Is Vero, a ‘truly social’ network, worth paying for?

Vero wants to be the social media network of the future. Here, your content takes center stage, your feed is uncluttered by pesky ads, and your information is kept as private as you want. Vero aims to be ‘Truly Social’ by giving us back control over our data and the social experience. This is supposed to be the ideal of social media experiences by allowing us to share the things that connect us most deeply to friends and followers. Vero’s CEO Ayman Hariri has set out on a noble journey to give us a more authentic online social experience, but is it worth paying a subscription? How does …

Verizon Wireless set to gain larger network and improve reliability

Verizon is working to expand its LTE network to the CBRS band. CBRS stands for Citizens Broadband Radio Service and covers about 500 MHz of spectrum (only 150 MHz is currently available to carriers). Much of this band was formerly used by government entities, satellites and the like. It has since been freed up for commercial use and Verizon has jumped on the opportunity to expand their network. However, Verizon is not alone in this endeavor. It is collaborating with several industry partners to complete end to end testing. This means the company is testing not just on their end but how CBRS …

T-Mobile joins the 5G fray, announces super-fast network in 30 cities by the end of 2018

The Un-carrier has just announced plans to build 5G in 30 cities by the end of the year. T-Mobile customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas will be among the first to experience super-fast speeds when the first 5G smartphones will be launched early next year.

Unlike AT&T and Verizon which said their first 5G devices will be pucks, not smartphones, T-mobile claims it will be focusing on “delivering a truly transformative 5G experience,” which is meant to work on actual smartphones.

T-Mobile has already started to deploy 5G-ready equipment and enable 5G low-band …

Samsung may launch new Uhsupp social network service along with Galaxy S9

Samsung announced its new flagships – Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 trade fair on February 25. Both smartphones are said to hit the shelves less than a month after their reveal.

Along with the new smartphones, Samsung is expected to introduce a new social network service called “Uhsupp.” The name has already been trademarked in both the EU and South Korea, but it is yet unclear if it will be available in the United States as well.

According to a report coming from Samsung’s home turf, Uhsupp social network service will be launched …

T-Mobile says its LAA rollout brought 5-10x increase in network speeds

We launched LAA in 4Q 17 and have seen material impacts in speed performance – increasing speeds 5-10X— Neville (@NevilleRay) February 8, 2018 
T-Mobile introduced Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) as part of its LTE Advanced Pro network upgrades in the previous quarter, and is already picking the fruits of those labors, it seems. LAA uses carrier aggregation to bind together unlicensed 5GHz spectrum with LTE in the licensed band, enlarging the data pipe significantly.
Verizon and AT&T are also stepping up their LAA efforts, and plan to roll …

Verizon scoops up the best US carrier network title, followed by AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile

Verizon’s speed and coverage have been deemed “best” for a record ninth time in a row by RootMetrics, the testing company that Big Red uses to gauge the “state of the networks.” Another probe, this time a customer survey by J.D. Power, reached the same conclusion a little while before that, too.

RootMetrics is a network testing subsidiary of IHS, the big research shop, and they conduct millions of measurement points on off-the-shelf carrier smartphones, with hundreds of thousands of miles walked and driven across the US to gauge performance in and out of metropolitan areas.

For the …

Apple is offering free repairs if your iPhone 7 won't connect to a cellular network


Apple is providing iPhone 7 owners with free repairs if they have one of the “small percentage” of devices that do not properly connect with a cellular network. 

The affected iPhone 7 devices will show “No Service” in the status bar at times even when cellular coverage is available in the area. The defect comes from a failed component on the main logic board, according to Apple’s website

The affected devices were manufactured from Sept. 2016 to Feb. 2018 and were sold in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, and the U.S., according to Apple. 

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5G network in the U.S. to be under governmental control?

Some of the advantages 5G has over 4G, including less energy consumption and wider signal coverage
There’s no doubt that 5G is the future of mobile networks. And why shouldn’t it – it will be faster and more reliable while also enabling futuristic technologies such as self-driving cars, and remotely performed surgeries. Sounds great, but we are still a couple of years away from the full implementation of 5G, and countries and network companies alike are still figuring out the best way to adopt it. In the case of the U.S. things have become …

Honor V10 updated with Party Mode, network optimization feature

Honor V10 is getting a small update that adds two new features important to those who use their smartphones for entertainment more often than not. Yes, the V10 is getting a “Party Mode,” but also a new optimization feature for the Game Suite app.

But what exactly does the new Party Mode? Well, it’s pretty simple. Apparently, when enabled, Party Mode allows multiple Honor V10 smartphones to connect via NFC (Near Field Communication) and play the same tune a the same time across all handsets. That’s supposed to produce a multi-channel sound effect for a stunning audio experience.

The …

AT&T to launch a real mobile 5G network by the end of 2018

AT&T is planning to launch a mobile 5G network that will comply with the recently approved 5G New Radio (NR) specifications. In its press release, the US carrier states that the service will be available in 12 cities by the end of this year, but it hasn’t specified the names of those markets or which devices will get upgraded to the higher speeds first.
Melissa Arnoldi, president of AT&T Technology and Operations, has commented on the developments:

5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment. We’re moving quickly to begin deploying mobile …