LG G3 on Verizon Gets Advanced Calling 1.0 (VoLTE) in Update

Add the LG G3 to Verizon’s list of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) ready devices. An update is rolling out today that includes Advanced Calling 1.0, which is Verizon’s on-device service that enables VoLTE, with HD Voice and video calling. The update also brings updates for massive amounts of bloatware, along with new versions of many of LG’s own apps, like Contacts, Email, and the Camera.  (more…)

Starting Today, Sprint is Cutting Your Wireless Bill in Half When Switching From AT&T or Verizon

Earlier this week, Sprint announced a very bold move, in which they would take any current contract agreement from Verizon or AT&T, and slash the price in half. For example, if you are currently on a 15GB Data Share plan from AT&T, totaling $160 a month, on Sprint, it would cost you just $80.

Theoretically, not only would your bill be 50% cheaper, but the Now Network states that they will waive activation fees ($36 per line), as well as buy out your current contract ($350 per line) from the competition.   (more…)

Verizon is Already Killing Some of Its 3G Network for More LTE Action

According to a report out of Gigaom, Verizon has already begun shutting down portions of its 3G CDMA network in Manhattan so that it can be converted over to LTE (or at least begin testing it). A contributor to the site (who just so happens to track spectrum with an analyzer on the regular), noticed that Big Red has been toying with its older network for the last month; turning it both off and back on again at select cell sites. Only this week, when it came back on, it was producing an LTE signal on the PCS 1900MHz band instead of CDMA.  (more…)

About All This Recent DT Ignite and “Carriers Have New Sneaky Bloatware Method!” Talk…

If you follow technology news – specifically mobile related news – on a daily basis, then you likely saw the barrage of stories yesterday involving a service or company or back-alley app dealer called DT Ignite. This service was allegedly found to have been reinstalling bloatware apps on the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 after reboots, even though the users had previously uninstalled them. As people began digging deeper into this DT Ignite service, Verizon was found to have been using it as well, which of course, caused the story to grow. While this is indeed relevant news because we all hate bloatware, there are some things to talk about here.

First, we wrote about Verizon using either DT Ignite or a similar service back in July to install bloatware. We all (rightfully) freaked out then. This is not new news.  (more…)

Black Friday 2014 Deals (Updating Post)

While there are probably more Black Friday 2014 deals than anyone outside of a Black Friday blog can keep track of, we will do our best to try and highlight some of the better as they go live over the next 24 hours or so. Oh, and you may be reading this on Thanksgiving, because well, “Black Friday” seems to start earlier and earlier each year as retailers battle for your attention (and dollars). That’s right, the deals have already begun before you even started eating turkey. Nice of all of our retailer friends, right?

OK, so, this post will be updated as we can get to it. Hopefully, you don’t miss out on too much while you enjoy the long holiday weekend. And, hopefully can find some decent deals on electronics you have been keeping an eye on.  (more…)

Verizon’s Connection Day is Live – Free Things to be Had

Verizon’s newly created promotional day – a day outside of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – called Connection Day, has arrived. The thought here is that since today is one of the busiest travel days of the year, Verizon and companies they have partnered with will help you “connect” to people, music, magazines, books, etc. “Stay connected” is one of the many slogans or messages attached. Connect! Yeah!

So what’s the point of it and how does it benefit you? Well, Verizon has partnered with a bunch of companies to give away freebies. You don’t have to be a Verizon customer to get them either – all you need to do is head to their Connection Day website and start accepting goodies.  (more…)