Category Archives: Verizon

Verizon Fixing 4G Network Problems

Verizon released a statement this evening saying that although there has been “hiccups” recently, they have seen 99% availability for its 4G LTE network for the year and the recent problems that have popped up have been unrelated to one another.

“Each incident has been different from a technical standpoint,” the company said. “Our engineers have successfully diagnosed those past triggering events, and they have not re-occurred. We also work diligently to rectify technical problems in the Network before they affect any customers.”

Verizon is still working on some key changes in the network in order to prevent these outages from happening in the future.

“Among the numerous measures we have taken or will take are: geographic segmentation, which enables us to isolate, contain and rectify network performance issues, and maintain service to the majority of customers when an issue does develop.”

Verizon also said that it’s rolling out “software fixes” that will boost performance and improve reliability.

“Being a pioneer comes with growing pains,” Verizon said. “The recent issues that affected our customers’ 4GLTE service were unforeseen despite careful, diligent planning, deployment and ongoing upgrade programs.”

Updates on Verizon issues.

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Verizon Data Outage for Third Time

It seems like Verizon is having a rough month as today, customers have experienced yet another data outage.  While reviewing customer complaints on the forums, it seems that this recent outage is affecting 4G devices in Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, Washington, Texas, and Maryland.

This is frustrating for many and no comments have been made on when the network will come back on.  Click here for updates on the situation.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012: Trends To Watch Out For

All across the globe, electronic/technology companies are preparing themselves for CES (Comsumer Electronics Show) 2012, which takes place during the second week of January at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Although Microsoft disclosed its plans to end its participation in CES starting next year, this year’s show should hold some promising insights to what’s ahead in the world of electronics.

During an interview with FORBES Wednesday, Accenture‘s Kumu Puri, a senior executive with the consulting firm’s consumer electronics practice in San Francisco, laid out what she thinks will be the five big themes from the 2012 edition of the show.  Microsoft will of course hold a big role this year.  Apple will be casting a big shadow over the event although it will not be participating this year.

So here they are, Puri’s 5 trends to keep a look out for at this year’s CES show:

  1. Ultrabooks: PC makers are expected to role out 20-40 new versions of the incredibly thin notebooks.  Puri thinks pricing will start in the $800 to $1,000 range, but quickly scale down from there.
  2. Tablets/Smartphones: As everyone could have guessed, we will be seeing a lot more mobile devices this year, including new Android based tablets and smartphones.  We should be expecting to see more support for mobile payments and location-based services on these devices.
  3. Connected Devices: Puri expects to see innovation in connected cars, for instance, with new features for Internet radio, and in-car apps targeting safety issues. There will be more Internet-enabled kitchen appliances. Also big again this year will be connected televisions. She thinks some of those services are maturing, and should improve over previous attempts at TV-based Web offerings that received an indifferent consumer reception.
  4. Windows 8: Coming back to Microsoft, the company is expected to launch its new operating system at some point in 2012.  Everyone is just asking how much of it they will be showing off at CES.  Also likely to show up at CES: a variety of new Windows Phone-based mobile devices.
  5. Digital Health: Puri thinks there will be an increased focus on health care at the show, with developments in three areas. One of those is the increased adoption of tablets in hospitals and doctors offices for recording data and other purposes. A second focus will be cloud-based solutions for storing, archiving, accessing and retrieving medical records. And the third will be an increased number of consumer medical devices, some apps running on tablets and phones, others dedicated gizmos for monitoring things like glucose levels and blood pressure.

Verizon Customers Experience Data Outages

Verizon Wireless customers all across the country have been woken up to spotty data connections Wednesday morning, according to internet forums and Twitter.

The issue has arose from a nationwide outage in the company’s 3G and 4G data networks with reports of down services all across the country.

Users on Verizon’s support forums have been reporting service downtime as of late last night. “I’m in Denver, CO. Service went out at 1am MST – it’s 5am MST and still no data,” one user commented.

Those who have gotten through to Verizon’s customer support line say the company acknowledges the issue but has no estimate for when things will return to normal, according to CNET.

UPDATE:

Verizon says that they have fixed the 4G problem that many customers were having earlier Wednesday morning.  Other users said that 3G was having data outages as well but Verizon says that 3G devices were not affected.

Verizon Wireless said the problem with its 4G network had been resolved by 2 p.m. ET. It said engineers had been working on the repair since the early hours of the morning.

The cause of the outages was not stated by Verizon.

Ice Cream Sandwich Coming For Anticipated Android Users

Android users are excited about the recent launch of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich, but many people are asking how quickly this new software will be available to their phones.

