Poll results: tiny phones are a viable backup plan

Nowadays, phones are getting bigger and bigger, but our pockets aren’t. With a huge phablet in your pocket, especially one that has a glass back, it becomes a tedious task to take it out of your pocket for every received notification. And what if you want to hit the gym? People prefer to leave their expensive handset in the locker or at home and either disconnect from the world, or bring in a backup.

A backup like an old and probably smaller phone, or a smartwatch. That way, one gets enough functionality to remain connected to the world, yet don’t run the risk of dropping and stepping on …


Verizon's new prepaid plan kicks in, compare it to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint

*prepaid plan prices are after an auto-pay discount, where available
Verizon’s new prepaid plan option kicks in today, and Big Red is giving $50 bill credit if you port your number over, and activate it on a prepaid plan until April 17th. After the two-year cell phone contract is all but dead, and after the dust from the unlimited data plans battle has now settled, the next frontier in the cutthroat competition among the major US carriers is the prepaid market. More and more folks are seeing that value, and AT&T acknowledged that fact by rebranding …

This is the data usage by type and plan for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, where do you fit?

If you have ever been curious how much data are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint using by cellular and plan type usage, the latest AppOptix report by research firm Strategy Analytics brings us the answer to that pressing question. Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but folks on the cheapest unlimited mobile data plans – those of T-Mobile and Sprint – are using much more bytes than those on the “expensive” carriers like Verizon or AT&T.

As you can see from the graphs below, T-Mobile subscribers are the absolute leaders in monthly data usage among all four major US …

T-Mobile and Sprint's plan prices may chase Verizon and AT&T, as carriers ditch the discount model

We hate to be a harbinger of bad news, but not only are phone prices going up with no end in sight, but affordable carrier plans will be few and far between going forward, it seems. After their merger failed, Sprint and T-Mobile will now have to focus on expanding their networks, and boosting profitability on their own, which will be affecting their plan pricing, and their heretofore “affordable carriers” mojo. 

Sprint, which reported a much larger customer churn than the other three carriers, due to its promos expiring en masse, already said last …

Download this: YouTube Go is here to save your data plan

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YouTube doesn’t have to be a data hog.

At least, not if you’re using YouTube Go, the company’s data-saving version alternative for video streaming. First released in India in 2016, the Android app has now expanded to 130 countries.

YouTube Go is designed to give users more control over how and when their data is used. The app lets you preview a video before you commit to watching the whole clip. If you do want to watch a full video, you can choose how much data you want to use at any given time. You can also download clips you want to save for later. Read more…

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Verizon's Go Unlimited plan to include Mexico and Canada starting on January 25th

As many of you know, Verizon offers two different unlimited plans, Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited. The former is the lower priced of the two options, and offers DVD-quality video streaming (480p) as opposed to the HD streaming (720p) available on the premium version. Another difference between both plans is the 15GB of high speed hotspot/tethering offered with Beyond Unlimited every month, compared to the 600Kbps speed cap that Go Unlimited subscribers experience for hotspot/tethering use.

However, Big Red is allowing Go Unlimited subscribers to match Beyond Unlimited users with one particular …

Project Fi's Bill Protection plan offers unlimited talk, text and data for $80 a month and less

Google’s Project Fi hybrid MVNO uses a combination of Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks to connect its customers to the internet. And now Project Fi has announced a whole new unlimited data plan that it calls “Bill Protection.” Previously, for $20 a month, customers got unlimited talk and text and paid $10/GB for data. Money spent on data not used during a given month was refunded.

To better compete with carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint and their low priced unlimited offers, the new Bill Protection plan again supplies unlimited talk and text for $20 a month. And yes, you still pay $10 …

The women of Hollywood have a plan to fight back – and not just in Hollywood

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The women of Hollywood are fighting back – and not just for themselves.

Over 300 women in the entertainment industry (film, TV, and theater) have come together to form Time’s Up, a wide-ranging initiative that aims to battle systemic sexual harassment not just in Hollywood, but in blue-collar and service industry jobs as well.

The group, which includes Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, and Jill Soloway, has issued a statement announcing their intentions: Read more…

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Deal: Moto Z2 Play on sale for $240 ($168 off) at Verizon (requires payment plan)

The unlocked Moto Z2 Play was among the smartphones discounted during the holiday season, so customers could get one for as low as $350 ($150 off). However, if you want an even cheaper Moto Z2 Play you can get one from Verizon, but only for a limited time.

First off, it’s worth mentioning Verizon is selling the Moto Z2 Play for a lower retail price than the unlocked version. Customers can purchase the Verizon Moto Z2 Play for $408 outright or $17 per month for 24-months.

The good news is you can get the Verizon Moto Z2 Play for just $240 ($168 off), but you’ll …

9 out of 10 plan to stick with their current phone this holiday season

According to a survey conducted by Puls, 90% of those surveyed said that they plan to stick with their current smartphone this holiday season. This means that despite what is believed to be heavy demand for the new handset models offering near bezel-less displays, edge-to-edge screens and 18:9 aspect ratios, nine out of ten smartphone owners plan on sticking with their daily driver. The survey was conducted by Puls, a company that repairs your smartphone, mounts your flat screen television, or sets up your smart home all from the comfort of your own house.

The survey also discovered that …