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They’re Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know

They’re Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know

Sure there are reasons to save this "tracking" data... It's just that most of them are Orwellian nightmares. But as a German Green party politician, Malte Spitz, recently learned, we are already continually being tracked whether we volunteer to be or not. Cellphone companies do not typically divulge how much information they collect, so Mr. [...]

Verizon releases BlackBerry OS 6

Verizon releases BlackBerry OS 6

Verizon Wireless announced earlier today that the BlackBerry OS 6 update will begin rolling out for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Curve 3G today. Unfortunately no word on the BlackBerry Tour at the moment. The BlackBerry OS 6 over-the-air update will be released in a couple of hours however you can also download it using the [...]

Verizon Finally Lands the iPhone

Verizon Finally Lands the iPhone

Why would anyone buy an iPhone on Verizon, especially with dual core android phones coming out? The largest U.S. wireless carrier will make the long-awaited announcement at an event Tuesday in New York City, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. The move will for the first time let U.S. consumers choose the network that carries their [...]

The Droid X actually self-destructs if you try to mod it

The Droid X actually self-destructs if you try to mod it

Well, I might have recommended a Droid X for big-phone-lovin’ fandroids out there… but now that I’ve read about Motorola’s insane eFuse security system, I’m going to have to give this one a big fat DON’T BUY on principle. I won’t restate all my reasons for supporting the modding, hacking, jailbreaking, and so on of your [...]

Apple to offer iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network

Apple to offer iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network

Bloomberg is reporting that Verizon will begin offering the iPhone in January. That's according to their two unnamed sources "familiar with the plans," although no more details were provided. It's in line, though, with the last several months of rumblings. The timing is notably slightly different from the WSJ's previous report of a [...]

Meganet’s Dominator I snoops on four GSM convos at once… and fits in your overnight bag

"Dominator I" sounds more like a monster truck than a collection of small boxes that collectively erase 20 years of relatively secure wireless phone service, doesn't it? Alas, what you're looking at here is a convenient, plug-and-play solution for exploiting the hard work the world's hacking community has put into cracking the A5/1 encryption used [...]

Verizon shelves plans for future FiOS rollouts, relocations to Massachusetts set to boom

Verizon shelves plans for future FiOS rollouts, relocations to Massachusetts set to boom

Was fun while it lasted, yeah? Verizon's FiOS has provided a much-wanted (or much-needed, some would argue) sliver of competition in markets that were previously offered just one or two ISP options, and the wicked fast speeds available through the fiber-based service were just one big stream of cherries-on-top. We've personally noticed that the [...]

How the American phone companies used to feel about privacy

How the American phone companies used to feel about privacy

Back in 2008, Matt Blaze put the push for immunity for telcos that participated in GW Bush's illegal wiretapping program in context: "As someone who began his professional career in the Bell System (and who stayed around through several of its successors), the push for telco immunity represents an especially bitter disillusionment for me. Say what [...]

Verizon reduced prices on its unlimited wireless plan

Verizon reduced prices on its unlimited wireless plan

Verizon was charging $229.99 for family and talk plan so far and the company has reduced the plan to $149.99 and for nationwide voice (unlimited) plan it was charging $99.99 so far and after the changes in wireless plan that also reduced into $69.99. Similarly, voice plan for family (unlimited of course) costs $119.99 that came down from [...]

AT&T buying some Verizon assets for $2.35B

AT&T buying some Verizon assets for $2.35B

AT&T said Friday it will pay $2.35 billion in cash to buy wireless assets from Verizon Wireless in 18 states. The purchase covers licenses, network assets and 1.5 million Verizon subscribers who are primarily in rural areas in California, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, [...]

BlackBerry 9630 Niagara

BlackBerry 9630 Niagara

"Best BlackBerry Keyboard Ever. Best Screen Ever." Coming from someone who loves Blackberrys so much he commissioned a customized Blackberry Bold, them's some hot and heavy words. I am pretty excited about that keyboard myself, since the Bold's is my favorite QWERTY keyboard ever, and the Niagara has the same one, minus the bloat. [...]

Opting Out of Verizon’s New Data Sharing Policy

Opting Out of Verizon’s New Data Sharing Policy

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 do so without calling them, customers report that calling them is no help, and even when you log [...]

Verizon fires workers over Obama cell phone records breach

Verizon fires workers over Obama cell phone records breach

Verizon Wireless has fired employees connected to a breach of records from a cell phone used by President-elect Barack Obama this year, a Verizon source said Friday. The source would not say how many people were terminated but said "we now consider this matter closed." Verizon reported the breach Thursday, and Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs [...]

Verizon BlackBerry Storm gets firm release date: Noveber 4th

Verizon BlackBerry Storm gets firm release date: Noveber 4th

A friendly tipster has been telling us that Verizon has settled on a firm launch date for the BlackBerry Storm 9530: November 4th. This would put the Storm launch two days after Verizon employees complete their Storm training, and right in line with famed rumor-monger Boy Genius’ ‘first week of November‘ time time line. (more…)

Verizon: Linux to be “preferred” mobile software

Verizon: Linux to be “preferred” mobile software

As a former Verizon customer, I must say I'm very surprised. From what I've seen of their track record, Verizon of all providers would be the last one I would expect to embrace openness. Oh, and if you like this sort of news, I can't help mentioning Openmoko and their upcoming FreeRunner phone. It's a totally open, configurable, customizable, [...]

Verizon Wireless wins C block in airwave auction

Verizon Wireless wins C block in airwave auction

Google never wanted to win it but LOL @ Verizon for overpaying more than they make in a year just in hopes of beating Google... WASHINGTON - Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research), won a nationwide wireless license known as the "C" [...]

The True Cost of SMS Messages

The True Cost of SMS Messages

Here's a very good read from the Gthing science blog. Gets you thinking about the rates our mobile phone carriers charge us with. "I just found out that AT&T (A-fee&fee?) is raising their text message pricing. When I first signed up for AT&T 6 or so years ago it cost 10 cents to send an SMS message, and it was free to receive [...]