If you’re one of the lucky ones to get the update, check out some tips and shortcuts Google has posted to help you navigate the many changes you’ll see on your device.

Ice Cream Sandwich provides a whole variety of new updates and bug fixes for both phones and tablets.  Now status updates from social media sites will sync with contacts so you can see what connections are doing online in real time. It also sports an improved calendar and camera capabilities as well as improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, and Bluetooth.

Prepare yourselves to be impressed when you finally get ICS as it is completely different than previous versions of Android. Google has given nearly every facet of the OS a makeover, and the very core of the Android user experience has been completely reinvented.

 

Galaxy Nexus December 15th Launch Date

As an update from a earlier post today, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has finally received a release date for the U.S.

Many sources have been saying the the release will be later this week on the 15th. The sources consist of second party vendors, different tech blogs, as well as some tipsters who originally leaked phone pictures and videos to the public.

What each of these sources is saying is that Verizon retailers literally have the Galaxy Nexus in their stores right this minute but will not be able to sell them until the 15th of this month.

Galaxy Nexus Sale in Canada, Still No U.S. Release Date

The Galaxy Nexus and Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich have finally arrived in North America but not in the U.S.

Last Thursday, Android fans in Canada were able to purchase Samsung’s new Galaxy Nexus smartphone as it launched on Canadian carriers Bell for $159.95 and Virgin Mobile for $159.99, along with each company’s respective data plan.

Unfortunatly for many, the Galaxy Nexus does not yet have a release date or even a price set for the U.S.

The Nexus has been on sale overseas in Britain for weeks now and is even launching across Europe in the next few days.

Whenever the Galaxy Nexus hits the States, it’ll be available on Verizon’s 4G LTE network (something we’ve known since mid-October), sporting a massive 4.65-inch touch screen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, a 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor and 1 gigabyte of RAM.

The new handset will also have a 5-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p video and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video chatting, and no physical buttons on the curved face of the device. The back of the Galaxy Nexus looks, well, a lot like the Galaxy S II and the LG Nitro HD.

Follow me on Twitter for updates when the phone is released in the U.S.

Your iPhone May Catch on Fire!

Reports say that last Friday, some passengers that were on a flight from Lismore to Sydney saw black smoke in the cabin.  While looking for the source of the smoke, it was found to be coming from a passenger’s Apple iPhone 4, which combusted in mid flight.

The iPhone began glowing red and emitting dense smoke on the flight according to Regional Express.

“In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the flight attendant carried out recovery actions immediately, and the red glow was extinguished successfully. All passengers and crew on-board were unharmed,” REX said in a statement.

While the cause of the apparent combustion is still unclear, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority recently issued a warning over lithium batteries in-flight. The safety authority limits the carriage of batteries to two, with a requirement for them to be placed in separate bags to protect the terminals and the battery from short circuiting.

Want Upgrade To Ice Cream Sandwich Early?

Although many of use are still waiting for the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich Android update, there might be an opportunity for some of you to get it early.  CyanogenMod has developed their own version of Ice Cream Sandwhich and is offering it to certain mobile phones right now.

CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for Android phones.  Essentially it’s a ROM that brings all kinds of new features and controls to Android, along with a slick interface.  The members of CyanogenMod have been working hard these last couple weeks building “CyanogenMod 9”, which is based off of the open source code for Ice Cream Sandwich that Google just released.

Unfortunatly, CyanogenMod 9 is only available for the Samsung Nexus S (alpha version) , and the Galaxy S (beta version) at the moment.

The builds have been available for about a week now, and the chatter on the user and developer forums has been mostly positive, with the exception of a few persistent bugs involving MMS and a few other things.

BE WARNED.  The downfall here is that there’s always some risk associated with modding or rooting and it’s possible to end up with a bricked phone. Be sure to use an app like Titanium to backup everything on your phone before attempting to install CyanogenMod.

Galaxy Nexus Comes To The U.S. This December

Looking for a Christmas gift to give a certain someone this year?  Or maybe just want to treat yourself to something new?  You might want to look into the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus from Verizon.

Recent reports are showing that the highly anticipated smartphone will be arriving at stores in the U.S. this December.  The Galaxy Nexus has been deemed “a big step forward for Android” by CNET editor Kent German in CNET’s report reviewing the phone.

Reports from Business Insider claim that Samsung will in fact be launching the phone before years end.  That is all that is known at this point but it is a safe bet that we can be expecting the device to arrive before December 25th which will make a lot of people’s Christmas that much better.