AT&T Says Keep Your Unlimited Plans, Verizon Says No, As Carriers Compete For iPhone 5 Customers

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We know the basics of what the different data and voice plans on each of the carriers will be for the iPhone 5, but today an awful lot of more granular questions are being answered.The big weight on a lot of people's minds relates to grandfathered unlimited data plans. The good news? AT&T has said that users can keep their unlimited data plans, so that continues to be grandfathered in, with the caveat that after 5GB, your speeds get throttled (and increase of the previous 3GB limit.)On the flip side, Verizon will not allow you to keep your unlimited plans unless you buy the phone off subsidy — that means dropping $649+ or your iPhone. If you want to keep the subsidy and pay $199 for the iPhone 5, you have to be on a share … [Read more...]

Is Verizon Trying To Bump Off Grandfathered Unlimited Data?

There's going to be a new iPhone at some point this year — most probably in October. That means a lot of us will be upgrading, and anyone with an old unlimited data plan will doubtless try and get it grandfathered onto the new device. Now BGR is reporting that Verizon is automatically kicking some people off their grandfathered plans, which is something that's not meant to happen. … [Read more...]

How to block SMS messages on iPhone

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There is an increasing trend of telemarketers using any means possible in an attempt to offer low-rate credit cards, free cruise trips and other nonsense. For some it's looking for a way to lose contact with that crazy ex-girlfriend or boyfriend. We’ve outlined how to block calls on iPhone in iOS 6 and blocking calls in iOS 7, but what about text messages. While the Messages app preferences don’t offer much in the way of preventing unwanted texts, there is hope depending upon your carrier. We traveled down the rabbit hole with all of the major carriers hoping to find out how to block SMS messages on iPhone. What we found was good and bad, so read on for the dirty details.Preventing Phone Spam When you receive an unsolicited text or … [Read more...]

Verizon To Charge $30 Upgrade Fee

Verizon has announced that customers signing on to a new two-year contract with subsidized hardware will be forced to pay a $30 upgrade fee. So for those of you who got your iPhone 4 on Verizon and are looking to upgrade to whatever the next version of the iPhone is, you'll have to face an extra fee for that privilege. Here's the company's official statement: … [Read more...]

Should I get a Verizon or AT&T iPad?

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Apple's just announced the new iPad and you've determined that the added benefit of having Wi-Fi + 4G is worth the additional $129. Either will allow you to connect to the Internet, when your out of range of your Wi-Fi network. Should I get a Verizon or AT&T iPad is often the question often asked in our iPad forums. Let's take a look at the associated 4G plans available for the new iPad and find out which is better for you. … [Read more...]

Apple Announces The New iPad With Retina Display and 4G LTE

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At today's iPad event, Tim Cook started by discussing how popular the iPad is, including shipping 15.4 million units in Q4. He said that Apple has talked to users, and found that they love it for emails, browsing, reading, and gaming. There are over 200,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad. … [Read more...]

Data Throttling Unlimited Users Makes No Difference

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Back in September of last year AT&T started throttling the top 5% of users, and it since then the threshold of that mark seems to be eternally dropping, you have to ask how successful the whole concept is. The claimed purpose of this data throttling policy is to reduce the pressure on the network from heavy users, and "create a better service experience for all." But does it? The company Validas recently looked at the phone bills of 55,000 users, and showed that there's almost no usage difference between the top 5% of unlimited plans, and the top 5% of tiered plans. … [Read more...]

AT&T iPhone Users Are Sticking With Carrier

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According to AllThingsD, AT&T iPhone users are sticking with the carrier, despite alternative carriers offering the iPhone including both Sprint and Verizon. AT&T's Glenn Lurie, President of emerging devices, says that the number of customers who have canceled service remains largely unchanged.“Churn has not moved at all,” said Lurie.There was a time when iPhone users, faced with no other options, would consistently clamor for the opportunity to jump carriers. Now that the iPhone is available on Verizon and Sprint, it seems that most have had a change of heart. Is it that AT&T's service has improved? Possibly, there are a number of reasons as to why they are seeing minimal churn. Most primary customers are receiving … [Read more...]

Sprint and Verizon iPhone 4S To Be SIM Unlocked [u]

Since both Sprint and Verizon use CDMA networks, they don't need that handy little MicroSIM slot that comes in the side of the iPhone, and it appears they're going to open it up for international travelers to install foreign SIMs. According to MacWorld: But there’s a new wrinkle that potentially makes the international-roaming experience better on Sprint and Verizon iPhones than it is on AT&T. Sprint plans to sell the iPhone 4S with its micro-SIM slot unlocked; Verizon’s will be initially locked, but if you’ve been a customer in good standing for 60 days, you can call Verizon and ask for an “international unlock.” (A Verizon spokesperson told me that this is Verizon’s standard policy for all world phones—it’s just the first time it’s … [Read more...]

What’s Different About The Verizon iPhone?

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Well, not an awful lot, but there are a few key differences. For one, you won't be able to do simultaneous voice and data connections, so if you're on the phone, you can't load an app. However, there is one major new feature, which is incredibly cool: wireless hotspots. The Verizon iPhone 4 can function as a mini-wireless network for up to 5 devices, sharing its 3G connection between them. The only problem is that if you get an incoming call, I imagine you'll drop the data connection, and all five of those devices will lost their internet.The other change is a slight change to the antenna design, where the break in the top antenna has been moved from the top of the phone to the side. Check out this shot of the AT&T iPhone:Notice … [Read more...]