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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only reason I'm still with Verizon is because of my unlimited data. They take that away and I'll be switching to someone else.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the only company you can switch to is SPrint for unlimited data.

No one else has it anymore.

Virgin Mobile claims unlimited but after like 2GB you only get 256kbit.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More Verizon info. They now claim that if you purchase a new phone at full price you can keep your unlimited.

If you upgrade at the subsidized price you will have to go on the new plan.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/255786/verizon_unlimited_data_plans_faq.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://gizmodo.com/5914875/which-internet-companies-protect-you-from-the-government++and-which-dont
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My new goal is to become Chairman of the FCC for crap like this:

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/ATT-Working-to-Kill-South-Carolina-Community-Broadband-119851
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Verizon screws everybody for wireless 3g/4g?

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Wireless-Launches-Shared-Data-Plans-119891
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/061312-verizon-wireless-botched-shared-everything-260160.html?

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Consumer-Groups-Verizons-New-Data-Pricing-is-Awful-119918

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/DOJ-Investigating-AntiCompetitive-Impact-of-Usage-Caps-119912
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love my smartphone, but it's suffered some damage over time and needs to be replaced. If I buy a new phone at full price, I get to keep my current unlimited plan, but if I upgrade I have to switch to the new bullshit plans. I don't think it's worth it either way, think I might have to downgrade to a standard phone.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm happy I'm with Sprint.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CrushFearSynth wrote:
I love my smartphone, but it's suffered some damage over time and needs to be replaced. If I buy a new phone at full price, I get to keep my current unlimited plan, but if I upgrade I have to switch to the new bullshit plans. I don't think it's worth it either way, think I might have to downgrade to a standard phone.


They still make you buy a data plan with a non-smart phone since you can get email and some limited web stuff.

You can get the Galaxy Nexus direct from google for $399.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When my contract is up, I'll probably consider the switch to Sprint. I'm pretty happy with Verizon's service, but the removal of unlimited data is pretty lame.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, they don't make you, it's optional, unlike the smartphone which requires a data plan. I'm not paying 400 bucks for a phone, even if it gives head.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know, that might be the only instance in which I would pay $400 for a phone.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never Mind

More than half of America's mobile phone subscribers now have a smartphone, but for those clinging to their basic "feature" phones, Verizon will keep offering a voice-focused plan. For $40 a month, customers with basic phones will get 700 voice minutes. Text messages and data usage costs extra.

Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/news_archives/verizon-share-everything-plan-everything-you-need-to-know-about-verizons-new-sharing-plan#ixzz1xsfSqiCc
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This should be of interest to those who post here (scroll down for English language version): http://www.cicir.ac.cn/chinese/newsView.aspx?nid=3878

Here's a bit of a primer from the VC to go with it: http://www.volokh.com/2012/07/02/us-china-proxy-talks-on-cyberweapons/
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now this is SCARY! (But not here; in the UK)

Internet and phone firms are preparing to install "black boxes" to monitor UK internet and phone traffic, and decode encrypted messages - including Facebook and GMail messages.

http://www.channel4.com/news/black-boxes-to-monitor-all-internet-and-phone-data

That is insane. They are going to take the SSL encrypted gmail emails you view on your PC and decrypt them all in order to store the communication.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also the new Six Strikes started this weekend supposedly. Do not download from TPB!

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/ISP-Six-Strikes-to-Begin-This-Weekend-120119?nocomment=1

Last summer major ISPs including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Cablevision signed off on a new plan by the RIAA and MPAA taking aim at copyright infringers on their networks. According to the plan, after four warnings ISPs are to begin taking "mitigation measures," which range from throttling a user connection to filtering access to websites until users acknowledge receipt of "educational material." As you might expect, that educational material's chapter on fair use rights likely won't exist.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So a friend of ours is Boycotting Google because they will not allow Guns on Google Shopping.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boycotts are meaningful if you are a medium to large corporation or a country, but individual boycotts are just plain silly.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GOP Dreams of Porn Crackdown
Loves 'Internet Freedom,' Unless There Are Boobies
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/GOP-Dreams-of-Porn-Crackdown-120946

Researchers: Let First Responders Use Your Router in Emergencies
'Emergency Switch' Would Disable Your Security for Responders
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Researchers-Let-First-Responders-Use-Your-Router-in-Emergencies-120940

Free Press Fights New Broadband Tax
Why Add Slush Funds to a Broken USF Without Reforming It?
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Free-Press-Fights-New-Broadband-Tax-120976
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