Category Archives: verizon

Verizon doesn’t see a problem with bilking customers on pointless info messages

David Pogue started a campaign to get rid of the ridiculously long informational messages that cellular carriers force people to listen to when they hit a voicemail box. The purpose of these messages is to increase call charges. Most carriers … Continue reading

Verizon locks customers out of phone upgrades (Update: Freedom!)

Verizon is locking its own customers out of upgrades. From Gizmodo: Here’s something for our hefty “WTF, Verizon?” file: The BlackBerry Tour, soon to be Verizon’s top phone, cannot be pre-ordered by existing customers under contract who want to upgrade. … Continue reading

Verizon and AT&T defend thuggish text messaging prices

No collusion here, claim Verizon and AT&T, even though both carriers (as well as Sprint and T-Mobile) doubled the price to send a text message from 10 cents in 2006 to 20 cents in 2008. Reuters: But the general counsels … Continue reading

A week with the Verizon MiFi personal hotspot (Verdict: The best 3G device yet)

Just a couple of days after getting the Verizon MiFi in the mail, my home internet service died. No matter—let’s just hit the button on this little box and…hrm. Into the instruction manual, then. Oh, you have to authorize it … Continue reading

Pogue reviews the MiFi personal hotspot from Verizon

Samsung Alias2, QWERTY phone with e-paper keys

The Samsung Alias2, soon to be on Verizon, uses what appears to be segmented e-paper to change the labels on its physical QWERTY keyboard. A neat solution to a problem that will eventually be solved with something like Apple’s patent … Continue reading

New Jersey vs. Verizon

Verizon is being sued for deceptive marketing: free televisions it offered to new subscribers, never delivered. [Consumerist]

How to opt-out of Verizon’s personal info-sharing scheme

When you sign up with Verizon, it sends out a tiny-print leaflet to customers informing them (under the vague title above) that they’ll share subscribers’ personal information unless you explicitly opt out. It does not provide instructions on how to … Continue reading

Verizon announces the Hub, the world’s first paralyzed smartphone

It’s been a good, long while since anyone has written a gadget blog post about a desktop phone, short of being in the crimson hue and classic shape of the 1966 Batphone. Still, Verizon’s Hub/One looks impressive: a widgeted phone … Continue reading

Verizon and AT&T provide cellular to Cindy McCain’s ranch; So what?

The Washington Post examines the installation of mobile cellular towers — COWs, or “cellular on wheels” trucks — that extend wireless coverage to Cindy McCain’s Sedona, Arizona ranch which has served as a getaway from presidential candidate John McCain. Verizon … Continue reading