartphone users aren't overly savvy, they don't know the difference (or care) about what is or isn't on a phone. They text, FB and make a few calls.

    I fixed their wagon, I'm contract free and got a Moto X Pure (the other lines have that or Moto X's) so none of their garbage on it. I got a sweet plan on a promotion a long while ago too. Yeah, I demanded they listen to me and my wallet. :)

    Oh and, it's partially the phone manufactures fault. They could put their collective foot down and say no modifications. If the carriers balk they can go the Nexus or Moto (Blu, Huawei etc.) route and toss every radio know to man in there and bypass the carrier nonsense. Yup. They could.
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  17. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Android Expert

    I already made my statement when I cancelled my Verizon service and switched to T-Mobile. Cheaper plans and better coverage, I've been very happy.

    Makes sense. If you can use a built-in FM radio, you don't need as much data. Disable the built-in radio, and now you have to stream everything and get a bigger data package. More money for Verizon!
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  18. bberryhill0

    bberryhill0 Android Expert

    But Verizon also really wants you to use WiFi so you don't strain their network.
  19. shadavis08

    shadavis08 Newbie

    No Verizon wants more of your money than what you are currently paying for the same service.
  20. FijiSun

    FijiSun Newbie

    The only reason Verizon disabled the FM chip is to force users to consume more data. I have the H815 model (unlocked international model) and the FM tuner works really good. Reception is great and the unlocked models also get a free pair of LG beats headphones which sound really good. With FM, it also consumes less battery and IMO, sounds even better then streaming. Most of the time FM tuners on these devices perform poorly. But I'm here to say the one that Verizon disabled on the G4 is a really well designed. The LG software is good and intuitive. It also came in handy last year when I was in Fiji during the cyclone winston. Really should be legislation forcing crappy carriers from disabling FM. I also get updates directly from LG far ahead of the carriers with zero issues.. The custom lock screens are a nice added feature. Unlocked is the only way to go. I will never buy a carrier phone.

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